2018 is going to be a great year to get back to basics with your meals. Skip the unicorn toast and head straight for the spice rack and vegetable aisle.
Here is our pick for the top 5 food trends that you should look out for this year:
1. Lots of spices
Spices can fire up digestion, settle an upset stomach, soothe inflammation, warm you up, cool you off – the list is nearly endless.
Do some research and see if there's a spice you should (or shouldn't) be adding to your next dish!
2. Simple + REAL food
Real food: foods that don't come with an ingredient label (or that have an ingredient label with two to three, easy-to-read ingredients!)
Even better? It's encouragement to keep it simple! One-pan roasted veggies and salmon? Yes! Slow cooker stews? Double yes!
3. Eating root to stem
When you make your own meals using real ingredients, you can control how much of each food you use. Minimie salt, add a little spice, maybe you want it a little sweeter?
Did you know you can save and freeze roots, leaves, ends, skins, etc. for soup broths? Not only will you save yourself some extra money, but you'll be doing good for the planet too.
4. Blending> Juicing
You may have heard in 2017 that juicing *actually* wasn't that great for everyone! With very little fibre (sometimes none!) and juices made primarily from fruit, doing a juice cleanse can do a number on your blood sugar levels if not done properly.
Enter 2018 front-runners: soups and smoothies! Blending high-fiber soups like kale + broccoli, or warming soups like turmeric, ginger, and squash. When it starts to heat up, incorporate low-sugar smoothies!
By blending up real foods, your digestive system still gets the "rest" it needs, without the sugar crash and the need to call in the hanger management team.
5) "Biohacking" your morning coffee
Biohacking is a buzzword, meaning adding ingredients, following a certain diet, or changing up your fitness routine to optimize your health. This can be anything from digestion, to physical and mental aging, energy levels, etc.
If you're new to the world of biohacking, a great place to start is your morning cup of joe! Creating a high-fat cup of coffee is a great way to give yourself the boost of energy and add healthy-fats into your diet for skin, brain and digestive health.
Our fool-proof coffee recipe:
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup coffee (whatever your preferred roast is!)
- 1 tbsp. collagen powder
- Optional: add splash on non-dairy milk of choice
*Blend until smooth and frothy.
6) Low-sugar diets
High-sugar diets have been related to everthing from weight gain to low memory retention.
Switching to a diet that is low in breads, pastas, pastries, candy, chocolate, etc. and higher in healthy fats, protein and vegetables can help to curb hunger and regulate your mood throughout the day!