Our Food & Snacks Buyer Predicts the Hottest Trends for 2018
Read up on the biggest trends in other categories here!
2017 IN REVIEW: What Was Hot in Food & Snacks?
2017 TREND #1: TURMERIC
This year saw many food trends emerge but there was one that came out far and above any other trend and it’s easy to see why! This superfood is packed with benefits including its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a strong antioxidant. It is also known to accelerate the metabolism rate and detoxify the body through improved liver function. It is also known to prevent many diseases. This is why TURMERIC was the food of 2017. The best thing about turmeric is that it can be consumed and enjoyed in many different ways in order to reap its benefits, such as added to a latte and many popular snack foods, or infused in a delicious curry dish! While this was 2017’s biggest food trend, its superfood benefits mean it’s here to stay as an important food for our daily diet.
Some of our favourite turmeric products include Turmeric Teas Dawn Organic Loose Leaf Tea, Truly Turmeric Wildcrafted Whole Root Turmeric Paste, and Cha’s Organics Turmeric Slices.
2017 TREND #2: MATCHA
Best known for its antioxidant properties, this superfood is rich in fiber, aids in concentration, and calms the mind.
2017 TREND #3: MANUKA HONEY
Helps to keep allergies at bay while also improving immunity, preventing tooth decay and treating burns. A spoonful of this honey a day can keep illness at bay!
2017 TREND #4: ALTERNATIVE NOODLES
Pasta tends to get a bad rep, but with so many delicious and healthy alternatives emerging, it can be enjoyed guilt-free. Chickpea, lentil, and shitake noodles are among the most popular healthy and protein-rich options
COMING UP IN 2018: Top 4 Trends in Food & Snacks
2018 TREND #1: KICK SUGAR
What’s all the hype about? Sugar has no essential nutrients, is full of calories and turns to fat in the liver. It causes insulin resistance which can lead to many diseases in the body
Here’s How to Kick Sugar: Swap out traditional sweet snacks with high protein (and delicious) alternatives. This will keep you full longer, and curb sugar cravings. Try some of our faves: Nomz Pistachio Energy Bites, Roobar Chia Coconut Bars, The Good Bean Original Salted Chickpeas, and SunButter Sunflower Butter with No Added Sugar.
2018 TREND #2: BEVERAGES WITH BENEFITS
What’s all the hype about? With our busy lives, it can be hard to take the time to focus on nutrition but with so many BIG trends in food being beverages, there is lots of opportunity for added nutrients.
Be sure to try these top healthy beverages:
- Kombucha – this naturally fermented beverage aids in digestion and gut health
- Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contain healing compounds such as collagen
- Cider vinegar can help acid reflux, lower blood pressure, has healing properties and supports weight loss
- Chaga mushroom beverages provide energy, cardiovascular health, intestinal and liver health, and promote healthy blood sugar levels
2018 TREND #3: GUT HEALTH
What’s all the hype about? Good gut health means the body’s digestive and immune systems are strong and your body has improved ability to have vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, immune response, and ability to eliminate toxins. Probiotics are great for gut health!
Try foods infused with probiotics such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, miso, kefir, and kombucha!
Many of our favourite snacks are also infused with probiotics! Try Welo Probiotics Bars Matcha Almond, Hungry Buddha Classic Coconut Chips, and Roobar Matcha Choc Chip Mint Roobiotic Pre & Probiotic Balls.
2018 TREND #4: LIMITED INGREDIENT FOODS/TRANSPARENCY
What’s all the hype about? Consumers are demanding more from their food! They want to eat a cleaner, healthier diet and that means food and snacks with short ingredient lists that we can all pronounce!
Try some of our top simple & satisfying foods: