By Christina Sivulka GW’18
As 2017 nears to an end, many people are wondering what 2018 food trends will replace the obsession with La Croix, rainbow toast, and sushi burritos that dominated 2017. While some analysts predict the use of flowers in cooking and a shift in preference for Middle Eastern flavors, here are the predicted 2018 trends we are most excited about:
- Super Powders – Whole Foods predicts that “Super Powders” will become a staple in smoothies, soups, baked goods, and other recipes in 2018. Powdering super greens such as kale and spirulina is an easy way we can incorporate nutrient-packed produce into our everyday smoothies. Plus, it’s an excellent way to reduce food waste. Powdered greens have a longer shelf life than raw produce and minimizes the potential for smoothie and soup greens from going bad and unused.
- Meatless meats – In 2017, your Facebook news feed was likely dominated with short videos about the “Impossible Hamburger,” the “Beyond Burger,” and “sushi grade tomato tuna” – among other revolutionary food tends. These new products have been hitting shelves at grocery stores recently and are expected to revolutionize plant-based diets in 2018. The creation of plant based products that look like, smell like, and taste like real meat has the potential to reform meat consumption trends and in turn reduce our ecological footprints.
- Root-to-Shoot Cooking – As consumers are becoming more conscious about food waste, adventurous at-home and professional chefs have started to make the shift towards the consumption of all of their produce. The leaves and stems of produce that would normally be discarded or composted are making their way onto dinner plates. New root-to-shoot recipes are being posted online almost every day and are set to encourage cooks to step out of their comfort zone. My personal favorite – carrot top pesto.
- Transparency – Arguably the most delicious trend of them all is transparency. Consumers are demanding to know what is in the food they are eating and are pushing for extensive labeling for food products. More and more people are looking for fair trade certification, responsible production, and animal welfare standards as they shop, and are urging the FDA to update nutrition labels sooner than later.
While yearly food trends can be fun, new, and exciting for consumers, 2018 trends are forecasting to look a little different. In addition to these trends being fun and exciting, they also indicate that consumers care about how their food is being produced, consumed, and in some cases, wasted. The trends will hopefully last far beyond 2018 and will continue to encourage consumers to be mindful of how their choices affect their bodies and the planet – now and for years to come.