Pulses are the dried seeds of crops such as peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. They are high in protein, fibre, and various vitamins, and are increasingly becoming recognized as an excellent part of a healthy diet throughout the world. In Vancouver, you can find them in specialty stores. (The United Nations also predict cricket flour to be the protein of the future, but that might be a little harder to swallow…)
Another popular trend this year are foods that are good for the health of your gut. Having a healthy, stable population of gut bacteria is vital to keeping yourself healthy; it develops your immune system, defends against infections and can even influence your behavior. Some foods that promote a healthy gut are vegetables, fruit and whole-grains.
Nooch is another upcoming trend this year. Short for “nutritional yeast”, this condiment has a nutty, cheesy flavor and is packed with nutrition. A popular brand holds 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fibre, and 3 times your daily vitamin B12 requirement in a quarter of a cup.
African and Middle Eastern flavours continue to trend. The ingredients that create these mouth-watering flavours include dates, pomegranate, chickpeas, mint, honey olives and many flavourful spices such as cumin, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon. Karen Barnaby recently taught a Middle Eastern class at Ambrosia Cooking with a delicious Pomegranate Glazed Leg of Lamb with mint and oregano. Click here for the recipe to try!