15 Top Health Food Trends in 2017
Food trends come and go every year, but they tend to transform society while they last. In 2016 we all ate our fill of avocado toast, rainbow bagels and some seriously fancy oatmeal, but the time has come to move on to some new food fads.
What will the top dietary trends be for 2017? We scoured the internet to learn what top food fads expert nutritionists think will go mainstream this year.
- Sorghum: In 2017, quinoa is so passe. Today’s gluten-free whole grain of choice is sorghum, a high-quality source of fiber that is grown throughout the American Midwest. Not only is sorghum full of fiber and protein, this grain has plenty of iron and beneficial B vitamins. You can expect to see it added to cereals and chips this year.
- Wellness Tonics: We’ll all be turning to our food for medicine in 2017, and tonics fortified with turmeric, apple cider vinegar and maca will top the list. Taken daily like shots, wellness tonics give your body a boost of beneficial nutrients.
- Coconut: Coconut oil and water was a good start, but 2017 will be all about using coconut flesh in new forms. Get excited to snack on coconut tortillas, chips, sandwich wraps and plenty of other creative concoctions.
- Insects: Strange but true, insects may be a trending food this coming year. Bugs like grasshoppers are sustainable to harvest and full of protein, making them a smart way to eat for the environmentally conscious. Nutritionists predict that powdered insects will become a popular flour additive for pancakes and breads.
- Purple Veggies: Your cauliflower might look a little tinted this year. Deep purple colored foods are becoming a big trend, from black rice to purple asparagus and indigo sweet potatoes. Your body will thank you, as the darker the color of your food, the higher the antioxidant content it contains.
- Matcha: 2016 was a big year for green tea, and 2017 looks to be even bigger for matcha. You can expect to find matcha in coffee shops around the country, and a greater selection of high-quality matcha teas o brew right at home. There’s no need to worry if you aren’t a hot drinks fan- matcha is a healthy culinary favorite when incorporated into baked goods like pancakes and brownies.
- Chocolate For Breakfast: Recent research has shown that eating chocolate has plenty of positive health benefits, especially when eaten early in the day. There are even suggestions that chocolate for breakfast can help with weight loss. Expect cafes to capitalize on this trend by increasing their offerings of decadent breakfast offerings.
- Inflammation-Fighting Foods: In recent years, inflammation has become a big medical concern for many people, so inflammation fighting foods are expected to jump in popularity within the next year. Look for an increase of foods containing turmeric and ginger, especially in lattes and stir fries.
- Meat-like Plant Protein: In 2017, many consumers will be willing to look beyond ground beef for their meaty burgers. You can expect increasingly realistic veggie burgers made from legumes to come on the market. Even protein powders will get an update this year, as powders made with plant sources like pea and hemp proteins are expected to surge in popularity.
- Fermented Vegetables: Fermented foods aren’t just about pickles anymore. In the next year some specialty forms of fermented foods like curried cauliflower and ginger beets will show up on grocery store shelves. Farmer’s markets and small boutique stores are expected to pick up on the trend and sell their own unique creations.
- Squeeze Hummus: You won’t have to limit your hummus usage to simply dipping vegetables this coming year. Sabra brand hummus is changing their packaging by selling their hummus in squeezable tubes, and plenty of other companies are expected to follow suite. This will make hummus easier than ever to incorporate in various foods, from your eggs and chicken to sandwich spreads.
- Canned Fish: Anchovies and sardines don’t have the best reputation in America today, but that’s expected to change as consumers become more familiar with these protein-filled fish in 2017. High in omega 3 fatty acids, protein and a rich unami flavor, canned fish are going to start appealing to a wider range of palates. Updated packaging for many popular brands is expected to make fish seem more modern and exciting, as is a range of flavors and different processing methods. Expect your Instagram feed to start featuring dishes with these special fish as toppers.
- Watermelon water: Cool and refreshing, watermelon water is slated to make it big next year as a rival to other luxury waters. Full of powerful nutrients like lycopene and potassium, watermelon water is a great way to stay hydrated while getting in your daily antioxidants. Early adopters are already claiming it’s an ideal post-workout drink and even a smart alcohol alternative.
- Butter: Though it’s been vilified for decades, butter is making a comeback on dinner plates in a big way this year. Consumers no longer fear fat, and many diets actually find as many ways to incorporate it as possible (think “Bulletproof Coffee” of Ketogenics fame). This year, you can expect to find pats of butter on your plate in restaurants and plenty of grass fed and organic varieties in stores.
- Soup: Could soup become the new smoothie in 2017? Some experts think so. This versatile form of food is filling and full of fiber that often gets lost when fruits and vegetables are juiced. New soup-based restaurants are sprouting up over the country to capitalize on it. In many ways, the trend of soup is actually part of a bigger societal movement towards simplicity and minimalism.
Trends are always changing, and it’s never easy to predict in advance what is only a fleeting fancy and what will stick around for decades or more. As 2017 closes a year from now, it will be interesting to see whether we all are still buttering up our coconut and insect flour pancakes or whether those food trends will be regulated to the dustbin of history.
What will be the stand out food trend in 2017? We’d love to hear your thoughts.