The plant revolution wave is sweeping the world, with special days, weeks and even months dedicated to eating less meat. This makes avocados the perfect fit. Think Meatless Monday, Flexitarian Friday and Veganuary. Once again, avos are right up there, dominating meat-free dishes like veggie bounty bowls, meatless makeover meals like tacos, and trendy newcomers, nosh platters. No matter when, where or how – just add an avo!
Avos have even made it into the freezer! Frozen avo treats have made the list of many trend watchers this year, who say the rise in plant-based foods is driving this craze, with avo’s smooth, creamy texture and buttery flavour making it a hit in the frozen department. Grab some hummus, tahini, coconut water or even wasabi, add an avo (or two), whizz it all up, freeze it and you’ve got yourself this year’s go-to popsicle.
It’s not only in the kitchen that the green fruits are are shining on the trend forecasts – they’re also turning heads on the wellness A-list. The popularity of keto, paleo, grain-free and ‘pegan’ (paleo + vegan) diets, as well as ‘neurotrition’, which suggests a strong connection between gut health and cognitive function, have put ‘good fats’ back on the menu. This is also supported by the current move towards embracing healthy fats for healthy ageing (which is fast replacing the old ‘anti-ageing’ idea).
With avos boasting high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to good HDL cholesterol, and being naturally cholesterol free, it’s no surprise they tick all the right boxes when it comes to these dietary and lifestyle choices.
Another big food trends this year is convenience – on-the-go food, nutrient-dense snacks, bite-size surprises and hassle-free, healthy meal replacements that provide satiety and nutrition for time-strapped consumers. Eaten straight out the skin, avos offer a quick, easy and fully mobile meal option for breakfast, school and office lunch, and supper!
It’s safe to say that no matter what the trend, avos never go out of fashion – so go on, add an avo!
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