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A Taste For Something Different | Diet Trends For 2018

Last year, athleisure became the workout wardrobe you’d take to dinner, boutique fitness made its mark and we realised we’re actually not too sure as a nation, what exactly ‘healthy eating’ consists of.

These, along with ASCM’s fitness trends, which continued to nail it, shaped 2017 in the world of fitness.

Along with the many different workout trends we expect to see continuing into the New Year (show me!), there’ll be a mix of nutritional newcomers, style setters and unconventional additions to the world of wellness this year. So, what can you expect to be adding to your mouthwatering menu for 2018?

Insects

You might remember, we tapped into the nutritional joy of insects way back when (here’s a recap).

A sustainable food source, insects are packed with nutrition. High in fat, protein, vitamins, fibre and minerals, many insects offer a nutritional value on par with fish or lean meat. Many insects also contain up to 80% protein, as well as being rich in essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, but meal-worms in particular have as much unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids as fish.

You can already buy dried meal-worms, or cricket flour if you’re baking your own protein bars from many health food shops.  Or if you’re looking for life on the luxury side, Anty Gin from Cambridge Distillery contains the juice of sixty-two wood ants per bottle. For a mere £210 each.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar was one of the biggest diet trends of 2017, and the most searched for diet related query on Google throughout last year.

Its illness-busting powers range from getting rid of dandruff to soothing a sore throat. We hear you can even use it to add sparkle to your stainless steel!

Recent research suggests that apple cider vinegar is an appetite suppressant and so is a great weight loss supplement. It can however, also irritate your gums, throat and stomach if you’re too heavy on it. Adding a tablespoon or two to a glass of tea or water once a day seems to be a popular way to work it.

Veganism

Veganism is fast becoming a sweeping diet trend. According to the Vegan Society, the UK now has 350% more vegans than we did a decade ago, and numbers continue to rise.

Less trans fats and processed foods make for a healthier gut, whilst an increase in fibre intake and prebiotic foods does our bit for the world and wildlife around us. We’ll be chomping on Edamame beans, Tempeh, Tofu, Mushrooms, and Nori seaweed in our new meat-free meal plans.

Cauliflower

We’re ricing it, making it into pizza dough and using it to stuff our Sunday roasts. Throw in a side of cauliflower mash, cauliflower soup or if you’re feeling brave, add some crunch to your morning smoothie.

Veggie Chips

We’re ditching the nation’s favourite fried potato in favour of oil-baked sweet potatoes, Zuchinni, butternut squash… anything you can slice and fry! The opportunities are endless. Pass the ketchup.

Middle-Eastern Inspiration

Food inspired by the Middle East is already proving to be a hit within restaurants across the country. Spices such as Turmeric, Harissa, Cardamom, and Za’atar will lead the way with bold flavours and bright hues.

Ginger

Ginger is thermogenic, helping to switch on the body’s heat-production systems and boosting metabolism during and after eating.

Kefir

Available in leading supermarkets, Kefir is a cultured, fermented drink made by adding cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria to milk. With around 30 strains of our beloved “good” bacteria, it’s a great source of probiotics which lead to better gut health, lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol and improved digestion.

Alcohol-Free Booze

It seems our party lifestyles are taking a backseat to our quest for wellness. Health-conscious students are cutting back on the excessive boozing and now spend nearly four times more on fitness than they did a decade ago. Boozing is so last year. So we’ll be frequenting the numerous ‘dry bars’ cropping up across the country, to enjoy booze-free spirits, saintly alcohol-free wines and sodas crafted from Elderflower, Nettle, Ginseng and Rhubarb. We won’t miss the sore heads…

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