The future is food

Chickpea and spinach falafels with Thai green curry sauce and a cheesy veggie fondue

Ever wonder what we’ll be eating in the years to come? Here is the answer.

 The Future is Food

Ever wonder what foods we’ll be eating in the future? Well, look no further because the Knorr What’s For Dinner Team (in association with the WWF) has delivered a report on Future 50 Foods that are super high in nutrition but are also kinder to our planet at the same time. The goal of the report is to assist in the creation of a sustainable global food system so that we lead healthier lives while lessening the impact on Mother Earth.

Here are some of the more interesting ingredients and why they matter:

Teff

Lovers of gluten-free foods, rejoice! Teff flour is an awesome alternative to wheat flour because it has a similar texture. An Ethiopian native, this calcium and magnesium-rich grain is naturally pest-resistant (which means fewer pesticides are required when farming) and can cope well in both dry and waterlogged soil. It also works well as a “pap” replacement as it is even more nutritious than maize meal and tastes great.

Hemp Seeds

Cannabis is notoriously easy to grow and doesn’t require much in the way of fertilisers or pesticides to maintain healthy plants. The seeds are a common snack in Asia – with good reason. A small serving of only 30 grams provides one gram of fibre, nine grams of protein, and is, on top of that, a good source of iron.  Now before you get excited, it’s important to note that hemp seeds DO NOT contain THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.  So give hemp a try, it comes in oil, flour and even milk formats – for a healthy kick.

Lotus Root

Some Chinese food lovers might be familiar with this one. Lotus flowers are hardy and grow in many kinds of water. The plant’s seeds can survive decades in storage and the root itself is packed with vitamin C. It makes a great addition to stir-fries, salads and stews.

Beet and Pumpkin Leaves

Stop tossing the leaves of your pumpkins and beets in the bin – they’re delicious and good for you. According to the Future 50 Foods report, “per serving, beet greens provide up to 25% of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.” This helps to regulate a variety of biochemical reactions in the body, including muscle and nerve function, blood pressure and blood glucose control. So, maximise your veggies and waste less by eating edible green bits too!

If you want to know more, you can download the Future 50 Foods Report here and read all about it.

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