Our 6 Favorite Food Trends in 2017

Remember when we were all obsessed with kale and quinoa? For a while, they were everywhere. Endless salad, soup and smoothie recipes and don’t forget all the different ways you can sauté, steam, broil and bake the two. These two ingredients were the best dressed coupled since 2014, a true dynamic duo. They had a good run. Really, they did—but we’re moving on. As food aficionados, we want to share our thoughts on some up-and-coming food trends in 2017. 

Here are 6 food trends you will see and love in 2017. 

1. Vegan + Vegetarian. The meatless reign continues into 2017. Whether you’re already driving the vegan train, or fully checked-in to meat manor, you can’t argue that alternative proteins and ancient grains like farro and barley continue their steady rise in the standard American diet. Plant-based proteins such as tofu, tempeh and seitan, and nutrient-dense ingredients such as leafy greens, legumes, chia seeds, almonds and edamame will leave you feeling both satisfied and fulfilled. 

2. Fancy Fizz.The sugar flag has been raised and beverage makers are scrambling to put out a product that packs the bubbles, but not the calories. We’re seeing lightly-flavored bubbles pop-up in simple but delightful non-alcoholic concoctions. Next time you reach for a soda pop, you might consider a glass full of fizzy water with a few raspberries and a sprig of rosemary. Now aren’t you fancy? Keep an eye out for flavored fizzy beverages by La Croix, San Pellegrino and Aquafina.

3. Dark Colored Foods. Did you hear? Black is the new green.Think ingredients such as eggplant, squid ink, seaweed, black beans, and black chocolate, as well as charcoal-grilled foods. Bold, dark colors add big value to dishes by way of nutrition, flavor and dimension. Dark foods are also packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins, which are also found in fruits, veggies, and even wines. Research suggests anthocyanins can help improve various ailments, including diabetes and liver dysfunction.

4. Crowlers. If you don’t know what a crowler is, you’re about to beer amazed (see what we did there?). The crowler is a 32-ounce aluminum vessel that transports your favorite or limited-batch draft beer from the craft beer bar to wherever your craft beer-lovin’ heart desires. It is draft beer, in a can. Unlike growlers, crowlers are convenient, portable and welcomed in environments where glass isn't allowed, such as pools, beaches and parks. Stay tuned! Crowlers are coming soon to Blatt Beer & Table's Shops of Legacy location in Omaha, NE. 

5. Japanese-Peruvian Fusion. Japanese settlers began immigrating to Peru in the late 1800s and Peruvian-style sushi was born. Tiradito, a ceviche-style sashimi, is the result of this culinary union. You'll find Tiradito in Peru and in sushi restaurants around the globe. Sample Tiradito-inspired dishes from the sushi menu at Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Try the Ceviche Style Hirame, Snapper Chimichurri, Peppered Tuna Tataki or Yellowtail Serrano.

6. Breakfast, for Dinner. We can all agree, breakfast for dinner is divine. Breakfast and brunch spots were king in 2016, but you'll soon start seeing beloved brunch items on your dinner menu. Eggs were never meant to be a dedicated breakfast food, so why should chicken strips be limited to dinner when they compliment waffles so well? We say Chicken & Waffles were made for each other, and are delicious any time of the day. 

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Here's our insight on the up-and-coming food trends we're excited about in 2017!

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