Old health food favorites including date-based snack bars and coconut water made a strong appearance at this years Food Matters Live event (17th-19th Nov). But what about the new trends and what can we expect to see more of in 2016?
The popularity and availability of non-dairy icecream is increasing as more individuals move to plant-based diets. It’s easy to make banana icecream if you’re at home (blend frozen bananas and Voilà – icecream) and thankfully, more producers mean its becoming easier to find non-dairy options when you’re out and about as well.
Seaweed boasts a impressive range of minerals, many of which aren’t present in high quantities in conventionally grown produce. For example iodine which plays a role in metabolism and thyroid function. At the exhibition I tried dried seaweed strips (which can be eaten as a snack instead of crisps), seaweed noodles, and even seaweed pesto!! It can also be bought ground to use as a seasoning instead of salt. There really are so many options, you’re bound to find one you like!
Insects are commonly eaten in many non-western countries and provide a sustainable source of protein. However, food producers recognise that not everyone is ready to swap their chicken for cricket, that’s why they are starting to incorporate insect flour into snack bars.
Move over coconut water, birch water is looking to take the title of new health drink. It is collected by inserting a tap into a brich tree and collecting the water which contains electrolytes and antioxidants. In addition birch water is low in calories (5 per 100ml) and acts as a diuretic to flush out toxins.
Do you agree? What are your predictions for 2016?
Stay healthy and psyched
p.s. Apologies for the pictures. I haven’t been blogging for long and I’m not in the habit of taking pics of everything. I was too busy talking to the exhibitors about their amazing new products and snapping up free samples.
If you have a health problem make sure that you consult your doctor before trying new products.