The Health Trends you NEED to know about in 2018

The new year is almost upon us, and with every new year comes new superfoods, different latte colours and someone always finds a new way to serve avocado on toast.

 

Fun-fact, there are actually professional experts that sit down and predict these health food trends from the new year (a bit more scientific than scrolling through Instagram). But we aren’t here to bore you with numbers on buying trends and global consumption. We are just here for the juicy deets on what’s going to be hot in 2018.

 

Root-to-Stem eating

We have all heard of nose-to-tail eating, the concept of eating the whole animal so that nothing is wasted. However, according to Wholefoods, 2018 will see the rise of root-to-stem eating. Much like nose-to-tail, it involves eating the whole vegetable. Yes, that’s right, we are talking carrot and cauliflower leaves, broccoli stems and beet greens. Even though these odd bits of veggies can be off putting at first, I think it is a great way to save some $$ and to make steps towards #zerowaste.

 

 

Functional Mushrooms

One thing for sure is that stress isn’t going anywhere for 2018. This year we saw the start of studies showing the importance of de-stressing coming to the forefront in the mainstream media. And along with it came adaptogens. These super mushrooms aren’t just your good old supermarket varieties but rather include reishi, chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, maitake, shiitake and king oyster. Paired with cacao they make an epic hot chocolate that not only tastes good but also offers some health benefits. Want to learn more about functional mushrooms? Check out this recipe from Nutrition Stripped.

 

adaptogen : a natural substance that is considered to help the body adapt to stress

 

sleep tonic!😴 🌙 so often there is such a focus on foods (and drinks) that give us energy and keep us productive, which is great and all, but what about things we can eat/drink to help us gain calm? zen out? sleep better so we wake up more refreshed and thus, more productive? so whether i accidentally drank too much tea or can’t seem to turn my brain off after dark, this herbal drank has everything i need to get a good night’s sleep! recipe below 👇🏻 —— 1/2 tsp ashwagandha 1/2 tsp reishi 1/2 tsp he shou wu 1 tbsp tocos 1 tbsp toasted coconut butter (I used eating evolved but any coconut butter works!) 2 scoops @vitalproteins marine collagen 10 oz. nut milk, warmed over the stove blend, pour, and fall into sleep! thanks to @nitsacitrine for the recipe inspo. #leefromamerica

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Hemp

Just to clarify here, we are not talking about the THC containing compound but rather a derivative known as hemp. Hemp has been featured a lot in the media in Australia recently as it was finally made legal for consumtion in November. Now Aussies can enjoy the health benefits from hemp including a complete amino acid profile and being rich polyunsaturated fats omega 3 and omega 6 (it sits at #1 next to walnuts). It’s also useful for making fabrics and even can be used as fuel. Expect to see a lot more from this little plant in 2018.

 

This tropical ginger hemp seed smoothie is packed with plant based protein and a perfect on-the-go vegan breakie!💚 Ingredients: - 1 banana, fresh or frozen - 1 handful of leafy greens, I used a mix of spinach and kale - 1 cup frozen tropical fruit, I used a mix of pineapple and mango - 1 knob of ginger about an inch thick - 3 tbsp hemp seeds - 1 - 2 tbsp coconut butter, plus more for drizzling - juice of half a lime - ¼ - ½ cup almond or coconut milk Method: - Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with ¼ cup milk and process until smooth - Add more milk and continue to process until desired consistency is reached - Pour into a glass* and top with more coconut butter and/or hemp seeds as desired By @hackingdigital 🙂 #yum #smoothie #healthy #hempseeds

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Edible flowers

We have become a society that can’t eat anything without taking a picture first. Not only does food have to taste good these days, it has to be 100% social media worthy as well. Whether its infusing drinks or adding a mini garden on top of your pancakes, edible flowers will be breaking into the scene in 2018. In addition to being seriously pretty, flowers like lavender, elderflower and rose can give you a little health boost on the side.

 

 

Eating and exercising for your DNA

Science is always giving us new breakthroughs in diet and exercise. Unlike the thousands of pills that promise to make you lose weight without exercise or will stop you from feeling hungry, this new trend promises to enhance your health without the list of unknown side effects. DNA testing is the new forefront of hacking your health. It identifies certain genes that can determine what type of exercise suits you best and what diet will help you be your healthiest. If you want to test your DNA profile, check out My DNA Life.

 

 

Fermented Cabbage Juice

2017 was the year of gut health. Everything was about the gut, and it looks like kombucha and sauerkraut aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I love a good sauerkraut but like most I tend to throw away any leftover brine. If you are like me, then stop right now because this cabbage juice may become a sought-after commodity in 2018. Why you ask? The juice is rich in probiotics and we all know how important good gut bacteria is for your health. And with society becoming more waste and health conscious, I say look out for this one.

 

Sasha Leong

With a passion for photography, writing and all things health, Sasha from Live Without Labels is all about living life free from labels that society gives us. She is currently in her first year of a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine and works alongside Sally from The Fit Foodie Blog.

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