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2016 Food Trends


POSTED BY | POSTED IN Healthy Bites Articles | POSTED ON 12-31-2015

Smoothie BowlEach new year brings an array of fresh and tasty trends to your plate. Read on for a sneak peek of the foods that will be ‘trending’ on supermarket shelves and menus for 2016.

Coconut Crazy

Impart a hint of spicy heat into your cooking with Carrington Farms® Sriracha Flavor Coconut Liquid Cooking Oil. It’s extracted from fresh mature coconuts and retains the same properties of traditional coconut oil, yet has a neutral flavor that makes it suitable for use every day recipes. To use coconut oil in baking, try their Coconut Liquid Cooking Oil. While it’s a source of saturated fat, coconut oil is also high in lauric acid, a type of fat that may raise or have a neutral effect on HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels.

On-the-Go

Your fast-paced schedule demands snacks that are hand-held, portable and travel well. Rickland Orchards™ Greek On-The-Go Bites™ are made with the highest quality ingredients including roasted nuts, granola, fruits and authentic Greek yogurt.

Fresh Flavors

Pure and simple flavors make recipes taste better. For a fresh spin on meal time, try new McCormick® Herb Grinders that contain gently dried, larger cut herbs to deliver a fresher taste and aroma at every turn. Take one of these flavors for a spin during cooking or right at the table—Italian Blend, Oregano, Basil and Parsley.

Natural & Organic

Campbell’s® Organic Soups are made with carefully selected, certified organic ingredients like farm-grown vegetables and free-range chicken. The collection includes old favorites like Chicken Noodle and Garden Vegetable, along with new tastes like Creamy Butternut Squash, Sun Ripened Tomato & Basil and kid-friendly Chicken & Stars. Select varieties are gluten free too.

Mamma Chia® Organic Chia Squeeze pouches contain chia seeds that are infused with fruits and vegetables to form a slightly crunchy, gel-like texture. With 80 calories or less per pouch, omega-3s, protein and a good source fiber, Chia Squeeze makes a satisfying any time snack. You can find all four flavors including Cherry Beet, Blackberry Bliss, Mango Coconut and Strawberry Banana located in the lunchbox section near fruit cups and pouches.

Ethnic Condiments and Spices

Naturally-brewed Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce contributes bold, savory umami flavor while also lessening the need for added salt. Compared to their all-purpose Soy Sauce, the Less Sodium variety undergoes a salt removal process after fermentation that reduces the sodium content by 37 percent, without altering its distinctive flavor. Add a splash to stir fries, noodle bowls or fried rice to bring Asian flair into your very own kitchen.

Protein Power

New Jif™ Peanut Powder adds peanut buttery flavor, plus eight grams of protein with just 70 calories and 85 percent less fat than regular peanut butter. It’s made by pressing freshly-roasted peanuts into a fine powder that can be blended into smoothies, smoothie bowls, oatmeal and used in baking recipes. Or combine it with water, sugar or honey and salt to create a creamy spread.

3 MORE FOOD TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2016:

Move Over Pasta

Colorful vegetable ribbons made with a spiralizer tool or vegetable peeler are a popular, lower carb and nutritious alternative to pasta. Try this technique with carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, asparagus and more!

Brighten Dishes with Turmeric

Deep yellow turmeric belongs to the ginger family and has a peppery, spicy aroma and a bitter, pungent taste. As a source of curcumin, it may offer anti-inflammatory properties. Sprinkle it into chicken or seafood casseroles or add a pinch to the water when cooking rice to give it a distinctive color.

Very Veggie-Licious

Vegetables continue their rise to the center of the plate. Watch for fresh and creative ways to prepare everyday vegetables including transforming cauliflower into ‘steaks’, blending finely-chopped mushrooms into ground meats and pan-frying vegetables to reach caramelized perfection. And get to know kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family that’s predicted to be this year’s ‘it’ veggie.

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