Are you curious about the food trends for 2018? From root-to-stem cooking to edible flowers, let’s take a look at the 7 hottest trends taking over the food world this year.
Plant based diet
Plants are taking over. This is the trend I’m most excited about. More and more people are moving towards plant-based lifestyle and becoming more conscious about their health and the environment. There will be more plant-based food options hitting the shelves this year; plant protein, snacks and desserts. I hope more cafes and restaurants will also get on board and start adding more vegan options to the menu. I’m so over fries and salad every time I eat out.
Last year, it was all about turmeric and matcha. This year maca root, moringa and cacao will be taking the centerstage. Another new superfood to be added to the list is activated charcoal which has gained in popularity due to its detoxifying properties. Get ready for a black food trend. Does black ice-cream excite you?
Maca is a root vegetable that comes from South America and it is chock-full of health benefits. Seriously, maca is one of my favourite superfoods. I use it on a daily basis, in smoothies, porridge and lattes. It makes me feel energised, alive and keeps my hormones in check. You can try my happy hormones maca latte here.
Gut health food
This year will be all about gut health which will see a huge rise in fermented foods. Forget yoghurt and cheese; I’m talking about kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and fermented vegetables. These delicious ferments are loaded with probiotics and enzymes essential for improving gut health, digestive issues, absorption of nutrients, and so much more.
Locally grown food and transparency
There’s growing demand for fresh and locally grown produce. More people are sourcing for local food and are prepared to spend a little extra for it. Locally grown food is more nutritious and buying local food helps support local farmers. Transparency will also be a big hit this year. People want to know where their food is coming from, and how it was made. This means more certified food labels on products.
This is a trend you want to jump on right now, if you haven’t already. It is not only good for you but it’s also good for the environment. There’s so much healthy goodness in the stems, leaves, and roots of fruits and vegetables that are often tossed out. This year will see more and more people getting creative with root-to-stem cooking and reducing food waste in the process. Think carrot tops pesto, fermented watermelon rinds and broccoli stem slaw.
Floral flavours is one of the top trends of 2018. Edible flowers adds exciting flavours and a dose of colour to dishes and drinks and may also have health benefits. We will be seeing lavender lattes, floral salads, and pink hibiscus teas. I saw some edible flowers at a local fruit and veggie shop with a hefty price tag so I would suggest you grow your own.
Middle Eastern flavours
Get excited if you love Middle Eastern cuisine because 2018 will be dishing out more Middle Eastern – inspired food. If you are not familiar with this cuisine, think hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, tahini and spices such as turmeric, cardamom, za’atar and harissa.
Have a flavourful year xx