Food Trends for 2013

January 26, 2013
Jessica, Registered Dietitian

Jessica, Registered Dietitian

I’m not usually one who follows the trend predictions for the New Year, but this year I was intrigued and encouraged by some of the projected food trends for 2013. It seems like everyone has weighed in on this topic, from Cooking Light Magazine and the Food Network Channel to the New York Times. But overall, the message seems to be about the same—health rules for 2013!  Below is a sample of some of my favorite trends to look out for this year.

Veggies as the main course. Chefs around the country are experimenting with vegetables as the main highlight of a meal. Gone are the days of a meager side offering of bland veggies. With My Plate recommendations of filling half of your plate with fruits and veggies, this is a move in the right direction. Cauliflower is predicted to take center stage on menus this year.

Sour is the new Sweet. Fermentation has been used a food preservation technique for centuries and there are many fermented foods we are all familiar with—yogurt, bread, pickles, cheese and soy sauce, to name a few. But this year, it is predicted that strongly flavored, sour fermented food will lead the way. Look for foods like kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and craft beer with a more sour profile to become more mainstream.

Popcorn! Have you noticed the huge variety of popcorn on our shelves over the last year? Look for this whole grain trend to keep popping up in 2013. The US Dietary Guidelines recommend that half of our daily grain intake comes from whole grains, and popcorn can help you meet this goal. Just be sure to watch the saturated fat and sodium in prepared popcorn, as well as trans fat ingredients like hydrogenated oils. Some great options for ready-to-snack popcorn includes Angie’s Lightly Sweet and BoomChickaPop Sea Salt popcorn.

Artisan Bread. We’re well ahead of this trend at Harmons! If you have ever tried our freshly baked artisan bread, then you know that this isn’t just a trend for 2013, but a commitment to quality fresh food products at Harmons. There’s nothing better than a slice (or loaf) of artisan sourdough bread, in my opinion.

Tea is the new coffee. I have to admit that I LOVE coffee. But I’m also excited to try more tea this year, and if this trend prediction takes off, it should be easier than ever to find unique, quality tea. Like coffee, tea boasts a variety of antioxidants that may help prevent chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease.