Five Food Trends to Watch For in 2015

Five Food Trends to Watch For in 2015

2015 is already proving to be an strange, even contradictory year for foodies to follow. Between the weird-ass buttered coffee micro-trend and major fast food chains putting out feelers to re-brand burgers, fries, tacos, pizza and fried chicken as being fresh and less processed, 2015 is already shaping up to be an attention-grabbing year for food and drinks. What sort of titillating food trends might we all see this year? Well, the year is a week old and already "Vanilla Chex-gate" (hinky stuff with renaming high-fructose corn syrup) is garnering attention, and apparently buffet food might taste better if it costs more--because science.

Here are five food trends to watch in 2015. There's a variation of the paleo diet, the newest superfood, and massive fermentation. Hemp creeps into nutrition, and people are about done with grocery shopping already.

See also: Five Food Trends That Need to Die With 2014

Five Food Trends to Watch For in 2015

5) The paleo-vegan diet

On the off chance you've been living in a Paleolithic cave since 2013 or so and haven't heard, the paleo diet trend was mighty popular, with "caveman" principles like eating high-protein, low-carb meals and sticking to the ideals of a modern renaissance of hunter-gatherer fare. Most proponents have been heavy on the hunter side and decidedly lighter on the gatherer part, but vegans who court fad diet trends can rest easy; 2015 is looking like the "it" year for the paleo-vegan diet, a festive variation on the original fad. Going paleo-vegan consists of consuming staples like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and some tubers (like sweet potatoes), and avoiding all grains, legumes, beans, dairy, alcohol, sugar, and starchy tubers (like potatoes).

Gathering yams as the centerpiece of a good meal isn't a terrible idea, but good luck chucking the cocktails and chocolate bars. Hang tight if all of this doesn't sound appealing, because whatever next year's fad diet trend is, chances are it will be the opposite of 2015's.

Five Food Trends to Watch For in 2015

4. Moringa

Where would we all be without at least one "new," "exotic," and relatively unheard-of superfood every year? 2015's new shiny guardian of good health is moringa leaves, from trees indigenous to Northern Africa -- specifically moringa oleifera . Proponents compare Moringa to spirulina and wheat grass and it allegedly to provides various and sundry health enhancements such as high protein, vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin A and antioxidants. The leaves are also high in a plant hormone called zeatin, reputed to be an anti-aging substance. Moringa is growing in popularity and is available in powder, capsules and tea form (and probably even a suppository at some point in the future).

It's hard to know whether to yawn or get excited over some leaves that have been around for a pretty long time, but if it turns out these leaves can cure cancer or make you shit gold bricks, that would be swell.

Five Food Trends to Watch For in 2015

3) Hemp seeds

News flash: chia is out -- hemp seeds are in. I'm actually going to miss chia seeds because ground up and placed in delicious tropical fruit smoothies, they turn into an appetite-satisfying gel goop full of omega-3 oil. But if hemp seeds are gonna replace them I won't leak saltwater because hemp seeds are full of recognized healthy goodness like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and vitamin A. Hemp seeds are also pretty tasty (or at least mild-flavored and -textured enough to be non-intrusive when added to oatmeal or smoothies) with a light, almost pine-nutty flavor that goes well sprinkled on things like salads.

In other words, you don't have to grind up hemp seeds and sneak them into things like you do with chia, and with the cannabis prohibition days coming to a close, more folks will be less spooked by anything sounding weed-y.

For more food trend predictions for 2015, read on.

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