Welcome to my forecast for the most popular Food Trends of 2023! This year, we see a continuation of social issues influencing food trends, alongside more light-hearted TikTok-inspired ideas. Simplicity, versatility, and resourcefulness are the key vibes, with a focus on natural, conscious, and considered choices. Let’s dive right into the trends! Listen to the full episode of my Newstalk show here, it’s perfect to put on while you’re going for a little stroll or driving!
Pasta 2.0: Alternative pastas have been around for a while, but in 2023, they’re going mainstream! Chickpea pasta has been a staple in the health food aisle for some time, but now we’re seeing more pasta made from lentils, and even pasta combined with fruits and vegetables for a nutrient-dense twist. These pastas are designed for high protein, low carb diets, and are a great way to switch up your weekly pasta dishes.
Tinned Fish: Looking for a convenient and cost-effective protein source? Tinned fish is the answer! Rather than just the basics like tuna and salmon, we’re now exploring more adventurous options like anchovies, sardines, and mackerel. Full of good fats, these are great for Mediterranean-style diets and can be used in a variety of dishes, from frittatas to fish stews.
Dates: Known as nature’s caramel, dates are a versatile and natural sweetener that can be used in a variety of ways. From spreading on toast to stirring into porridge or even stuffing with peanut butter and chocolate, dates are absolutely delectable and a spoiling treat!
Avocado Oil: A heart-healthy oil that’s high in oleic acid, avocado oil is a great source of monounsaturated fat that’s been linked to reducing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol. With a gorgeous flavour profile, avocado oil is perfect for drizzling over salads, vegetables, or fish. It has a high smoke point, making it suitable for high heat cooking, and can also boost the absorption of antioxidants in food.
Low and No Alcohol Alternatives: As the trend of non-alcoholic spirits, beer, and wine continues, we’re now seeing more variety and quality in this space. Non-alcoholic bars are popping up, and we’re even seeing functional alcoholic beverages that claim to be good for you. Think botanical-infused sodas or spirits backed by plant-based science. These new categories are being coined “functional flavors” and are a great way to enjoy a drink without the alcohol.
That’s it for my Food Trends of 2023! Remember to keep it simple, natural, and conscious, and don’t be afraid to explore new and exciting ingredients!