Chef Ellen


What Drives More Awareness?

There is an increased focus on health and wellness in 2024. Buzzwords include longevity, clean-eating, personalized nutrition, preventative care, and the patient rising as the ultimate consumer. 2022 was the year tailored to specific dietary trends like paleo and keto. In 2023, it focused on consumers appreciating and giving more attention to label reading skills to avoid convenience items using synthetic preservatives and fillers.

With this spotlight on health and wellness, cleaner eating is the prominent trend now emerging. As we jump into a new year, with consciousness gaining around the individual’s specific needs, there is no better time than the present to approach nutrition that emphasizes the consumer’s goals. Educated consumers want food void of empty calories that offer nutritional value and little to no unhealthy additives.

It is also critical to note that the environment is on our radar. Eco-conscious consumers want brands that provide sound mission statements that focus on preservation. Straightforward transparency, trust, and sustainability drive a significant shift in consumption patterns.

In addition, with rising obesity concerns worldwide, major global recognition of this crisis has prompted the food and beverage industry to deliver products that cater to concerned customers by offering products free of unhealthy additives, preservatives, and excess sugar and fat.

Initiating practices start by adopting a mindset that prioritizes nutrient-dense foods. With this goal in mind, one provides one’s body with essential vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds that outweigh subpar convenience and processed foods. Future developments in the coming years will spotlight eco-friendly packaging, personalization of dietary needs, and the power of plant-based alternative proteins from sources like microalgae and fungi.

Let’s recap some sound, beneficial practices as we become more mainstream with clean eating goals.

  • Choose fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

  • Minimize the overconsumption of processed and packaged foods that typically contain additives, preservatives, and excess sugar and salt.

  • Read labels and look for companies that list nutritional values, mission statements, and products with simple, recognizable ingredients.

  • Practice mindful eating with a focus on eating in a calm state. Eat slowly and chew for optimal digestive functions.

  • Practice meal planning and prep to optimize quality and the perks of home cooking.

  • Listen to your body and what makes you feel your best. Balance, flexibility, and engaging in health and wellness practices this year and in years to come.

Please enjoy this latest waffle recipe that includes a long list of superfoods to nourish the body, mind, and spirit.

In good health!

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