What Will You Eat In 2012?
new trends in eating satisfy the discriminating consumer
Consumers are getting increasingly intimate with their food, and 2012 likely will see the relationship deepen.
Here are a few trends likely to influence what you eat in 2012.
In marketing terms, "organic" has jumped the shark. Savvy food marketers today are latching onto the latest child of the natural foods movement -- local -- and are trying to take it mainstream. Check out your local Farm-to-table.
As eco-sensitivity has grown, consumers have questioned whether eating organic grapes from Chile is a particularly "green" choice. Now people want to know how far their food traveled, and the closer the better.
Hence the growth in farmers markets, community supported agriculture, restaurant menus bragging about local sourcing, and the naming of "locavore" as word of the year by The New Oxford American Dictionary.
Even mainstream grocers are jumping on, offering and advertising a growing number of locally produced goods. The question is whether "local" will lose cachet once big box retailers co-opt it as they did organic.
Repeated recalls of meat and produce have drawn attention to the sluggish and outdated food-safety system, and the government has faced mounting calls for an overhaul. Remember Cargil's recall of 185,000 pounds of Turkey?
Expect food companies to be as nimble, touting new and increased safety measures. The issue (including demands for a streamlined and effective government agency to oversee the issue) also will get more headlines.
Stevia The New Sugar
Speaking of nutritional culprits, sugar had better watch its back. A growing variety of alternative natural sweeteners, from agave syrup to All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder, are crowding grocers' shelves.
Many of these products once were limited to the lower shelves of natural foods stores, but now are showing up in mainstream markets and in a growing variety of products (including soda).
A Look Ahead
What will you be eating next year? Food-world authorities name some of their picks for the food trends of 2012.
Muesli will become more popular than granola
Pinot Noir from Oregon
Virtually anything fair trade
Ancient grains, such as amaranth, quinoa and teff
Easy-to-understand nutritional labels
And of course All Natural Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
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Reduced Sugar Holiday Mulled Wine
Ala Low Carb, Low Glycemic, Diabetic safe, no added sugar, made with stevia
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Carbs Per Serving: 7.5 g (without brandy)
Prep Time:<45 minutes
Skill Level: Easy 12 servings
The other day I was going through my cabinets and I found a bag of Mulling Spice that my sister left at my house. The first think I thought it what the heck are Mulling Spices followed by what can I use them for and why to they smell so good. What I found is that Mulling Spices have been used worldwide for centuries to flavor beverage from fruit juice to brandy. But, I am going to show you how to make a holiday favorite Mulled Wine. The essences of the mulling spices will create a complex undertone of spicy and citrus flavors which complement the basic fruit elements of red wine. Here's the kicker, we are cutting out a lot of the sugar and knocking the carbs down to 7.5 g with calories at 85 but keeping all the amazing flavor. Serve this at your holiday party and it will be certain to raise the level of cheer.
1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah)
1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp whole allspice
1/2 vanilla bean
1 star anise
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 cup cognac or brandy (optional but recommended)
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and serve warm in a punch cup or mug.
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