Top Food Trends for 2016

Top Food Trends for 2016

Jessica Fishman LevinsonJessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Nutrition Consultant and Author of the Nutritioulicious Blog

As 2015 comes to a close, everyone in the business of food is gearing up for the hottest food trends for the year ahead. Last year was all about cauliflower, fermented foods, and ancient grains, and while those foods are still popular, there are some new kids on the block vying for popularity. Some of the hottest trends coming down the pike can easily be incorporated at home using your favorite canned goods.

  • International Year of PulsesThe UN General Assembly has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, meaning you’ll be seeing lentils, dry beans, dry peas, and chickpeas popping up all over the place. Pulses are core to healthy, sustainable diets and they are a good source of fiber, vegetable protein, B vitamins, potassium, and iron. Canned versions are quick and convenient to use, which makes this the perfect trend to get in on. Use canned chickpeas to make falafel (also trending for the year ahead) or try my Vegetarian Bolognese for a dose of lentils.
  • Savory yogurt like labneh, a Middle Eastern yogurt cheese, is on the rise. Greek yogurt has been all the rage the past few years, but now it’s time to take this protein-packed dairy for a savory spin. Savory yogurt pairs well with herbs and spices, canned olives, and vegetables. Use it as a topping for egg dishes, pair it with these Moroccan Carrots on a flatbread, or serve it with garlicky greens for a satisfying side dish.
  • Burned and charred fruits and veggies are on fire! You’ll see charred vegetables in restaurants, but bring this trend home with canned fire-roasted tomatoes, green chiles, red peppers, and corn. These Family Fiesta Soft Tacos are the perfect way to put this trend into action!
  • Sriracha is hot, hot, hot, and it’s inspiring the use of other exotic spices like sambal, harissa, dukka, and gochujang. Look out for these spices in the supermarket and use them to add some heat to your favorite home cooked meals, like these Sriracha Black Bean Burgers or chili.