The food industry is working to create new options that will appeal to you next time you’re at the grocery store or a restaurant. Here are some of the top new food trends you can look forward to in 2017.
- Fermented Vegetables
- Savory Yogurts
- Watermelon Water
- Goat Meat
Digestive health will continue to be front and center this year, and we already know probiotics are a great way to improve your gut. Fermented vegetables are packed with gut-healthy bacteria and the trend is expecting to keep growing in popularity. Most commercially packaged vegetables have been pasteurized, which kills the bacteria. To try pickled vegetables with all the health benefits, look for containers in the refrigerated section that say they’re unpasteurized — or better yet, make them on your own.
We’re going to see more savory yogurt flavors, which stem from the versatility of using yogurt in savory dishes. You’ll start to see flavors like butternut squash, parsnip, sweet potato, olive thyme, coconut curry, cucumber, etc. Traditionally speaking these yogurts tend to have less sugar than their fruity-sugary counterparts so they can be a great lower-sugar choice.
Just like coconut water became trendy, our next water trend is likely watermelon water. Essentially, it’s watermelon juice. Because it has added potassium and electrolytes, it could be a great post-work out option if you’ve been sweating a lot. But don’t use it as a replacement for traditional water since it has a higher sugar content.
Goat milk, yogurt, and cheese have already made it to the mainstream, and the interest for goat meat is also on the rise. Goat meat is very lean and lower in calories than other types of meat. It can be an excellent addition to your diet. Locally, you can find it at some specialty grocers, plus you can support local farmers by buying from them directly.
Let us know what you think about these trends, and if you’ve found any good recipes to share.