Every year it seems like the health food industry is continuing to push the envelope by coming up with new, creative ways to approach ordinary food and drinks. If you are tired of the same old eats and ready to try something new, read on to learn about the latest and greatest food trends.
1. Japanese Yogurt Shot
This is a healthy snack both you and your kids will be reaching for. Don’t be fooled by its size, this mini bottle is a powerhouse probiotic ready to help you maintain a healthy gut. Not to mention, it doesn't contain preservatives, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, or aspartame, like some other yogurts do. Its thinner consistency makes this easy to drink and consume on the go. Find this in your local specialty food store or buy it online for less than three dollars per pack.
A great source of nutrients including iron, einkorn is outshining many popular grains like quinoa. Einkorn is the oldest wheat known to scientists. It is high in protein and perfect for those who have a sensitivity to gluten. Plus, this grain is easier to digest than other grains since it’s never been hybridized (aka mixed with other ingredients). Replace your daily serving of rice or oatmeal with einkorn to upgrade the flavor of your dishes and stay satiated between meals.
3. Korean Chili Paste
Fire up your metabolism with this Korean hot sauce. Unlike the vinegar flavor of traditional hot sauce or the tangy and runny attributes of Sriracha, this spicy condiment is a popular flavoring in today's snack foods. With only 19 calories per teaspoon and the presence of metabolic booster capsaicin, it’s no wonder why this is one of the hottest flavorings on the market. Find this in local Asian supermarkets or order a tub online.
4. Cold Protein Bars
Packed with nutrients, these bars offer an average of twelve grams of protein per serving. Cold protein bars are as close to natural and less processing as possible. Far from dry, the consistency is similar to the texture of cookie dough and peanut butter. Remember to keep these protein bars cold to avoid separation caused by heat and to keep nutritional benefits like probiotics potent.
5. Avocado Ice Cream
Satisfy that sweet tooth with this cold treat that’s rich in healthy fat. Monounsaturated fats not only help to lower the risk of cholesterol but also work to keep you feeling full in between meals. This dessert packed with good fat will improve your brain health, raise your energy, and improve your immune function. Give it a try, and you won’t regret it!
6. Broccoli Coffee
To start your day off with both a hit of caffeine and your daily dose of fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, and folate, sip on a cup of broccoli coffee. The star ingredient is broccoli powder, which retains the vegetable's nutrients, color, and taste, and just two tablespoons of the powder amount to one serving of the cruciferous plant. Brew it at home by preparing one cup of coffee, letting it cool — which maximizes the benefits of the powder — and blending it with one teaspoon of broccoli powder for about one minute. After transferring the beverage into your favorite mug, stir in milk and sweetener as you normally would.
7. Water Buffalo Yogurt
High in protein, this new yogurt is made from buffalo milk instead of cow’s milk. When compared to Greek yogurt, water buffalo yogurt is less sour and tangy and offers more calcium than traditional whole milk yogurt. It’s a good substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream and works well in smoothies too.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar and Charcoal Shot
Take your apple cider vinegar to the next level with an extra shot of activated charcoal. The activated charcoal helps promote a healthy gut and adds a unique twist to an old favorite. Make sure to take your shot of apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal with a glass of water.
9. Avocado Oil
Move over coconut oil! Avocado oil is a heart-healthy fat that's full of monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help fight belly fat. It's also high in vitamins A, E, and D and rich in antioxidants that help keep inflammation down in the body. If you haven't used avocado oil before, you can try this mild and versatile oil in salad dressings, drizzled over salmon, or in stir-fry recipes. It has a neutral flavor and high smoke point, making it a smart choice for high-temperature cooking methods, such as baking and sautéing. Plus, this trendy oil is now available as an easy-to-use spray.
10. Instant Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are already easy to make but if you need an even faster option, you can cut out the meal prep and try instant overnight oats instead. These ready-to-eat cups are made with ingredients such as almond milk, oats, buckwheat, chia seeds, and flax seeds, so they’re gluten-free, high in protein, and vegan.
11. Plantain Pasta
Everyone’s favorite carb comes in a new variety and it’s not the lentil version. The guilt-free pasta making waves is plantain pasta, made with one of the most popular ingredients in Latin America and West Africa. Plantains are similar to bananas but sweeter and one serving of plantain pasta provides beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin C.
12. Avocado Ice Pops
A healthy take on mint chocolate chip ice cream, mint avocado ice pops offer a creamy texture without the extra calories. These frozen green treats are a sweet and satisfying snack to enjoy in the summer heat or any time you’re craving a cold dessert.
13. Fishless Tuna
Often made with ingredients like soybeans, fava beans, chickpeas, white beans, lentils, green split peas, sea salt, and algal oil (extracted from seaweed powder), fishless tuna is this year's version of a meatless burger. With all the protein found in these legumes, fishless tuna holds up to the real deal nutritionally. Whether you're a vegan or trying to consume fewer animal proteins, this is a great place to start.
14. Chicken Crust
Since pizza often has a bad reputation for being a carb overload it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a healthier alternative. Rather than using a traditional crust, 2018's trendiest pizza crust is made out of chicken, giving your pizza a major protein kick and a waist-friendly makeover. Not eating chicken these days? You can also make a pizza crust out of cauliflower or scoop your favorite pizza toppings into mushrooms instead.
15. Mushroom Coffee
Along with serving as a base for a healthier pizza, mushrooms are sneaking into your coffee cup too. Boasting an array of health benefits, such as immunity, energy, and longevity, mushrooms may just be this year's superfood. Mushroom coffee, in particular, is gaining a lot of popularity lately. Made by boiling and liquefying dried mushrooms, you can enjoy all the nutrients and minerals in this powerhouse vegetable and start your day off on the right foot.
16. Probiotic Water
If you prefer to drink your probiotics instead of eating them in the form of yogurt or taking capsules, probiotic water may be your new best friend. The probiotics are kept in a cap at the top of the bottle to keep them shelf stable, and you release them into the bottle right before you are ready to drink. What's not to love about getting hydrated and getting a boost of good-for-you bacteria at the same time?
17. Everything Bagel Seasoning
If you have an addiction to everything bagels but you're looking to curb your carb consumption, everything bagel seasoning is the next best thing! This delicious seasoning mix is made with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt, making it the perfect addition to everything from avocado toast to omelets and more.
18. Adzuki Beans
Popular in Asia, adzuki beans are starting to pop up more and more in supermarkets around the country. They are a protein powerhouse, offering up to 17 grams of protein in just one cup. These red beans are high in phytonutrients and other essential nutrients like B vitamins, fiber, iron, and potassium. Adzuki beans have a nutty and sweet taste and work well in desserts, salads, and soups.
19. Moringa Powder
A green powder made from the dried leaves of the moringa tree, ground moringa is packed with antioxidants, calcium, vitamins A and C, potassium, and protein. Some animal studies suggest moringa powder may help lower blood sugar levels, reduce bad cholesterol levels, and fight inflammation. Moringa contains double the amount of protein found in kale and twice the calcium in spinach. Use it in smoothies, sprinkle it on salads, or even add it to homemade pesto.
Hailing from Tunisia and the North African region, harissa is a hot sauce containing a blend of caraway seeds, coriander, cumin, garlic, red peppers, and smoked chilies. The spice mix not only packs a fiery kick, but it's also loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants that can help power up your metabolism. Harissa is delicious on eggs and adds a flavor boost to marinades, sauces, and soups.
21. Oat Milk
Oat milk is starting to grow in popularity because it's a non-dairy, flavorful substitute for cow's milk and nut milk. It's easy to make at home with oats or groats but is also available on supermarket shelves. The nut-free milk offers nutrients like fiber and beta-glucan and can be found enriched with calcium and vitamins. Give it a try in coffee and wherever you would use nut milk.