For better or worse, we’re getting a lot of our information from TikTok these days. While sometimes this is dangerous — please don’t try a weight loss plan based on what TikTok says — at times it can reveal some fun health trends.
If you spent any time on TikTok this year, for example, you’ve probably come across the Baked By Melissa Salad at one point or another, or maybe you’ve even sipped on “healthy Coke.” There’s no shortage of health food trends on TikTok, but which ones are actually legit? And should you skip any of them altogether? We asked nutritionists, and here’s what you need to know.
Baked By Melissa Green Goddess Salad
Dreamed up by cupcake genius Melissa Ben-Ishay, this salad recipe that went viral on TikTok initially left many people sceptical. Sure, she can make a great cupcake – but can she really craft a healthy and delicious salad? The answer, according to nutritionists, is yes. This cabbage, cucumber and chive salad complete with a protein- and healthy fat-rich dressing is a great choice.
“This has some protein with the nuts and seeds, and it’s vegan — plus, it’s a good flavour,” says Vanessa Rissetto, registered dietitian and co-founder of Culina Health.
Registered dietitian Eleana Kaidanian adds that this salad is a definite yes in her book. “This recipe is macronutrient diverse with plant-based proteins from nuts and the nutritional yeast, fibre-rich carbs from the veggies and healthy fats from olive oil and nuts,” she said. “Use of nutritional yeast in any recipe that calls for it is a huge plus as it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein like those proteins found in animal-derived foods.”
She adds that beyond its nutritional benefits, she would recommend this recipe because it is easy to make and versatile in the sense that you can use it as a dip, spread or salad on its own.
Emily Mariko’s Salmon Bowl
Emily Mariko’s salmon bowl is arguably as popular as the Baked By Melissa Green Goddess Salad. Made with rice, baked salmon, soy sauce and spicy mayo (and sometimes avocado and kimchi) — and to be clear, there are a lot of different variations of it floating…