Food trends, like fashion trends, come and go with the seasons. But if you want to keep your finger well and truly on the pulse, we’ve whittled down 2017’s hottest food predictions. From edible insects to purple veg, stay ahead of the curve with our pick of the food trends set to be huge this year.
The Power Of Purple
One of our favourite hues of the season is making its way into the foodie sphere, with purple-coloured fruits and veg popping up everywhere. Nutrient-rich and full of antioxidants, 2017 will be rife with purple cauliflower, black (purple) rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple corn, purple cereal and purple crisps.
Veg-based yoghurts are set to become a breakfast staple this year, with savoury infusions including the likes of beetroot, tomato, carrot, squash and more.
Following Beyoncé’s investment in healthy drinks brand WTRMLN WTR, it’s no surprise that the watermelon is rising to new foodie heights. With hydrating powers, and claims that it’s packed with electrolytes and L-Citrulline (an amino acid that reduces muscle soreness and boosts performance) it’s set to take over from coconut water as the new hydration drink of choice.
For those who struggle to get creative in the kitchen, gourmet meal kits are becoming a growing foodie trend. Whilst they’re not exactly new, 2017 is set to see an expansion in options and dietary preferences. Fool-proof food subscriptions that come with pre-measured, pre-prepared ingredients, as well as self-assemble ‘ready meals’, will inspire even the most novice of cooks to get excited about cooking.
Packed with probiotics, kombucha – Chinese fermented tea – is great for your gut, helping to improve digestion, increase energy and aid weight loss. Gloriously good for you, this tasty drink may pack a healthy punch, but it’s the distinctive sweet and tangy flavour that’s making it a huge hit amongst the food-loving set. Several restaurants are now making their own varieties, including the likes of Rawduck in London and Silo in Brighton, whilst Hackney-based Jarr, London’s first and only kombucha bar, serves up barrels of the stuff.
Chefs like Heston Blumenthal have been heralding the rise of the insects for quite some time now, but the craze has never really taken off. Until now. As sustainability becomes more of a pressing issue, so does reducing our intake of traditional protein like red meat. But if the idea of tucking into grasshopper tempura fills you with dread (we don’t blame you), edible insects now come in pulverised powder form, so you can use them in various dishes including breads, pancakes and pasta, making them sound marginally more appealing. With Thomasina Miers’ Wahaca chain and various health shops now stocking a variety of insect-inspired ingredients, this could be the year creepy crawlies make their way onto the menu.
The ideal alternative for those who suffer with nut allergies, tiger nuts are high in prebiotic fiber (so they’re great for the gut), low in calories and fat, and count as a source of potassium, iron, vitamin E, and unsaturated fatty acids. Plus, they taste pretty darn good, too.
The Flexitarian Diet
The number of people switching up their steaks for a hearty veggie bake is on the rise this year, but for those who don’t want to fully commit, the flexitarian diet gives you the best of both worlds –mostly veggie with the occasional inclusion of meat, should you feel the urge.
Healthy Fizzy Drinks
With obesity levels on the rise, calorie-laden, sugary drinks are high up on the list of main culprits, and Jamie Oliver’s campaign for the new sugar tax meant that fizzy drinks came under fire last year. So, to offer health-conscious fizzy drinks lovers a nutritious alternative, carbonated cold pressed juices will make their way into the limelight, in an attempt to curb cravings.