As the warmer weather sets in, you may be tempted to indulge in unhealthy foods that are particularly popular this time of year. Rather than derailing your diet with ice cream, barbeque foods, and sugary cocktails, stick to these equally delicious but healthy food trends!

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Acai Bowls

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a yummy acai bowl. A new take on the ice cream parlor or Froyo shop, acai bowl spots are sprouting up everywhere from New York to LA. For those who are unfamiliar with acai, it’s a purple berry native to Brazil. Believe it or not, the superfruit is richer in antioxidants than blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and grapes, and has many notable health benefits, including increased energy and an enhanced overall wellbeing.

So, what is an acai bowl? Basically, it’s a thick smoothie that’s eaten with a spoon. It contains blended acai and non-dairy milk, as well as healthy toppings, such as fresh fruit, oatmeal, granola or peanut butter. While it’s healthy, it’s also super delicious!

Poke Bowls

The poke bowl is Hawaii’s take on the burrito bowl. It features fresh chunks of marinated raw fish, usually tuna, served over rice with sesame seeds, seaweed, wasabi and soy sauce. Similar to a burrito bowl, some poke bowl shops allow you to customize your bowl and choose your toppings. Though it’s been enjoyed in Hawaii for many years, it’s the next big thing in the continental U.S.

Poke bowls are low in fat and calories and rich in protein and trace vitamins and minerals, including vitamins, B-12, C, and D, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, folate, and nacin. One thing to keep in mind, though, is if you’re going to use soy sauce, be sure to choose a low-sodium variety, as regular soy sauce is high in sodium.

Fruit-Infused Water

While you’re likely familiar with all the benefits of water and staying hydrated— healthy skin, weight loss, improved digestion, and a healthy immune system— you may still be having trouble drinking enough H2O. Rather than turning to an artificially sweetened beverage, infuse some natural sweetness and flavor into your water with fruit. Adding some fruit to your water will enhance its taste and only increase the health benefits.

Creating fruit-infused water couldn’t be simpler. Place any fruits and herbs you’d like in a glass jar or cup and refrigerate for at least an hour, or even overnight. The longer you refrigerate the water, the fruiter it will taste.

What’s your favorite food trend for spring? Share in the comments below!

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