Every year brings about some new and interesting health food trends, and 2017 will definitely not disappoint. Even though some of the healthy food trends continue to gain momentum such as fresh ingredients, non-GMO, whole grains, protein, and gluten free, there are still various trends that have come up with new ways to help you eat healthier whether you dine out or dine in.
Here are 8 healthy food trends for 2017.
- Sprouts are making a huge comeback. Many people are now eating more sprouted grains because they are packed full of nutrients and have been artificially processed very little in comparison to most foods.
- You can eat sea-food and be vegetarian. Sea vegetables are virtually fat-free, low in calories but rich in minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll, enzymes and trace minerals, dietary benefits that land vegetables lack due to soil demineralization.
- Hemp is one of the most multipurpose natural products on Earth. The seed is nutritious, but the fiber from the stalk and leaves are also incredibly good for you. Hemp is an excellent source of protein and a great vegan alternative for those allergic to nuts. This super food is good for you because it has an ideal balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
- Superfood has become the biggest catchphrase in the health food industry. But after years of avocado and quinoa reigning superlative, it’s time to pass the crown to spices – with turmeric being one of the most powerful. No wonder all those turmeric lattes are a crowd pleaser. It comes with the added benefit of great skin.
- Grab some Tiger nuts in 2017. Interestingly, these are not nuts but a small root vegetable that grow in Africa and especially the Mediterranean. In fact, they may have been eaten as far back as the Stone Age. They are great for supporting the digestive system and weight loss.
- Blame it on hipsterism becoming main stream but colorful, balanced one-bowl meals are very trendy these days — think quinoa bowls for breakfast and taco and poke bowls for lunch and dinner. It’s easier to mix together all the flavors and to enjoy every ingredient in each bite. Plus, these bowls can be made to suit your individual preferences.
- 100 percent whole-grains are still having their moment. Gluten-free or not, grains like kamut, buckwheat, quinoa , bulgur, farro, , millet, amaranth, sorghum, etc. are all helpful for health and have yet to permeate the market in the same way traditional products have till date.
- Nooch an exotic topping will soon be everywhere — especially as the decadent vegan trend continues to surface in the culinary world. Nooch, formally known as nutritional yeast has a nutty flavoring that’s derived from sugarcane or beet molasses.