A constant flow of research into dieting and nutrition means there are always new healthy food, meals and concoctions being produced. Our nutritionist Lucy-Ann is on board to offer insights and forecast the nutritional year ahead. The top trends of 2016 such as vegan foods, plant-based proteins and snacks, and Japanese foods such as seaweeds, fermented foods and sushi are set to spread and expand even further in 2017.
So, what is set to trend in 2017…
In 2017, it is still impossible to ignore the national (and global) obesity epidemic, but, there is also a continually expanding “wellness movement”, sitting right alongside. It’s this that’s really driving the ever-growing demand for natural, wholefoods, functional foods, and superfoods.
According to Nutraceuticals World (a leading food trend analyst), the “single, most-powerful trend is consumers’ desire for foods and ingredients that are “naturally functional.”” In other words, we want foods and products that give us a lifestyle benefit, as well as essential nutrition. Whether it’s to help us sleep, support the immune system, aid weight loss or reduce stress, we want to know that the products we’re buying are benefiting us. This is fuelling the development and availability of more plant-based products, raw food, natural and organic foods.
We will also be seeing some new so called ‘superfoods’ bursting onto the food scene! Whilst we’ll still see the likes of kale, cauliflower, blueberries and acai berries vying for the top spots, hot on their heels are some new foods to look out for…
Giving beetroot a run for its money in the food and food supplement market are the humble blackcurrants. Blackcurrants really are the new super “berry”, rich in antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Taken either in whole form, or in concentrated form (look out for a new supplement called CurraNZ), blackcurrants are being hailed for their effects on muscle recovery, performance and fat-burning, as well as showing support for diabetics in helping to control blood sugar levels.
Look out for Maqui berries too. These purple berries are from Chile, and just like blackcurrants, and blueberries, these are rich in anthocyanins, associated with anti-ageing, and disease-protection.
Love your seeds? Joining the ranks, alongside pumpkin, chia, flax and hempseeds will be watermelon seeds. You’ll most likely find these in dried form, and possibly lightly roasted, and salted. As with many seeds, these are mineral-rich, and a great way to boost the protein content of your healthy plant-based diet.
If you like a cup of tea in the mornings, but a little tired of green tea, why not try Chaga Tea! Chaga is made from Chaga mushrooms, which are thought to be the king of medicinal mushrooms. Chaga tea boosts the immune system, with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Natural Balance Foods will be present at Fare Healthy on the weekend of 4th-5th February. Join us and get involved in the festival of dieting, fitness and wellbeing!