6 Food Trends That Will Take Over 2018
The warm glow of the holiday season has started to fade and it’s time to kick those New Year’s resolutions into gear. A new year always brings new choices, new goals, and, of course, a fresh new batch of hot food trends flooding Instagram. This year’s food trends provide a roadmap to wellness and a means to boost nutritional intake so you can be your strongest and healthiest self yet. Here’s a sneak peek at the hottest foods trends to watch in 2018.
1. Floral Flavors
Everything in 2018 is coming up roses (and elderflower, lavender, hibiscus, and violets). Foragers and epicureans have embraced edible petals for years, but this year floral inspiration will be in full bloom. From adding whole flowers and petals into dishes to infusing botanical flavors into drinks and snacks, this top trend makes for a subtly sweet taste and fresh aromatics. Look for flowers in things like lavender honey waffles (check out Chef David’s “Beautiful and Enchanting Brunch” menu) and raspberry geranium popsicles.
2. Mushroom Mayhem
In 2018, expect to see mushrooms infusing everything from coffee and tea to chocolate and broths. A mushroom smoothie might sound…interesting, but the earthy, creamy notes pair surprisingly well with cocoa and coffee flavors. On the other hand, the rich umami flavors of mushrooms lend themselves to full-bodied soups that are loaded with health benefits. Chef Judith in Washington, D.C. has a recipe for homemade cream of mushroom soup that is to die for.
This is the year you stop throwing out roots, stems, leaves, and the other perfectly good parts of fruits and vegetables and instead, embrace the root-to-stem cooking trend. Turn the less common, yet perfectly edible and tasty tidbits, into treats like pickled watermelon rind, broccoli stem slaw, or beet green pesto. These recipes will introduce you to new flavors and textures from old favorites, plus, less food waste is something you can always get behind.
4. Feast From the Middle East
Hummus and falafel were a tasty introduction, but now is the time to dive in and explore the traditions, regional nuances, and ingredients of Middle Eastern cultures. Moroccan, Persian, Israeli, Syrian, and Lebanese influences will be making a more regular appearance on menus in 2018, while spices like harissa, cardamom, and za’atar are poised to ripen your table. Middle Eastern fare also offers the weight loss-revving fats from the Mediterranean diet, creating a nutritious and welcome addition to the year. Discover the vast flavors of the Mediterranean with Chef Lisa in Boston.
5. Super Powders
Last year, matcha and turmeric were busy paving the way for a new team of super powders scheduled to have their moment in 2018. Keep an eye out for spirulina, moringa, and maca root powders as well as continued growth in ever-popular turmeric, matcha, and cacao powders. These super powders are finding their niche in smoothies, soups, baked goods, oatmeal, and breakfast bars as a quick way to incorporate an energy boost, extra protein, and other nutrients, without many added calories.
6. Tacos Break Out of Their Shell
Corn or flour will no longer be the question trailing the placement of your taco order in 2018. Classic tacos aren’t going anywhere, but these street-food stars are coming out of their (hard) shell to make room for grain-free wraps, seaweed and lettuce wraps, heirloom corn tortillas, and yes, even dessert tacos. You will be able to shamelessly eat tacos at any time of day or any night of the week with 2018’s creative taco transformations. Check out Chef Renee’s “Mexican Corn Masterpieces” to learn the skills to make fresh corn tortillas at home.
With all these new healthful food trends and delicious innovations, it will be easy to keep your New Year’s resolutions aflame beyond January and brighten up your plate in 2018. Plus, more tacos. It’s going to be a good year.