Hot Food Trends for 2016

December 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dietary Patterns, Holidays

Rolled newspaper with the headline The latest Food Trends

With the new year upon us, it’s time to tackle what’s going to be trendy in 2016. Here are a few hot food items you’re sure to see popping up in the coming months:

Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains are gaining traction for their increased nutrient bioavailability and whole grain nutrient cred. Look for sprouted grains in snack foods, or recipes that promote using your own.

Plant Based Diets

With the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans likely publishing in early 2016, there will be an increased focus away from animal foods and towards more plant-based foods. Look for plant based proteins like legumes, nuts and seeds to be big in 2016.

Sustainable Food Practices

Waste not want not will be big in 2016. A backlash against the incredible amount of food thrown away in the US that started in 2015 will likely continue into the New Year. Look for food rescue programs and imperfect produce to make a comeback.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha will be big in 2016. Advocates tout their digestive health benefits and probiotic content to get your gut back in shape.


Ancient grains had their day in the sun in 2015. For 2016 look to pulses such as dried beans and peas and lentils to be big. As a plant-based protein, these are great nutrition givers, but they also pack fiber and other valuable nutrients and are affordable to boot.

Good Fats

Good fats are back! The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans will likely highlight the importance of eating good fats vs. eating less fat. Think olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil instead of butter, lard and coconut oil. Avocados and nuts will likely get their day in the sun too as they are sources of heart-health unsaturated fats.