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Cauliflower is the New Kale: Top Food Trends for 2017

 March 21, 2017
Elizabeth in Food

Food trends are mostly a bit of fun, but they can also be very telling. A move towards healthy, ‘clean’ food for instance is indicative that we are becoming increasingly aware of the role that diets plays in our overall health.

Food giants such as Whole Foods make predictions about what will be big each year, and other grocery retailers, bloggers, chefs, and foodies alike all try to make their mark on the world with the next big thing. Well, what food is everyone talking about in 2017? We’ve put together our favorite wonderful and weird food trends for this year that have caught our eye. And guess what, nobody gives a crap about kale anymore (hallelujah).


What we’ll be eating in 2017…


#1 Food Trend—Purple Cauliflower

Purple cauliflower food trend 2017

It's not just pretty—its vibrant hue indicates that it's chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants, which is why everyone is on the purple produce bandwagon this year. Cauliflower in particular is taking the hot-seat in 2017, taking the much-overrated (in our opinion) kale down a peg or two. It’s low-calorie, high in fiber and free radical-fighting antioxidants, and has as much vitamin C as an orange. No wonder the Whole Foods trendspotters are all over purple cauliflower.


#2 Food Trend—Sushi Donut

Onto something a bit less functional, but much more fun. Lo-and-behold, the sushi donut. Standard maki? So last year. Along with Hawaiian Poke bowls (the new sushi, don’t you know), foodies are looking for new and interesting ways to enjoy raw fish, but this is definitely our favorite.


#3 Food Trend—Cactus Water

Cactus water food trend 2017

Cited alongside watermelon juice (we blame Beyoncé for that one), cactus water is heralded as the new coconut water for 2017. Sound gross? A little bit yes, but just listen to what a little bit of prickly pear cactus fruit contains, and you might well be swayed: all 24 recognized betalains (antioxidants), 5 natural electrolytes, zero fat, low in sugar AND is said to help cure a hangover. Where can we sign up?


#4 Food Trend—Farro

Farro food trend 2017

This high-fiber food is an ancient grain, used across the Mediterranean, Middle East and Egypt for hundreds of years. Containing protein, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B, this wholegrain is also said to improve heart health. So while several cultures might think we are a bit slow on the uptake, it’s hardly surprising that farro is popping up everywhere in 2017.


#5 Food Trend—Cookie Dough

If you haven’t seen this video about the Cookie Dough Café in New York City called Cookie Do, then you need to stop what you're doing right now. This micro-trend, we think, is a way of harkening back to easier times. Nostalgia sells people, and who doesn’t remember trying to sneak some cookie dough from the bowl as a kid? 2016 was a tough year, and who knows what 2017 will bring, but at least we can now eat all the cookie dough we want, without the fear of salmonella poisoning.


And because we just REALLY like this cookie dough trend, and not everyone is lucky enough to live in The Big Apple, here’s a recipe so you can make it yourself.


Serves 4-6

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed, brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Flavourings: e.g 1 cup of chocolate chips, half a cup of peanut butter, colored sprinkles etc.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F/175˚C
  • Spread flour onto a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes (this gets rid of anything nasty in the flour).
  • Mix together the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, milk and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  • Stir in the additional flavourings/toppings and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Sit in front of the television with a spoon, and enjoy!