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2016 is set to test our taste buds like never before

What on earth are we going to be eating this year? Prepare yourself, your taste buds are going to be put to the test in 2016, courtesy of these eight little gems

  1. Acai bowls

Warming bowls of oatmeal (ie porridge, both sweet and savoury) are continuing their strong game in 2016, but now they have a competitor in the form of acai. A Brazilian super fruit, the acai berry (it’s pronounced ‘uh si ee’) is served as frozen pulp in a bowl laden with other fruits, granola, chocolate chips and nuts. Google searches for ‘acai bowls’ have more than doubled this year.

  1. Turmeric

Celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine is famous for her love of turmeric milk, also known as ‘golden milk’, a comforting hot drink made from turmeric and almond milk, and embellished with flavoursome ingredients such as coconut oil, cinnamon and honey. It’s packed with antioxidants, iron, manganese and anti-inflammatory properties, and turmeric may even help stave off dementia.

  1. Kombucha

Kombucha is a fizzy, vinegary, non-alcoholic ‘live tea’ drink. Being fermented, it’s full of probiotics, so great for people with digestive problems. It can also be served inside an alcoholic cocktail instead of a less natural, and more sugary, mixer. An alternative option that is also proving fashionable right now is Yakult, the probiotic drink – many households in China, Japan, and Korea recieve weekly deliveries.

  1. Ube

Take one deliciously sweet and unspeakably bright purple Filipino yam (the ube), boil it, mash it up, turn it into ice cream, doughnuts and cheesecake, and you’ve got yourself a hot new food trend. Similar to taro or sweet potato, it has been used since ancient times in cooking.

  1. Poké

Pronounced ‘poh-kay’ it is a Hawaiian specialty. Cubes of raw seafood – particularly ahi tuna or salmon – marinated in a soy sauce and decorated with ingredients including sesame seeds, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, spring onion, mango, lotus chips, caviar, chilli pepper and edamame, then laid on a bed of rice or greens. Full of vitamins, proteins and antioxidants, poké is big news on America’s West Coast.

  1. ‘Nooch’

Well-read vegans will already be acquainted with deactivated nutritional yeast (known on the streets as ‘nooch’). A cheesy, nutty, buttery powder loaded with umami flavour, use it as a condiment a bit like you would Parmesan.

Sprinkled on salads, pasta dishes, popcorn and mashed potato, it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.

  1. Chlorophyll

Gym bunnies have been drinking liquid chlorophyll – the substance that makes plants green – for a while now, claiming the green goo is packed with magnesium, boosts metabolic function, aids digestion, cures bad breath and can prevent cancer.

  1. Seaweed

Seaweed is the new kale. It’s environmentally friendly, umami-rich and packed with fibre, antioxidants, ‘good fats’, is rich in protein and Vitamin B12. Iodine and omega-3 fatty acids, which many seaweeds contain in abundance, are essential for brain development.

Read the full article, courtesy of the MailOnline, here: