The Biggest Healthy Food Trends To Come In 2017

The Biggest Healthy Food Trends To Come In 2017
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Here's a startling fact. In recent years, experts estimate that as much as 40 percent of all food produced and prepared is thrown away. Growing concerns about climate change, population growth, and the potential for food shortages have caused some individuals and families to look for ways to use food more efficiently. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of how their food choices affect the environment, local economies, and the greater world community. It makes perfect sense that the food trends for 2017 will be reflective of this growing consciousness. 

Predictions suggest society will move towards eating simpler, more nutritious meals. Eating for health and longevity means consuming less meat and replacing it with plant-based protein as well as live foods that aid in digestive function. Though more and more people are striving to improve the quality of the foods they eat. they amount of time they want to dedicate to cooking will likely not increase. Therefore, it is important that food shopping is streamlined and meals require less prep work.

Ready to make your shopping list? While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, here are 11 of what might be the hottest food trends for 2017 !

Sorghum

Sorghum is being billed as the new quinoa. This grain is high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron. When dried and popped, it makes a great alternative to traditional popcorn. You may also find sorghum on the ingredients lists of breakfast cereals, crackers, protein bars, and gluten-free bread.

Root-To-Stem Cooking

In an effort to reduce food waste, consumers (millennials in particular) are finding ways to use every part of the vegetable in their meals. While turnips may be sliced and eaten raw in salads, the rest may be cooked as turnip greens. Scraps from chopping fruits and vegetables may be run through a juicer. You might drink it as fresh juice or freeze it to make ice cubes or popsicles.

Seaweed And Other Uncommon Greens

You might already enjoy seaweed in kale in salads or as a cooked side dish, but more and more they are turning up in stores in chips and crackers. Seaweed is a super food that is loaded with protein, minerals, vitamin C, calcium, and iodine. It also has strong immune-boosting properties which will help make it one of the most sought-after greens in 2017.

Golden Lattes

Turmeric really took its place in the spotlight in 2016 so it stands to reason that a turmeric-based beverage would carry its popularity into 2017! Golden lattes will be in high demand because of their powerful immune-boosting properties. They are made from  turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, black pepper, cinnamon, honey, and unsweetened plant-based milk like almond or rice milk. If your local coffee spot doesn't have them yet, find a place that does!

Veggie Burgers

Finding plant-based meat substitutes that actually taste like meat has proven to be a lot tougher than expected in 2016. Food producers have vowed to change all of that. The move towards eating less meat for better health and longevity has certainly created the demand. Hopefully 2017 will give way to more tasty and less pasty veggie patties so more people can make the big switch! 

Jackfruit

Because it looks like pulled pork when cooked, jackfruit is slowly becoming a more popular meat substitute. There are two things to consider here, though. Jackfruit is very low in protein compared to meat and fish and it is sweet in flavor. You will need to add some other protein sources into the recipe and find a way to work around the flavor. Maybe using a sweet and sour sauce or honey barbecue sauce will do the trick.

Meal Kit Services

About 40 percent of all food produced goes to waste because we prepare too much and don't consume the leftovers. Food meal kit services like Blue Apron help solve the problem by shipping ready-to-cook meals complete with pre-measured fresh ingredients right to your door. Each box includes spices and recipe cards. This service saves time and is kind to the environment.You make fewer trips to the grocery store therefore reducing auto emissions. A subscription is required, but most let you cancel and re-start as needed. Most programs offer anywhere from two to four recipes per week feeding couples or a family of four. Look to spend from $50-$150 per week.

Noodles Made From All Kinds of Things!

If you are trying to cut carbs and gluten, there will be even more options on the market to satisfy your pasta cravings! There are dry versions of quinoa, lentil, brown rice, and black bean pasta noodles already available. Check out brands like Jovial® and Ancient Harvest™. Look for beet, zucchini, sweet potato, and yellow squash spirals in your produce department.

Savory Protein Snack Bars

For lovers of meat and jerky, companies like Epic® have introduced dried snacks in a variety of flavors. Look for chicken, bison, bacon, and beef. They come in bars and snack packs.

Probiotic Products

Expect to find even more fermented and sprouted "live" foods to come on the market this year! You have likely already seen kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt, and tempeh. Check the snack and bread aisles for sprouted chips, crackers, bread, bagels, and more!

Acai Bowls

Soup, cereal, and oatmeal are good, but how about a deconstructed meal in a bowl? If you have had a burrito bowl, then you know that you are basically eating the filling of a burrito sans the tortilla. The acai bowl is a hot trend that will make its mark in 2017! It is basically a thick smoothie that has been topped with oatmeal or other grain cereal. It is nutritious, quick, and easy. Clean Eating Magazine offers three delicious acai bowl recipes for you to try today!

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