Every new year that rolls around brings new predictions of food trends that will be popular. Last year the Whole30 diet, bone broth, and protein powders gained a lot of momentum. Today you’ll read our compiled list of the ten best predictions based on actual search data. Here are the top ten food trends of 2018 that your taste-buds won’t want to miss out on!
1. The Ketogenic Diet.
There is no doubt that the Ketogenic Diet is on the rise, and with good reason. For those of you who may have heard of it but don’t know exactly what it means, the Ketogenic Diet is a high fat, low carb, and moderate protein diet. The goal is to get the body into a state of ketosis, which means it’s running off of ketones for fuel instead of glucose (which means the body is burning fat for energy instead of sugar). This diet has proven very successful for weight loss, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Bubbly Drinks Like LaCroix
LaCroix paved the way and gained much popularity this past year. Whole Foods predicts that this year, other brands of bubbly drinks will win over the hearts of consumers. Some other good brands to try are Voss, Gerolsteiner, and S. Pellegrino.
3. Puffed and Popped Snacks.
Crunchy snacks will always be a favorite, and this year, puffed and popped snacks are the new chip. This one is another Whole Foods prediction for 2018. Not only are the processing methods new and improved, but these days we can buy all sorts of crunchy snacks made from different vegetables, beans, legumes, and more.
4. Moroccan food.
According to a Pinterest blog, Moroccan spices have recently had a 2579% increase in saves. So, if you’ve never tried Moroccan food before, then 2018 would be a good year to try! Some popular Moroccan spices include turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, and cumin.
5. Super Coffee.
You may have already heard of Bulletproof Coffee, but the coffee trends this year don’t end there! In 2018, super coffee is going to be on the rise, with things like black maca powder , collagen peptides, and medicinal mushrooms all blended in with your daily cup of joe!
In recent years it was matcha, yerba mate, turmeric, and spirulina that gained much popularity amongst the health-conscious community. This year is all about the superfood herb called moringa. If you’re someone who has a lot of inflammation or diabetes, moringa may be helpful for you, as it lowers inflammation and reduces blood sugar levels. It’s also rich in nutrients and antioxidants to pack a powerful punch for a single cup of tea. Many people also consume moringa in capsule form for a quick and easy way to reap its benefits. It’s also starting to be added to food products, so that’s one thing to look out for in 2018!
Soups are in this year, according to Pinterest. Soups seem to be regaining popularity, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be. Specifically, puréed soups seem to be amongst people’s favorites right now. The best part is that you can eat soup leftovers for days!
8. Diet Friendly Frying.
Air fryers are the latest must-have kitchen gadget. According to Pinterest, recent saves for “air fryer” have increased by 1809%. These appliances fry food with mostly air instead of oil, creating a much healthier version of your favorite fried foods.
9. The Blenditarian Movement.
If you haven’t already heard of The Blenditarian Movement, I’m sure you will be hearing more about it in the year to come. The Blenditarian Movement is all about blending mushrooms in with meat to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger. According to Blenditarian.com, “A study from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and University of California-Davis showed that a traditional ground meat recipe (like your favorite burger) prepared with mushroom-meat blend can enhance the overall flavor due to double the impact of umami.”
10. Floral Flavors.
Yet another Whole Foods prediction, floral flavors are expected to hit big in 2018. Elderberry, hibiscus, lavender, and rose are all expected to be infused into drinks such as herbal teas, lattes, and even cocktails.