Lots of people want to start the New Year in a healthy way. Resolutions as “I want to eat healthy, exercise more, live more consciously and loose 4 kilos” are often heard. New year, new you right? Often food and food trends play a big part when trying to achieve these goals. But what exactly are the new food trends for 2016 that can help you accomplish this new you?
Each year the food industry provides us with new or old and (almost) forgotten food trends that claim to help you with a healthy life style. In this blog I will not only focus on trends that are already out there, but trends that are waiting to be discovered. I almost would like to say that this is some sort of nomination blog for thé food trend of 2016. I hope to give you a sneak peak and then we’ll see if the nominees included winners.
Nominee nr 1: Seaweed
Ok, so you’ve probably been eating seaweed for a few years and you probably also know that it’s healthy. Unless you eat heaps of sushi to go with it like I do…
Seaweed contains lots of egg whites, omega 3, nutrients and is low on calories. A combination we all love and that’s why it’s nominated become a new food trend in 2016. Fun fact about seawe
ed: it can create energy. It is said that in 10 or 20 year time the seaweed production in the North sea can generate as much power as windmills are doing now.
Nominee nr 2: Legumes
Legumes may sound as a French recipe, but don’t let the name fool you like it fooled me.
Legume is the collective term for all sorts of beans, (chick) peas, peanuts and sprouts. Legumes are valid meat replacers for vegetarians, but are also real healthy. In the Netherlands we don’t even eat a kilo of legumes per person per year, while in other countries they eat about four kilos per person.
Legumes are relatively cheap and organic, but are also contain lots of fibers, egg whites, vitamin b, iron, calcium, phosphor and they’re also low in calories. It seems as though this nominee is going to win a price at the food trend of 2016 awards, because the United Nations already declared 2016 as the year of the legume/pulses.
Nominee nr 3: Imperfect is the new perfect
Did you know that a third to a half of the food that we eat is being spilled? This has not only to do with the leftovers that you throw out, but also with products that are seen as imperfect because of the way they look and are being thrown away before they can even reach a store or restaurant.
Because more people are being aware of what they eat and how their food is being processed a new trend started. The trend is to buy that imperfect carrot and weird tomato from the farmer or on the market. This way you can help yourself (“imperfect” vegetables are cheaper than “perfect” ones), the farming industry (usually they don’t receive money for the imperfect ones and just end up throwing them away) and the planet, because the more we save of natural resources and live consciously, the happier we’ll be in the end.
In my opinion these are the three nominees to maybe receive the proud title of food trend in 2016.
If it’s up to me, I’d like them all to win. I love and eat them all, how imperfect, slimy and curious they might be and maybe continue to do so in 2017 ;). Who knows, the next food trend could be something you really can’t stand. I think it’s better to stick with the ones you like, than eating something you hate because everybody eats it.