Food trends across the world change almost as often as we change our clothes. It’s hard to keep up with trending foods and even harder to differentiate what is evidence-based vs. what the big companies are trying to scam us into purchasing. Although it may seem exhausting, keeping up with trends and associated research is beneficial for our personal health as well as the Earth’s wellbeing.
Below is a short list of five food trends that predominantly takes up a considerable amount of conversation lately.
1. Collagen Peptides – You might notice people adding a few more ingredients to their morning coffee or smoothie. Collagen Peptides are growing increasingly popular. These peptides are derived from gelatin and contain a high amount of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. All chemistry talk aside, a scoop or two of Collagen Peptides every day can result in enhanced skin health, balanced hormones, long lasting satiation, and increased bone, digestion, and joint health.
Author’s recommendation: I love putting a scoop of Vital Proteins in my coffee each morning and then one in my afternoon smoothie.
2. Bowls – Any and all types of bowls are incredibly trendy right now; poke bowls and smoothie bowls are some of the most popular. Poke bowls contain chunks of heart-healthy fatty fish such as tuna or salmon along with a variety of vegetables, fresh marinades, and seaweed salad. The Omega-3s from the fish reduce risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure and heart rate levels. Smoothie bowls are fantastic for combining an assortment of fruits, green vegetables such as spinach or Swiss chard, and tasty toppings such as coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or nut butters.
Author’s recommendation: My favorite go-to spot for poke bowls is Aloha Poke Co. in downtown Chicago.You can’t go wrong here!
3. Full-Fat Yogurt – This trend will surely make your heads turn. Remember when low-fat and fat-free yogurt was the way to go? Not anymore! Oftentimes, companies will replace the fat in these yogurts with anywhere between 8 to 20 grams of sugar! That’s comparable to a candy bar. You heard it here first (or second): fat is back. Full-fat yogurt is packed with protein, calcium, and probiotics which support healthy weight loss. Plus, it will leave you full and satisfied!
Author’s recommendation: I never hesitate indulging in Siggi’s yogurt.My favorite flavor?Orange and ginger.
4. Waste-Based Cooking - About 50% of all produce in the U.S. is thrown away each year – that’s roughly 60 million tons or $160 million worth of produce occupying American landfills. This translates into $1,600 of produce discarded annually for a family of four. Have I bored you yet with these numbers? Restaurants, grocery stores, and even the Obama administration have caught onto this trend and are trying to eliminate as much food waste as possible by focusing on improving food efficiency, recycling, and uncovering ways to deliver more food to the hungry. Want to reduce food waste at home? Stop buying in bulk, store food properly, and cook smarter!
5. Turmeric – I purposely saved one of the highest trending search words for last: turmeric. What’s the deal with this yellowish, Indian spice? Turmeric’s high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics are putting it in the food trend spotlight. It is a root that comes from the plant Curcuma longa and studies have indicated that supplementing with turmeric will help ease post-exercise muscle pain.
Author’s Recommendation: I sprinkle some turmeric in my lattes, over cauliflower rice, in smoothies, and in soups.