11 Mar 5 Food Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2019
You may have already witnessed one or two new “life hacks” popping into your social feeds, in the form of ingredients such as oat milk or the so-called miracle celery juice. But, we want to know whether these food trends live up to the hype, or whether we are just squeezing truth out of nothing.
Working with innovative food brands such as No Dough Pizza Co and Fit Kitchen, has paved the way for our awareness of the brilliant healthy alternatives that are out there and consequently, the not so brilliant products that get fulled by the “fad diet” interest.
- Celery Juice
This green magic potion appears to be beneficial in boosting energy, aiding muscle recovery and clearing toxins, sounds good right? Many people have backed this up, claiming they feel better with celery juice as part of their daily routine. However, as like any juice, the sugars tend to absorb into the bloodstream quickly, leaving you feeling hungry shortly afterwards. So, if you want to avoid those awkward tummy rumbles we suggest you stick to your breakfast oats and add in a juice on the side when temptation takes over.
- Oat Milk
Step aside almond milk. Oat milk is the latest non-dairy alternative to hit the aisles. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to order a straight forward coffee, we’ve now added another option to the list! However, don’t let the label fool you. While most brands use real oats in their milk, they’ll also load up on added sugars and a host of additives to boost the flavour. So, I guess the answer is if oat milk works better for your diet than dairy milk and you’re only adding a touch to your coffee that’s great. But, try to avoid drinking lots when you’re thirsty as you’re going to consume those added additives as well.
- Ayurvedic Diet
Fancy creating a diet that corresponds to your personality type? This 5,000 year old diet originated in India and has recently become popular due to it’s focus on mindful eating. So, the aim is that you work with an Ayurvedic doctor to identify your dosha (personality type that corresponds to different elements, such as air, fire, water, earth.) All seems rather unique and exciting, with clear benefits such as intake of lots of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon; ingredients which we know are important in fighting inflammation. However, it is difficult to the effectiveness of diets like this, as it doesn’t fit the mould of western medicine.
- CBD-Infused drinks
This is one that we really weren’t sure about, but would you believe both Coca-Cola and InBev (maker of Budweiser) seem on board as they recently announced that they’re looking into developing cannabis drinks. So, CBD oil made quite a splash in 2018 with the hemp derivative infused in everything from skincare products to dark chocolate bars. However, this year, CBD oil is set to make even bigger waves in products such as sparkling water, lattes and other beverages. Hmm… Expert advice suggests if you’re going to go for it, use a dropper to add the oil to your drink yourself, so you know exactly how much you’re getting. This seems a good idea to avoid some potentially awkward situations.
- Probiotic Granolas and Smoothies
Last but not least, the good old ‘overnight oats’ have been making an appearance across many social platforms. So, we know that many people turn to probiotics to help with digestive conditions. However, aside from natural food sources of probiotics like Greek yoghurt, we can also buy products such as granola bars and protein powders if we’re looking for alternatives. It is predicted that this year, as a consumer we’ll look beyond probiotics and start searching for products containing ‘prebiotics’. However, again, it’s a case of keeping a beady eye out for hidden ingredients in new products coming out. Packaging can make a product seem all singing all dancing but they might also bring along added sugar, sodium and other things that you don’t necessarily want with your probiotics.
Bottom line: Whilst it’s fun to try new things, always make sure you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting into your body and if you aren’t sure, it’s probably best to avoid or stick to options that are clearly created with your health at mind, fresh/local produce, back by nutritionists.