Top 8 healthy eating trends for 2016 – The Fit Foodie’s forecast

Bring in the new year with vegetables cut into pasta-like noodles, breakfast options for dinner, sprouted grains and new superfood maca root

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 December, 2015, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 December, 2015, 2:01pm

Award-winning food safety entrepreneur, natural products industry veteran and chef, Mareya Ibrahim, also known as The Fit Foodie, has released her annual trends list for the top healthy foods in the coming year. In 2015, her predictions included nutrient-dense cold-pressed juices, cold-brew coffee, convincing meatless meat and products fuelled by cricket powder.

Here are Ibrahim’s top eight tips for 2016.

1. Inspiralised vegetables

How do you get more vegetables onto your plate? Spiralising is the secret weapon for the health-conscious cook – it transforms your favourite vegetables into pasta-like noodles. Delicious raw and crunchy or cooked and savoury, this technique is sure to grow in popularity in 2016.

2. DIY globowls

There is no doubt that the popularity of ethnic foods among US consumers has been skyrocketing over the past few years, and there is no sign of it slowing down. Bowls can be a universal, one dish offering that are portable and deliver a macronutrient-balanced meal. Take a trip around the “globowl”, no passport required.

3.Brinner

Brinner entitles you to enjoy breakfast for dinner. It offers creative ideas for elevating breakfast options with a wider variety of savoury ingredients.

4. Muffin-pan mania

As fast food restaurants continue to supersize their meals, why not exercise portion control at home. Preparing food in a muffin tray is a sure-fire way to scale back super-sized portions. So grab a muffin pan and indulge in anything for a guilt-free, perfectly proportioned bite.

5. Sprouted grains

With tortillas to crackers and other foods otherwise known for their “empty carbs”, the use of sprouted grains can promise heightened nutritional value, great taste, and decreased guilt. With the spotlight shining on the food industry, driven by consumer demand for transparency, many are turning to sprouted grain products not only because they are nutritionally superior, but also minimally processed.

6. Maca root

The next new superfood, maca, a member of the radish family, is known for its ability to improve general health, balance mood and increase energy. With a mild taste and subtle earthy flavour, maca can boost nutrient density in a variety of foods, from baked goods to soups. Add maca to your next dish and let it do its magic.

7. Kohlrabi

It may have a funny look and name, but this versatile brassica will take over the reins as the next king of veggies. With only 27 calories per 100 grams, kohlrabi offers a subtle, sweet flavour and a pleasing texture.

8. Have a ball

Expect an array of healthful “ballin” goodies in the upcoming year. From snacks to desserts to mealtime, consumers can enjoy what they love in a smaller package.

Mareya Ibrahim is the founder of eatcleaner.com, and author of The Clean Eating Handbook