After gorging on so much food over the holiday season, it’s time to think about healthy eating this 2015. The good news is that almost half of the food trends this year involve healthy ingredients that will help you stay right on track with your diet plan! So let’s kick off the year with what chefs and foodies have to say about the foods that will take the spotlight this gastronomic 2015.
Going Vegan. Vegan meals will be more prominent in restaurant menus this year. It comes as no surprise as more and more people are going for greens. There is at least one vegetarian entree found in about one-third of restaurants in the US. Tomatoes and onions are bagging the top spot in most appearance in restaurant menus while demand for mushrooms is expected to rise this year. Vegetarian dishes are also gaining traction in social event gatherings.
Healthy Meals for Kids. Fastfood has been commonly blamed for obesity in children. Parents now are becoming wiser and more prudent on what their kids are eating. They are looking for healthier restaurant options. This could mean going for baked fries rather than French fries or having yogurt and fruits as side dish. Expect more healthy dishes for your kids this 2015 and get some ideas on how you can cook them at home, too!
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Anything instant is a hit. Using liquid nitrogen for making ice cream is probably the coolest food trend this year. Started by Smitten’s Ice Cream, this freezing process is set to be copied by other ice cream chains this year. It’s a trend that puts ice cream at the forefront of the dessert industry after being bested by doughnuts and cupcakes the past few years.
Gourmet Pizza. Who says pizza can’t be healthy? Upscale pizzas are getting steam this year with pizza chains going artisan and gourmet. There are even do-it-yourself pizzerias which allow you decide on what toppings you would like to put on your pizza! They have all the healthy ingredients you can choose from and you can decide how you can mix that up with some “cheat day” complements like bacon, ground beef, and many more.
Local Produce. There will be an increased appreciation and patronage for local produce. Some of you don’t even know that you have the vitamin-rich veggies in your backyard! Restaurants are now highlighting what the local market has to offer. May it be fruits, vegetables, poultry, or exotic spices, local agriculture business will definitely grow with more people consuming these produce.
Mashup Food. Mashups are not limited to songs anymore. Crossover food is increasing its popularity this year with chefs and big restaurants exploring the possibility of blending different types of food. The cronut is just an example of a mashup between a doughnut and croissant. There’s even a dessert pizza with chocolate syrup and strawberries making each slice sweeter and more interesting! There are burgers on ramen-noodle bun for some American-Japanese mashup. It’s a food adventure of sorts served in a single plate but done with skill and precision.
Comfort Food 2.0. Restaurants are taking comfort food a notch higher with special ingredients and stunning presentation. Your ordinary macaroni and cheese can be done in a sumptuous Italian way with garnishing that is equally fascinating. Some people just want to eat the food they grew up with and with restaurants making it a hundred times better, this trend will sure be a hit this year.
Umami Craze. Umami is a spice that’s becoming more prevalent in different sauces and salts. It has been called the “fifth taste” because it adds a certain kick or flavour that enhances the food you’re eating. The Umami Burger is making waves in Los Angeles. You can expect other restaurant owners to ride on this umami wave.
All these food trends will truly make 2015 a year of delectable dishes. You have an increasing number of healthier options, too! Every food lover will enjoy the mashups, gourmets, and other mouth-watering mix of entrees that these trends are presenting before our taste buds. With all these scrumptious meals ready to invade restaurants, you can say that New Year has never been this good.