Whole Foods Predicts 2017's Biggest Food Trends
Alright, Instagram foodies of the world! The end-of-the-year list I'm sure you've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Whole Foods has released its official predictions for which foods are going to be crazy popular next year, thus clueing you in to what you should be Pinteresting, snapping photos of, ordering at brunch and sharing online.
Are you so excited?
Whole Food's popular food list for 2017 was shared by Business Insider, and spans an impressive array of items from alternative noodles, chips made out of coconuts, wellness tonics and cauliflower in magnificent hues of purple.
As for who actually came up with the predicted popular selections, that would be the people in charge of tracking consumer behavior when it comes to purchasing Whole Foods products.
So let's get specific with the top 7.
The first product to have on your radar is coconut. Apparently, you'll be able to find a wide range of coconut products, featuring the delicious nut as an ingredient in coconut flour tortillas, coconut chips, coconut sugar aminos, and more.
Secondly, the rainbow bagel has finally met its match in purple foods. From tortilla chips to cauliflower, potatoes and asparagus, purple-hued foods are about to have their heyday (and probably pop up all over your feeds).
Byproducts are in in 2017, which means more yummy foods with less terrible waste!
"Whether it's leftover whey from strained Greek yogurt or spent grains from beer, food producers are finding innovative -- and delicious -- ways to give byproducts new life," Whole Foods told Business Insider.
Tonics are also on the rise, so if you're a fan of alternative medicine, you'll have your pick of different botanicals and elixirs.
If you're tired of the standard ketchup, mayo or mustard, interesting condiments are seeing a surge in popularity, with Whole Foods recommending to look out for "black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, pomegranate molasses, black garlic puree, date syrup, plum jam with chia seeds, beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek or piri piri sauce, Mina Harissa, and Frontera adobo sauces (ancho, chipotle, and guajillo varieties)."
Perhaps its no surprise that pasta alternatives are also in style, what with gluten-free diets being so prevalent these days. Alternative-grain noodles made out of kelp, vegetables, lentils, chickpeas or other plant-based solutions are all the rage.
Finally, Japanese food is prevalent for 2017, with flavors like seaweed, sesame oil, mirin, miso and ponzu growing in popularity.
"Japanese-inspired eating is on the rise, and it doesn't look anything like a sushi roll," Whole Foods told Business Insider.