Last year was the year of quinoa, chia seeds, goji berries, kale, and many other highly delicious and nutritious food trends. Curious about what the future will bring? Here are 15 food trends expected to surprise your taste buds in 2015.
1. Clean Eating
Say goodbye to food that comes in a bag, can or boxes. 2015 is the year of clean eating. The focus will be on real, fresh, whole foods. Asian, vegetarian, and vegan kitchen are on the rise.
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2. Dairy-, Gluten-, and Sugar-Free
Healthy eating is the new way of living. More people opt for dairy, gluten, and sugar-free products to improve health and happiness.
3. Focus Is On Proper Digestion
In 2015 the emphasis is on a proper digestion. Inflammation or allergic reactions are often the root cause of digestive issues. White rice, refined flour, potatoes, dairy, refined grains, and refined sugar make way for whole grains, seeds, nuts, steel-cut oats, legumes, veggies, and fruits.
4. Sprouted Grains
Although sprouted grains and flours are nothing new, in 2015 many brands will expand their range.
Amaranth is on its way to become the quinoa of 2015. It is a super nutritious, gluten-free grain that has the same consistency of porridge when cooked, and can be used as an alternative to make popcorn or rice cakes.
6. Fermented Food
Fermented foods – such as kimchi, sauerkraut, or kombucha – are back! They are great to balance gut flora, improve digestion, reduce risk of diabetes type II, and strengthen the immune system. Fermented foods are packed with healthy nutrients and they help your body to absorb more nutrients from other foods.
7. Focus On Simple Healthy Food
2014 was the year of superfoods like chia seeds, acai berries, goji berries, and quinoa. Although these are all delicious and highly nutritious, in 2015 the focus will be on the more “normal” superfoods like avocados, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
Kale has been in the spotlight for quite a while and it is taking a step back for another superstar from the cruciferous family, cabbage. Cabbages are a lot cheaper and give you pretty much the same nutrients and health benefits as kale.
9. Sour Taste Is Back
Sour will be the new trendy flavor. Like mentioned above fermented foods are back on the rise and other sour flavors – like tamarind, cultured coconut yogurt, natural sodas or tonics, are entering the food market.
10. Sustainable Food
Not only the source of our food is going to be important in 2015, the focus will also be on reducing waste materials. Many package-free supermarkets around the world are opening their doors in 2015.
11. Olive Oil, No Longer The Go-To Kitchen Oil
Oils made from avocado, pumpkin, coconut, and mustard are making their comeback. Many people already use coconut oil to cook most dishes, but other new exiting flavors are going to give our dishes a new kick.
12. Butter Is Back
People are becoming aware that not all fat is bad. People who opt for high quality butter or clarified butter (ghee) are back on the rise. Click here to learn how to make your own ghee.
13. Support Local Food
Although organic food is still important in 2015, the focus will be on buying local food. By doing so you’ll support local farmers and you’ll actually know where your food comes from. The urban farming trend, were people start to use their roof or other empty spaces, continues in 2015.
14. New Healthy Waters
Coconut water gets a few little brothers with the same kind of benefits and no added sugars. New healthy and hydrating waters, such as watermelon, maple, and cactus, have entered the market lately.
15. Yacon Syrup
The latest sugar alternative in the spotlight, yacon syrup. Its taste and texture can best be compared to molasses.
These are the 15 food trends to watch out for in 2015. Looking forward to try all the new “waters” as a liquid base for my green smoothies. Which food trends are you gonna try?