As the year quickly comes to a close, we were curious in compiling some of the biggest food trends 2013 had to offer. The staff at Crave enjoys keeping up with food trends that appeal to our clients and we pride ourselves in taking on new challenges. Check out some of the hottest food trends of 2013 and let us know what you think about them!
The Paleo Diet
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Also known as the primal or caveman diet, this idea takes the basics of food back to its origin. It is based on the presumed ancient diet consumed during the Paleolithic era. The diet is mostly centered around commonly available foods such as fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. (This also coincides with the Gluten-free trend buzzing around this year too.)
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In 2013, the juicing/juice bar industry has now become a $5 million dollar industry, with avid juicers demanding fresh vegetable and fruit juice– at times in replacement of meals throughout the day. The verdict is still out on whether or not juicing or eating the veggies raw is more or less nutritional, but we sure do love a good carrot, apple and kale juice in the morning!
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The “mixologist” now surpasses any old bartender, creating an incredible variety of drink combinations that will blow your mind. From fruit and herb infused liquors to their own special concoctions, these mixing artists will create something palatable and ridiculously new age for any cocktail enthusiast.
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Lays Sriracha flavored chips? Sriracha inspired subs at Subway? This trend has hit the ground running. Everyone from college students and their ramen to sushi chefs have showed their love for this Asian hot sauce in 2013. Unfortunately, the California-based manufacturer has shut down production because of a community protest; so either stock up or move on from this 2013 trend quick.
Farm to Table
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All of 2013 was about getting back to our roots and supporting local farms and businesses. It has stimulated the economy and made cooking for our families and dining at local restaurants that stock up their kitchens with food from farms less than 100 miles away the greatest of treats. You couldn’t ask for fresher food unless you literally decided to harvest it from the ground yourself.
If you can think of any other trends of the year, comment below! We’d love to hear your thoughts.