As we prepare to leave the first half of 2017, we have seen interesting food trends in the past 12 months that left us in amazement (poke bowls!!). Some said we will gravitate towards natural cooking while others said we will see a rise of non-alcoholic drinks. To avoid confusion about which food trends to hop on to and post on your Instagram feeds, we have compiled five of the newest, and sometime strangest, food and beverages trends of 2017 so far.
With the increase in vegetarian food options on many restaurant menus, it should come as no surprise that sea vegetables made this year’s list. This vegetable sub-genre ranges from seaweed to brown algae to kelp. These provide many health benefits: sea vegetables are an outstanding source of minerals, such as bioavailable oil, iron and vanadium. Superfood of the sea? Yes please!
As more of us are becoming more cautious about alcoholic drinks and related health concerns, beverage manufacturers have continued to create new concoctions. This year will see a rise in the number of non-alcoholic drinks ranging from an updated version of mocktails with healthy ingredients like vinegar, herbs and spices to plant-based protein-infused drinks, such as grain, almond, soya, or rice milk. That’s not the end, though, since a new wave of adult drinks or spicy drinks is here: non-alcoholic drinks with strong flavours, like ginger, chili and cayenne pepper and wasabi.
No, this is not an alternative fact, it’s just alternative pasta! From zucchini noodles (zoodles) to spiralised vegetables that we saw last year, this year will continue to see the rise of alternative grain noodles trend made up of lentil, kelp and quinoa pastas.
You will likely see more purple food on your Instagram feeds this year. Predicted by Whole Food Markets, the vibrant colour will dominate the entire year according to consumer-behaviour analysts. What is purple food, then? Think açai and elderberries to coloured cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes, corn, and even purple cereal. These purple foods are said to contain important nutrients called anthocyanins that work as antioxidants and will protect against cell damaging. The darker the colour, the higher the antioxidants contents they claim.
For those of us who are familiar with the vegetarian food scene around Southeast Asia, you must have come across plant-based meat dishes, mostly sold at vegetarian Chinese restaurants. However, the US had seen a significant rise in plant-based meats this year, especially those that are sold at Beyond Burgers and Impossible Foods. These “vegetarian meats”, or plant-based replica meats, are made from plant proteins like soy, pea protein isolates, and yeast. Not only are these products are lower in fats and sodium, they are also part of the new sustainable food trend.