Updated: 01/17/2014 6:21 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 5:57 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
With every new year, comes new foods.
"Last year we had a big push on gluten-free products and that is actually trending over into 2014 as well," said Susan McCoy, a registered dietitian at Essentia Health St. Mary's.
As a dietitian, we asked McCoy, "What's 'in' in 2014?" She said the big ticket is the ancient grains diet.
"So with that you're looking at some of these grains you haven't seen before, or maybe you've seen some of them but are getting to be more popular," said McCoy.
She named a few grains, such as amaranth, farro, and millet. They were new to us, so we went to a place we knew we'd find them, Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth.
"It's fun to see people branching out and trying new grains. The nice thing about shopping in bulk is that you can sample things. You can try a little bit of farro, a little bit of kamut, things you've maybe never tried before," said Jill Holmen, a promotions and education coordinator at the co-op.
Holmen explained the ancient grains are packed with protein, and rich in vitamins and minerals.
The grains may not look entirely appetizing on the shelf, but Holmen said you can cook many of the grains like rice or pasta and use them as a base for a salad or a side dish.
Another trend gaining momentum is the paleo diet, said McCoy. It focuses on food you can hunt or gather. No processed foods, no refined sugar, and no potatoes.
"You're talking about a lot of vegetables, a lot of leafy greens, your grains, and then...wild meats. Grass-fed [meats] are going to be really popular," said Holmen.
Holmen said it's all about getting back to the basics of food, something she hopes grows from a trend into a lifestyle.
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