Health foods you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2017

Sophie Haslett
Assistant Content Editor

Originally from London, Sophie re-located to Sydney in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. With a love of travel, fashion, food and fitness, she is constantly on the lookout for the next weekend adventure or the next cafe or bar to fall in love with. She shares her lifestyle, fitness and travel tips with The Guide.

"Here’s what you should fill your shopping basket (and Instagram feed) with in 2017"

From smoothie bowls to Mason jars filled with colourful salads, food trends can come and go before you’ve even got your head round them, let alone stocked up on the required chia seeds. But with the New Year here and plenty of superfoods being touted as the next big thing, here’s what you should fill your shopping basket (and Instagram feed) with in 2017.

Hawaiian Poke

Shove over your ceviche, scratch out sashimi, and replace them with the Polynesian favourite, Poke (that’s pronounced po-kay FYI). The raw fish salad marinated with lime, soy and sesame and accompanied with either rice, quinoa or glass noodles is a perfect lunch option on a hot day. My current obsession is Fishbowl in North Bondi – a relaxed café with LA vibes and delicious poke. I love the fact that they let you build your own bowl, from fish to base, topping and – of course – avocado. One of my culinary New Year’s resolutions this year is to make my own poke bowls – marinading tuna in soy sauce and getting creative with all of the additions. It’s all about the seaweed salad, flaked coconut and pickled ginger on top!

Vegetable Yogurts

Forget coconut yoghurt, 2017 is set to be all about vegetable-flavoured yoghurts, at least if you believe British supermarket chain, Waitrose, who have called them the next big thing. But before you go thinking that they sound disgusting, it’s worth giving a veggie yoghurt a try. Think of them as less of a dessert and more of a sauce and you’ll be on the right lines of how to use them. Yummia yoghurts are a tasty place to start. They offer strawberry and beetroot and apple and carrot varieties, at selected Woolworths stores. I’ve tried a dollop of butternut squash yoghurt on a jacket potato, or a stir of sweet potato yoghurt in a curry in place of sour cream. Trust me, it works.

Purple Everything

From purple kale to purple carrots, potatoes and broccoli, violet and lilac-coloured foods do more than just look pretty. Most of them pack a hefty nutritional punch, too. Because they’re so rich in anthocyanins, they contain amazing disease-fighting properties and soothe inflammation, as well as boosting immune function. I’ve taken to having a purple baked cauliflower at least once a week from About Life – delicious, nutritious and highly Instagrammable.

Golden Milk

Want a hot drink, but don’t fancy a cup of caffeinated tea, coffee or herbal? I’ve fallen head over heels in love with turmeric lattes towards the end of 2016, also known as golden milk. Served all over Australia in health food cafes, shops and restaurants, golden milk essentially consists of hot almond milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and coconut oil. And the best part is, they’re so good for you. I like a cup of golden milk and a bath after a long tiring run round Centennial Park or the coastal paths. I’ve always taken turmeric to relieve joint and muscle pain so I love the fact that I can now get my hands on the natural anti-inflammatory in creamy, milky form.

Watermelon Juice

When Beyonce invests in something, as she did in Wtrmln Wtr in 2016, you can guess it’s pretty much guaranteed to be big. And with vitamin A, twice as much Vitamin C as orange juice, magnesium, potassium AND calcium, watermelon water is packed to the brim with good things. Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are already fans, and if it’s good enough for them…

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