Forget the world athletics championships in London or that it was Donald Trump’s first-year as US president, 2017 will be remembered as the year when everyone became aware of the impact of their diet. From veganism to clean eating, many people tailored their food intake to be better for both body and environment. This was just one of the food trends that occurred in 2017. Here at Champneys HQ we run a number of specialist boot camps that feature the latest food trends to kick-start your healthy eating and help you train right.
So looking ahead to 2018 we’ve asked some foodie forecasters for their insight on what will likely influence our shopping baskets and our dinner tables.
Here we take you through some of the top food trends for 2018 and share a taste of what’s to come…
Michelle, who runs the food blog Greedy Gourmet, believes the popularity of veganism will continue to gain traction.
She says, “I've seen a huge surge in veganism and interest continues to grow at a rapid pace. With more and more people waking up to the realities of how meat ends up on their plate and the environmental impact it has, 2018 vegan trends will continue to grow with new products hitting the market daily.”
There is no denying that in 2017 veganism increased in popularity with an article on the Green Bay Supermarket website saying veganism had grown by 360% in the last 10 years in the UK. This popular trend is being driven by the younger generation with over 40% of vegans being aged 15-34-years-old.
Though more commonly associated with pond life, algae is set to hit the food scene in 2018 along with other plant proteins.
As part of the Waitrose Food and Drink Report, which surveyed 2,000 people across the UK, it discovered that more of us will be looking for algae, grains, shoots, soy, pulses and beans.
Algae is regarded as a superfood due to it being packed full of protein, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium and vitamin B. In 2018, algae could follow in the footsteps of its fellow aquatic plant seaweed as this has enjoyed a huge resurgence and now appears on many supermarket shelves and on restaurant menus.
Jacqueline Meldrum, a Food Writer & Recipe Developer who runs the Tinned Tomatoes blog, says plant-based diets will be recommended to us in 2018.
“Some will make the move to a completely plant-based diet and others will start to include it into their weekly meal plans for just a day or two.”
Love them or hate them, mushrooms could also be a new food trend in 2018, according to Becky from The Art of Healthy Living.
She says, “Mushrooms aren’t exactly the most exciting things in the veggie world are they? Soggy, beige, slug-like in texture with an earthy taste, there’s arguably not much to like; a bit like Marmite you either love them or hate them. But mushrooms are incredibly good for us and as the number of people turning to a vegan diet is at an all-time high, mushrooms, in particular Oyster mushrooms, are a fantastic source of iron, which of course is something vegans can often be lacking in.
“2018 will see mushrooms take on a different form, most noticeably as a powdered extract. With the best bits taken from the mushrooms to ensure optimum nutritional content, you can expect to see the powder being used to create such delicacies as Mushroom Lattes and Mushroom Hot Chocolate in trendy health cafes across the country.”
Staying with the powder trend, superfood powdered extracts are also set to see an escalation in popularity over the course of 2018 as more of us use them to supercharge our smoothies.
Jacqueline Meldrum says, “I think super powders like maca, spirulina, baobab and acai will also continue to rise in popularity.
“People will be looking at super powders to increase their intake of protein and other nutrients.”
Below we’ve listed some of the benefits of different superfood powders, which are currently available in the likes of Holland and Barrett:
- For energy – Maca is a Peruvian root that boosts your energy and also helps reduce blood pressure and supports fertility.
- To improve your skin – Chlorella is great for your skin as it is rich in carotenoids. This powder derives from algae and it also helps lower cholesterol.
- To help your digestive system – If like many of us you over indulge over the Christmas period, you may want to have some baobab powder close-by. This fruit of the African baobab tree is beneficial for your digestive system and is high in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C.
Many of our team here at Champneys love avocado, whether on toast or muddled into a salad and the fruit is set to undergo a makeover in 2018.
Becky from The Art of Healthy Living, adds, “Then finally there’s avocado, the fashionable fruit that has been topping the ‘in’ food list for some time. However, there’s only so long a product can stay interesting and it was only a matter of time before it received its very own foodie makeover. Avocado based products such as avocado oil and avocado mayonnaise are big news for 2018. Having already earned its health credibility, now it’s about versatility, depth of flavour and expanding avocado world domination.”
The Art of Healthy Living’s Becky says charcoal foods will be a big food trend in 2018.
She says, “The absolute anti-thesis to 2017’s rainbow unicorn food craze. Goodbye sparkly, pastel rainbow glazed doughnuts, hello deepest, darkest black macaroons, burger buns, lattes and just about anything else you can chuck some charcoal powder into.
“The health benefits aren’t much to be honest, as charcoal although a powerful detox agent that helps remove toxins from foods unfortunately also strips away all the good stuff along with it. This one is ALL about the visual, the drama, and the ‘wow’ factor. It’s the Instagram crowd pleaser that’s set to darken our plates.”
The rainbow trend that was seen across the UK was full of calories, whereas the charcoal food trend that could sweep the nation in the coming year will be healthier.
Fermented foods are also predicted to become extremely popular over the course of 2018.
Helen Best-Shaw, a freelance food and travel writer who runs the Fuss Free Flavours blog, says, “Fermented foods continue to be popular with more people making their own at home.
“Interest in both milk and water based kefir is continuing to grow with people fermenting their own at home and making it part of their daily diet, there are numerous Facebook groups for fermenting with people swapping advice and cultures. Sourdough, kimchi & kefir are all perfect beginner fermented foods to make at home.”