This year’s food trends will have you forgetting about quinoa and acai bowls! Move over turkey jerky here comes watermelon jerky! What the heck is watermelon jerky I hear you say…well, get your dehydrators cranking because you’ll be hooked.
#1 Watermelon Jerky
This is by far one of the strangest things I thought I’d ever see. Who thought, I wonder what watermelon would taste like if I dehydrated it…whoever you are you are a genius! You’ll be hooked and you’ll be telling everyone about it. This delicious little treat just doesn’t taste amazing it is also great for you! Watermelon jerky is loaded with fibre, essential vitamins & minerals, potassium and is vegan-friendly. If you haven’t got a dehydrator or the time you can buy Watermelon jerky from the girls at Sakara.
Sorghum is the new quinoa and also like quinoa Sorghum is an alternative to rice. Sorghum can also be milled and used as flour. The grain originated in West Africa and is now grown here in north Queensland Australia. Sorghum is the 3rd largest crop grown in Australia coming in at 2 million tons a year. This delicious little grain is low in fat, gluten free and low in sodium. It is a good source of dietary fibre, high in potassium, packed full of B & E vitamins, magnesium, iron and zinc. You can buy Sorghum from The Source bulk foods online and in store.
#3 Poke Bowls
If you are a sushi lover this ones for you! A Poke bowl is basically is deconstructed sushi made up of a raw tuna predominately yellow fin. The Poke bowl originated in Hawaii, pronounced POH-KAY means “to but cut crosswise into pieces” in Hawaiian. This new fad bowl is full of protein, vitamins D & C, iron, zinc, folate, magnesium, potassium and of course full of omega oils.
The essentials in every Poke Bowl are rice, Avocado, shallots, edamame beans & seaweed. Finished with a marinade of Asian flavours such as sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and chilli.
You can find the best Poke bowls in Sydney at POKE at Coogee of Fish Poke Bar Bondi.
#4 Bean Pasta
Before I lose you at bean pasta you’ll have to trust me! Bean pasta comes in all types of bean like black bean, soy bean, edamame bean and Adzuki bean. They are all delicious, made from bean and water. Yes, just bean and water that why this is a much better alternative to pasta and why everyone is going crazy for it. Bean paste is gluten free, vegan and depending on brands organic.
The benefits of the pasta will change from bean to bean but all are high in protein and potassium. Bean pasta has depth in flavour and a variety of tastes, unlike traditional pasta.
#5 Jack Fruit
You would all know Jack fruit from your trips to Thailand as the oversized smelly fruit you weren’t game to try. Well, this smelly guy is coming into vogue and for good reasons too! The big prickly fruit contains huge amounts of vitamin B-6 25% of you RDI to be exact. B complex vitamins are important for hair, skin, liver & eyes. B complex vitamins also help the body to convert food into energy helping the body metabolise fats and proteins.
Jack fruit might put you off by the smell but it doesn’t really taste as bad as it smells, it tastes a bit like mango with a bit of peach and pear thrown into the mix. But then when cooked people say it tastes a bit like pulled pork, for all our vegan friends out there I give you jack fruit ‘pulled pork’ burgers!
If you’re not convinced here is a list of benefits from our smelly friend, 23% RDI vitamin C, vitamin A & E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, folates, dietary fibre and the list goes on. Next time you’re making your morning smoothie why not pop some jack fruit in for an extra kick.
These five food are trending and you need to try them all but don’t worry your beloved coconut everything or acai bowl isn’t going anywhere fast. It doesn’t hurt to try something new.
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