Food trends are so intriguing. Some are creative solutions to problems. Some seem a bit contrived (breathable cocktails? see below). Some are simply a healthy ingredient finally getting its time in the spotlight.
Whether or not you actually try them all (I’m still working on the list from 2015), it’s fun to have these healthy food trends on your radar. Look for them in stores and at restaurants throughout the year and let me know which ones you try!
12 Healthy Food Trends
Souping – Tired of the same old juice cleanse? Souping, the hip alternative to juicing, delivers more fiber, less sugar and is more satisfying than juice. Drinkable soups are also on the rise.
Pulses – The lowly legume is getting a makeover. Who knew pulses was the name for dried chickpeas, lentils, dried beans and peas? The cool thing is that pulses have a tiny carbon footprint, are extremely nutritious and are super cheap – all the more reason to eat them my dear!
Breathable cocktails – Imagine immersing yourself in a cloud of gin and tonic or breathing in a flavorful amuse-bouche between courses. For some, it’s a new way to absorb alcohol (whether or not this is healthier remains to be seen). For others, a non-alcoholic flavor treat.
Superherbs – Superfoods are so last year. Say hello to stress-busting superherbs, like moringa, maca, ginseng, and turmeric. They’ll be showing up in juices, chocolates and more.
Find it: Juice Warrior’s Orange, Maca, Tumeric Shot and Vega Maca Chocolate.
Cardamom – My prediction for the spice of the year. It’s one I happen to LUV in baked goods and I’m seeing it popping up in yogurt, snacks and juices.
Big bacteria – Probiotics continue to thrive as we learn more about the importance of good gut bacteria. Probiotic bacteria will show up in everything from tea to baking mixes. Even fermented cocktails are a trend.
Swavory food – As our palates are getting more sophisticated, we are moving toward savory versions of typically sweet foods and vise versa.
Seaweed & algae – Move over kale – nutrient-dense seaweed and algae are in takeover mode! Look for it in noodles, in oils, as a seasoning for rice and even as a topper for popcorn and other snack foods.
Natural sweets – We know we’re supposed to be eating less sugar, but we’re not about to give up sweets completely! Yay for less junky candy and even GMO free Hersheys.
Plant-based meats – Red meat has a bad rap but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave it. Enter plant-based alternatives that look, taste and even “bleed” like real meat (yeah, gross.)
Which one of these food trends will you be most likely to try?
(Sources: J. Walter Thompson, New Hope Media, Baum + Whiteman)