Predicted: Food and nutrition trends in 2019

KY3's Paul Adler visits with Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness on 3 predicted food trends for 2019.

The 3 Most Important Nutrition Trends You Need For 2019

(Pamela writes) I love to keep my finger on the pulse of what is new in food and fitness. When IDEA Health & Fitness (one the leading professional organizations for fitness practitioners) released its list of
top nutrition trends for 2019 I was encouraged and anxious to share them.

The leader on the list is my favorite: foods for healthy aging and brain power. Note it says foods, not supplements. I can really get behind eating a balanced diet to get the polyphenols (ginger, curcumin), flavonoids (dark chocolate, green tea) omega 3 fatty acids (salmon,
seaweed) and co-enzyme Q10 (spinach, cauliflower) we need for healthy aging and an agile mind.

Another significant trend on the list is local and sustainable food. With the rise of food safety issues and our desire to slow down, local food is gaining popularity. We are fortunate to have access to numerous farmers markets in Springfield, including the year-round Farmers Market of the Ozarks. Their loyalty punch card and VIP program make it easy to access fresh local food from people you know and trust. But not everyone is so lucky.

Rural areas may not have farmers markets or natural food stores, leading to the rise in our third trend: online membership sites for healthy food. If you're looking for more organic, vegan or gluten-free goods than your local grocery store can provide, services like Thrive Market or Direct Eats might be just what you need. They also offer a chance to save money by buying in bulk or giving members who pay an annual fee a discount.