Nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the new wave of healthy food trends, writes Laura Brodnik.

In the race to stay healthy, nothing puts you ahead of the pack like keeping up with the latest food trends.

When it comes to her role as a trendsetter, Zoe Bingley-Pullin (pictured) dons many hats. The nutritionist trained as chef at the Le Cordon Bleu School in London, cohosts the Network Ten show Good Chef Bad Chef, penned the book Eat Taste Nourish and founded Nutritional Edge.

She identifies three major food trends for 2014: “Fermented foods have been around for centuries,” Bingley-Pullin says.

“Across cultures, they are relied on for their health  properties; the Japanese for instance drink miso soup for breakfast.

Fermented foods help to host a healthy gut with their beneficial micro-organisms which help to break down food.

“Seagreens are a natural source of iodine, iron, calcium and potassium and a great antioxidant.

Seagreens can be found in powder form, specifically included in protein powders for added nutrition.

“The third trend is seeds such as Quinoa, Amaranth and Chia. Often confused as grains, these tiny seeds pack a punch in their nutritional value. All three seeds are high in protein, high in fibre and low in glycaemic index meaning you are able to stay fuller for longer.”

Bingley-Pullin says there are some easy ways of incorporating these foods into your diet.

“For smoothies mix skim milk with a banana, chia seeds, almonds and IsoWhey protein powder which is packed with vitamins, minerals and seagreens. Mix eggs, yoghurt, berries, chia seeds and cacao for a highly nutritious muffin and for salads chop up some kale, veggies, an egg and throw in some nuts and seeds for added protein.

“You don’t have to spend big to feel good. These are natural foods that promote good health without needing the internet to understand their origin. With healthy recipes online, you can cook up a plethora of dishes using these foods.

“Listen to your body. Slowly integrate new eating patterns and you notice the results.”

Top five foods to eat in 2014

1. Yoghurt: Natural or Greek. Yoghurt isn’t costly and promotes the production of probiotics which help to maintain a healthy gut.

2. Berries: High in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as being
low in calories.

3. Cacao: It may be surprising that a nutritionist is advising you to eat chocolate but cacao is rich in antioxidants, boosts your mood by releasing endorphins and is tasty. Keep in mind the darker the better!

4. Kale: One of the best greens there is with a high nutritional profile, rich in vitamins K, A and C as well as being a great source of fibre.

5. Eggs: Eggs may fly under the radar but their protein content contains the highest quality of protein there is. Eggs are also a good source of omega-3 and contain more than 11 essential minerals and vitamins.