Food trends in 2016 are at an all time high as more adventurous eaters emerge.
With more people willing to try new foods, restaurants are trying to stay up-to-date with the hot new items. Many people are keeping up with food trends either to stay healthy or showcase what new sensational food they tried.
Top Food Trends
Coffee in a cone, booze-infused s’mores, sushi burgers, and chia seed drinks are some of the hottest food trends right now. Coffee in a cone is the most instagrammed coffee in the world. If you grab one of these on your way to work, you better drink it fast as it only lasts in the cone for ten minutes! As the colder months are rolling in people are wanting to take a classic item to the next level. This is how the booze-infused s’more was introduced. These sweet treats can be made with any basic liquor but is best with flavored vodka. Sushi burgers have been peaking interest as they combine all the best parts of sushi in a burger format. While some people may not like the chia seed drinks because of texture, they do give a source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
More people are staying true to their New Year’s resolution (months late) by eating healthier. What some restaurants are doing to change their menus to become healthy are keeping the classic dishes but switching out an ingredient. One restaurant, Silver Diner, has done this by using a gluten-free pancake mix and adding in quinoa topped with coconut shavings. Instead of hash browns as the typical side to the dish, Silver Diner has made it the new standard to use strawberries and mixed fruit instead. An alternative to putting sugar in your oatmeal or hot tea is adding honey. Honey is a great alternative since it helps boost your immune system and enables you to go that extra mile while at the gym since it’s a natural energy booster.
Healthy Kid Items
One of the ways restaurants are making the switch to healthier options for kids is by using whole wheat items for pastas and sandwiches. The kids are still able to eat their favorite meal without really knowing that this version is better for them. Another item that is usually on a kids’ menu is the hotdog. While this may be a classic favorite, restaurants are changing them up by using turkey. Most kids can’t taste the difference and is a much better option. The switch from chicken fingers to grilled chicken strips is a difference of consuming 297 calories and 190 calories respectively. Many restaurants are making this a standard so parents are comfortable bringing their child to their establishment for healthier foods.
This year has put many ethnic flavors front and center. Adventurous eaters are searching for the next best flavor. Some popular spices that create these ethnic flavors include cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the spice of the year, turmeric. Turmeric has always been part of many ethnic dishes but many people are just now discovering its full potential. This spice gives off a bold flavor and has many antioxidants. Some dishes that include turmeric are butternut squash and coconut curry and chicken tikka masala. While many people use this spice in foods, many beauty stars on YouTube have started putting turmeric in facial masks to help their skin glow.
Food Items Not Making It To 2017
Carbohydrates are becoming a thing of the past which means pasta is on its way out. For many restaurants that mainly serve pasta products, gluten free pasta and veggie pasta is a great alternative. The craze for kale is over as some of the super foods taking over are cauliflower, kelp, and collard greens. Another trend, souping, has also replaced the previously popular juicing. Souping keeps all of the best parts of the vegetable or fruit in the bowl compared to juicing which removes some of the key parts of the vegetable or fruit that can be good for your body.
Every year there will be a new food trend to explore. Some items that are big trends this year will start to decline next year. While many can predict the next up and coming food trends, we won't actually know until the time comes.