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In years past, we have seen kale and pomegranates take the limelight. Restaurants have moved to purchasing locally sourced and organic foods. These healthy trends are good news for vegans, who find it easier to maintain their lifestyle, while the rest of the world is jumping on the health food train. So far, 2016 is shaping up to be more vegan-friendly than ever.

Vegans are finally starting to get some relief from the ever present problem of “what can I eat” when they head out to a restaurant. No more french fries and lettuce. In 2016 you will find many restaurants adding vegan options to their menus. Even omnivores are starting to lean toward more plant based meals to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and restaurants are responding. I’ll take a black bean burger with that lettuce and fries, thank you.

1. Buddha Bowl

When it comes to the food itself, you’re going to see more home made unprocessed food. One of these is the Buddha Bowl. A Buddha or Hippy Bowl has all the vitamins and minerals you need packed into one beautiful bowl. Combine greens, roasted veggies, lean vegan protein and healthy grains like quinoa. Top it off with nuts, seeds and healthy home made dressing such as avocado dressing.

2. Energy Balls

Energy balls are another popular trend in the home made, unprocessed food movement. This powerful low calorie snack has as many variations as it has health benefits and can be stored in the freezer for 2 months. Packed full of protein, carbs and healthy fats, you can customize your own on the go energy snack.

3. Chickpea Flour

Gluten free foods have been a trend for a few years now, but Whole Foods recently reported an increased interest in alternative flours like chickpea flour. Look for other legume based flours to start making a splash on the gluten free scene.

This year, plant based food isn’t just for vegans, so if you’ve been thinking about making the switch, 2016 just might be your year.

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