The 5 Best Healthy Food Trends Of 2017 So Far
This years healthy food trends are telling. In 2016 we saw our Instagram feeds exploding with healthy food innovations, from avocado recipes to sugar-free everything. You can expect 2017 to take healthy up a notch. This year we will focus on wellness as self-enrichment.
2017 In Healthy Food
We are on a journey of becoming increasingly more aware of what is in our food and what we put into our mouths. It is safe to say that 2016 was an exceptionally healthy year. Consumers, the millennials in particular, are becoming highly sensitive to the impact of the food they eat, not just on their bodies, but on the Earth and their communities, as well.
Over the past year this message has come through strongly on social media and started a movement. This is how that message has informed this years food trends.
1. Stem to Root
Are you throwing away the ends of spring onions or carrots? Here is a fantastic way to reduce your wastage when cooking. Instead of only using the colourful or pretty parts of vegetables and fruits, you can now include all parts.
Look for recipes that allow for the inclusion of the whole fruit or vegetable, such as, broccoli stalks and beetroot stems. Many chefs have responded to the sustainability trend by putting together tasty recipes in this vein. As a result, there is a healthy variety for you to choose from. There many creative ways to make sustainable, healthy and tasty food – all you have to do is look for them.
A Tip For You: Use most of the green part of the leek or spring onion in your cooking. It is edible and just as tasty and nutritious as the white part of the onion.
2. Imperfect Produce
According to Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., part of the huge problem of food wastage is that consumers are used to only eating perfectly grown and aesthetically appealing fruit and vegetables. 2017 is changing the minds of consumers quickly. The trend involves farmer’s markets, oddly shaped carrots and deformed apples. We usually throw away this imperfect produce, despite the fact that it is just as nutritious. We expect to see imperfect produce in most grocery stores and health food shops by the end of 2017.
A Tip For You: Winter is coming up! Include slightly damaged vegetables into your homemade soup.
3. Seaweed and New Green Produce
More consumers are looking for seaweed and want to reap the benefits of it. Its popularity is heightening, even chefs are incorporating seaweed flavours into their soups, sauces, oils and salts. Stores are going to stock new greens like kelp and seaweed chips by the end of this year.
A Tip For You: If you are curious, go and research recipes where you can easily include these new greens into your diet.
4. Golden Lattes
The hottest trend of 2017 is finding anti-inflammatory foods. In 2016 people discovered the great effects of Turmeric and are now making lattes with it. These golden lattes are made with: turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, black pepper, honey and unsweetened plant-based milk.
A Tip For You: Try research easy-to-make smoothies or lattes that you can make at home every morning for a health booster in the mornings.
5. Unknown Ancient Grains
We are moving away from old grains like chia seeds, quinoa or flax seeds. New grains filled with large amounts of protein and fibre are emerging. These grains contain more protein and fibre than any other. You will start seeing the renewed popularity of a grain called Teff. This grain tastes like a combination of flax seeds and quinoa. It also looks a lot like couscous.
A Tip For You: Include healthy grains in your breakfast smoothies or oatmeal. Their fibre and protein content can be higher than most healthy food options.
We are living in a time where there are more healthy eating options available than ever before. If you want to better yourself, then focus on health from the inside out. Start with what you eat and we promise you will reap the rewards.