These Five Health Foods Are Trendy, According to Google
It may be time to retire your Kale sweatshirt, according to Google.
The search engine—keeper of your embarrassing health inquiries, late-night deep thoughts, and pre-first date stalking sessions—released its annual Food Trends report this spring. Its data shows that once-ubiquitous health foods, including quinoa, agave nectar, and kale chips, are declining in search volume, while a whole new crop of trendy bites are on the rise.
Overnight oats, bitter melon, turmeric, jackfruit, and cauliflower rice are among the health foods gaining online traction, the report says. While you’re likely quite familiar with some, others—looking at you, jackfruit—may have you scratching your head. Never fear. We searched the web and found easy recipes for using these up-and-coming foods. Get ready to set some trends.
1. Overnight oats: Perhaps the most mainstream of the bunch, overnight oats are a great way to eat oatmeal once the warm weather hits. Bonus: They’re the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.
Recipe: Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats, via Kristine’s Kitchen
2. Bitter Melon: This bitter plant is sometimes used as a natural diabetes treatment, and proponents say it can also help lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, and more.
Recipe: Strawberry and Bitter Melon Salad, via Turning Veganese
3. Turmeric: While research in humans is spotty, turmeric is said to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and provide a wallop of antioxidants, among other health benefits.
Recipe: Vegetable Turmeric Soup, via Emilie Eats
4. Jackfruit: It may be a fruit, but this crop, when not quite ripe, is a convincing meat alternative. It’s also high in fiber, protein, potassium, and vitamin B.
Recipe: Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches, via Minimalist Baker
5. Cauliflower Rice: Cauliflower rice joins “zoodles” and cauliflower pizza crust in the never-ending quest to replace carbohydrates with vegetables.
Recipe: Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice, via Closet Cooking