These Are Whole Foods' Picks For The Top Food Trends Of 2017

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Forget fashion — food is on a steep upward climb toward untouchable levels of trendiness. And just as styles from different decades rotate their way back into the limelight (ahem, '70 mustard-yellow turtlenecks and bell-bottomed pants), edible products do exactly the same. Think about the revolution toast experienced. A once bland breakfast side, sliced bread turned into a superstar main slathered in avocado and sprinkled with crushed red pepper flakes. Social media had a frenzy.

But 2016 will be closing its closet (and pantry) doors soon. And as we look for what will be the off-the-shoulder-top or matcha lattes of 2017, Whole Foods has chimed in to provide us with some seemingly spot-on predictions. From Japanese food (we're already on board with that one) to more coconut everything (sure, why not), WF read its trendy tea leaves and is ready to tell us what to Instagram next. Click on to see what your foodie future may hold.
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Purple Power
Here's to all the purple people eaters out there — your time has come. This colored-food (e.g. cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, corn, cereal, etc.) is on the rise, making for happy plates and even happier Instagrams.
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Coconut Everything
Even though some of us may have already caught the coconut everythang bug, Whole Foods confirms that this product craze will continue to spread past sweets and spreads (e.g. coconut flour tortillas and chips).
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Japanese Food, Beyond Sushi
Japanese-cuisine lovers, rejoice, because 2017 will be bringing all the inspired eats. Spanning way past sushi and sashimi, these products will cover classic condiments (miso, plum vinegar, ponzu), savory greens (kelp, wakame, nori), and even Japanese pickles (sign me up).
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Creative Condiments
We've already seen a rise in cool condimentshey, even Queen Bee made carrying hot sauce in her bag swag-worthy — so it's no surprise that WF sees these eclectic sauces (e.g. habañero jam and black sesame tahini) continuing their climb to the top.
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Products From Byproducts
Get ready to enjoy food waste — that's right, Whole Foods predicts that byproduct products will be a hot purchase in 2017. We're talking taking that leftover chickpea can liquid and crafting a fine jar of veganaise (vegan mayo).
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Mindful Meal Prep
Mindful here meaning fast, easy, and non-wasteful. I think we can definitely get on board with a little help from pre-portioned and pre-prepped ingredients.
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Alternative Pastas
Who says pasta has to be made strictly from glutinous grains? Not WF. According to the grocery chain, this Italian classic will be moving toward the trendy future of alternatives, like quinoa, lentils, and even chickpea noodles (I'll have the lentil fettuccine alfredo, please).
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