5 January 2017
The last twelve months have given rise to a whole spectrum of weird and wonderful food trends, including a few that won’t last long in the memory – sorry, Sriracha-soaked kale. But as we polish off the last of the festive chocs and say a final farewell to 2016, lots of us will be searching for new, healthy foods to try.
To help you get off to a flying start, we’ve compiled five of the healthiest foods to try in 2017.
According to Waitrose’s Food and Drink Report, the humble seaweed is set to feature heavily on this year’s Instagram feeds and dining tables. A perfect pairing for salads and scallops, seaweed looks to dethrone kale as the king of calcium. But the health benefits don’t stop there. Seaweed is considered to be a super food, harbouring a whole host of minerals like magnesium, iron, vitamins C and A, protein, fibre, alpha linoleic acid, and many more.
Say goodbye to the avocado, there’s a new vegetable in town. Ubiquitous across menus in the Middle East and South East Asia, the aubergine is having a revival and making its way into the UK’s hippest restaurants.
Frida Harju, the in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum, explains:
“Aubergine skin is high in phytonutrients and chlorogenic acid, and as part of the Mediterranean diet is believed to be very good for the heart.”
Fancy a refreshing glass of birch tree sap? Following the curious success of coconut water in 2016, food experts predict that plant water will become a favoured drink among health conscious foodies. Birch sap water is believed to boast high levels of antioxidants – a substance that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents from the body – as well as natural minerals and Xylitol (a natural sugar). We can also look forward to enjoying cactus plant water, which is thought to fight high cholesterol levels.
While its name bears some resemblance to a certain game of 2016, poke (pronounced POH-keh) is in fact a delicious and nutritious fish dish. A Hawaiian seafood delicacy, it is essentially chunks of raw fish in a marinade – similar to sushi and mainly consisting of bite-sized pieces of tuna, salmon or octopus. Likened to a Japanese chirashi bowl, this easy-to-make dish is set to be a big hit in 2017.
Vegan pop-ups, clean eating, power bowls: 2016 was a year for ditching preservatives and embracing the benefits of wholesome, nutritious food. For many, this also meant finding scrumptious alternatives to meat.
Going forward, experts believe that Jackfruit - an Asian tropical fruit that belongs to the fig and mulberry family - will feature heavily on vegan and vegetarian menus. Jackfruit comes loaded with vitamin A, B6, C, E, K and Niacin, and is even believed to help treat wrinkles.
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