The Top 4 Healthy Food Trends Of 2017

by: Savannah Freemantle

If you are a foodie, you are going to go crazy for the top innovations in healthy eating. We spoke to nutritionist Monique Piderit about the latest food trends that are set to be game-changers in 2017.

  1. Spiralised Vegetables

    “Spiralised veg has become one of the food trends this year and I think it will continue to gain popularity. It’s a funky way to prepare your vegetables.”
    Piderit continues:

    • You can spiralise baby marrow and use as a base instead of spaghetti to make a healthy pasta.
    • Add spiralised beetroot to salad to jazz it up.
    • Or bake spiralised sweet potatoes in the oven as a homemade savoury yet healthy treat replacement to chips.

    “In essence, it’s a different and unique way to prepare vegetables. Most people fall short of their veggie needs for the day, so there more ways we can get excited about veg the better,” explains Piderit.

    Which Vegetables Can You Spiralise?

    • The vegetable cannot be hollow, seeded or have a tough core.
      • It must be at least 1.5″ in diameter.
      • The vegetable should be at least 2″ long.
      • It must have a firm, solid flesh (no squishy, juicy fruits or veggies.)
      1. Aquafaba:

      Aquafaba is the name of the liquid in tinned legumes or the fluid leftover when cooking legumes (like chickpeas and beans). If you reserve the liquid, it can be a healthy replacement for egg whites when whipped up. Aquafaba meringues, lemon meringue pie, pavlovas and other desserts means vegans have more variety in dessert choices,” says Piderit.
      Aquafaba is seen to be unique among egg replacers as it has some of the characteristics of both egg white and yolk. You can use it as a thickener, binder, emulsifier, foaming agent etc.
      A recent analysis by The Norwegian Food Research Institute has shown that Aquafaba is primarily composed of starches and proteins. It is lipid free with a low amount of digestible carbohydrates.
      Fast Fact: Aquafaba is vegan and allergy friendly…..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Read more:                                             Source: Longevity