The 5 Trendiest Foods of 2017
Bye, avocado toast.
When it comes to assessing the food trends of 2017, it's more about what went viral on the internet than what people actually ate: unicorn everything, fruit boats, blue majik, goth foods, and a whole host of other Instagram feed-fueling, made-to-photograph foods.
But then there's the stuff people are actually eating. Food tracking app Lose It! sorted through their user data for the entire year to see what was truly trending. Interestingly enough, they noticed an uptick in logs of tacos and IPAs (hell yeah!). But they also noticed an increase in the consumption of kombucha (a fermented tea drink), overnight oats (here are 20 overnight oats recipes to try), and apple cider vinegar (which may or may not give you abs... and a stomach ache).
Even though those picks all saw dramatic increases over the previous year, these top five most popular foods of 2017 nabbed the top spots.
5. Zoodles (a.k.a. zucchini noodles)
Zucchini noodles saw a 178 percent increase in logs, according to Lose It!. And for good reason: They're a perfect way to sneak in extra veggies, fiber, and nutrients without feeling like you've totally given up on comfort food. Try these spiralized veggie combos that go beyond zucchini (and will make you a convert for life).
4. Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee saw a 198 percent increase in logs on Lose It!. In case that isn't enough proof, Goole Trends' Beverage Report also shows that interest in cold brew has been skyrocketing since early 2016. The best part? You don't need to shell out $$$ for a fancy barista brew. You can make cold brew coffee right at home, and even get creative with DIY cold brew popsicles or a boozy cold brew cocktail.
3. Keto foods
The fat-friendly keto diet has seen a surge in popularity lately. (Here's everything you need to know about the ketogenic diet, keto diet for short.) Lose It! noted a whopping 332 percent increase in meal supplement items (such as keto shakes, powders, and bars) as well as custom ketogenic versions of normal foods (like keto pancakes, and even keto bacon cheeseburger casserole).
2. Riced vegetables
Just like zoodles, riced veggies are another way to disguise an extra serving of produce as one of your go-to starches or grains. While riced cauliflower was the most popular, riced sweet potato, and broccoli were also very popular logs on Lose It!. Riced vegetables as a whole saw an increase of 392 percent. Ready to try it yourself? Try these cauliflower rice recipes you can make in under 15 minutes and this better-than-takeout cauliflower fried rice bowl recipe.
1. Poke bowls
These bowls of deconstructed sushi goodness were the stand-out winner, demonstrating a 412 percent increase versus 2016. While popping to a poke eatery is the easiest way to nom one of these, there are some easy versions you can make at home: try this basic DIY salmon poke bowl, these delicious poke bowl ideas, or tuna lettuce wraps if you want to ditch the bowl.