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Exciting Food Trends in 2023

The world is evolving all the time, and so are our tastes and food preferences. In 2023, we will see several food trends that will transform the way we eat and drink. Read on to discover food trends that we can expect to see in 2023.


Plant Based Options:

The plant-based revolution is here to stay! In 2023, expect to see an explosion of creative plant-based dishes. With more consumers adopting vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian diets, with restaurants are under increasing pressure to provide plant-based alternatives.


Factors influences these trends include:


Health benefits:

Plant-based diets have been shown to have many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Sustainability:

Producing plant-based foods requires fewer resources and results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than animal-based foods, creating a more sustainable choice.

Animal welfare:

Many consumers are concerned about animal welfare and are seeking out plant-based diets to reduce the impact on animals.

Increased demand:

As more people adopt plant-based diets, the demand for plant-based options is increasing. The growth in plant-based diets in the reflects a larger cultural shift towards healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.



Below are some ways that you can incorporate plant-based options into their menus:


Swap meat for plant-based alternatives:

Many meat dishes can be easily changed by swapping in plant-based alternatives such as tofu, or mushrooms. These and other plant-based ingredients can be used to create delicious that appeal to a variety of tastes. Use seasonal and local produce: Purchasing seasonal and local produce makes it easier to incorporate plant-based options into diets while also reducing environmental impact.



How do they taste?

Meat alternatives and tofu are lower in fat and are less moist than some meats so it is important not to overcook them. With regards to flavour, meat alternatives often do not have much taste but will absorb the flavours of herbs spices. Grab your favourite spices to add in flavour that best suits your recipe. Chili powder, paprika, herbs and garlic add a great flavour to the plant-based foods and help create delicious, satisfying dishes!


How to use plant-based proteins in meals:

Many legumes are easy to add to a variety of dishes. Most dishes that use ground beef, chicken, or turkey in a recipe, you can generally be substituted with a plant-based protein. Use beans for burritos or nacho’s instead of beef or add extra beans in a chili instead of meat. Replacing meat with legumes or using meat alternatives reduces the saturated fat and increases the fibre in a meal, making it a healthier option.



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