Ultimate Guide to a Healthy New Year Diet and Food Trends for 2018

The new year is a time to make resolutions for a healthy lifestyle, which often starts with your food choices. Food trends for 2018 lean toward getting back to the basics with all-natural foods.

The days of processed foods, preservatives, and chemical additives may be coming to an end, as people turn to healthier whole and organic produce. Diet trends that were popular this year will continue in the new year, alongside new food trends.

New year diet trends for 2018 are based not only on knowing what is in the food you consume but also understanding how the animals responsible for your meal were raised and how the plants were grown.

Not all food trends are treated the same, and some will offer more benefits than others. By identifying the origins of your food, you can make better decisions about your health and your future.

Food Trends to Kick off This New Year 2018 Rise of Plant-Based Products In recent years, the lifestyle trend has focused on health awareness, which extends to the types of food we eat. Last year saw a rise in vegan and vegetarian options at grocery stores, restaurants, and food vendors. It appears that 2018 will continue with this trend.

1. Vegetable Protein Sources

It is expected that more people will turn to vegetables as a primary source of protein, rather than meats. Vegetable proteins are used as snacks, side dishes, and in replacement of pasta and rice dishes.

Protein-rich vegetables include Portobello mushrooms, chickpeas, and broccoli rabe, which resembles broccoli but is related to the turnip family. Tofu, quinoa, tempeh, and lentils are also good choices for protein.

2. Plant-Based Dairy Products

The demand for plant-based products has seen, and will continue to see, an increase in the availability of plant-based dairy products. Lactose intolerance has also added to the production demand of these products.

Dairy-free products available on store shelves range from plant-based milks made with cashew, oat, hazelnut, coconut, and non-gmo soy to plant-based cheese, yogurt, butter, and ice cream.

3. Floral Edibles

Another growing food trend for 2018 may be the use of flavors found in various flowering plants, such as orchids, lavender, and elderflower.

Rose and hibiscus are common flowers that are anticipated to light up restaurant menu options, such as teas. Hibiscus has been used for centuries for its reported abilities to lower blood pressure and treat abdominal pains.

The flowers and their natural components are used to sweeten cheesecakes, salads, lattes, milkshakes, shortbreads, and gelatin. Alcoholic cocktails are also featuring many of these flowering plants.

4. Root-to-Stem Foods

The practice of using the whole fruit, or vegetable stalk, is another trend. In addition to cutting down on food waste, people are turning to squeezing out as much of the nutrition and substance from the food as possible.

Expect to see beet greens, pickled watermelon rinds, and broccoli-stem slaw included in food choices. Other root-to-stem foods to watch for include turnips, chard, potatoes, and carrots.

5. Superfoods

Every year brings a new superfood to light and 2018 is no different.

Cacao and maca root are expected to be used to create new recipes to boost both health and natural flavor.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate and has the highest magnesium content. It’s also the top source of antioxidants.

Maca root, of the radish family, offers a butterscotch aroma and is used to balance mood, energy, and hormones.

The explosion of activated charcoal on the market in ice cream, pizza, and drinks is expected to continue in 2018 as people discover its detox qualities.

You can read the complete article at Doctor's Health Press: https://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/diet-articles/ultimate-guide-to-a-healthy-new-year-diet-and-food-trends-for-2018/.

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