We’re taking a look forward to the five biggest food trends you just have to try in 2017. These are the tastes you’ll love to incorporate into your cooking – and they don’t just taste good, they do good too.
Turmeric is a super effective nutritional supplement, providing a boost for both the body and the brain. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric – it's known to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. It inhibits molecules that are common culprits in causing intense inflammation of the joints. Turmeric is also a great antioxidant and gives your body’s natural enzymes a kick-start. This helps to fight free radicals and ward off illness.
Did you know that a single serving of sardines provides 23 grams of protein? Sardines are a rich source of vital nutrients and vitamins to keep the body and brain in good shape. They’re low in calories but high in protein, making them perfect for building lean muscle mass if you’re on a calorie-controlled diet. The small fish are a good source of calcium, iron and potassium to keep bones and blood cells fighting fit. Packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, they keep the heart healthy too.
Coconut is already hugely popular – coconut oil has long been a trend in clean cooking – and that's set to continue into 2017. Unrefined coconut oil contains triglycerides, which increase the amount of calories your body burns. Adding coconut oil to your diet could help you lose weight a little quicker. Lauric acid found in coconuts also helps to kill bacteria and viruses, so it’s great for keeping you healthy throughout the year. It’s super simple to work coconut into your diet: try coconut flakes on your morning porridge, replace your cooking oil with coconut oil, or really branch out and try coconut tortillas.
Purple foods are bound to be a huge food trend in 2017. Not only will they add a bit of colour to your plate, they also come with excellent health benefits. Purple foods like red onions and blackberries are packed full of antioxidants that help to fight off harmful bacteria and kill free radicals in your body – so you can stay in top health. Purple foods are also low in cholesterol so they’re kind to your heart.
We already favour wholegrain pasta over regular but grain noodles are becoming increasingly popular. If you've tried to rule pasta out of your diet because of the high carbohydrate content, now’s the time to change your mind. Chickpea pasta looks and tastes just like regular penne but it has nearly half the carbs and twice the protein. Chickpeas are a natural source of protein, which is essential for building lean muscle when you’re working out. Switching your grain could help you lose weight, feel fuller for longer and work harder at the gym.