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2018 Food Trends Making Resolutions Easier

 

1. One-Bowl Meals: Simplify Your Lunches

Bowls hit the scene hard last year changing the way we looked at a balanced meal. Instagram-worthy acai bowls led the charge as a healthy and delicious meal choice you can take on the go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Acai bowls originated in Brazil because the acai berry, prounounced ah-sah-ee, grows best there. Mmm…acai bowlss6akfow…

Sorry, got lost in an acai bowl daydream for a second there.

You’ll continue to see new and creative one-bowl meal offerings in 2018 that can be customized with your favorite nutritious ingredients (and superfoods). From fruit-topped oatmeal bowls to savory, buddha-style quinoa bowls and salads, it all makes for delicious, healthy ways to eat right.

Fan favorite bowls at Greenleaf include: Sunrise acai bowl, Harvest quinoa bowl, Southwest quinoa salad, Morning Berries oatmeal bowl

 

2. Sleep Optimization

By the end of 2017, we finally made sleep a top priority. As research continues to find that a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, anxiety, and out-of-whack hormones. Amazon’s Founder, Jeff Bezos, named adequate sleep as a driver of success.

Here are a few plants that will help you sleep better:

Almonds are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed for quality sleep. A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that when the body’s magnesium levels are too low, it makes it harder to stay asleep.

Bananas contain melatonin (you may have seen melatonin pills at the grocery that promote a good night’s sleep – same thing) as well as tryptophan and magnesium. These are natural chemicals that help with muscle relaxation, reducing tension and helping you fall asleep.

Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and collard greens are really high in magnesium and folate which have been scientifically proven to aid in helping you fall asleep. Plus they’re healthy in many other ways, so it’s always good to get your leafy greens.

 

3. Plant-based Protein

The rise of plant-based foods will continue to trend this year, but people are really looking for meat alternatives for protein, including quinoa, chia seeds, and oats. Both Whole Foods and the SFA predict an uptick in plant-based products, especially in the dairy aisle as alternatives to dairy-based protein. The best-selling Zero Belly Diet centered around plant proteins, and participants lost up to 14 pounds in 16 days.

This year, take a look at these three nutritious, plant-based sources of protein:

Quinoa is the truth. It’s so healthy that NASA hopes we’ll grow it on interplanetary space flights. Quinoa is a complete protein. It almost taste like rice (though it’s actually a seed) and it’s full of fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese and one cup contains 8 grams of protein.

Edemame (or cooked soybeans) – a delicious snack and powerhouse of protein. Be sure to eat organic though, as most soybeans in the US are genetically modified and heavily treated with pesticides.

Pea Protein has not been as hyped as hemp protein, but is actually a more complete protein and a better source of essential amino acids than hemp protein. In 3 tablespoons, hemp protein powder contains 15 grams of protein. The same serving size of pea protein powder contains 24 grams of protein. Pea protein also has a neutral flavor, making it easier to mix into any meal – hemp protein can have a gritty, earthy taste that isn’t always great. So boom! Meet pea protein. Update: Greenleaf will start carrying pea protein early this year!

Click here to see a full chart of plant-based protein options

Even pro athletes like Damian Lillard are embracing the vegan diet and need their protein fix. Check out our list of best pre- and post-workout plant-based foods.

 

4. Gut Health

Believe it or not, people are more interested in their gut than ever. Good gut health is said to be linked to our overall mental and physical wellness. Our gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in our entire body. This bacteria is actually good for us. It promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protects us from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75 percent of our immune system.

Eating (and drinking) a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables feeds good gut bacteria. Real juice helps to heal and soothe your gut. It also contains ingredients with other great digestive benefits.

Here are ingredients that are great for gut health:

Miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria that help us to stay healthy and energized. It’s rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamins E, K and folic acid. It’s also delicious – just try our Miso Broccoli soup!

Pineapple contains bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme, which helps with digestion in the intestinal tract.

Pears stimulate secretion of digestive juices so food moves more easily through our system, flushes toxins out of the colon and decreases bloating.

Cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, thereby aiding digestion.

Ginger is used to aid digestion and increases saliva and other digestive fluids, which alleviates indigestion and other symptoms like flatulence and bloating.

Mint is a digestive aid, as it soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

 

Honorable mentions: A couple of other trending ingredients that were common is supplements but are likely to pop up in more foods this year are activated charcoal and moringa!

 

Sources:
Livestrong, Livestrong2, Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen2, EatThis

 

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