5 Healthy Food Trends to Look Forward to in 2017
Author: Delaño Lambertclare
Since Christmas is now officially over, we can begin to outline our plans for, "New year, new me!". But first, before we start making outrageous self-promises (which are sure to fail), let's take a look at what 2017 has in store for healthy products, trends, and bandwagons to hop on. Here are our 5 picks from Food Network's '8 Healthy Food Trends to Look for in 2017. Let's shake off the stress of 2016, and hopefully lose some calories doing it!
1. Healthier Vending Machines
PepsiCo showcased its new innovative vending machine at the conference. Hello Goodness (pictured above) is a temperature-controlled vending machine that offers healthier on-the-go snack foods like Smartfood Delight Popcorn, Sabra Ready-to-Eat Hummus Cups and Quaker Real Medley Bars. On the machine is a touchscreen that allows customers to find product nutrition info, food and beverage pairing suggestions, and an Apple Pay option. Several thousand of these machines have been placed in select health care, recreational, transportation, governmental, workplace and educational facilities.
2. Packaged Greens
Forget buying lots of separate vegetables. Eat Smart packages exactly what you need for a healthy salad in a simple kit. Eat Smart has salad kits (which include greens or vegetables and dressing) and salad blends (which include a blend of greens without dressing). Sweet Kale, a salad kit, contains kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. Add your lean protein for a meal, or eat the salad as a starter during a busy weeknight.
3. Fermented Vegetables
Fermented foods are all the rage, and Farmhouse Culture is releasing a line of delicious fermented veggies, including Curry Cauliflower, Ginger Beets, Orange Ginger Carrots and Taqueria Mix (a combo of jalapenos, carrots, daikon radishes, jicama and onion), all available in 12-ounce pouches. These fermented veggies are certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
4. Half-and-Half Sweeteners
Love the taste of honey but want half the calories? Truvia has come out with Truvia Nectar, which is a blend of stevia leaf extract and honey, to help balance sugar intake and reduce calories. Mix it into hot and cold beverages, drizzle it on yogurt or oatmeal, or use it in baked goods.
5. Squeeze Hummus
Sabra has taken hummus to a new level by packaging it in squeeze bottles as a spread. The idea is that hummus isn’t just for dipping, but rather it’s perfect as a condiment for eggs, chicken and grilled vegetable sandwiches. Flavors are Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Mustard, and Garlic Herb.
Thanks for the read! Make sure to stay ahead of the curve this year, and check back weekly for another short, informative, article of current food ideas, theories, and trends.
Source: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2016/11/13/8-healthy-food-trends-to-watch-out-for/ by Toby Amidor in Food News, Trends, November 13, 2016