Food Trends of 2016

1) Smoothie Bowls

Essentially a typical yogurt-based smoothie with tasty toppings, eaten out of—you guessed it—a bowl, this trend spices up the old school breakfast. This dish allows you to tap into your creative side by experimenting with new flavor combinations and textures. It can easily be altered based on your current pantry or budget. It’s also super easy to make a double or triple batch during your free time and store in mason jars for a go-to filling meal when you’re in a rush.

Smoothie bowls generally blend together a thickening base like yogurt or a nut butter, a liquid component such as milk or almond milk, and fruits and greens. Pour into a bowl and toss some nuts, coconut chips, granola, and whatever you have on hand on top of the smoothie. Enjoy with a spoon!
spiralizer2) Spiralized Vegetables

A cheap kitchen gadget could transform your 2016 dinners and offer a painless way to check your servings of vegetables off your daily list. Several brands are manufacturing a “spiralizer” that cuts vegetables like squash and zucchini into curly pasta-like strands. The pieces can be eaten raw or blanched for 2-3 minutes and tossed with olive oil and spices or a traditional red sauce. The spiralized veggies taste startlingly similar to pasta and, not surprisingly, deliver a much more nutritious option.

lentilsquinoa_pilaf3) Pulses

A food group including chickpeas, dried peas, beans, and legumes, pulses pack a punch of vitamins, minerals, and protein. The United Nations has declared 2016 the Year of Pulses, meaning we’re sure to see much more of this group in the coming months. Luckily, pulses are perfect for a student on a budget. They can be bought canned or dried and these seemingly bland beans and peas actually make a perfect vehicle for exciting flavor combinations and textures.

Blue Apron Ingredients4) Meal Subscriptions

A bit less budget friendly, meal subscription services are an up and coming trend sure to reach fever pitch in 2016. Many of these meal kits feature organic and locally-grown options for the environmentally-conscious consumers. Customers will receive an insulated box filled with clearly marked pre-portioned ingredients as well as various recipe options. The cost varies depending on the number of meals and servings requested, but the services are easily customizable to your taste and mood. These meal subscriptions are a great option for a college student’s monthly “splurge”, especially when you want to impress your friends with your fantastic cooking skills!

Guest Post by Michaela Halnon

 

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