Food health is an important consideration in our day-to-day lives, and one which often governs the decisions we make at home, at restaurants and even in supermarkets. But attitudes toward ‘health food’ change with the times, and new trends come and go as we discover unique ways to eat healthier. Here are some of the best trends to emerge in 2022 that introduce us to new healthy foodstuffs and habits.
One of the biggest trends to hit domestic cooking in the last decade has been the introduction of a new kitchen appliance: the air-fryer. Air-fryers are, in essence, a counter-top convection oven, using a fan to keep hot air circulating around food as it bakes. This speeds-up the cooking process and creates an effect similar to deep-fat frying – but, crucially, without the calorie content.
Air fryers have become a modern-day essential, spawning hundreds of online recipes and ideas to make the most of this revolutionary new way of cooking. Authentic takeaway-style fries and guilt-free fried chicken recipes are a breeze, while tasty and healthy new recipes are constantly being developed.
Regional cuisines are, of course, evergreen – but each year, food and home cooking trends see one favored over the others. In 2022, it’s Mediterranean cuisine that has captured hearts and minds, for several key reasons. Firstly, Mediterranean food is flavorful and healthy, with a wide array of spices and bright, veg-dominant recipes.
Secondly, cooking Mediterranean food is easy – not just in preparation, but also on the wallet. All you need is a decent set of frying pans and a roasting dish to cook amazing Mediterranean recipes, and the common ingredients – tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant – are easy to find for a bargain at your local supermarkets.
Speaking of ingredients, other food trends have formed around the growing popularity of one ingredient, often touted as a superfood in its own right: flax seed. Flax seed is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids available, and, according to recent medical studies, it can significantly reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Flax seed is not an inherently flavorful ingredient, but it’s also a simple addition to a wide variety of dishes to receive additional health benefits. It’s used to the greatest effect as an addition to cereals or in baking, though it can be added to salad dressings and even mayonnaise.
The Plant-Based Revolution
Lastly, there has been something of a revolution in overall dietary habits in the UK, with more than one origin point. Meat consumption is down by nearly a fifth in comparison to a decade ago, as more Britons turn vegetarian or cut down on portion sizes. Personal health is one driver, while sustainability aims have also become increasingly important in the public eye. Either way, plant-based alternatives are paving the way to a greener, healthier future!
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