Can you imagine the day you are over avocado on toast? I’m not quite sure I can! In light of one of the biggest trends of the past year, let’s take a look at what there is to watch out for in 2017.
Eat whole and wage the war on waste…
Thanks to the likes of brilliant campaigners such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the issue of food wastage is finally getting the recognition it deserves. From supermarket giants and local restaurants to innovative food companies, we’ll start to see a move towards delicious dishes that are more resourceful.
Speaking of eating whole…
Veggies are a cheap and healthy way to eat, especially when you can use the whole vegetable. Here are some top picks of mine that I love to include in my meals:
A personal favorite, the aubergine is so easy to use – you can roast it, curry it, stew it, grill it, blend it or stuff it. There are some great recipes around at the moment, so get experimenting! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Cauliflower rice is also a go-to dish. Grain-free, low in carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and just 25-30 calories per half cup, making it uses the majority of the vegetable. Simply wash your cauliflower, cut the florets off the stem and lightly pulse them in a food processor. Next, either sauté or steam the ‘rice’ for 5 – 8 minutes. I like adding some gentle spice to mine while I sauté it for a pop of flavour.
The humble baked sweet potato is beloved all year in my house. Try experimenting with different toppings or sides like poached eggs, spiced green veggies like broccoli or some of that curried aubergine!
I also discovered the spaghetti squash in NYC a couple of years ago, and recently found it at my local farmer’s market. It’s super easy to cook, loaded with nutrients, and really fun to eat. Go on – be daring and buy something new from your local shop or market. You never know what you might find!
A fusion of acrobatics and Yoga, this fitness trend starting flying high when a few celebrities Instagrammed themselves mid-pose. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength and a number of pop-ups have sprung up all over the UK. Involving yourself and a partner, it’s the perfect class to do with a friend or your other half, requiring total communication and a lot of leg, arm and core strength work. The session involves taking turns to lift the other person into the air (that’s when you’re the base) and keeping yourself supported in the air (that’s when you’re the flyer).
Forget your usual indoor gym session that involves an hour of sweating on the treadmill, rowing machine or spin bike. Gyms are starting to morph into holistic wellness centres, and we’re likely to see a rise in outdoor-based activities where fitness classes will utilise their local parks, lakes, beaches and even cities. So far we’ve seen urban wellness walks, rooftop Yoga classes and city runs that include static exercises on ‘street furniture’.
Which of these trends do you see yourself trying in 2017? Let us know on twitter @lizearle!