A new year means new health and nutrition trends are on the horizon! Here are a few 2015 trends worth adopting:

1. Twelve-hour fasting: the latest weight loss research shows us that giving our bodies a twelve hour eating hiatus may be beneficial to our waistlines. Researchers found that mice restricted to 12-hour access to food were slimmer and healthier than mice given access to food around the clock even though both mice groups consumed the same number of calories. Limiting your meals to, say, 8am to 8pm may help you mover closer to achieving a healthy weight in the New Year.

2. Fermented foods: the wonderful world of microscopic bugs in our bellies promises to be the focus of health and wellness in 2015. Happy “gut bugs” in our intestines is linked to everything from a better mood to a healthy weight. Chowing down on fermented foods chockfull of probiotics is one way to keep our gut bugs happy. 2015 will take us beyond basic yogurt- feed your bugs other fermented foods like kefir milk, kimchi, kombucha tea, and pickled everything (from cucumbers to figs!). Below is Jen’s Fermentation Project: Kombucha & Cabbage

Fermenting Tea (Kombucha) & Cabbage

3. Matcha green tea: In 2015, be prepared to go green. Matcha, a type of green tea, is popping up in tea shops, smoothies, and even ice cream. Matcha packs a more powerful nutritional punch than other green teas because it is consumed as a powder instead of steeping. In other words, the whole leaves are consumed so you get every last drop of antioxidant goodness. Specifically, matcha tea contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid linked to anxiety and stress reduction.  

The New Year will also bring a few new MNT services!

Host a nutrition party:

MNT is now offering customizable in-home nutrition parties. MNT dietitians will come to your home to talk nutrition, teach you how to prepare a healthy and delicious meal, and feed you and your guests! Forget Tupperware and jewelry- host a party for your friends that will give them a night of fun AND lifelong tools.

Lose weight at work:

MNT’s new corporate weight loss program SUSTAIN is a 16-week journey for those seeking the skills they need for long-term weight loss success. SUSTAIN will help your employees find their “best” selves and become healthier, happier, and more productive.


Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.