Top Cooking Trends For 2016

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If you want to be healthy in 2016, you need to know certain cooking trends that will prevail around the world. This year, it will be all about healthy alternatives to regular foods and eating foods that contain lots of healthy nutrients and elements. For example, this year it will be trendy to eat insects. Yes, you’ve read that correctly – in 2016 you’ll find insects in your food.
Vegetables. We’ve been hearing about the healthy benefits of vegetables for a few years now, but it seems that 2016 is the year when vegetables are going to really dominate our cooking habits. It was concluded by the National Restaurant Association that chefs around the world are actively increasing their use of vegetables as the central ingredient of meals. Up until recently, it was all about using animal proteins as a main ingredient of meals.
And vegetarians are glad to hear this news, of course. This year, they will be seeing more vegetables in menus at restaurants, and less meat.
Pulses. We’re not referring to your heart’s pulse. Pulses is food! Pulses is a plant-based protein, which have already become a true breakthrough in cooking trends. In 2016, it will continue rocking the cooking world. Moreover, 2016 has been proclaimed to be the International Year of Pulses. Pulses can be found in beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas.
Seaweed. An increasingly large number of people are turning their attention to seaweed. And not without a reason. Seaweed contains large amounts of iodine, Vitamin C, fiber, iron and vitamins of the B group. It is predicted that seaweed will appear in the form of snacking strips, will be added to salads, soups and even … desserts! Yes, even desserts will contain seaweed in 2016!
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Entomophagy. Do you know what’s entomophagy? Probably not. Well, embrace yourself, because in other words entomophagy means eating insects. Yep, it will be trendy this year. According to nutrition experts, eating insects is not only an alternative to eating meat, but it is also called the protein of the future. In some countries, they are already producing flour made of grasshoppers and other kinds of insects. In 2016, don’t be surprised to find out that some of the desserts you eat at your local restaurants contain insects.
Fermented foods. Forget about kombucha. Kimchi is the new kombucha this year. Fermented foods such as kimchi and artisanal krauts contain tons of good bacteria that benefit your digestive tract and strengthen your immune system. However, beets, carrots and Brussels sprouts are not going away anywhere this year. As mentioned above, 2016 is the year of vegetables, which is why it might be the year when you go vegan! So much pressure around after all… For those who love trying something new, try fermenting food at home: sauerkraut is still trendy this year.
You can read more of this article in our March 2016 issue of ModelsMania