Forget wellness and color trends; we're all about the up-and-coming food trends for 2017. Where better to look than Whole Foods, the supermarket chain spearheading the health food movement for the masses? This year, Whole Foods' global buyers and experts put their heads together to identify the top 10 health food trends to watch in 2017. With their over 100 years of combined experience sourcing trending products, we're almost guaranteed to see trends like wellness tonics and creative condiments pop up on our supermarket shelves next year.
Without further adieu, here's what the experts at Whole Foods expect to see in your kitchen cabinets come 2017:
The sugar-filled condiments of yesteryear are on the outs. Healthy add-ons like ghee butter and plum jam are taking center stage. "Once rare and unfamiliar sauces and dips are showing up on menus and store shelves," said Whole Foods. "Look for black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, pomegranate molasses, black garlic purée," and more.
While coconut has rested atop the list of trending health foods for awhile now, more inventive takes on the fruit-nut-seed are emerging. "The sap is turned into coconut sugar as an alternative to refined sweeteners; the white flesh of the coconut is now in flours, tortillas, chips, ice creams, butters, and more," said Whole Foods.
While zoodles are nothing new, foodies are getting more creative when it comes to re-creating pasta. "Alternative gain noodles made from quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas are quickly becoming favorites," said Whole Foods. "While grain-free options like spiralized veggies and kelp noodles are also on the rise."
From spent beer grains to whey from strained yogurt, nothing is going to waste these days. "Eco-Olea is using water from its olive oil production as the base for a household cleaner line, and condiment brand Sir Kensington's is repurposing leftover liquid from cooking chickpeas in a vegan mayo," said Whole Foods.
The concept of the quick and easy TV dinner may fit our busy lifestyles now more than ever. But people are finding healthier, eco-friendlier ways to approach it. "Fresh oven-ready meal kits and vegetable medleys are also on the upswing as shoppers continue to crave healthier options that require less time," said Whole Foods.
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