Food Trends to Watch in 2017

  • By Kayley Gamm
  • 25 Jan, 2017

 Every year in January articles are released from publications all over the world citing food trends to watch for the upcoming year. These food trend lists cover a variety of topics including technology, sustainability and health. Here are the 6 trends that I think are the ones to watch closely.

1.       Sustainability- Sustainability was named the most important trend to watch in 2017. Statistics show that a single person in the United States will consume roughly 1996lb (about 1 ton) of food per year. Because of this, younger generations (millennials and generation Z) are more concerned about where their foods are coming from and are taking more time to prepare foods using quality ingredients. To participate in this trend, shop locally and seasonally. Check out the Winter Market at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds every other Saturday this winter and spring.

2.       Turmeric- Turmeric, particularly turmeric lattes, is a huge trend for 2017. Usually I don’t hop on board with individual food trends, I believe a well-balanced diet is the way to go, but this is a trend that I don’t mind getting behind. Turmeric has numerous health benefits; inti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, to name a few. Turmeric also activates serotonin, the “happiness” hormone. Turmeric daily can also improve memories for those who are at risk for cognitive impairment. See below for a recipe for a healthy turmeric latte.

3.       Ugly Produce- This trend kind of hops on the back of the sustainability trend. Younger people are becoming more aware of the impact their food choices have on the environment. Ugly produce are the fruits and vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to make it to supermarket shelves and usually end up in the trash. With acceptance of ugly produce, we promote sustainability and avoid excess food waste.

4.       Stem to Root Cooking- A lot of these food trends in 2017 overlap, with one of the bigger themes being avoiding/limiting food waste. Home cooksFo and chefs alike are not only using the pretty parts of fruits and vegetables, but are using the by-products of those foods to make flavorful additions to dishes. Try this trend out by sautéing up beet greens and stems into a stir fry, or by using the left-over juice from a can of chickpeas as a vegan egg replacer!

5.       Bean and Legume Pasta- 2015 and 2016 were the years of vegetable noodles- noodles made from spiralized vegetables such as zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, beets, etc. This year we will see noodles made from bean and legumes. These noodles are made entirely from beans and legumes and are great sources of protein and fiber. Check out the Black Bean Rotini from Trader Joes!

6.       Plant-Based, Whole Foods- This is trend that we here at Rochester Clinic have been promoting for years. This trend addresses both the sustainability and food waste issues in the sense that it focuses on eating more foods that are grown rather than processed foods and animal products. The main source of protein comes from plant based sources such as beans, legumes and soy.

Tumeric Latte Recipe


·        1 cup unsweetened almond, soy or other plant based milk

·        ½ tsp ground turmeric

·        ½ tsp ground ginger

·        ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

·        ¼ tsp vanilla extract

·        2 tsp maple syrup (adjust to your liking)



1.      Pour the milk into a saucepan and cook over high heat until hot, do not bring to a boil.

2.      Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir and taste the milk, add more milk, turmeric, cinnamon, or ginger if needed.

3.      You can blend the hot milk or froth for more texture if desired.


What food trends are you excited about for 2017?

News / Blogs

By Jengyu Lai 03 Jul, 2017

Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.


Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:


1.         Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook

If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.


2.         The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes

This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.


3.         The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film

PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.


4.         Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes

Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.


5.         Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.


Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan


What are some of your favorite cookbooks? Share on our Facebook page !

By Jengyu Lai 28 Jun, 2017
Knee pain is hindering your daily enjoyment. It hurts to sit; it hurts to stand. And exercise is out of the question. You have tried injections and knee braces but nothing is working. What do you do? Now is the time to call Rochester Clinic.

You will receive a thorough assessment from one of our physicians. Our goal is to stop the pain, find the root cause, treat the cause, and maintain a pain free state. Rochester Clinic and your healthcare team will look at your diet, physical activity, medications, and health conditions including injury, disease, and weight. We take a conservative approach to healthcare before suggesting surgical interventions. We have an on-site clinical laboratory, Digital x-ray, and biomechanics laboratory for the best assessments and diagnostics.

Simple changes in lifestyle choices may alleviate much of your pain. You will learn exercises to strengthen weak muscles, increase flexibility, and safe options for weight management to reduce pressure on your joints. Interesting fact: The foods you eat can help or hinder joint inflammations.

The structure of your foot and knee may also be a cause for your pain. High arches, flat feet, pronation or supination of the foot will affect the pressure and development of the knee. Something as simple as the right footwear or custom orthotics would provide pain relief.

We have the tools to help you be on your way to living a healthy, active, and pain free day!

For more information on Rochester Clinic, the services and programs we offer, please give us a call at  507-218-3095, visit our website at , or e-mail to

We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!

By Jengyu Lai 13 Jun, 2017
Amy Blackstad, a recent graduate of one of our CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Plan) groups, is a true testament to the power of lifestyle medicine. Her health improvement in the nine months since she started adopting the CHIP principles has showed to be far more effective than the years of traditional medical consultations she had grown accustomed to.

We recently caught up with Amy to hear her inspiring story, and to share with you some of her tips and takeaways. Take a peek:

Rochester Clinic : What made you decide to sign up for the CHIP program?
Amy : I was curious to see if this could do anything for me medically and physically.

Rochester Clinic : How has adopting the principles of the CHIP program transformed your life?
Amy : Before starting CHIP, I was on 50-60 units of insulin a day and on oral medications to try and control my numbers. In total, I was on nine different medications trying to combat my various ailments. I was constantly fighting migraines and dealing with high cholesterol along with pain and overall ill-feelings daily. Kidney damage became evident years ago.
Now, since graduating from CHIP, I am down to one medication, daily insulin use is not needed, and I can’t remember when I last had a migraine -- and I use to get them every weekend without fail. My endocrinologist, who use to just shake his head at me and prescribe more medication, was very pleased at my last appointment and felt he didn’t need to see me anymore. He said he was comfortable with letting me just see my nurse practitioner to monitor my diabetes. I feel good; I now feel like I’m living, not just existing.
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