My Favorite Food Trends for 2018
My Favorite Food Trends for 2018
As a huge foodie, I love this time of year as we let go of old habits and foods, and start thinking and clearing out our pantries for new snacks, supplements, and powders. 2017 was a big year for food as we saw a lot of new organic, allergen friendly, and plant based options hit the shelves and our Instagram feeds. We also saw a lot of avocado toasts, buddha bowls, matcha, tumeric, and plant based recipes. I was in complete food awe!
For 2018, here are some things I am projecting to be a big hit and to start to become more mainstream:
Biohacking your morning cup
What does it mean to 'biohack'? A millenial description would be to upgrade your cup a notch with herbal supplements or adding natural foods that can improve focus, increase productivity, provide calming effects, reduce inflammation etc. Some foods and herbs that are already making a splash in your cup include: Vitalproteins Collagen, Four Sigmatic Mushroom Teas, tumeric, and matcha. Adding any of these into your morning routine is a quick and easy short cut to stepping up your morning cup game.
Mindfulness around food
It's looking like as we stay plugged into social media and have the ability to 'Google' pretty much anything under the sun, consumers are also asking more questions about ingredient labels and becoming more conscious consumers. Simple ingredient brands like RX Bar, Purely Elizabeth are also growing in popularity becuase of the easy to read ingredient labels and transparency of how they make their products, what's in them, and why they are good for us boosts their supermarket visibility.
Mindfulness with food is also becoming a mind-body connection in how we choose foods and how they benefit us. I'm a believer in 'all foods fit', so it's nice to see more people thinking of food in a 'how it can nourish us' verse 'deprivation to be healthy' kind of way.
To practifce mindfulness with your food, I recommend setting a time to eat, removing all distractions (books, computers, phone, turning off TV), sitting at meal times, noticing colors and textures in foods, smelling food, and finally eating. When eating also try to taste all the foods you see, the textures of the foods in your mouth, and don't forget to chew!
Nut milks are the new kid on the block
Remember a few years ago, when we were all amazed at almond and soy milk? Well get reaady for more milk alternatives to take center stage on your dairy or rather non-dary aisle. We are already seeing milks like soy, almond, and coconut, but cashew, pecan, and even hemp milk will be contenders this year. Plus, what is super fun to see is the extra little twist that brands are adding to milk
s like tumeric milk, vanilla hemp milk, chocolate coffee pecan milk. Can you say yummm?
Some brands like MALK and Califa Farms, are already putting some delicious and high quality milk on our shelves. So now is the time to find the milk that is your new jam.
Life is much better buzzed, isn't it? And I'm not talking about the boozy bubbly kind or highly caffeinated, it's the probiotic fizzy drink that has been gaining momentum this year. The lower sugar, flavorful, and probiotic dense drink is a fan favorite. The probiotics in these drinks help cultivate and nourish the good bacteria already in your gut.
As artisan coffee and specialty sugar free beverages soar, so has kombucha drinks and teas. Kombucha is also expected to become even craftier like sporting seasonal and regional flavors from Oregon to Louisiana.
Keep your eyes on these brands: Brooklyn's Pilot, Lions Heart, Health Ade, Kevita, Kickin Kombucha, Bayou City Bucha, and Big Easy Bucha.
As we also start to unravel more of how probiotics, gut bacteria, and foods affect our bodies we
also are starting to see in research on how it can also alter our brain, mental health, and condusive to chronic disease. Gut health and the microbiome has also been a big topic of discussion in the past few years, especially in finding out how foods are affecting bloat, fatigue, even our moods. The biggest key takeaway going into 2018 is how to optimize our gut health and really grow, cultivate, and have enough good bacteria to promote optimal digestive health.
The overall pattern I am seeing here is to become a conscious consumer and purchase things that will improve your mental and physical health (bonus points if they are super tasty!). So if they fit one, two, or all three they are a winner!
What are some trends you wish would stay in 2017, or are looking forward to in 2018?