People always want to burn calories without having to work out and many are looking for a quick fix. Sometimes they even end up falling into the temptation of the media. Fitness and wellness trends are everywhere; whether you are mimicking the person next to you using weights or trying that new exercise that “claims” to be effective.
Below are five of this year’s top wellness trends along with tips on ways people can incorporate them into their everyday lives.
In 2018 powders will become serious power players. Powders have proven to be a quick and effective way to add nutrient to ones diet because they are easy to incorporate. They’ve found their way into lattes, smoothies, soups and even baked goods. Powders are even starting to replace a cup of coffee, with matcha, maca root and cacao showing up in mugs everywhere. MegaFood, the maker of premium whole food supplements, offers an entire line of Nutrient Booster Powers that includes products developed for children, women and men, as well as boosters meant to support immunity and detox. We especially love the Daily Turmeric powder. Turmeric roots have protective and restorative healthy benefits that help fight against inflammation and nourish the body.
People are going green in 2018. Recent SPINS data values the plant-based food industry at over $5 billion and in a recent survey of 1,000 respondents but on by Daiya, 1/3 of respondents said that they choose to eat plant-based foods even if they aren’t vegan. Whether you’re looking to incorporate plant-based foods into your diet to be healthier or out of necessity from food allergies, now more than ever the industry has a diverse range of plant-based alternatives to the comfort foods we’ve all grown to love. Choose from classic Cutting Board Shreds and meatless Pepperoni Pizza for savory alternatives, salad dressings and cheezecakes for all of your plant-based cravings.
The old adage “less is more” is out the door – consumers are demanding the real story behind their food and how it’s made. GMO transparency is top of mind, but shoppers are beginning to seek out other details as well, such as responsible and local production. Companies like SunButter, an American-made roasted sunflower seed butter that’s free of the top 8 food allergens, are seen as more desirable to consumers because all of their products are U.S. grown and produced in one continuous process from field to table that ensures fresh flavor and improved product consistency.
Some brands like MegaFood are even taking transparency a step further – they have stressed a continued commitment to “The Big T Transparency,” which is a complete operational transparency between MegaFood employees, suppliers, retailers and customers, as well as a promise towards quality, safety and purity.
Tacos Come Out of Their Shell
People’s craze for tacos isn’t slowing down anytime soon. We can expect to see tacos get an exciting makeover. Tacos will come out of there shell with things like seaweed wrappers or shaved jicama shells. Unique taco fillings will take center stage such as jackfruit al pastor with chile pepper adobo pineapple sauce or poke topped Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo. But classic tacos aren’t going anywhere either. Traditional street tacos will continue to win over Tacos Tuesdays like these Chipotle-Lime Shrimp and Wholly Guacamole Tacos or Rojo’s Spicy Shrimp Tacos.
In 2018, we will see increasing awareness amongst the general public about importance of sleep health, and the link between sleep and cardiovascular, reproductive and mental health. More and more people will begin to search themselves for sleep health information (in the same way they search for nutrition and exercise information),” says CEO and co-founder of sleep tech company Reverie Martin Rawls-Meehan. Furthermore, beyond widespread knowledge around sleep health, such as removing electronics from the bedroom, consumers will begin to focus more on sleeping better, leading to increasing demand for cohesive sleep systems—mattress, power base, linens, pillows and obtaining advice from qualified sleep experts, all in one.
Other areas to watch include tech upgrades in the Sleep Apnea/CPAP space, deep sleep enhancing technologies that utilize sound or vibration, advanced sleep tracking, and other technology that supports sleep coaching.