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    Today's Convenient Canned Seafood Packs a Sustainable, Flavorful Punch

    We’ve come a long way from Chicken of the Sea. Today, you can enjoy seafood beyond the confines of a deli or restaurant—though we’d avoid Subway with the whole no-tuna-found-in-its-tuna fiasco. Brands are offering gourmet delicacies you can eat directly out of a can or pouch while camping in the backcountry, hiking a 14er or simply whipping up a quick lunch at home. And it’s not just tuna. With today’s canned seafood, you can snack on smoked mussels, fragrant sardines, and octopus in garlic-infused olive oil.

    Seafood is a superfood in its own right, providing muscle-, heart-, and bone-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as key vitamins and minerals. You get lots of sustaining protein with little fat. Moreover, all of these picks rank high in sustainability. Some are caught without bycatching—where other sea life, like turtles and sharks, are mistakenly caught. Others are traceable from ocean to pantry. And all are packaged sustainably; tin is completely recyclable and in the case of pouches, Safe Catch offers a recycling program if your community doesn’t accept them.

    “Canned seafood is versatile, convenient and budget-friendly,” says Katie Wagner, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries.
    It can be thrown in a backpack and stored on tiny apartment shelves. And they don’t require cooking—just open a can and eat these gourmet options below on their own for Or add them to a salad for a fancy, uber-healthy (and quick and easy) meal. Consider this pouched and canned seafood the Feast of the Sustainable Fishes.
    1. Patagonia Provisions Mussels
    From the outdoor industry leader in all things environmentally sustainable comes a three-pack of canned mussels that could pass for a flavor-packed bistro appetizer in a blind taste test. The mussels are sourced from Spain, where they’re grown on long, underwater ropes (one of the most sustainable types of aquaculture) and harvested by a family who’s been in the mythiculture biz for generations. The muscles naturally filter the water around them by feeding on microplankton, which both improves the water quality and doesn’t require additional feeding for harvesting. These European Union organic mussels come in three flavors: Lemon Herb, Savory Sofrito and Smoked. Each tin contains 15g protein.
    [$21, 3 cans;]
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    2. Güeyu Mar Chargrilled Sardine Tails in Escabeche
    As craft as it gets, these hand-cut sardines are grilled over an open fire of holm oak wood and packed in escabeche sauce—a traditional Spanish medley of premium olive oil, vinegar, onion, paprika and spices. Chef Abel Álvarez cooks everything in his intimate restaurant on the northern coast of Asturias. Each sardine is flipped one by one on the grill and packed by hand. Sardines have healthy omega-3s as well as calcium and vitamin D. Serve as small bites while hosting a dinner party or picnic with crusty bread. The sardines meet Marine Stewardship Council certification, which indicates the fishery meets international best practice for sustainable fishing.
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    3. Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna
    Wild Planet strictly utilizes pole or line catching to avoid bycatching—when other sea life is mistakenly caught in netting. The company also partners with Trace Register, which allows them to track each boatload of albacore from catch to can to shelf. The tuna is caught, immediately frozen, cleaned, trimmed and packed, then cooked once in the can with just a touch of sea salt—no water. Each flaky, flavorful serving has 21g protein.
    [$24, 4 cans;]
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    4. José Gourmet Octopus in Olive Oil with Garlic
    Cool artwork adorning each recyclable package of octopus nestled in high-quality olive oil and garlic aside, this Portugal-based product ranks high in sustainability. From ensuring all seafood is caught with environmentally sound fishing gear and handled by its own employees, to sustainable practices of waste resulting from fishing, to aligning with seasonality to optimize both the rhythms of nature and the ideal nutritional value, this brand’s offerings are feel-good (and taste-good). Octopus is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, and selenium, an essential trace mineral. Carried by Food52 for U.S. distribution.
    [$39.98/2 4oz. cans;]
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    5. Safe Catch Wild Pacific Pink Salmon Pouch
    These sashimi-grade salmon steaks are hand-tested to ensure they’re 25 times lower in mercury than what the FDA demands. (The founder’s mother developed mercury poisoning after eating tuna daily.) These individual packages are void of any water or other fillers—they’re just packed with rich omega-3 fatty acids and salmon’s natural oils. Safe Catch follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which sets standards in sustainable fishing practices to help protect turtles and other sea life from being harmed. Each pouch has 21g protein; add to salads or fork it out of the pouch if you’re on the go.
    [$35.99/12 pack of 3-ounce packages;]
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    Best Plant-Based, Low-Carb Pasta Options

    Breaking news: Pasta isn’t bad for you. Yes, it does get a bad reputation these days with evidence building on how harmful refined carbohydrates can potentially be for your health—but that’s not all pastas. Some can actually be good for you. Nowadays there are plenty of better-for-you options that pack a real nutritional punch compared to traditional pastas. For example, there are gluten-free, low-carb pasta options comprise bean-, lentil- and ancient grain-based noodles.

    So how do you know which low-carb pasta is the healthier kind? As a general guideline, start by looking for those with at least 5g fiber and 10g protein per serving—as well as less than 2g total sugar and minimal sodium. For an added nutritional boost, choose pastas made with whole (or ancient) grains or veggies. Here are our favorite healthier pastas to pick up from the store—cook, twirl, enjoy.

    Best Plant-Based, Low-Carb Pasta Options
    Courtesy Image1. Ancient Harvest Supergrain Rotini Pasta
    Ancient Harvest, a pioneer in ancient grain-based pastas, is now offering a new “Supergrain” pasta made from amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice. It’s made with just three ingredients. You guessed it: brown rice flour, amaranth flour, and quinoa flour. It also wins point for being gluten-free and non-GMO.
    Per 4 oz serving:
    Fiber: 6 grams
    Protein: 12 grams
    Sodium: 0 mg
    [$6 for 8 oz box;]
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    2. Banza Pasta
    Banza pastas are made from chickpeas and have 50 percent more protein, triple the fiber, 25 percent fewer net carbs, and 20 percent fewer total carbs compared to average pastas on the market.
    Per 3.5 oz serving:
    Fiber: 8 grams
    Protein: 20 grams
    Sodium: 40 mg
    [$25 for six pack;]
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    3. Brami Lupini Bean Pasta
    Made with two simple ingredients—semolina wheat and lupini beans—Brami Lupini Bean Pasta packs 60 percent more protein, three times more fiber, and 25 percent fewer net carbs than regular noodles. Serious bonus: It actually tastes like real pasta, unlike other “healthy” types.
    Per 3.5 oz serving:
    Fiber: 11 grams
    Protein: 21 grams
    Sodium: 10 mg
    [$25 for six pack;]
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    4. The Only Bean Organic Black Bean Fettuccine
    This pasta is made with only one ingredient: organic black soybeans, packing a whopping 44 grams of plant-based protein per serving. It’s also organic, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher.
    Per 3.5 oz serving:
    Fiber: 18 grams
    Protein: 44 grams
    Sodium: 5 mg
    [$29 for six pack;]
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    5. Explore Cuisine Edamame Pasta
    Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Spaghetti provides a full balance of plant-based protein and fiber. It’s made with just one protein-packed ingredient: organic edamame bean flour.
    Per 3.5. oz serving:
    Fiber: 23 grams
    Protein: 42 grams
    Sodium: 0 mg
    [$7 for 8 oz box;]
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    6. Sfoglini Beet Fusilli
    Sfoglini’s Beet Fusilli combines fresh cold-pressed beet juice with organic durum semolina flour. Its earthy flavor makes for some truly unique and tasty pasta dishes.
    Per 4 oz serving:
    Fiber: 6 grams
    Protein: 16 grams
    Sodium: 30 mg
    [$8 for 16 oz box;]
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    7. Pasta Lensi Red Lentil Pasta
    Unlike other legume pastas, Pasta Lensi is made from one simple ingredient—lentils. This healthy, gluten-free variety is high on fiber and plant-based protein.
    Per 3.5 oz serving:
    Fiber: 17 grams
    Protein: 26 grams
    Sodium: 5 mg
    [$19.35 for three pack;]
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    8. Veggiecraft Farms Cauliflower Penne
    Pasta made from cauliflower? Yep, you read all that right. It’s an easy way to get a full serving of veggies by simply using Veggiecraft Farms Penne Pasta as the base of your favorite dish. Made in Italy, these three-ingredient pastas are delicious and gluten-free. Other varieties include sweet potato and zucchini.
    Per 3.5 oz serving
    Fiber: 6 grams
    Protein: 23 grams
    Sodium: 25 mg
    [$7.35 for 8 oz box;]
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    9. Jovial Foods Einkorn Whole Wheat Spaghetti
    Einkorn is one of the most ancient species of wheat, which is now being rediscovered as a nutrient-rich whole grain—packed with protein, B vitamins, and more trace minerals than modern wheat.
    Per 4 oz serving:
    Fiber: 8 grams
    Protein: 18 grams
    Sodium: 0 mg
    [$3.69 for 12 oz box;]
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    How to Tell If You Have Lower Testosterone Levels

    If we asked you what testosterone does, you’d undoubtedly mention things like build strength and muscle mass, and improve sex drive. In short, all the attributes we’ve come to equate with masculinity, especially when we’re at our peak in our late teens and early 20s. So, not surprisingly, when you no longer feel like the man you were and start to ask why, lower T is often the culprit.

    What is testosterone?
    Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones known as androgens (aka steroids). It’s both androgenic (causing male physical characteristics) and anabolic (causing development and growth of muscle), the latter being far more interesting to the average guy trying to get jacked.
    Produced primarily in the testes and the adrenal glands, testosterone is involved with a variety of important processes in the body. It helps control development of male sex organs and kicks into high gear during puberty, when secondary sexual characteristics develop. These include not just an increase in size of the penis and testicles, but also the sprouting of facial and body hair. In addition, it’s typically accompanied by a growth spurt and the development of stronger, more visible musculature.
    As men mature, testosterone plays a critical role in sex drive, maintaining healthy red blood cell and sperm counts, and—drumroll, please—the maintenance and increasing development of muscle mass and strength.
    Signs of lower testosterone
    Testosterone doesn’t just get up and leave the body on a whim. Instead, the side effects sneak up on you as you age, first causing you to question how good you used to feel in the sack or in the gym. Then you start to notice your muscle-mass gains are nonexistent, and you’re actually getting smaller and weaker.
    Fatigue and a growing lack of interest in sex, training, and sports are the next indication that something’s just not right. Before you know it, you’re crying at movies and dog food ads.
    How to boost lower testosterone levels
    The good news: Lower testosterone doesn’t have to happen to you…or keep happening to you. There are steps you can take to eliminate the symptoms and get to the core of the issue. It starts with diet and exercise.
    Among the foods that can improve your natural testosterone production are oysters, which are rich in zinc; fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, which have high levels of vitamin D; and eggs, which contain cholesterol, the building block of testosterone (note: you don’t want to overdue it with the cholesterol, since too much can lead to health issues down the road). Other good foods to prioritize for increased T levels include onions, garlic, spinach, and broccoli.
    In the gym, intense workouts involving large muscle groups, heavy resistance, and minimal rest between sets are the best prescription for T production. Compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, bentover rows, and bench press should be used in place of leg extensions, pec deck, and hyperextensions. It’s critical you stress your body to get the biggest hormonal surge, and isolation movements just don’t cut it.
    Finally, sleep is a critical part of the lower-T conundrum.
    If you don’t get eight hours of sleep per night, your body becomes catabolic. First, your body is unable to adequately recover from hard training sessions. Second, reduced sleep causes an increase in the manufacture of cortisol. This burns up muscle tissue, increases fat deposition (especially in the belly), and reduces testosterone production.
    How supps can help increase testosterone
    If you feel as if you may be experiencing reduced testosterone levels, take the quiz below to find out. Depending on the results, adding a supplemental testosterone booster might help put you back in the game. One good option to consider is Nugenix Total-T. You might be familiar with the supp from its appearance in this SNL skit:
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    Think of Nugenix as a supercharged multivitamin. It’s got vitamins B6 and B12; zinc; L-citrulline malate (amino acid); Testofen®, a patented fenugreek extract (ayurvedic herb); ElevATP® Blend, a natural combination of ancient peat and apple polyphenols; and eurycoma longifolia extract, a plant in which the root is thought to heighten testosterone levels.
    Nugenix Total-T may increase sex drive, improve sexual function, and increase muscle strength and endurance in men suffering from lower testosterone.
    Do you have lower testosterone levels?
    To find out, tally up how many of the following you’ve experienced:
    1. Low sex drive: Any reduction is bad; a drastic drop-off signals problems.
    2. Difficulty achieving erection: If you depend on Viagra or Cialis, that’s not good.
    3. Significant loss of muscle mass
    4. Increase in body fat
    5. Fatigue and lack of energy: If you’re sleeping seven to eight hours a night yet feel sluggish, something’s wrong.
    6. Lack of enthusiasm: The inability to get excited about life in general is a sign of low T.
    7. Mood changes: Are you irritable or depressed most of the time? It could be hormonal.
    8. Low semen volume: A noticeable decrease in ejaculate isn’t normal.
    9. Hair loss: It could be on your head, but also on your face and body.
    10. Shrinkage of testicles: If your gonads feel smaller or softer to the touch, be cautious.
    If you answered “yes” to three or fewer of the above symptoms, you’re in pretty good shape. If you’re in the four to six range, you may have lower-T trouble brewing. It’s time to look closely at your diet and exercise regimen. Finally, if you’re experiencing seven or more of the symptoms, lower T is the likely cause.

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    Best High-Protein Snacks to Eat Anytime, Anywhere

    Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle. However, muscle isn’t just built after your workout is done. Consuming protein after your workout makes enzymes that allow key chemical reactions to take place within your body. These enzymes are crucial to regulating your body’s hormones, maintaining the fluid balance in your blood and tissues, and forming antibodies to protect your body from bacteria and viruses. Protein has many roles in your body, so it’s used constantly throughout the day. That’s why it’s important, not just for building muscle, but overall health to consume protein at every meal and in between—including high-protein snacks.

    Protein requirements vary per individual and specific goals, but overall you should aim to consume between 1.2-2.0 grams per kg body weight per day. Yes, that’s more than the generic RDA of 0.8 grams per kg body weight, which we find too modest; it’s the minimum you need from getting sick.
    High-protein snacks are key to getting your body the protein and amino acids in between meal periods—or if you’re going a few hours in between meals. A high-protein snack should provide at least 10 grams of protein per serving and be easy to eat at home or on the go. In addition, watch out for the added sugar content (keep it under 10 grams of added sugar) and make sure the ingredients are ones you’re familiar with. Take a look at these high-protein snacks (store-bought and homemade) to help you get protein all day long.
    Best High-Protein Snacks to Eat Anytime, Anywhere
    Joseph Gonzalez/Unsplash1. Hard Boiled Eggs
    Eggs are one of the best cheap protein sources, with each average egg providing 6 to 7 grams of protein. They’re versatile; cook up a frittata, shakshuka, or omelette for breakfast. For on-the-go snacks, hard boil half a dozen at the start of the week and store in the fridge.
    Protein per serving (2 eggs): 12 g protein

    Flavor-filled meat sticks made from grass-fed and free-range beef, venison, and turkey. Chomps2. Chomps Meat Sticks
    Chomps meat sticks are crafted with high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients—including grass-fed beef and venison, as well as free-range, antibiotic-free turkey. With nine unique flavors like Italian-Style Beef and Pepperoni Seasoned Turkey, you’ll never get flavor fatigue. Plus they’re gluten-free, compatible with paleo, keto, and Whole30, and allergy-friendly.
    Protein per serving (1 Pepperoni Seasoned Turkey Stick): 10 g protein
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    Kodiak Cakes Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Balls Courtesy Image3. Kodiak Cakes Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
    In the morning, mid-day, late night, in the car, or on the trail, these protein balls are an easy, delicious way to get protein. They’re made with 100 percent whole grain oats and non-GMO ingredients for wholesome, nutritious snacking. Bonus: They’re easy to prepare (just add water and roll!).
    Protein per serving (2 balls): 20 g protein
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    Simply Snackin Bars Courtesy Image4. Simply Snackin Bars
    Simply Snackin make on-the-go protein snacks that are nourishing and simple. The bars only include real ingredients like grass-fed beef or chicken, free of antibiotics or added hormones. They’re void of gluten and artificial flavors or colors.
    Protein per serving (1 Chicken With Hemp Seeds bar): 11 g protein
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    Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted No Shells Courtesy Image5. Pistachios
    Pistachios are the ultimate plant-based protein source as they contain all essential amino acids in adequate amounts for optimal health. The best part is they’re convenient on the go and don’t require any preparation. Additionally, they provide fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to help your body refuel and recover before and after a workout
    Protein per serving (1.5 oz kernels): 10 g protein
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    Scout Wild Albacore Tuna SCOUT6. Scout Wild Albacore Tuna
    Tuna is an excellent source of protein and these single-serve cans make it easy to store and travel with (just remember your can opener!). They feature hand-cut tuna fillets that are cooked and packaged to preserve omega-3 oils with nothing else added. The best part? In addition to protein, each 3-oz serving provides roughly 705 mg of healthy EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.
    Protein per serving (1 can): 21 g protein
    [$31.99/4 pk or $28.79/monthly subscription;]
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    Kize Bars Kize Concepts7. Kize Bars
    Kize Bars might be the cleanest protein bars you can buy. They taste more like a no-bake cookie or peanut butter fudge, and some flavors have as little as four ingredients.  Great as a high-protein snack, on-the-go fuel, or a healthy dessert.
    Protein per serving (1 bar) 10 g protein
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    8. Real California Cottage Cheese
    Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and contains relatively few calories.  It also provides an ideal combination of whey and casein. which provide quick- and slow-digesting protein. It’s packed with many other nutrients for health like B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. It’s also versatile enough to incorporate into different meals and snacks.
    Protein per serving (1 cup low-fat): 28 g protein
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    Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Egg Bites, Uncured Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Vital Farms9. Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Egg Bites, Uncured Bacon & Cheddar Cheese
    Eggs are a great protein source (as we already mentioned) but sometimes you want to make them a little more exciting. Vital Farms Egg Bites are made with ethically sourced ingredients like pasture-raised eggs and cheese, and humanely raised meats. On top of that, they’re delicious and come in convenient packs to microwave and take with you anywhere in just 45 seconds.
    Protein per serving (2 bites): 18 g protein
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    Fage Total Greek Yogurt 0% Courtesy Image10. Fage Total Greek Yogurt
    Greek yogurt is a little different than its traditional counterparts. Greek yogurt is lower in sugar, higher in protein, and creamier than regular yogurt. It’s filled with not just protein but calcium, probiotics, and vitamin B. It often comes in single-serving portions, making it a great high-protein snack in between meals. You can also add to your favorite smoothie.
    Protein per serving (Fage Total 0% 6-oz container): 18 grams protein

    Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Walnut Collagen Protein Oats Courtesy Image11. Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Walnut Collagen Protein Oats
    Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite for its convenience and fiber content. Purely Elizabeth makes it even better by adding premium grass-fed bovine collagen and an added packet of Nuttzo nut butter to pack a high-protein punch. The blueberries, walnuts, ancient grains, and superfood seeds lend satisfying texture and flavor to boot.
    Protein per serving (2-oz cup): 11 g protein
    [$2.99 or $2.54 for subscription;]
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    Kite Hill Protein Yogurt Kite Hill12. Kite Hill Protein Yogurt
    Kit Hill yogurt is a great-tasting blend of almonds and soy to pack in the protein and faba bean for added creaminess in a new plant-based yogurt. Kite Hill Protein Yogurt is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. Best of all, it doesn’t sacrifice on taste or the smooth, creamy texture that many seek, but cannot find in dairy-free items.
    Protein per serving (Blueberry, 5.3-oz cup): 10 g protein
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    Nature Zen/Unsplash13. DIY Protein Shake
    There’s nothing easier than bringing your own protein powder (whey or vegan) and mixing in your shaker bottle. But if you have the time, make a complete and delicious post-workout smoothie to kickstart recovery or provide an extra boost of protein between meals. Here’s a recipe with a tropical spin:
    16 oz milk of choice (or orange juice)
    1-2 scoop vanilla or unflavored protein powder (whey or vegan)
    3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
    ½ cup frozen mango
    ½ frozen banana
    1/2 ripe avocado peeled
    1 tsp chia seeds
    1 scoop Athletic Greens powder
    Combine all ingredients
    Blend until smooth.
    Jordan Mazur, MS, RD is the director of nutrition for the San Francisco 49ers.

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    These Food and Drink Trends Are Coming to a Kitchen Near You

    For one weekend a year, tastemakers from around the world head to Colorado for the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. For three days (Sept. 10–12 this year), chefs like Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Andrew Zimmern, Rodney Scott, and Justin Chapple host a series of live cooking demonstrations while wine experts like Mark Oldman, Garrett Oliver, and Alpana Singh lead guided tastings. After that, attendees sample dynamic nibbles and free-flowing wine in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. It’s exactly as opulent as it sounds.

    But it’s not just a party. The Classic has historically served as a food trends forecaster and a great place to discover talent before it gets broadly recognized by everybody else. Because many of the usual 5,000 attendees (reduced to 2,500 this year due to COVID-19 measures) are involved in the food and beverage industry, those trends are accelerated—attendees bring their new favorites home and often share them with their communities.
    “Chefs exist in a sort of ecosystem, so when you see something at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, those are going to be the first signs of trends that we’re going to see throughout the industry in the next year or two,” Mary-Frances Heck, a senior food editor at Food & Wine, told Men’s Journal.
    Wondering what the next big food and beverage trends will be? Here’s a look at what might be coming to your table soon.

    The Biggest Food and Drink Trends to Know
    1. Plant-Based Meat and Dairy Alternatives
    If you were to guess what celebrity chef Guy Fieri was dishing up at his seminar, you’d likely wager that the creation would be meat-based, cheese-heavy, and wildly over-the-top. In this case, you’d only be partially correct. Fieri did make an extravagant burger—but it was entirely vegan. The patty was created from vegetables and his signature cheese sauce was crafted from flax egg, cashews, and brewer’s yeast. Even in a crowd of carnivores, it was a hit. It was also far from the only plant-based treat on offer throughout the weekend.
    “I think plant-based cooking is an undeniable trend,” Heck said. “Now it’s really crave-able and chefs who traditionally haven’t hung their hat on plant-based cooking are getting into it and having fun with it.”
    2. CBD

    Cannabis has been legal in Colorado since 2014, but it has only recently begun to appear at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. This year its presence was even larger.
    Lord Jones brought luxury, small-batch, hemp-derived CBD gumdrops. Ocean Spray formally debuted its new CBD-infused sparkling water, CarryOn, at the Classic. The brand has two varieties—blueberry-flavored Relax and grapefruit-forward Recover—both of which contain 20mg of CBD. And Red Belly Honey, a brand that uses bees to craft a one-of-a-kind nectar and hemp hybrid, used its honey to make some tasty venison lemongrass skewers.
    “They were all striking, both for their purported health properties but also for having great taste,” Heck said.
    The presence of so many CBD brands shows that the stigma that has long surrounded cannabis is diminishing, at least somewhat. It wouldn’t be surprising if more restaurants incorporated CBD-infused ingredients into their dishes.
    3. Sustainable Practices
    Sustainability and its synonyms have been the buzzwords du jour in the food and drink sphere in recent years. If the Classic is any indication, it’s only going to become more popular. In cooking demos, wine tastings, and within the tasting pavilion, hosts frequently touted their sustainable practices.
    One of the driving factors, says Heck, is that people are generally becoming more interested in knowing where their food comes from and how it’s sourced.
    The seminar that delved most deeply into sustainability was the “Wine for a Healthy Planet” seminar, led by Ray Isle, executive wine editor at Food & Wine. It explored what it means to be organic, biodynamic, and regenerative in the wine industry, whether or not that changes how the wine tastes (answer: generally for the better), and why it’s important to get climate change under control (answer: so we can continue to have good wine).

    4. Premium Canned Wine
    In the past, canned wines have gotten a bad rap. The earliest iterations were mass-marketed and the juice within wasn’t particularly high-quality. That’s changing, though.
    “Winemakers who are really smart and really ambitious are seeing what they can do with this canned format,” Isle said, adding that there were multiple booths at the Grand Tastings that were slinging some pretty remarkable canned wines. Want to try one? Check out Sans Wine Company, which specializes in organic wines and has several canned varieties on offer.
    It also plays into sustainability—canned wine has a significantly lower carbon footprint than wine that’s sold in glass bottles.
    5. More Mezcal

    Given the name, it makes sense that the Classic used to exclude liquor and beer, but in recent years the organizers have started branching out beyond wine. One of the most prominent alcoholic beverages at the 2021 event was mezcal (including Doña Vega above). Isle argued that there has been more public interest in the agave-based spirit recently, and Heck noted that many varieties of mezcal have gained an increased appreciation as sipping spirits.
    6. Fruit- and Vegetable-Forward Desserts

    Rustic apple crostata with a cheddar cheese crust, pumpkin milk pie, and red grape cake with whipped creme fraiche were a few of the desserts that domestic phenom Martha Stewart brought to the table during her seminar (aptly titled “Fruit Desserts”). But she was far from the only chef who used fruits and vegetables to make sweet treats. Pastry chef Paola Velez (who was named one of the Best New Chefs of 2021) served plantain sticky buns during one of the tasting events. Similarly, chef Thessa Diadem’s sweet potato sticky bun was used in marketing materials throughout the weekend. You might encounter similar delicacies on a dessert menu soon: Heck said she expects to see a wider variety of fruits and veggies incorporated into desserts served at restaurants in the future.
    7. Elevated Comfort Food
    In many restaurants, grilled cheese is often relegated to the kids’ menu. In chef Brooke Williamson’s kitchen (or more specifically, in her seminar “Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese”), it’s doctored up with onions caramelized in fish sauce, charred kale, and bourbon tempura onion rings. The following morning, chef Kristen Kish did a riff on another kid favorite, the fillet of fish sandwich. During her seminar, the handheld was given a fine dining execution using steamed fish, a caper sauce in place of the traditional tartar, and phyllo dough instead of a burger bun.
    “[One trend is] looking at what people are really craving and giving it to them in a new and exciting way,” Heck said, adding that many flavor profiles on display at the event had elements of nostalgia and familiarity.
    8. Diverse Kitchens

    Every year, Aspen Food & Wine recognizes the best new chefs (past winners include chefs like David Chang, Thomas Keller, and Michael Symon). While there were some outliers previously, the list often featured mainly straight, white men. This year, however, the list includes Matt Horn, a Black pitmaster; Thessa Diadem, a Filipina pastry chef; Fermín Núñez, a Latino masa master; Angel Barreto, a Black Puerto Rican chef who helms a contemporary Korean restaurant; and Ji Hye Kim, a Korean chef, among others.
    “That platform has always always tried to anticipate trends in the food world, both in terms of what’s being put on the plate and in terms of who’s putting it there,” Isle said. “If you look at this group of best new chefs and compare it to say, 20 years ago, it’s vastly more diverse. That represents a huge trend of what’s happening in the restaurant world as a whole.”

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    When you hit the gym hard, it can be tempting to load up on every shiny tub of mysterious purple powder you can get your hands on in hopes it’ll turn you into vintage Schwarzenegger overnight. But rather than loading up on some generic “best supplements” just because they’re popular, it makes sense to identify your specific needs as an athlete, then address those issues first.
    Are you a hardcore powerlifter? A physique-focused bodybuilder? A long-distance cyclist? All those endeavors require slightly different nutrient profiles—but it’s important to start with the fundamentals.
    “The average guy doesn’t always need to take anything crazy,” says Kylene Bogden, M.S., a board-certified sports dietician at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “If your diet is great and you’re sleeping well, it’s rare you’d need anything besides these select supplements.”
    Oh, and one more thing: If you’re subsisting on late-night fries and couch pizza, fix that problem first. “Our rule is ‘food first,’” says Damon McCune, M.S., the director of performance nutrition for the athletics program at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas and a consultant to physique athletes and bodybuilders. “The number one thing I see across the board is people aren’t eating enough. This means they’re deficient in one or more nutrients because of that.”
    So before you blow your next paycheck on some rattlesnake venom that promises to increase your bench press max (hint: it won’t), make sure you’ve got your nutrition plan down. If you’re still feeling sluggish in the morning or run-down after workouts—and your doctor gives you the go-ahead—consider taking these seven nutritionist-recommended supplements to get what you need. More