While kale still reigns supreme, oatmeal, cauliflower, and chia seeds are catching up. You won't want to miss these new food trends that are taking 2016 by storm.

By Coryanne Ettiene

Big Benefits of Little Chia Seeds

Looking for more energy? These tiny black seeds pack a punch of energy. Native to Mexico, chia seeds get their name from the ancient Mayan word for "strength." They plump up when added to oats, smoothies, or even jam -- tasting a bit like tapioca. We gathered our favorite chia recipes to get you started on this growing trend.

Say Yes to Oatmeal Again

Long gone are those dull days of bland oatmeal in the mornings. Rolled oats are back, and everyone is jumping on board the oatmeal train. We love them because they're packed with nutrients, plus they taste great with just about anything. These overnight oats recipes will ensure that you never miss an opportunity to enjoy this popular breakfast treat.

Discover Kalettes

We admit it, with a name like Kalettes, it's clear they're linked to kale. But these little gems are so popular that you will be lucky if you can find them. The blend between kale and Brussels sprouts offers a nutty flavor that will win over even the kale naysayers. Try them in this Whole Grain and Kalettes Salad from Coryanne Ettiene.

Chickpeas Are Still In

Move over beans, the new superfood is chickpeas. Roasted, steamed, mashed, or dried, we love how easy they are to add to just about anything, especially on-trend meals in a bowl. Try this Chicken and Chickpea Buddha Bowls recipe.

Seaweed in Everything

When we say everything, we mean it. Salads, stews, risottos, dressings -- there are no limits to how you can enjoy it. We love the idea of whipping up a fabulous summer dressing using nori seaweed, like this recipe from Healthfully Everafter.

Cauliflower Is Blooming

That's right, it's blooming. We've seen it chopped up to replace rice, sliced thick and roasted, and marinated as in this sweet and savory General Tso's-inspired dish from Will Cook For Friends. No longer just a healthy, crunchy snack, cauliflower is coming front and center, making an appearance on tables across the U.S.

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Acai: Hard to Say, Easy to Eat

By now you've seen those bold, bright purple bowls pop up on your Pinterest feed and wondered what the fuss was all about. Well it has everything to do with acai, the little super fruit that no one can get enough of. The popular way to eat it is in a smoothie bowl like this one from Just Putzing, but the possibilities are endless once you start experimenting.

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