7 Awesome Gluten Free Health Trends Coming Out of New York
1. Poke Bowls
Like Sashimi? Love sushi? Almost everything is turning into a bowl - smoothies, yoghurt, and salad bowls are the thing to do - so why not have your sushi bowl style too? These are seriously delicious and you can guarantee they'll be hitting our shores as a trending food item in no time!
2. Gluten Free Waffles
Yep. Us Aussies aren't as big on waffles as Americans - based upon the amount of waffles on offer in restaurants and supermarkets - but waffles are doing their best to test our love of pancakes with their cute ridges, flavour combinations, and ability to be served up to us in gluten free variations! I've seen a few of these available in Wholefoods so keep your eyes peeled - and if you have an awesome gluten free and dairy free waffle recipe, please share in the comments below! I'd love to try it!
3. Turmeric Drinks
Not the golden latte or milky drinks we've got trending here currently, but bottled juices with added turmeric.
4. Almond Milk Yoghurt
We've got one or two around the shelves of our supermarkets already, but the dairy alternative yoghurts are extending and expanding beyond the coyo and other coconut milk based items. Almond milk is the next big one, and while manufacturers need to use some thickeners to get it to stay as a yoghurt-like texture, it's a much lighter alternative to coconut milk based ones which can sit a little heavy in your stomach (as well as a little going a long way in terms of energy/calorie intake).
5. Flaxseed Milk Kefir
You can get all kinds of drinks over here - unsweetened iced tea, coffee of every kind imaginable, soft drinks, sparkling tea, smoothies (though not like Aussie smoothies), and a mix of nut milks including almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and even pecan milk, but what I found new was the trend of probiotics sneaking into more and more nut milks. Flaxseed milk kefir was a new one for me so I'm excited to see what other dairy alternatives will be coming our way packed with tummy-loving probiotics!
6. Rice Pudding
It's been around for a long time as a traditional dessert in many countries. But over here, there are shops dedicated to the stuff! Think cinnamon toast flavour, berry flavour, coconut flavour, chocolate flavour, all kinds of flavours of rice pudding in big bowls for you to scoop up and enjoy on the go. I won't be surprised if this offering starts popping up more in Australia too with the rise of gluten free living.
7. Savoury Snacks
Ok now this one is exciting too! Savoury snack bars keep grabbing my attention and in my opinion, they're a welcome change from all the raw food bars in Australia packed with dates (a big no-go for me). So think jerky-style bars with cherries or currants or apples. Think savoury toppings sitting atop plain yoghurt as mix-ins. Also freeze-dried veggies and dehydrated veggie chips. Sweet potato, pumpkin and parsnip added to your yoghurt blends. It's a really exciting space and I hope that the trend comes to Australia as a way to help reduce the amount of sugars we consume in our everyday snacks, and overall diets.
It's super exciting to be over here in the US because it allows me to see how lucky we are in Australia with awesome access to amazing fresh produce, cheaper prices for snack foods, and just general acceptance of more vibrantly coloured plates.
There are a hell of a lot of coffee and beige-coloured foods (breads, pasta, pastries) lining the cafe display cabinets here, so much so that its been a real struggle for me to find foods that I can eat.
However, the goodies that I can find here on the East Coast have been delicious, and the experience - unforgettable. I've got one more week left so if there's something you want me to check out while I'm here, let me know in the comments! :)