Every year some trends change the way we eat and plan our meals. These changes and trends are never beloved by everyone. But there is usually something that each person can discover and get something out of. It’s all about variety. You need to spice your diet up to keep things fresh and exciting. Now is as good a time as any to start thinking about some of the food trends that might make a splash in 2018. It’s possible to make some predictions by following current trends and seeing where new food discoveries are leading us.
Below, you will find information on all of the most significant trends and changes that you need to be aware of in the world of food and eating out. As well as details of the hottest new foods and ingredients that are getting people excited, you will also learn about the healthy eating trends and weight loss trends that people will be following next year. We will also look at what restaurants will focus on when it comes to taking new directions and adopting trends. Start reading on now to discover more about this.
Healthy Eating Trends in 2018
First of all, let’s look at the healthy eating trends that are likely to dominate 2018. There are always going to be healthy eating trends because there will always be people looking for a healthier diet. They remain as important as ever, and we seem to encounter more of them than ever before too.
Low-Sugar, Low-Carb Snacks
The two main offenders in our diet are sugar and carbs. At least, this is the conclusion people are starting to come to. Snacks are often difficult to get right. And that’s mainly because 99% of the snacks you find on supermarket shelves are packed with sugar and carbs. But some trends are emerging that point in the opposite direction. For example, sweet potato snacks and roasted vegetables are only going to grow in popularity. They can fill you up without the massive carb and sugar boost you get from the vast majority of snacks on the market currently.
More and more people are opting for food items that are not cooked at all. It’s even now possible to find snack bars in supermarkets that are made with no cooking involved. This is a trend that has not yet broken out into the mainstream, but many people expect it to happen within the next year. It’s a type of food that is attached to cleanliness, and it’s as much to do with production as it is the health benefits associated with. But these kinds of foods are definitely healthy, and none of the goodness has to be lost in the cooking process because there is no cooking process. One excellent example of a raw food dish on the rise is sashimi, which is a Japanese dish with fresh fish. Kefir and raw apple pie are good examples too.
More Protein and Food Replacement Drinks
Protein drinks are popular among fitness enthusiasts and gym-goers. But they have not yet been adopted by people who just want to improve their health or use as a food replacement. However, this could be on the verge of changing. A raft of new healthy food companies are releasing user-friendly, high protein and fibre drinks that target people who are on the go, an example brand is Huel. By this time next year, this could be a trend that’s riding a wave.
Meals with Plenty of Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice associated with Indian cuisine, particularly certain kinds of curry. But it’s not being recognised as much more than a curry ingredient. It helps your digestive system because it contains bioactive compounds. More and more people are coming up with new recipes and meal ideas that incorporate turmeric purely because of its health benefits. This is a definite trend, and we will only see more of it in the time ahead. Make sure you start making use of it if you want to be ahead of the curve. It’s a versatile spice that can offer a lot.
Weight Loss Trends in 2018
Other people are less concerned with gradually improving their diet to become healthier and more interested in shifting that excess weight. This is where the weight loss trends of 2018 come in. There are some interesting ideas already floating around, and here are the trends set to dominate next year.
Dehydrated Fruits and Snacks
Dehydrated fruits and snacks are starting to make a bit of a comeback. Fruits of all kinds, from apples to apricots, can now be flash-dried. They can then be sold as dried fruit sticks. But it’s not just fruit that this trick is being used on. There are also beef and chicken snacks that are being made and sold to customers looking for a way to eat healthier snacks. They allow people to get more fruit into their diet in an easy and convenient way. And the meat-based options are low in carbs. That’s why they can be so good at aiding weight loss.
Fermented foods might sound a little strange, but this is a trend that’s set to have a significant impact in the near future. Fermented foods are noted for being able to give you an energy boost, and they can improve your digestive system. They’re very healthy, and the fact that they give you a boost of energy can definitely help anyone who is looking to do more exercise and get healthy that way. It’s something worth considering if you want to get in better shape and consume the healthiest foods possible. Miso (used for the delicious Miso soup) is made from fermented soybeans, and it’s growing in popularity. Tempeh, natto and kimchi are also great examples of fermented foods.
Foods That Promote Good Gut Bacteria
Gut bacteria could not be more important right now. There are so many foods that can help with gut bacteria. And when your gut is healthier, it will be easier for you to remain in shape. A functioning gut is essential for getting the most out of the good foods you consume and keeping your insides clean and healthy. Things like yoghurts contain probiotics that can really help with increasing the amount of good bacteria present in your gut. And there are lots of vegetables and greens that can do the same thing.
Restaurant Food Trends in 2018
Who doesn’t like eating out? With trends moving at an ever faster pace, it’s important to take note of which trends are about to sweep through the restaurant industry. There are certain food trends and types of cuisine that are becoming more important and more influential as we head towards 2018.
Root to Leaf Approaches
As more and more restaurants get to grips with the problem of wastage, we are seeing a root to leaf approach emerging in many restaurant kitchens. This means restaurants are trying to limit waste and make use of every single part of the ingredients that they use. This means that new and creative types of dishes will emerge that include parts of ingredients that wouldn’t normally end up on our plates. This is a trend that will undoubtedly grow and expand as more people learn about it in 2018. Anything can be used; for example, carrot tops are now being used to create pesto.
Breakfast Time Anytime
Breakfast menu ideas are going to be seen a lot more next year. We are already beginning to see restaurants making interesting use of breakfast ideas. I’m not just talking about outlets that serve only cereal, although that is one interesting development to note. As chefs embrace a greater use of eggs and pork, it makes sense to continue that breakfast theme throughout the day. This is another thing that can be linked back to people’s desire to have a more low-carb diet, and restaurants will start embracing this more than ever.
Korean food has been on the rise for some time. But Korean-inspired dishes are about to explode onto the mainstream in a big way next year. This is not just about the repeating the same ideas and recipes that people have already experienced. Instead, restaurants will be putting a new spin on the old classics and taking a general influence from Korean-inspired cuisine. Anyone who is a fan of Asian food but hasn’t eaten much Korean food yet, this is set to be a very welcome change. It remains to be seen what kind of creative things can be done with Korean food. Seaweed and tofu soup is one recipe that many restaurants are starting to try out, and the same is true of grilled squid salad.
2018’s Top New Foods and Ingredients
There is always some foods and ingredients that come to the fore each year. So, which of those are we going to be seeing more of in 2018? The five ingredients mentioned below all offer something unique and exciting, and that’s why more people are going to be using them soon.
Poke is the name given to a certain type of raw fish salad. It’s not widely known to most people just yet. But interest in this salad is certainly on the rise. And by the time 2018 arrives, it might be the major trend that many of us want it to be. There are many restaurant owner and food fanatics that are already raving about it, and that can only mean one thing: it’s going to get really popular sometime soon. It’s a Hawaiian dish, and that’s where it’s served best. So, next time you’re on a Hawaiian island, be sure to check it out.
If you’re looking for a new and healthier type of flour to use in your cooking and baking, look no further than cassava flour. It’s used a lot in some parts of Asia and South America. It’s perfect for people in need of gluten-free ingredients, and it’s also grain-free as well. Even if you don’t have any allergies to contend with, this is a super-healthy ingredient and one that lots of people will be using more of in 2018. It’s a source of carbohydrate, and it doesn’t contain any nuts either.
Seaweed is a fantastic food for anyone who wants to get their fill of protein without eating too much meat. It’s a type of food that has been popular among vegetarians for a long time. And there is no reason why other people won’t start to eat it too. It’s health properties are stunning, and there are no negative properties. It can be cooked in all kinds of ways; just look at what the Japanese do with it. It’s a massively important food in Japan, and that’s a country with one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, so they must know what they’re talking about.
Chaga mushrooms just might turn out to be the major superfood of 2018. They are already starting to get more attention than in the past as more people learn about them and their vital properties. The major benefit of these mushrooms is their immune system supporting attributes. They are also really good at battling any irritation that’s occurring inside your digestive system. They soothe you and help you to retain a good digestive balance, which can be really important. On top of all that, they’re pretty versatile and can be used in lots of ways. Maybe it’s time you tried them out.
Insects might not seem like the most pleasant food to be putting on the menu, but there are some real benefits to eating them. They are high in protein, and consuming them has no negative impact on the planet. Farming this is not environmentally damaging in the way beef, pork and chicken farming is. Insects are also plentiful. People have been talking about eating insects for a while, but there hasn’t been much of a mainstream breakthrough yet. Proponents of insect-eating think all that could be about to change in 2018. Let’s see if they’re right.
Now that you know all you could possibly want to know about the major and minor food trends likely to take effect in 2018, why not get ahead of the crowd? Nothing is stopping you from making use of the ingredients and meal ideas discussed above.