If you’ve ever mindlessly scrolled through Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram and stumbled upon a food video that looks intriguing, there’s a good chance it’s there for a reason—one of the latest food trends. As one. Every year, interests change and evolve. Check out our list of 13 health food trends to keep an eye on in 2023.
butter board: The advent of social media made charcuterie boards a hit for parties, games, and family gatherings. As social media has flourished, so have the various “board” trends. Butter boards are the latest to hit the party scene. Instead of using meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit for charcuterie boards, butter boards use softened butter as a base followed by the toppings of your choice. Savory butter boards may include nuts, seeds, garlic spread, or vegetables, while sweet butter boards may include honey, chocolate, jellies, or jams. A loaf comes with crusty bread spread for scooping the toppings.
international flavorsEvery year, some international flavor rises up the trend charts. This year, many are predicting ube and tamarind to be the latest flavor sensations in cuisine. Ube is a purple yam from the Philippines that you can usually find in the frozen section as an ingredient in ice cream. However, ube is much more versatile than this and can be used in pies, as a side dish, in pancakes, or as a soup. Tamarind is a tropical fruit grown in pods that contain a dark, sticky pulp. Once processed, tamarind is typically sold as a paste and imparts a sweet and sour profile to any dish you add it to.
upcyclingUpcycling: Upcycling is a food term that describes using leftover waste products to turn them into snacks or other foods. Some examples include reusing fruit scraps to make dried fruit snacks or leftover cereal to make flour from beer. One of the newer trends involves using pulp from plant-based milks, such as oat milk, in baked goods instead of traditional flour.
new plant based pasta: It seems like every year a new plant-based pasta hits the market. Most grocery stores now carry chickpea pasta or a mix of quinoa and brown rice pasta. This year, you can also find pasta made from hearts of palm or green bananas. The goal of all of these products is the same: to offer a healthier alternative to refined grains.
avocado oil: Over the years, avocados have evolved from trendy food to a staple in everyone’s pantry. The love for avocados is now in liquid form as a versatile cooking oil. Much of the buzz about avocado oil is that it has a high smoke point and is ideal for cooking at high temperatures, but it also has health benefits. Avocados are high in oleic acid, a type of unsaturated fat that has positive effects on heart health. Avocado oil isn’t just for a weeknight dinner. Many snacks and packaged goods are now cooked in avocado oil as an alternative to canola, sunflower or soybean oil.
hybrid meatJust as a hybrid car takes the best of gas and electric vehicles and blends them into one, food manufacturers are trying to do the same with meat and plant-based proteins. The goal is twofold: Combining meat and plants can improve flavor and is better for the environment. While recipes vary by manufacturer, the breakdown is typically 60 percent meat and 40 percent vegetables—for example, combining ground beef with mushrooms, black beans, onions, and garlic to create a hybrid hamburger.
sea kelpFood from the oceans continues to grow in popularity, but not all interest is in seafood. Instead, edible seaweed has expanded its presence in the form of nori, kelp, wakame, and sea lettuce. Kelp, a type of brown seaweed found on the Pacific Coast, is a featured ingredient in burgers, popcorn, plantain jerky and pickles.
cooking with flowers: The COVID-19 pandemic has made baking with sourdough more popular than ever. The latest trend is baking with flowers, especially wildflowers. Edible flowers have always been a part of food, especially as a garnish on a main course or a visual aid on a cake. But now home bakers are making Daisy Cupcakes, Floral Cakes and other delicious desserts. Neutral flavored flowers are easiest to start with if you’re new to baking with flowers. Examples include violets, pansies, daisies, and lilacs.
year of pickles: The briny crunch of pickles is one of the more unique food trends to watch out for in 2023. The search for pickle-based recipes has increased on the Internet following the mainstream introduction of items such as pickle-flavored popcorn and chips. While pickles—which are cucumbers fermented in brine or vinegar—do contain vitamin K, they’re hardly a superfood.
New Tea Variations: Seems like it was just yesterday when matcha tea was made. Now it is being replaced by trendy items like Japon tea and Hojicha tea. Yaupon is native to the Southeast United States and bears its name as the only caffeinated plant in the country. Whereas Hojicha tea is from Japan. The notable difference between Hojicha tea and other forms is the method of preparation. Hojicha leaves are first steamed and then roasted to impart a smoky flavor.
canned fishCanned tuna has a boring reputation as a cheap alternative to sandwiches. The next time you’re in a store, though, you may see more high-end, complex canned seafood options that have earned the name “canned fish.” These entrees, which include fish, oysters, mussels, and other types of seafood, are served with crusty bread or as part of a charcuterie board. For example, one brand sells mussels in broth and olive oil. Others include tuna filets in chimichurri, an Argentinian sauce made with herbs, garlic, olive oil and an acid.
alternative sweetenersSugar can be addictive, which is why many Americans turn to the substitute to sweeten their coffee or in their favorite cookies or cakes. Lately, coconut sugar and maple sugar are two trendy options marketed to people following keto or paleo diets—both options are minimally processed. Even dates, which have become a staple for sweet smoothies and baked goods, are being sold as a syrup as a substitute for honey or agave. While these natural alternatives are minimally processed, all sugar eventually converts to glucose and spikes your blood sugar.
yuzu fruitCitrus: In the US, oranges, limes and lemons line the produce aisle as the most common citrus fruits. In other parts of the world, such as China, Japan, and Korea, yuzu fruit is a staple. Yuzu is a tart, sour fruit that is a cross between lemon, lime and grapefruit. Many years ago, Americans were introduced to yuzu as a sauce in Asian cuisine. Now you can find it in teas, drinks, dressings and marinades. Like other types of citrus, yuzu is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
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