It’s 2018 and that means it’s time to forget those passe health trends of yesteryear and get onto the new ones that we’re going to be gobbling up this year. Kale who? Quinoa what? Matcha is cancelled. Throw out your SodaStream.
Okay, fine, those things are still healthy (except that SodaStream isn’t as good for you as you think) but you’re going to look so dumb when you tell Karen at Yoga that you don’t know what mushroom coffee is. Oh, you don’t? Well, allow us to enlighten you about the foods that may prove to be the health trends of the year.
You’ve heard of protein powder, but this year companies are taking powdered nutrients to the extreme and offering powders for pretty much anything under the sun. Boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, improving gut health; you name it, there’s a powder for it. The big draw to this trend is the convenience and the versatility. You can add these powders to everything from water and tea to yogurt, oatmeal and more complex recipes.
Be cautious about how much powder you’re using and what’s in it. As trendy and convenient as this is, it’s always better to get your nutrients from whole foods (we were built to digest food, after all). Powders that are really gaining in popularity are ones that are made from fermented proteins because they have “unlocked” nutrients and are good for gut health.
In particular, chaga mushrooms are on the rise. The ‘shrooms themselves aren’t very pretty, but things like mushroom coffee and mushroom cocoa are being used as alternatives to the originals. These medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries to heal a number of diverse ailments, reduce stress and increase energy.
Okay, this sounds funny (hilarious, actually) but when you think about it in the context of almond and cashew milks, it’s not as weird. People are increasingly turning to plant-based alternatives for popular meat and animal products. Nut cheese isn’t exactly like the stuff from animal milk because it’s typically made from cashews, but it is still creamy and tangy like the OG stuff.
When you’re buying nut cheese, watch your ingredients list. The simpler, the better. Keep an eye out for fillers like gums and starches and avoid them.
Middle Eastern Flavours
One spice combo in particular is picking up steam in the mainstream this year. Za’atar is a mixture of thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt. It’s popular in health circles right now for it’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
We’re all on a bit of an “all natural” kick right now and floral flavours are a fresh and natural-seeming scent/flavour that’s really taking off. We’ll see flavours like rose, hibiscus and lavender in everything. Teas, jams, chocolate, yogurt, everything.