Buddha bowls, zoodles, jackfruit and tumeric were hot in 2017. This year, there’s already a ton of predictions about what will be the hottest food and nutrition trends.
Here are five of my favorite nutrition trends that I will explore more in 2018. Each can improve my diet and overall health or the health of the planet.
Cottage Cheese is the New Greek Yogurt. Move over yogurt, cottage cheese is the new darling in the dairy case. And, for good reason: A cup of cottage cheese has about 26 grams of high-quality protein and provides 2.9 grams of leucine, a key amino acid that help build and retain muscle mass. Plus, cottage cheese lacks the added sugars that are commonly present in many varieties of yogurt.
Vegetarian Eating. Eating a plant-forward diet is not only good for your health, it’s better for the planet and is more animal-friendly too. Vegetarianism is becoming increasingly popular, especially among younger Americans. Since plant-based meals and snacks tend to be higher in fiber and lower in calories, most who follow a vegetarian diet have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight.
All About Algae. A variety of new foods are being created with algae, considered the most sustainable ingredient in the food supply. What’s more, algae can be produced to be high in protein, carbs or fats like DHA omega 3s, so it can be made into a variety of products, form a heart-healthy cooking oil to a decadent ice cream.
Gourmet Garbage: A variety of new foods and beverages are made from ingredients that would otherwise be considered food waste. For example, Misfit Juicery created juices that are made form product that would be rejected by supermarkets due to cosmetic defects. You can also buy Toast Ale beer that is made from discarded bread crusts and Regrained bars use the discarded grain products used in making beer to create healthy food bars.
More Non-Dairy Milks: As more people choose to follow a dairy-free lifestyle, food companies are responding by increasing the number of dairy-free milk alternatives. If soy, coconut, almond, rice, hemp and cashew milk didn’t provide enough variety for you, you can now find macadamia, pea, flax seed, and oat-based milks are some of the new options to look out for in 2018.