Adios, Kale: These Are the Healthy-Eating Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2016

These are the trends that will reign supreme, according to dietitians.

A new year, a new grocery cart: Today’s Dietitian surveyed 450 registered dietitians to see what they think will be the biggest trends in the healthy-eating world come 2016. And if you are oh-so-sick of kale everything — Kale Chips! Kale Caesar salads! Kale in your mac and cheese! — good news: According to the dietitians surveyed, kale will lose some of its star power, while seeds, avocado and ancient grains take the lead. So go ahead and say “Bye, Felicia” to your least favorite leafy green.

According to the press release, dietitians predict the top healthy-eating trend of 2016 will be “clean shopping,” so people filling their grocery carts with purchases they believe fit into the “clean eating” mold. And a note: If you are still wondering WTF “clean eating” means, you are not alone. There is no set (or regulated) definition of the term, but the idea is to be more mindful of what you’re eating, specifically thinking about how it made its way to your plate.

Other big trends we’ll see in 2016 — some new and some staying strong — according to dietitians: More people loading up on protein in the form of seeds, eggs, poultry and dairy and less people filling their shopping carts with proteins like beef, bacon and processed meats; shoppers being seriously influenced by the word “free” tacked on to the end of a label, so gluten-free, GMO-free, antibiotic-free, and so on (Beware, they say: simply having “free” splashed across the label does not a healthy food make); Tracking devices like FitBit, and apps like MyFitnessPal will continue to grow in popularity; celebrities will continue to have a serious hold on us when it comes to food trends; and more people will look to blogs, social media and television to soak up their health information. We are very into this last bit of news, for obvious reasons.

So there you have it friends: How to be the most on-trend grocery shopper at Whole Foods come January. (Don’t worry: I totally just rolled my eyes at myself as I typed that.)

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