Eight Food Trends for 2018

Thursday December 21, 2017

Elixirs

As we herald in a new year we get curious around here about what our customers will be looking to as the next staple in their grocery cart. In addition we want to help you discover what is new, nutritious and sustainable in the industry.  Let’s face it, we find it a lot of fun to explore and experiment with food too! Below are some new trends we are seeing for 2018 and some trends from 2017 that continue to be hot.

Nootropics - Nootropics are also known as smart drugs and cognitive enhancers. They are, in our case, natural and organic supplements, and other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions such as memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. For example Lions Mane or L-Theanine.

Fermented foods - The health benefits of fermented foods are many plus they taste great too! The beneficial bacteria in traditional foods such as sauerkraut, sourdough bread, and cashew cheese along with fermented supplements like fermented proteins help to balance gut bacteria, improve digestion, improve mental health, and heal the digestive track and so much more. No wonder this 2017 trend is going to continue in full force into 2018.

Booze free beverages – or mocktails are becoming more and more popular with millennials. Cash-strapped time poor millennials are opting to socialize in the mornings and at coffee shops so non-alcoholic alternatives are becoming more popular than ever. In addition the continuance of the health awareness and new alcohol-free mocktails alternatives popping up on bar menus will see this trend into 2018. Try out our Golden Ginger and Orange Mocktail here

Specialized teas and elixirs - Offering a hit of nutrients with every sip, elixirs and specialized teas are drinks infused with medicinal herbs and spices. Adding herbal infusions and spices elevates cold-pressed juices, teas and smoothies to a whole new level with extra health-boosting benefits.

Plant based protein – With the latest research suggesting that eating more plant-based protein and less meat can help you live longer, vegetarian protein sources are becoming more popular than ever. Plant-based proteins are sustainable, affordable and nutritious and taste great too! Lentil loaf anyone? Click here for recipe.

Super powders or boosters – From slipping a little spirulina into smoothies or adding turmeric to your desserts; such things as matcha, moringa and maca will be sneaking their way into our day to day diets more often in 2018.

Medicinal mushrooms - Many mushrooms have long been used throughout Asia for medicinal purposes. There are at least 270 species of mushroom that are known to have various therapeutic properties. This long tradition of use is coming full circle and showing up in our drinks, snacks and as supplements for our daily diets.

 Alternative proteins - Edible insects like mealworms, grasshoppers, crickets and many others are a part of the culture and cuisine of many other parts of the globe like in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Although a bit slow to trend in North America due to the stigma this trend is here to stay at least for the time being. The most popular form of bug proteins are in the form of powders that can be used by itself or in a variety of products including baked goods.