• Rachel Mason

The food trends of 2017...

New year, new....food! It seems pretty much most of the world jump on food trends the minute they are announced these days, instagram newsfeed are full, bloggers are blogging (as are we, yes) and fridges are stocked with the latest craze.

2016 brought us one food in particular that, as predicted, did not exactly fly off the shelves (well anymore than it already was) and that was black pudding. We wrote a blog on that which you can read here. Don’t get us started again!

Unlike previous years we haven't found that one particular food is announced, so we thought we would take a look at ones we have seen mentioned a few times.

So what are the food trends we will be adopting in 2017…? Let’s take a look:

Watermelon seeds

Watermelon seeds are being sprouted, shelled and dried and the end result is a seed packed with health benefits, including protein, vitamin B, magnesium and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Use them in the same way you would sunflower seeds; sprinkle on salads and soups, add in to granola, mix into smoothies or just eat as a snack!

Activated charcoal

Whether you have heard of this before or not, it doesnt sound particularly appealing, does it? So why is it considered a healthy food trend? Well, simply because it is becoming a popular way to naturally get rid of toxins from the body. It can be used to relieve bloating, whiten teeth, deep clean skin and hair or taken for general detoxifying. It comes in tablets, powered and liquid form. It is advised to do research before taking activated charcoal.

Avocado oil

Avocados have been pretty mainstream for a couple of years now, as we been filling our plates with it whenever possible. We love avocados, and have looked at various ways they can be eaten, including grating the stone (read our blog on that here) But what about avocado oil? Its no surprise we have been looking for other ways to eat avocados, they are full of omega 3 and 6, great for over all health, but particularly heart health. Avocado oil has the same benefits as eating avocados but is a little more versatile. Use it to cook a stir fry, drizzle over salads, use instead of butter when baking or spread on toast. It can be a little hard to find, so you’ll need to search in your local health food shop.

Purple veggies

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It’s looking like 2017 will be bringing even more colour to our instagram food photos as purple veggies hit the scene in a big way. Expect to see cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes and corn all coloured in a vibrant purple. Basically, the darker the food the higher the antioxidants and nutrients. It is said these darker foods are known for helping fight disease, keep you looking young, reduce inflammation and are good for your heart.

Bean pasta

We’ve all been spiralising until our wrists are sore but it looks like a new pasta alternative will be making it big in 2017 and good news, its much less work. These healthy noodle/pasta alternatives will be made from chickpeas, lentils and other legumes which mean they contain more protein and less refined carbs. They won’t be low to zero calories like spialised veg or ‘zoodles’ (zero calories noodles) but will contain lots of protein and fibre. Its early days for this trend, but we are looking forward to it!

This was just our top 5, there are many more out there and we are certain instagram will be full of them. What food trends will you be experimenting with in 2017?