GREEN bananas and coffee laden with butter are some of the foods predicted to reach fad status in 2015. While they may not sound particularly appetising, the hip and health conscious are already blogging and tweeting about the benefits of foods such as banana flour, bone broth and Bulletproof coffee. Find out below what you could be counting among your favourite foods by the end of the year.
MADE from green bananas, this naturally gluten-free flour can be used as a replacement for wheat flour.
There is no banana flavour and it is rich in resistant starch, which can help maintain intestinal health, could improve insulin sensitivity and help you stay fuller for longer.
It is suggested to use ¾ cup of banana flour for every cup of normal flour and can be used in muffins, bread, cakes, pancakes or as a fibrerich additive in smoothies.
INVENTED by entrepreneur and health blogger Dave Asprey, Bulletproof Coffee is a cup of black coffee with grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil mixed in.
While this may not sound healthy, Asprey said it was designed to “supercharge your brain function and create effortless fat loss with no cravings.”
It has gathered a following of people who swear by this as their new daily brew, especially lovers of the paleo diet, with the MCT oil commonly replaced by coconut oil.
A common recipe calls for a strong black coffee made from one cup of filtered water and 2½ tablespoons of high quality, freshly ground coffee beans.
Add 1 tablespoon of MCT or coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of grass-fed unsalted (important) butter and blend for 20-30 seconds until its frothy.
STOCK or broth as we know it, bone broth has become so popular that a cafe, Brodo, has opened in New York City, offering takeaway broth designed to be sipped like your morning coffee.
Most people know making your own stock is healthy but apparently the difference with bone broth is that it is simmered for a minimum of 24 hours and as long as 72 hours.
This allows the bones to break down and leach their nutrients and minerals into the broth.
To make, you simply need animal bones, such as beef, chicken or fish, vegetables like carrot, celery and onions, herbs (you could use parsley, thyme, rosemary or whatever you have) and water.
Some recipes suggest adding ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or a pinch of salt once finished.
Bring ingredients to a boil then reduce heat and simmer.
Have it as a soup or use as a base in sauces or stews.