The Top 11 Healthy Food Trends to Be on the Lookout For in 2016
Trend come and go, so say goodbye to those 2015 fad and welcome these top 11 new and improved healthy food trends to be on the lookout for in 2016!
Trends come in all form: the latest in microfashion, this year's newest sports car, or simply a new invention promoted as a life hack. With health and nutritional information right at people's fingertips, it is no wonder many like to try out new food trends. Say goodbye to those 2015 health fads and welcome these top 11 healthy food trends to be on the lookout for in 2016.
11 Food Trends of 2016
1. Grass-fed Beef
The market for grass-fed beef is growing, and will continue to grow as consumers are becoming more interested. In comparison to grain-fed, grass-fed beef is lower in fat and calories and leaner. Additionally, grass-fed beef is lower in "bad" fats and richer in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of "good" fat that are considered to be heart-friendly and essential for brain function.
2. Veggie Entrees
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Plant-based meals are starting to hit the dinner table. Even if meat is apart of the dish, it is starting to take the backseat. Some menu options keep veggies as the highlight instead of shoved off to the side. Jump on this food trend and reap all the benefits from the vast nutrients and minerals.
3. Poke Bowls
Poke bowls have made it to the mainland from Hawaii. Poke literally means "to cut into pieces" in Hawaiian language. Specifically, poke bowls consist of a layer of rice topped with fresh fish such as tuna. The bowl can be further garnished with onion, avocado, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and other related toppings.
Koji comes from a Japanese origin and is cooked rice and soybeans with a fermented culture. The product is used in a wide variety of food products such as sake, rice vinegar, and miso. Healthful amino acids can be found in koji products. Furthermore, the fermentation process creates compounds that are said to be effective in the prevention of cancer.
5. Acai Bowls
Basically, acai bowls are thick smoothies topped with oats, fruits, and other preferred toppings. The bowls are a profound breakfast item filled with acai puree along with other frozen fruits and plant-based milks. These spoon-eaten smoothies are rich in nutrients and a healthful way to start the day.
Kombucha drinks are fermented and lightly sweetened black or green teas. Despite lack of supporting evidence, some researchers and consumers attribute its intake to joint care and antioxidants. Active probiotics produced by the fermentation process can improve digestion and gut health.
7. Ice Cream
Well, not the traditional ice cream. Recently, ice cream has been altered and promoted as a health food. Several companies advertise their ice cream product as a guilt-free alternative in comparison to old-fashioned ice cream. (Apparently, you can "eat the whole pint or carton" without feelings of guilt). Brands such as Halo Top advertise their products as low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar. Furthermore, companies are aiming to utilize natural ingredients to reduce compromising both flavor and texture.
This Philippines purple yam, known as "ube" or "ubi," is starting to emerge in the U.S. The tuberous vegetable is oftentimes consumed boiled or incorporated into desserts. Not only are the ube-containing ice creams, cakes, and cookies vibrant in color, but they are rich in potassium, fiber, and other antioxidants.
9. Evolving Condiments
Ketchup and mustard are now considered to be "old school." Sauces and condiments are expanding not only in taste, but in variety. From vegan mayo to protein-enriched, the condiment evolution provides additional flavor depths and enhancements.
10. Food Deliveries
Food delivery now goes beyond pizza and Chinese take-out. Delivery services are increasingly available and offering a wide variety of restaurants and menus. Such expansion offers more nutritious food options and convenience to consumers.
11. Menu "Cleaning"
Sugar, salt, and fat are oftentimes packed into common menu items. However, restaurants are progressing their efforts to provide healthful foods to their consumers. "Clean" menus offer more wholesome, fresher ingredients that attracts health-conscious individuals and further promotes nutrition.
Nevertheless, a lot of unfamiliar food words are popping up in 2016. Instead of being reluctant in trying some of these unique foods, try to stay open-minded. Each diverse food provides its own nutritional benefits along with distinctive characteristics. Trendy has never tasted so good!