The warm, sunny months always see the arrival of a new healthy food trend, and summer 2018 is set to be no different. As the weather starts to become hotter, and our days become longer, it’s no secret that we ditch the comfort food of winter for those tasty summer alternatives. Below are five latest trends in the world of healthy eating that you can be tucking into over the coming months.
Plant protein is proving itself to be one of the most popular health trends of today, and for good reason as well. Plant protein lowers blood pressure and sugar levels, it lowers the risk of heart disease, it decreases cancer risks like not a lot else can and it improves kidney function. What’s more, it can be found in the tastiest of snacks, like nutrition bars and smoothies, meaning consuming it is never a chore.
Hyper-Local Food Sourcing
These days, people like their food to travel as short a distance as possible before it reaches their plates, hence the rise of hyper-local food. This type of food sourcing takes farm-to-table one step further, it actually means growing, preparing and cooking foods onsite. What it has even resulted in is restaurants creating their own kitchen gardens, and then using these areas to produce their own food.
The health benefits of hyper-local food sourcing are plain to see: the less time something spends in transition, and the fewer additives it has added to it, the more natural and healthy it will be.
Purple has long been a color linked with royalty, and now it’s a color linked with healthy eating. Purple foods are ‘in’ this summer thanks to all the antioxidants they carry and the fact that they contain all-important flavonoids. It might not sound very exciting, but the health benefits from getting them in your body are!
Fermented foods might not instantly strike you as being all that healthy, or all that nice tasting, but they are. They are about as good a food as any when it comes to having a healthy gut, and they are great when it comes to the boosting of the immune system. So, if you value your gut health (which you really should) and if you want to be better at fighting all those nasty summer colds (yes, they do exist), start dipping into items like kefir and sauerkraut.
Okay, tea might not be a food, but it’s still a healthy trend set to take summer 2018 by storm. Green tea, in particular, is set to sore in popularity like never before thanks to all of its green goodness. Don’t be surprised if you see a few green tea stands popping up around your local area.
Summer 2018 is going to be a healthy one. After reading all of the above, you cannot deny that. So, embrace the plant, the hyper, the purple, the fermented and the specialized tea, and feel as good as you ever have done. Just don’t forget that it’s okay to treat yourself with a bar of chocolate every now and again, though!