Last year we saw plenty of fermented things, poke bowls and charcoal lattes, but now we look at the healthiest food trends of the year so far. So we make way for what 2018 has in terms of the latest health fads!
The collagen buzz is huge, in particular, collagen powder. You can add this to smoothies or baking for many benefits. Collagen makes your hair and nails much stronger and more importantly it increases and strengthens your immunity. It's very easy to incorporate into your diet by just adding this to your morning smoothie.
Functional Mushrooms are 2018's newest version of a turmeric latte. Mushroom lattes are known for having many health benefits. These include being able to ward off the common cold, as well as increasing concentration and energy levels.
Plant-based diets and vegans are unique to 2018, however, we see a growing trend of this diet this year. The vegan diet has increased by 360% in the last decade and this year we see a growing trend of vegetable replacements for meat. For example, pulled jackfruit has become a massive trend this year, as a vegan option.
Intermittent fasting is here to stay this year and this technique to lose body fat is not for the weak. This trend is when you don't eat for 16 hours and then you have your days worth of food in 8 hours. This technique claims to lose body fat, however, it's probably not a trend that everyone would be able to get behind.
Root-To-Stem is a great new trend whereby using the whole vegetable, including the stem. Think potato skins, the stalks of broccoli and the heads of carrots. So basically all the things you would normally throw away when preparing a meal!
Due to our extremely busy lives, it is not surprising we can see the new trend of Adaptogens. These include ginseng, holy basil, ashwagandha and liquorice root. These items work to lower your cortisol levels, which are the stress hormone. So if you can find these items and incorporate these into your diet, you could be having a much less stressful year.