COMFORT FOODS EQUAL FOOD TRENDS

COMFORT FOODS EQUAL FOOD TRENDS

COMFORT FOODS EQUAL FOOD TRENDS

There are people who watch food trends. These comfort food trend watchers say that we are craving the foods we grew up with. People enjoy their homes and want to entertain at home. We’re expressing an interest in cooking everything from easy party food recipes to BBQ to slow cooked roasts with all the trimmings

Comfort food. Even the words sound warm and welcoming – like toasting your toes up by the fire on a cold winter day. Comfort food trends have seen a real resurgence in recent years and our desire for comfort food seems to be holding strong. So what is comfort food? Generally it’s the food we have good memories about, the food we think of when we hear the word homemade, and the food that reminds us of simpler times.

The list of favorite comfort foods can be different for each of us. While homemade macaroni and cheese and meatloaf with mashed potatoes have been staples for many of us, for some of us comfort food may include a delicious cheesy lasagna, or yummy pad thai. We all tend to love the food that takes us back to our roots – the foods we grew up with.

Why the increased desire for comfort foods? It seems to be a combination of things. People are busier and more stressed than ever. The last few years have also resulted in many of us feeling less safe in the world. We want to feel warm and safe again, the way we did when we were young and the world seemed simpler..

We also want to experience different tastes, sometimes tastes from around the world, sometimes the familiar foods we love, with twist or an extra bit of pizzazz. So we have things like garlic mashed potatoes, four cheese macaroni and cheese and thin crust gourmet pizzas.

We’re also a population that is becoming more aware of health and making healthy food choices. Aging baby boomers are creating a bulge in our populations, but don’t want a bulge in their waistlines, so healthy lifestyle trends are front and center. We want fewer calories but all the taste, healthier eating with the comforts of our favorite foods. So where does this leave us? How do we combine comfort food trends with healthier lifestyle trends?

As much as we love our comfort foods many of us now look for ways to turn them into healthier choices, with a lower fat content and fewer calories. We tweak those great recipes from the past so we maintain (or sometimes even improve) the taste but forgo some of the fat, unhealthy carbs and sugar content. And while most of us are still eating our favorite comfort foods, maybe it’s just a little less often. We might decide to share that piece of amazing cheesecake so we get the taste but not the pounds.

We’re going back to our roots – but with healthy food choices in mind and a few wonderful, tasty twists along the way.

About Susan Lyman: 

Among her other duties Susan is also a staff writer at F&B magazine. A cook and lover of all things food and beverage. Her articles on the subject as well as trends in the industry is fastly becoming a popular must read in Food & Beverage Magazine.