As a Registered Dietitian and foodie I love following a variety of other health and nutrition influencers on Instagram. Each day many of them post about using some products that are a little unusual and may be new to their followers. There are some products they use that I also love and some that most people can skip. Aside from multiple brands of nut butter, protein powders, protein bars and teas there are some more unique products being shared daily. Let’s talk about the most popular products trending with bloggers.
Top Blogger Trends
- Kombucha – This is one of my favorite products. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is naturally packed with probiotics. The best for gut health! (I love Health-Ade kombucha.) Be aware that this drink does contain sugar and is not calorie free.
- Matcha green tea – This is a special type of green tea that is produced in Japan. Green tea leaves are ground into a powder. Matcha tea is high in antioxidants and more potent than other teas because the whole leaf is ground. Try a matcha latte for a calming caffeinated beverage.
- Maca root powder – Not to be confused with matcha! This is a root vegetable grown in the Andes Mountains in Peru. This is especially cool because my family is from Peru! Check out my travels here. Maca root contains amino acids, zinc, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E! It is known to increase energy and stamina. Add the powder in small amounts to smoothies and other drinks.
- Spirulina – This is a type of blue-green algae available as a powder. Over half the make up of spirulina is amino acids! It also contains thiamine, iron and calcium among other nutrients. Like maca you can add this to smoothie and other drinks.
- Octane oil – This is derived from coconut oil and made specifically for making “bulletproof coffee.” If you have never heard of bulletproof coffee don’t bother looking it up! The calories and fat content outweigh the supposed benefits. Go for a regular coffee or matcha tea for energy and healthy fats from real food sources throughout your day.
- Ghee butter – This is clarified butter that is higher in fat than regular butter because the water and milk solids have been removed. It is another ingredient that can be put in “bulletproof coffee.” Ghee has a history of medicinal uses that originated in ancient India, but again don’t be fooled by the potential benefits. Eat your healthy fats throughout the day from more nutrient dense sources.
- Maple water – This is actually the substance that comes from maple trees before it is turned into maple syrup. Companies producing maple water claim it is loaded with hydrating compounds including vitamins and minerals, but there is no scientific research to back this. Stick to drinking regular, hydrating H20 and save your money.
- Drinking vinegar – Apple cider vinegar has some supposed health benefits such as aiding in weight loss, helping to control blood sugar levels and aiding in digestion. Taking a shot in the morning is not ideal for most people so there are some new products called drinking vinegar. It is basically a diluted vinegar drink with some added sugars. Again, stick to drinking water or kombucha and save your money.