Trendy Foods To Work Into Your Diet

If you’re thinking about online culinary school, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cuisine. For stand-out and creative cooking, it’s important to learn everything from the basics to exotic fruits only found on the other side of the world. And if you watch the popular culinary show “Chopped” on the Food Network, these may be some of the foods contestants should look out for in their baskets. Add a few of these trendy foods to your grocery list to incorporate into your next dish:

Skyr is a soft cheese from Iceland that has a similar consistency to yogurt. It’s creamy, nonfat and provides even more protein than Greek yogurt offers. Icelanders have made skyr since settlers from Norway first arrived on the island back in the 9th century. It’s made from skim milk and incubated with cultures, and the resulting yogurt is strained to take out the whey. You could even make your own skyr using powdered milk, milk and 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Substitute traditional yogurt for this Icelandic delicacy for plenty of protein and calcium.

This superfruit from the Amazon is a sweeter cousin of cocoa. It may be unknown in the U.S., but it’s a staple in South America and is a delicacy in restaurants in Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It belongs to the cocoa family and has a creamy flesh that tastes like a mix between a pear and a banana. You can use the pulp of the fruit to make all kinds of treats like juice, ice cream, jam and more. The juice of the cupuacu is often used as an energy drink, having similar effects of coffee without the caffeine.

This African export tastes sweet, almost like molasses, but is a whole grain. It is commonly used in breads or in place of oatmeal. It has twice the amount of iron as most other grains and as much as three times more calcium. Teff is also the world’s tiniest grain – so small that it can’t be processed or refined. Its versatility is what’s making this food so popular. It can be cooked hot for a breakfast cereal by using one cup of teff with 2 cups of water or juice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. You can also use teff as a wrap to make quesadillas, which is a much healthier alternative to refined flour tortillas.

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