Each year brings changes and that certainly holds true in the world of food and dining. Recently, experts in food trends weighed in on what they thought would be some of the biggest food trends of 2017. Let's take a look!
1. Vegetarian Comfort Food
All of us have our favorite comfort foods and, to say the least, not all of them fit with our fitness and healthy eating plans. But experts say vegetables will continue to occupy more space on dinner plates.
What does this mean? Diners will order mashed cauliflower instead of rice and pasta, for one, and will request vegetable crust on their pizza.
2. Healthy Kids' Meals
Yes, kids still love burgers and fries, but more and more menus are offering a wide range of healthy options — from salads, fruits, to whole grains and lean protein.
3. House-made Condiments
Consumers are asking for more hand-made condiments, such as made-from-scratch ketchup and mustard.
4. The Demise of Kale
There's nothing wrong with kale, but experts say it gone past its peak of popularity. There are many other options to choose from nowadays, including a large range of flavorful seaweeds, chard, beet greens, turnip greens, carrot tops, and mustard greens. But it's also probable that another vegetable like kale will catch the public's fancy in '17... Maybe Brussels sprouts. More on that later!
5. Breakfast Makes Its Move
All-day breakfast is no longer unique for many of us, but expect the "texture" of breakfast to change next year. Smoother breakfast options, such as oatmeal and scrambled eggs will still be offered, but crunchier items like fried chicken and crispy chorizo will pop up on restaurant menus with regularity.
6. Sustainable Seafood
Consumers, chefs and restaurant owners alike are paying attention to — and interested in learning about -- the fish they buy, cook, and consume. Where it's from, whether it's raised or caught, and how if affects the ecosystem are just some of the answers they're seeking.
7. Authentic Ethnic Cuisine
With the help of adventurous millennials, who enjoy exploring global flavors, ethnic foods and worldwide cuisine seems to be everywhere these days. The trend is also driven by international travel and access to a wider variety of ethnic options to choose from here at home.
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