8 Healthy Food Trends for 2018

8 Healthy Food Trends for 2018

The healthy food scene is always evolving. Some trends turn out to be passing fads, whilst others become part of our daily routines for years to come. Here are my healthy food trend predictions for 2018.

 

BOWL FOODS
From the Insta-favourite Acai and Hawaiian Poke through to Korean Bibimap – the trend for bowl foods is on the rise. Freshly prepared and easy to eat (typically only requiring just one utensil) popular bowl foods are perfect for those who want to stay healthy, despite our ever busier lives. Expect to be swapping plates for bowls in 2018.

 

LOW ALCOHOL, NO ALCOHOL and HEALTHIER ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Stats show that Generation Z are drinking less than previous generations, but that’s not to say they’re any less sociable! Cue the demand for a greater choice of alcohol free and low alcohol drinks. Alcoholic drinks are being shaken up with a wider variety of healthier offerings. Californian drinks lists routinely offer organic wines, gluten free beers and low sugar cocktails based on healthy ingredients. Kale and apple mimosa, anyone?

 

HEALTHIER / ARTISAN GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVES
In the past, gluten free foods were typically highly processed and filled with a variety of undesirable ingredients. But the demand for gluten free alternatives is not declining. Move aside, dry sliced loaves, there’s set to be a rise in the availability of healthier and artisan gluten free alternatives. Many high street bakers have started selling freshly baked gluten free loaves and Italian restaurants chains are increasingly offering gluten free pastas and pizzas. In 2018 it’s going to be easier than ever to be ‘free from’ and not miss out.

 

PLANT BASED DIETS ARE HERE TO STAY
Far from a passing fad, the move towards a plant based diet is becoming ever more popular. Whether it’s for health, environmental or ethical reasons, increasing numbers of us turning vegetarian and vegan in part due to influence from documentaries such as Cowspiracy and What The Health. And plenty of meat eaters are gravitating toward a ‘flexitarian’ diet – eating a primarily vegetarian diet with meat and fish featuring occasionally.

 

SHUNNING TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST
Our nation’s love of cereal has been challenged in recent years since the arrival of the NutriBullet. Toast is only acceptable if it’s topped with avocado and egg. We are shunning traditional favourites in favour of freshly made, healthier alternatives. High street chains already offer porridge pots and savoury scrambles – and this is just the beginning. Expect to see smoothie bowls, breakfast salads, green matcha pancakes and coconut yoghurt parfaits on the menu of your favourite brunch spot soon.

 

LOCAL, SEASONAL SUPERFOODS
It was once the case that superfoods had to originate from exotic shores in order for us to be enticed… but then came kale. If Beyonce is such a fan that she wears clothes advertising this leafy green, then it’s good enough for us.  Kale is just the start of nutrient rich, UK grown foods on offer and with Brexit looming and environmental concerns ever growing, there’s never been a more important time to back British farmers.

In 2018 it’s time to embrace home grown nourishment in the form of flax seeds (linseeds), pears, artichokes, plumbs, blackberries and broccoli.

 

VEGAN TREAT FOODS  
Cheese, butter and cream were once essential ingredients for many of our favourite treat foods, but not anymore. Chefs are challenging the need for animal products and vegan treat foods are about to become much more exciting. It’s time to say goodbye to dried fruit bars and hello to vegan pastries, cheesecakes and pizzas. Even mac and cheese is getting a cheese-free revamp. Perhaps the least healthy prediction here, but quite possibly healthier than the original versions!

 

A MOVE TOWARDS PLANT PROTEINS 
Whilst protein is essential for health, research shows that too much animal protein could have a negative effect on our long term health. Studies show that a diet high in animal protein promotes an increase in the growth factor IGF1. Whilst IGF1 is important for growth, elevated levels in adults has been linked to an increased risk of certain chronic diseases.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to give up meat, but it does make sense to moderate your protein intake and focus on plant based sources as well. If you do eat meat, always opt for ideally organic, or at least free range, traditionally reared produce.



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.