30 Years of Fad Diets and Food Trends

From Lean Cuisine to triple stuffed Oreos. A look back at the foods and fads that shaped our nation.
1981-2012 Trends: 30 Years of Food History, Health Trends, and Fad Diets

It’s that time of year, when we can’t help but look back at the events of the last 365 days and look forward to the year to come. And, as you may know, SHAPE turned 30 this year (check out photos from our star-studded birthday bash). In honor of our anniversary, and the year’s end, I decided to roundup some of the fad diets and food developments that have shaped the way we eat over the last 30 years. 


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Healthy Doughnut Do-Over

Yes, donuts can fit into your healthy diet! Find out how.
Healthy Donuts: Homemade Donut Recipes

If the mere thought of rings of fried dough turns you into Homer Simpson, we’ve got a SHAPE-approved alternative: fonuts. Created by L.A.- based pastry chef Waylynn Lucas, these faux doughnuts are baked, so they clock in at nearly half the calories of the typical variety. The concept was born when a friend made some banana bread for the local farmers’ market, says Lucas. “Worried that no one would commit to a full loaf, she baked the batter in a doughnut pan.

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The Fourth Cocktail of Christmas: Four Calling Birds (in a Spice Tree)

Gin, ginger beer, and a sprig of rosemary make this one spicy and sassy holiday cocktail.
Christmas Drinks Day 4: Low Calorie Cocktail Recipes with Gin

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four calling birds (who live in a spice tree), three French martinis, two turtlenecks, and Campari with a pear purée.

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A Salty Sweet Savior

Satisfy salty sweet cravings with this brand new healthy snack
Healthy Snacks: LUNA Bar’s Amazing New Salty Sweet Snack

If you’re like me, salty sweet snacks are the ones that send you overboard. A craving hits and you grab some chocolate covered pretzels, Moose Munch, trail mix, whatever your salty sweet snack of choice is. But the problem is—it’s impossible to stop! Just when you’ve had too much sweet you get a burst of salt and you’re reaching for more.

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Day 6 & 7: One-Month No-Groceries Challenge

Another day, another date but does that mean diet derailed?
Eating on a Budget Day 6 & 7: My No-Groceries One-Month Healthy Eating Plan

Oh boy, you heard me lamenting that my fridge was no emptier at the end of week one than when I started the one-month no-groceries challenge right? Well, I promised myself week two would be better but so far it’s a no-go. It’s Restaurant Week here in New York City and it’s really throwing off my plan.

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