There's no denying that food trends come and go just about as fast as we can eat them up. As the new year rolled in, we've been on the lookout for new food crazes to try. Sure enough, our findings did not disappoint. We're ditching last year's trends and swapping them out with some adventurous, new flavors. Move over coconut water, the cactus is here -- and it has spikes! Check out our list of the top new food trends to hit grocery store aisles and your taste buds:
1. Unicorn Toast is the New Avocado ToastKopifolks
We don't know about you, but it's getting increasingly difficult to avoid the unicorn trend these days. From Instagram to Facebook, the rainbow-colored craze has taken over the internet... and now, it's claiming our favorite snacks. Last year, it seemed that all we heard about was avocado toast -- it was the green goddess of breakfast. But apparently it's time for avocado toast to make way for a more colorful topping: the unicorn toast! So what exactly makes a unicorn toast taste as magical as it looks? From the looks of it, the perfect slice is made up of any ingredients your heart desires, just as long as it includes all the colors of the rainbow. Kopifolks rounded up some of the most colorful versions from Instagram, and the list ranges from a ricotta-pistachios-fig combo to cream cheese infused with beetroot juice, turmeric root, and fruit powder. If you decide to dabble in the unicorn treat, check out Kopifolks for some inspiration and recipes!
2. Bone Broth is the New Green JuiceWellness Mama
This one is kind of hard to swallow (literally). But the bone broth craze is real! Health trendsetters are apparently ditching their traditional green vegetable juice for a new, fortifying liquid: bone broth. The soup has little to no calories and is exactly what is sounds like -- boiled bones -- made into a broth. We tried it to see what the craze was all about, and while the potential nutritional benefits sound great (proponents of the drink say it can help reduce cellulite by improving connective tissue, increase hair growth/strength, improve digestive issues and remineralize teeth), it wasn't exactly palatable. But if you're feeling adventurous, check out Wellness Mama to learn how to make your very own bone broth today.
3. Cactus Water is the New Coconut WaterNatural Society
Health nuts have gone gaga for coconut water over the past few years. The liquid, derived from young, green coconuts, is chock-full of potassium and electrolytes. But it could finally be time for coconut water to share the stage with another hydration trend: cactus water. While it may seem like a contradiction (you don't normally associate a desert plant with water), cactus water apparently has many perks, including its delicious berry taste! Who knew? Natural Society says that cactus water may pack more benefits than coconut because of something called betalains, which are said to have anti-inflammatory properties and help fight cell damage. When it comes to the sweet, creamy coconut water versus anti-aging, berry-flavored cactus water, we'll leave the hydration choice to you.
4. Jackfruit is the New Meat SubstituteMinimalist Baker
Move over seitan and tofu, there's a new guy in town -- and his name is Jack! Jackfruit is the new meat substitute that vegans and non-vegans alike are falling for. We were so fascinated by this new food trend, we rounded up 8 delicious jackfruit recipes to help you get a healthy start to your New Year and maybe even make you mutter, "I can't believe it's not meat!" Check them out here and learn all about the amazing jackfruit.
5. Chickpea Replaces Brown RiceSnixy Kitchen
We don't know about you, but brown rice is really boring us these days. When it stepped onto the health food scene a few years ago, we were all about the alternative to carb-loaded, gluten-filled options. But now, brown rice has taken over everything from bread to pasta, and we're over it. Enter the chickpea. Packed with protein, fiber, and folic acid, the chickpea makes for a great base for pasta, bread, or even a savory cake! Check out Snixy Kitchen for a great how-to guide on making your very own gluten-free, guilt-free chickpea pasta tonight.
6. Nutritional Yeast is the New Parmesanveghotpot
While it doesn't sound so appetizing, trust us -- nutritional yeast is delicious! You can sprinkle in on top of your pasta, your popcorn, and you can replace it for cheese in many recipes. For those who are lactose-intolerant, vegan, or just health-conscious, this vitamin-packed cheese replacement is a great alternative. Check out how blogger veghotpot used nutritional yeast in this mouth-watering, vegan roasted vegetable lasagna recipe.
7. Unicorn Lattes Are the New Almond Milk LattesIsabelle Dungan
Not only is the unicorn trend taking over our breakfasts, it's also seeping into our beloved morning beverages. First it was the unicorn hot chocolate, and now it's the unicorn latte. But what exactly makes this cuppa worthy of such a mythical designation? We were so curious about the ingredients we actually went and spent a whopping $9 to try it out at the Brooklyn coffee shop that started the trend. The result was a no-coffee, tangy, insanely expensive (but arguably healthier) alternative to our regular caffeine boost. Ingredients include ginger, lemon, coconut milk, honey, and live blue-green algae dusted with turmeric and pomegranate powder. Try the trend at home using The End's recipe featured in the NY Times, but be warned: you may have a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of this liquid rainbow.