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What’s Sizzling – The Top 7 Food Habits Of 2017



We are back at it again, sampling the savory food habits that attract food lovers. The list features opinions and views of over a thousand professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation, social media trends and what the mainstream media is advocating for. And, with that said, Welcome to the top seven food trends of 2017.

  1. New Cuts of Meat


Remember the famous Turkish meme that took over Instagram almost immediately it was shared? Salt Bae, as he was fondly called, is the real face of the New Cuts of Meat. Chefs are applying a bit of ingenuity in their menus with new and affordable cuts like the shoulder tender, and oyster steak and guests are indeed falling in love with the new phenomenon.

  1. Street Culture-Inspired Cuisines


With many of the most popular food trips across the world centered on the most revered street culture and dining in all unpopular spots, the rise of street food-inspired dishes is a no shocker. The foods served in these joints are more than just a traditional dish. They harbor lots of information regarding the areas native favorite foods, culture, and notable places. And that’s why in 2017, many people will probably be part of the vast entourage of foodies touring many separate areas of the planet.

  1. Charcuterie made at home


Frozen meat is not the best, especially because the disease-causing bacteria are still living and can result in sickness. However, cured meat varieties are proving to be a hot food trend in 2017, amongst diners and chefs. Meat-loving consumers who love watching TV shows that feature cooking meat may have seen how home-made Charcuterie is winning over the hearts and minds of notable chefs.

  1. Hearty meals for kids


With the calls for consumption of healthy, organic dishes getting more vocal by the day, 2017 is yet again a great year for chefs, hoteliers, and restaurateurs to offer kids meal to delight on. Nutritious meals that provide perhaps the best nutrients needed for their vibrancy and optimal body growth will unquestionably be the order of the day in the future. But in the midst of all these, burgers will not take a back seat, much like eating salads, fruit, whole grains and low-fat foods.

  1. The sustainable seafood culture


First and foremost, seafood is gaining traction to a great magnitude. But the latest move is the sustainable seafood practice that entails chefs, restaurateurs, and consumers knowing the environmental impact of switching towards the foods vis-à-vis the conventional. It is all about being conscious with where the food is caught or raised and how it affects the ecosystem.

  1. Authentic and Ethnic cuisines


Other interesting trends in the food sector 2017 concerns how ethnic foods and global cuisines seem to be taking over the dieting scene. The adventurous millennial populace is increasingly exploring flavors and aromas of the past century and in the process uncovering sophisticated palates. The practice is unifying the world in a manner that has never been seen before.

  1. African Cuisines and Flavors


After sampling European, Asian and Caribbean foods, focus is slowly shifting towards Africa where some innate delicacies are yet to be uncovered. The practice is blamed on the ever-growing multicultural population all over the world and the continent finally coming of age. And, for once, no single 5-star or perhaps 7-star hotel is afraid of enlisting African flavors and ingredients on their menus.

Other equally incredible food habits and trends worth mentioning are the fact that diners being smart with what they eat and thus focusing more on heirloom produce. It is reasonable to add that homemade condiments are taking over the proverbial center-of-the-plate popularity. With all these practices in the future, it is safe to say that the future is indeed promising.








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Why Organic Food Is Going Mainstream



One of the latest phenomena blossoming in the food industry is the changing consumer preference and the odds seemingly favoring those who love safe and chemical-free foods. The ballooning consumer demand is impressive granted that the bright star in the grocery business is a win-win for both the consumers and the growers. But, of particular importance is the reason people are going for these organic foods instead of the traditional ones.

Organic foods are nutritious with no chemical substances


Fueling the organic habit is the need for a better food alternative that puts nutrition and better health first. From plants to organic meats, all of them are perfect for those who would love to stay healthy and far from the many lifestyle based ills. Plants like beans, lentils, grains, nuts and seeds offer wide-ranging perks that keep us healthier while organic meat, fish, and other animal-based organic foods are also sustainable.

Animal welfare


Food production is largely an industrialized process that also employs a heavy use of chemicals for aroma and as preservatives. But with consumer awareness becoming an order of the day nowadays and animal welfare calls becoming more vocal via the mainstream media, use of chemicals in food production is dwindling. In fact, antibiotic-free meats, milk, and eggs as a result of better animal husbandry practices are not a new thing anymore.

Better for the environment


Much like animal welfare, environmental awareness issues surrounding food production isn’t a new idea today, although organic food growers are trying to make their efforts enough for their environment. The move is bolstered by the fact that sustainable methods of growing these foods and keeping animals also impact the environment positively. And, given that there’s no use of chemicals, it is indeed true.

Who buys organic foods?


Getting these foods is becoming even easier, and prices are becoming more reasonable, and much of it is due to the large stores and foods grocers having them, including Wal-Mart and Wild Oats organic foods. And since the number of consumers in on a gradually rising trend, it isn’t hard to tell for sure who leads the line.

Millennial parents are the most tech-savvy and indeed health-savvy given that they occupy a massive 50% and even more of those who buy the organic foods. Generation X parents and baby boomers are other organic food enthusiasts, although it is the increasing number of organic food stores that serve as a perfect testament to the growing movement.

And what is fueling the habit?

Besides each of the above reasons, other reasons to try organic foods include:

  1. The rise of the many groups that connect over the web with intentions of emancipating the masses.
  2. Mainstreaming of veganism, without a doubt, gives rise to the organic food movement too.
  3. Fast food stores are starting to include organic food menus.

Do you buy organic foods ? Why do you do so ? Lets get talking.





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Beginner tips for transitioning into a vegan diet



There are many types of diets out there, however, plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Their rise in popularity has been caused by a surge of awareness regarding what people are putting into their bodies and how their choices impact the environment and other living things.  While a plant-based diet is not the best approach for everyone, nor should it be, it does have significant benefits for those that take it seriously.

So what exactly is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is a diet that is a made up of plant-based foods such as vegetables, leafy greens, seeds, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Plant-based diets call for the elimination of processed foods, deep fried foods, and meals containing large sugar content because they tend to be low in nutritional value.

Some plant-based diets do allow the use of cultured dairy products such as organic eggs and wild fish while others do not. Because a plant-based diet contains all the necessary macronutrients in their raw form, this type of diet is considered much healthier by many. The benefits of the plant-based diet include increased energy levels, a healthier heart, as well as saving money on food.

Transitioning into a plant-based diet

Transitioning into a plant-based diet can be hard, particularly if you do not know what to do or what to expect. The process can be daunting and it can leave you overwhelmed at times owing to the whirlwind of information and questions that you may have. If you do not know where to start, here are tips that can make the process of transitioning easier for you:

Carry out your research

Most people tend to forget to carry out their research whenever starting anything new, which is quite unfortunate. The research will allow you to make your own decision as to what rules fit your lifestyle or your goals. For instance, some plant-based experts claim that you should not eat honey while others do. Educating yourself can help you assess the risks and benefits of eating some meals so that you can pick foods that are right for you.

Start off with a pace that works for your needs

Some people make the decision to transition right away, which means that they will never consume a morsel of meat again, while others choose to do it slowly. It is important to be realistic about your long-term goals to avoid disappointments later on in the transition. It might take a long time, but transitioning gradually will not only allow you to learn as the process continues, but it will also prevent you from having to deal with too many cravings. Unless your need for change has been signaled by a health crisis, it is better to start off slowly.

Plan and prepare your meals

If you are busy, you might not have time for prepping your meals during the week. The lack of time can cause you to slip back into old habits so meal prep is key. The best time to prepare your meals is Sunday or during those moments when you are free. When meal prepping, you should go through your list of meals for breakfast, lunch, and supper to pick which meals you will eat during the week. It might take some time before you can get a working rhythm and pattern, but when you do, it can save you time and the headache of having to decide which meal to eat on the spot.

Find support

Change can feel very lonely especially when it causes you to stand out from the crowd. Having the support of others that are going through the process can go a long way in enriching your experience and can make your transition into your new healthier lifestyle less stressful. Try and enlist the support of your family and friends if you can. If you can’t, then there are community forums online and support networks that can help you out and keep you motivated.

Have you yet transitioned into a vegan diet ? How difficult was it ? Tell me.



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