what will be the big food trends this year?

As a snack company we love predicting what’s going to be the next big thing in the foodie world and trying to incorporate these food and health trends into our products! We asked our taste expert Ele what she thinks will be big this year and she shared 4 ingredients that might take off in 2017!

baobab oats

baobab

Baobab is a delicious super fruit from Africa which I expect to begin seeing in more products in the next year, especially juices and smoothies! -Ele

The baobab fruit grows in the African savannah on the Adansonia tree, also known as the Tree of Life. It’s the only fruit that dries naturally on the branch, cooked by the hot desert sun then harvested, cleaned and turned into a powder.

It has a lovely tangy, citrusy flavor, is high in fiber and is even a good source of potassium which helps keep your blood pressure in check.

palm sugar

Consumers are demanding more more natural sugar alternatives and this shows no sign of abating – last year we saw the rise of coconut sugar as well as stevia and date paste being used to sweeten.

One alternative I think we will see even more of this year is palm sugar because it 100% pure, unrefined nectar and offers many benefits like being the only plant based source of bio-available vitamin B-12! -Ele

hemp protein

I also think hemp protein will gain even more popularity this year. It offers benefits above and beyond many of the other protein powders, namely it’s plant based so it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. -Ele

It is an excellent source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids (these can’t be made by the body and we have to get from our diets), as well as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Hemp protein is also thought to be one of the most sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources of protein! -Ele

carrot crisps large

carrots

We’ve recently watched vegetables taking center stage and I expect this to continue this year. Vegetables like cauliflower and beets have been featured a lot recently but I think this is the year of the carrot!

I’ve seen a few restaurants doing some very interesting things with carrots, such as combining them with smoky or charred flavors recently.

I also expect to see carrots paired with on trend Middle Eastern spices such as cardamon and sumac.

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