2015 Food Trends

Friday December 18, 2015

Fermented Foods
Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and yogurt are making a comeback in a big way. People used to ferment their foods in order to preserve them through the cold months. Preserving foods started to decline over time but it’s now back Fermented foods are loaded with probiotics, which help to promote the good bacteria in the gut and improves immunity. Fermented foods can be added to salads, eaten as condiments, sipped as beverages or made into delicious snacks. 
 

Sprouted grain breads
Sprouted flours, beans, legumes, seeds and nuts are making headway in 2015.  The act of sprouting increases the digestibility of the food, as well as the protein content. Sprouting foods also increases the absorbability of their vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B vitamins and folate. The glycemic index of many sprouted foods decreases, making them very safe for diabetics and people watching their blood sugar.
 

Cold Pressed Juices
We began to see cold-pressed juices in 2012, but 2015 is their year to shine.  Juice bars are popping up on almost every corner and it’s for good reason.  Juices are a great source of quick and easily absorbable nutrition. Fresh-pressed juices contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes. There are a variety of mixtures like purple beet juices, green kale juices and orange carrot juice. The color of the juice is an indicator of what phytonutrients lie inside i.e. green juices are rich in chlorophyll.
 

Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar looks very similar to brown sugar yet it is super low on the glycemic index and won’t spike your blood sugar. It is made from the flower of the coconut palm tree and is packed with iron, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. It also contains inulin, which is a prebiotic that feeds probiotics in the body. It can also be replaced with refined sugar in recipes 1:1.
 

Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are the newest things to hit Instagram accounts everywhere.  Smoothie bowls are simply smoothies that are eaten more like ice cream or yogurt and have toppings like fresh fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, chocolate chips, coconut, goji berries and nuts. Sometimes the smoothie consistency is not perfect and that’s when it’s time to throw it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon.  Smoothie bowls pack all of the same nutritional punches as traditional smoothies.  Depending on what you toss in there, they have an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Try making banana chocolate bowls, kale pineapple bowls or strawberry mango bowls. 

 

Foods with whole food ingredients – example supplements and bars
This is not the variety of whole foods (such as apples and spinach) you find when you walk in your grocery store to eat or prepare on their own. But rather, whole food ingredients found in things like supplements and bars. As consumers become more educated about what they are putting in their bodies, and full transparency is required for nutritional labels, companies are starting to use whole food ingredients to make up their vitamin and mineral requirements. These include foods such as spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, apples, beets and carrots, to name a few. Even the proteins, antioxidants, probiotics, all come from 100 per cent whole food ingredients and is considered a food. Pretty much the same as eating a meal you prepared at home with whole food ingredients, just ensure you're getting everything you need!

 

Fancy Oils
While coconut oil has been all the rage for a while now, the CHFA expects other trendy oils to gain popularity. Avocado oil, which has a higher smoke point than olive oil, will become more popular, as well as flax seed oil, which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The more obscure camelina oil, which is also high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, is expected to become bigger too.

 

Spiralizing
Ever since the low carb craze hit, we’ve been trying to figure out how to enjoy a nice hot pasta dish without the guilt. While shirataki noodles look promising, they just don’t seem to settle well in the stomach, nor do they provide that same mouth feel of a traditional noodle. A new gadget went mainstream this past Christmas and is taking center stage in multiple cookbooks: the spiralizer! Spiralizers make it easy to turn delicious veggies like zucchini into fancy salad toppings, slaws, noodles and other main dish ingredients.

 

Matcha Green Tea
Haven’t heard of Matcha yet? Matcha tea is the dried leaves of a green tea ground into a powder.  The health benefits are extreme leaving all other green teas behind. It is high in catechins, antioxidants, boost memory and concentration, increases energy and endurance as well as promoting a sense of calm. Look for matcha in all sorts of products from drinks to ice cream.