Hungry Girl’s 2016 Forecast: 4 Foods That Are Destined to Become Trends

01/04/2016 at 02:54 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

We’re days into the New Year, and my sights are firmly set on the future! What’s 2016 going to be like? And more importantly, what are people going to be eating?! Here are a few of my predictions as to what’s going to blow up this coming year…

Cauliflower EVERYWHERE
Don’t get me wrong – 2015 was big for the cruciferous white vegetable. I fell hard for cauliflower rice, as did many of you. Trader Joe’s even started selling a frozen version! This year, I feel like using cauliflower as a starch replacement is going to spread even wider. Perfect your cauliflower-pizza-crust technique, because it’s here to stay!

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Spiralized veggies
Whether you get one of those schmancy hand-crank spiralizers or pick up a basic one like the Veggetti (which works kind of like a giant pencil sharpener), you need to jump on this bandwagon. The easiest gateway into this trend: zucchini noodles. Try ’em in this swap for standard cold sesame noodles!

Pea protein
Many people are looking to decrease their meat intake, but protein is super important. Not into soy products? Check out pea protein! Yup, tasty green peas are a surprisingly good protein source, and they’re popping up all over the place. Larabar ALT was one of the early adopters, and now it’s being added to snacks like Simply Protein Chips and Mediterranean Snacks’ BeanStalks.

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Natural sugar alternatives
More and more studies are coming out showing that refined sugar is worse for us than we thought. So keep an eye on your sugar intake, and keep it natural when you can. My favorite natural, no-calorie sweeteners are Truvia and SweetLeaf (both stevia blends). And you probably don’t realize how many common food products include refined sugar or corn syrup. Check labels, and look for natural options where you can. Cane sugar, agave nectar and raw honey are all better options.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing & HAPPY 2016!

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PCC on

So you are going to not eat pasta and substitute vegetable “noodles”, but you are going to then eat starchy peas. I don’t get it.

Sharon on

The healthy benefits of peas outweigh the starch issue…
They are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
I love them with mashed potatoes lol another starch.

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