Food Trends You’ll See in 2018
Thanks to social media, food trends are huge. Every year has them, and while some stick around others are anywhere from just plain weird to entirely forgettable. If you’re at all familiar with the power of the internet — and you know you are — you’ll also know there’s no telling what people are going to come up with next. Fortunately, we’ve had a look around to guess at what you’re going to see in the coming months, and it looks like 2018 should be an interesting year for food trends.
According to BBC Good Food, everyone is growing increasingly aware of not just what they’re eating, but how it’s making them feel. Couple that with ongoing research on just how the microscopic ecosystems in our gut interact with the food we eat, and you’re going to be seeing more and more tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your meals. That’s things like adding probiotics and prebiotics (like live bio-yogurt), cutting back on late-night eating, and paying attention to every bite of your food, instead of just being distracted by all the tech we’re surrounded with 24/7. Mindful eating is going to become a buzzword, and it’s all down to making our days happier and more comfortable.
Now, you know about yogurt, so what else can you expect people to be talking about? Health Magazine ranks kefir, kombucha, cultured soy milk, kvass, and sourdough bread as being tops when it comes to digestive comfort.
We’ve had rainbow food and black food, and for 2018, The Telegraph says we’re going to have purple food. That’s both traditionally always-purple foods (like eggplant, grapes, and plums), and also purple variations of things like carrots, cabbage, and potatoes, too. You’re probably going to be seeing some purple-hued newcomers to grocery store shelves, as well, like winter berries and elderberries. Focusing on color isn’t as weird as it sounds, and the British Heart Foundation says preparing colorful meals helps ensure you’re filling your plate with a variety of nutrients.
Expect to see social media driving this particular trend, as not only are those purple plates pretty beautiful, Pantone named ultraviolet as the Color of the Year 2018. It’s all coming together!
Superfood Lattes and Healthier Coffee
Gone are the days of pouring yourself a steaming cup of buttery coffee. For 2018, expect to see a ton of ideas for healthier coffees popping up in your social media feeds. According to Vegan Food and Living, many of those aren’t even going to contain caffeine. Instead, they’re going to be relying on things like green tea, matcha tea, turmeric, green algae, and beetroot to not only make a colorful cup, but give you caffeine-free energy boost along with some other benefits. Turmeric, for example, is a long-standing anti-inflammatory and it’s surprisingly tasty in your morning beverage. The LA Times adds that Pinterest searches for “healthy coffee” skyrocketed at the end of 2017, as people are apparently eager to make the most out of that cup of coffee they’re drinking anyway. It also doesn’t hurt that they look pretty darn cool.
You’ve probably had a bottle of sriracha as a kitchen staple for a long time, but this spicy ingredient may finally be replaced. The Daily Meal says gochujang is going to be the new way to spice up all your favorite dishes, and even if it doesn’t sounds familiar, you’ve likely tasted it before. It’s a fermented chili paste popular in Korean dishes, mostly because it captures that sought-after umami. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s thicker than sriracha, and you can add it to just about anything that needs a bit of a makeover. In 2018, you may be doing exactly that.
The popularity of fermented foods are on the rise, and according to Supermarket News, they’re going to be some of 2018’s superfoods. They’re linked with one of our other trends — gut-friendly foods — and because of our ever-increasing awareness of what immediate impact our diet has on our bodies, we’re going to be embarking on a serious love affair with fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, tempeh, miso, and kimchi.
There’s another benefit waiting to be discovered here, and that’s preservation. Feed Avalon is a U.K.-based organization focused on sustainability and healthy eating. They’re already offering classes on how to ferment your own foods, and it’s a long-term commitment more and more people are going to be taking on right in their home kitchens. Prep your summer vegetables for the winter months, and it’s a great way to eat right all year long. How can you not love it?
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