8 food trends to expect in 2016

Eat More, Waste Less. Fried egg and avocado 2015 was a big year for the sustainability and food waste movement. Egg white and avocado breakfast From the rise of the ugly fruits and vegetable to the “No Waste Kitchen” movement, we are becoming more aware of the impact that food waste has on the environment and the consumer’s wallet. Healthy avocado and egg recipes We are also learning ways we can prevent this startling epidemic as it is estimated that 30-40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted.

Avocado and egg salad recipes Because of this trend, lesser known cuts of meat will make their way to the butcher’s counter along with unfamiliar fish varieties often referred to as “trash fish” or “bycatch” which are unintentionally caught while fishing for more mainstream species and, historically, have been wasted. Hard boiled egg and avocado recipes Leftover recipes are on the rise and expiration dates are being challenged. Egg and avocado breakfast sandwich Chefs across the nation, including local restaurateur and chef, Michael Solomonov, are committing to zero-waste cooking, a method that utilizes the whole animal as well as vegetable “scraps”.

Vegetables, Glorified. Avocado and egg for hair The power of plants has been trending for several years but 2016 may be their time to truly shine. Egg and avocado bake The National Restaurant Association noted that chefs will be increasing their use of vegetables as a main ingredient with animal proteins moving away from the center of the plate. Avocado and boiled egg From a nutrition standpoint, this trend is exciting as there is much evidence to back the virtues of a more plant-centric meal.

Powerful Pulses. Egg in avocado hole recipe Staying on theme with the vegetable-centric plate, pulses, a previously underappreciated plant-based protein, will be in the spotlight this year. Baked avocado egg bowl The United Nations is proclaiming 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses. Avocado and egg bake What is a pulse you may ask? Pulses include high-fiber plants like beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils.

Sustainable Seaweed. Avocado and egg nutrition Sea vegetables are an environmentally friendly, sustainable and plentiful plant that contains an abundance of nutrients like fiber, iodine, vitamin C, iron and B vitamins. Toast with avocado and egg Who knows, they might give kale a run for its money this year. Avocado and egg on toast In the Specialty Food Association’s 2016 Trend Forecast, seaweed is “set to explode thanks to its sustainability angle and umami appeal.” From snacking strips to salads, soups and even desserts, look for sea vegetables to pop up in more than just sushi.

Funky Ferments. Baked avocado with egg While kombucha may seem “so last year”, fermented vegetables like artisanal krauts and kimchi are still all the rage. Avocado and egg for diabetes Fermented foods boast a delightfully funky, acidic flavor as well as an army of “good” bacteria that benefit the health of your gut and boost your immune system. Avocado and egg recipes While cabbage was historically the go-to vegetable for fermentation, beets, carrots, Brussels Sprouts and more are becoming available. Avocado and scrambled egg Not in the mood to munch, kraut juice (the liquid in which the sauerkraut soaks and ferments) is slated to be available from California-based kraut company, Farmhouse Culture, this year. Avocado egg tomato breakfast Additionally, “Gut Shot,” a probiotic-rich drink also speaks to the “no waste” food movement. Avocado egg recipe microwave Feeling adventurous? Try fermenting at home as kits and starter cultures become readily available to consumers.

Alternative Flours. How long to bake avocado and egg The gluten-free trend continues with the rise of hip flours. Avocado and egg toast Pasta, grains and baked goods are boasting bases comprised of beans, lentils and coconut as well as ancient grains like quinoa, millet and amaranth. Avocado egg roll recipes Bean flours, including chickpea, are becoming increasingly popular among pasta and snack options popping up on supermarket shelves.

Fear not the Fat. Sandwich with avocado and egg Bid farewell to the days of vilifying fats as this mighty macronutrient looks to be redeemed. Avocado egg nog The no-fat craze of years past was fed by un-warranted scientific data, which led to the overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, thus leading to an increase in obesity and disease. Lean in 15 avocado and egg As consumers are encouraged to include healthy fats in their diets, foods like nuts and seeds, avocado, fish, eggs and even meat will share room on the aforementioned plant-centric plate.

Last, but not least, is the noted trend that consumers are slowly but surely moving away from processed foods and more towards a traditional, whole foods diet. Egg and avocado breakfast recipes Bravo! As consumer preferences change, large companies are beginning to act by pledging to remove artificial colors and flavors from processed foods by 2020. Avocado and egg diabetes Until then, do yourself a favor and simplify your nutrition philosophy. Baked avocado egg rolls A healthy diet can be summed up in one sentence: Eat a variety of whole foods, many of which are plants.