Food Trends For Summer ’17

Did you know that it’s not only clothes and makeup that go in and out of fashion? Turns out food also goes through periods of trendiness.

Whether a celebrity has endorsed a certain type of food or a scientific discovery finds out about a food’s health benefits, food will ebb and flow in popularity.

We have compiled together some of the trendiest foods for Summer 2017.

Which have you already tried?

1. Tacos

🍑 Tacos heaven 📷 by @sweetsimplevegan 🚨🚨Recipe: POTATO CHEESE SAUCE 2 cups potatoes diced large 1 cup carrots diced large 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 1/3 cup raw cashews soaked overnight 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1-2 teaspoons salt to taste 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder FAJITA VEGGIES 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced into strips 2 cups potatoes, diced small 1 1/2 cups red onion, sliced thin 1 cup bell peppers (1 large or 2 small), sliced into strips 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon taco seasoning ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS 16-18 corn tortillas 16 oz refried beans 2 cups lettuce, sliced into thin strips 1 cup pico de gallo 1/4 cup cilantro, to garnish 1 cup guacamole INSTRUCTIONS PIZZA BASE 1. Preheat oven to 450F and line a large baking sheet. 2. Roll out pizza dough into a 14″ circle, then prick with a few holes to avoid bubbling up. 3. Mix all ingredients of the sauce together until smooth, and evenly distribute over crust. 4. Place into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until fluffy and golden. POTATO CHEESE SAUCE 1. Soak cashews overnight, or at least 8 hours. Drain and set aside. 2. Place potatoes and carrots into a steamer and steam until easily poked with a fork. 3. Add the steamed cashews, steamed vegetables plus all of the remaining ingredients into a high speed blender and process until smooth. 4. Taste and adjust salt as needed. FAJITA VEGGIES 1. In a large pan over medium heat, add in 1/4 cup of the water, onions and garlic. Saute until translucent and fragrant, adding more liquid as needed. 2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until uniform. Cook until soft, about 6 minutes. If the potatoes need more time, cover and allow it to “steam” until soft. Recipe continued below in comments! Enjoy! #thevegansclub 🍑 #vegan #crueltyfree #vegansofig #veganfood #veganfoodshare #veganinsm #vegano #veganlife #veganfoodporn #veganlifestyle #vegansofinstagram #vegancommunity #vegansnack #snack #veganfoodlovers #healthyliving #plantbased #plantstrong #veganrecipes #planteating #raw #rawfoodie #whole #berries #instagood #instafood #tacos #vegantreats

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Tacos have always been popular, but this summer they have become even more so.

Thanks to the rise in Mexican restaurants and street food, tacos are the go-to meal this year.

Tacos are great as they are so versatile – you can make them meaty, vegetarian or even completely vegan if you want.

They are also good to eat on the go.

Traditionally, tacos feature meat cooked with spices such as cumin and chilli, lettuce, and cheese.

You can be much more experimental with your combos though.

 

2. Pickles & Kimchi

Pickles have become popular recently for their reported benefits on gut health.

Apparently fermented foods contain microbes which help the ‘good bacteria’ in our stomachs.

Kimchi is a mixture of chili, cabbage, garlic, and spring onions.

It is traditionally eaten alongside most meals in Korea.

Another popular example is Sauerkraut.

This is a basically fermented cabbage which has been eaten for years in Eastern Europe.

It sounds disgusting, but is actually quite nice.

 

3. Coconuts & Coconut Oil

A big trend at the moment is eating healthy and eating ‘clean.’

This means avoiding oils which contain unsaturated fat and going for ‘healthier’ options such as coconut oil.

Coconut oil is great because it can prevent heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and is a source of good fat.

It is also super versatile – you can use it to fry food, as a dressing or to replace butter in baking.

It is also totally dairy free – great for vegans or those who are intolerant to it.

 

4. Edible Cookie Dough

It isn’t all health food and clean eating this summer you know.

Edible cookie dough became a craze in the USA, and it has managed to slowly make its way over to the UK.

Edible cookie dough basically contains no eggs, so it is safe to eat raw.

The first edible cookie dough cafe ‘Naked Dough’ actually opened in the UK last month in London.

 

5. Mocktails

With everyone on this ‘health kick,’ there is no room for any alcohol.

This is why mocktails have become increasingly popular over the last few months and are set to be the go-to drink this summer.

Basically a grown-up fizzy drink, mocktails use ingredients such as soda water, pressed fruit, syrups, fresh fruit and vegetables to create a yummy alternative.

 

6. BBQs

Barbecued food has always been popular, but this summer its popularity has reached new heights.

People are becoming more and more confident in using this method to cook, and with so many fab TV programs demonstrating how to use the BBQ, they are coming up with new, exciting things to cook.

BBQs are also relatively healthy to cook on, as no oil is usually required.

If you’re going to have a BBQ on a sunny summer’s day, you’re going to need some sunglasses to keep that smoke out of your eyes.

How about the Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer?

They are a classic style which is so easy to wear, and the tortoiseshell frames are so pretty too.

Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer

Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer

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