2017 is already halfway, and the year has proved big in terms of delicious foods and new additions to menus. From eating cake for breakfast to detoxifying mocktails, this post explores some of the most elaborate food trends for 2017. If you’re a dining enthusiast, or rather a food tourist, this list might inspire a few of your activities for the remaining part of this year.
The Middle East crisis has created a lot of refugees, some of whom are fleeing to the United States and other western countries with their culinary tastes. As Syrians, Afghans, and Persians continue to flee the middle east for better places to live, we’re going to continue seeing a lot of Persian influences on the food scene. Some of these might include the likes of traditional Afghani cuisine, Falafel, Zulubia, and Badenjan-buran among many others.
A while ago, purple food used to be a preserve for farmers markets and fancy grocery stores. That meant for most of us, we didn’t have access to purple cauliflower, corn, potatoes, asparagus, and others. But in 2017, we’ve started to see these foods become more popular and available. Well, this is great news! According to the field of nutrition, colored fruits and vegetables tend to be richer in the nutrients they possess.
Plant-based protein has been a trend since 2016. More manufacturers and restaurants are making ‘barbecue ribs’, ‘hamburgers, and ‘pepperoni’ using things such as mushrooms and legumes rather than meat. And this is not about the typical veggie burger anyway! We’re talking about new foods that feel, look and feel like actual meat. This makes them super-appealing for both carnivores and vegetarians.
Evening-focused Food & Drink
Many studies have established a connection between being overweight and lack of sleep. It seems that food makers are taking notice too. New foods and drinks are becoming available in the market, and these are being marketed for night consumption. For instance, Healthy Skoop (a company that focuses on plant-based nutrition) recently released a product they refer to as Sleep Protein. This is a product that promotes calmness, as well as relaxation to encourage better quality of sleep. The product, as you might expect, is targeted for anyone who has trouble sleeping. Through the remaining part of this year, as well as 2018, we’re going to see more of these products.
Sardines are most definitely not the most abundant fish in the ocean. But the consumption of this seafood is increasing. Restaurants and foods joints are making smoked varieties, flavors, and others that are really plump compared to the skinny frame of the fish itself. This is good because Sardines happen to be super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, umami flavor, and other things that are just good for your body.
These are the most widespread food trends that we are seeing in 2017. Other noticeable trends that are growing big this year include Plancha Grilling, Root to Stem Veggies, and Detoxifying Mocktails.