From hygge to clean eating, what health trends to keep in 2017
This year we embraced nut butter and accepted a certain Danish word into our vocabulary - but how did other wellbeing trends go down? By Abi Jackson.
OK, the fact snuggling up somewhere cosy and candlelit, with a soothing hot chocolate or glass of red, makes us feel good is hardly groundbreaking. But it was only this year we officially found a name for the cosy good life's happiness-inducing magic: hygge. It's always been a way of life for the Danes, and this autumn saw it snuggle into our everyday vocabulary too.
VERDICT: Keep. Simple, feelgood and basically achievable every day. What's not to love?
First came courgetti, and then 2016 saw an incoming tide of seaweed pasta. There's a lot going for it: it's sustainable, easy to farm, highly nutritious, gluten-free and low-cal - if a tad salty.
VERDICT: Keep - but it's currently too expensive to make it onto our regular shopping lists (expect to pay almost £6 for a 100g bag, while you can easily get a 500g bag of real pasta for £1).
FLAVOURED NUT BUTTER
The nut butter aisles got a lot more interesting this year, with palm oil-free brands like Pip & Nut bringing us delights such as Honey Cinnamon Cashew Butter and Coconut Almond Butter. Omega-3 and protein-packed goodness and added flavour.
VERDICT: Keep. And Pip & Nut have just announced they're launching 1kg tubs... Happy New Year!
Nobody's really sure what it means. Is it just healthy, proper food all made from scratch, with no additives? But haven't people been doing that forever? And does it only count as clean eating if you post it on social media? Maybe we're missing something but, either way, it's smug, and there is nothing wrong with a good old dirty burger every once in a while.
VERDICT: Bin. #PleaseStop
The Kardashians could post selfies of themselves drenched in cow dung and somebody (read: many) would give it a go. Of course, when they start posting snaps of themselves sporting waist trainers - basically super-tight corsets - and even working out with them on, cue a flurry of copycat attempts to get 'waisted'.
VERDICTS: Bin. Sticking the word trainer in the title doesn't change what it is. A corset doesn't promote fat loss or muscle tone. It just squashes you (and your organs).
Always thought the priority with fitness attire was to keep you cool and comfortable during those sweaty workouts? Khloe Kardashian took the opposite approach this summer however, when she shared snaps of herself working out in a sauna suit. The clue's in the name: these 'sweat suits', as they're also known, are designed to make you heat up and perspire more.
VERDICT: Bin. Anything that perpetuates the idea it's OK to do daft things in a bid to lose weight fast is just not good. Plus apparently, it's just promoting water loss, which isn't the same as fat loss.
We all carried a watermelon in 2016. Well, those of us who got in on the emerging watermelon juice/water trend did. Yep, move over coconut water (not completely - you're still in pretty high demand), watermelon (above) quenched our thirst and then some this year, topping up our vitamin and potassium levels and aiding in muscle recovery (thanks to its L-citrulline contents) in the process.
VERDICT: Keep. It's tasty, simple and a refreshing (no pun intended) addition to the, arguably over-saturated, healthy drinks market.
Triied & Tested: Three of the best winter cycling tights
1. Madison Sportive Oslo DWR Women's Bib Tights With Pad, £79.99 (Madison.cc)
Italian thermal roubaix Lycra backed with a micro fleece lining, these bib tights, which feature a Custom Madison 4G-RACE gel chamois pad, anti-chaff stitching and water-repellent coating, promise to keep the chill out without overheating.
2. Adidas Women Supernova Wintertight, £109.95 (www.adidasspecialtysports.co.uk)
These race fit tights boast a supportive, high-comfort waistband, ankle zips with silicone cuffs and four-way-stretch soft shell fabric with front water-repellent coating. Add some reflective detailing, and you've got a slick and stylish legging.
3. Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Thermal Tight, £90 (www.tiso.com)
Available in sizes XS-XL, these nylon/polyester/elastane tights, featuring ELITE 3D Chamois technology, are soft-brushed on the inside, for a comfortable thermal cold-weather ride.