Cooler weather is just starting to set in, so we’ve been busy thinking of ways we can nourish our bodies when the chill really hits. Of course, food is a huge part of that!
Here are some of the food trends that we’ll be looking out for this winter:
The humble cauliflower is making its mark on the health scene this year. It began with cauliflower rice, which has a remarkably similar taste and texture to the ‘real deal,’ and now, you can now buy cauliflower mash, steak, gnocchi and pizza. The versatile vegetable has even branched out into snack foods, like crackers and chips. Cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory that’s high in vitamin C and K, protein, folate and fibre, plus sulforaphane to keep our kidneys and blood pressure levels in check. It’s also full of natural enzymes that help to detox the liver.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve gotten used to seeing dairy-free milks on the supermarket shelves, and there are a few more to add to your winter lineup. Oat milk is creamier than most nut milks (so baristas love it!). It’s packed with protein, low in fat, and usually enriched with nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D. As you may have guessed, it’s made with steel-cut or rolled oats, so it caters to those who are intolerant or sensitive to nuts, dairy and/or gluten.
After testing the waters overseas, pea milk is also popping up across the country. It’s vegan, gluten-free and rich in protein, calcium and B12 – which is a mineral many vegetarians and vegans are lacking. Sweet and creamy (and delicious drizzled over granola), you’d never know it was made from peas!
While those are the most popular new ‘milks,’ hemp milk is getting a good rap, too. Hemp seeds are gluten-free and contain protein, omega-3s, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium to boost energy, immunity and skin health. The milk has mildly nutty flavour, and a similar texture to regular ol’ cow’s milk.
Beauty and food
Between windy weather and heated homes and offices, our skin can take a beating in winter. Along with adding hydrating, nourishing products to your routine, you can step up your skincare game even more with beauty foods. Collagen is the big one. But what does it do? Collagen is an amino acid and the most basic form of protein in the body. It strengthens skin from within and keeps it smooth, supple and elastic – which is why it’s a key ingredient in a lot of anti-ageing products! It also helps with digestion, muscle recovery, hormone balance, hair and nail health. While some foods contain collagen (like bone broth), collagen powders are huge right now because they’re concentrated and easily digested by the body. Probiotic powders are also trending. (Check out our collagen boosting smoothie recipe here).
Last year, we were hearing whispers that 2019 was going to be the year of the ‘shroom boom’ – and they were right! Mushrooms have exploded onto the health scene, and they’re bursting with benefits. They’re full of B vitamins, riboflavin, selenium and potassium to speed up the metabolism, boost immunity and ease anxiety. In the cooking world, mushrooms are known for their umami (savoury flavour) and meaty texture. If you’ve ever wondered why mushrooms are the main ingredient in vegan and vegetarian burgers, that’s why! While you’re cosying up this winter, get creative with mushrooms. Branch out beyond the porcini and portobello varieties, and try medicinal mushrooms like chaga and reishi. Hearty and versatile, they’ve been used in Asian cultures for centuries.
Mushroom coffee is the latest product that’s landed on our desk, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.
Are you vegan, vegetarian, or just trying to eat less meat? You’re in luck. The ‘faux meat’ movement is gaining serious momentum, so there’s never been a better time to start Meatless Mondays. There are plenty of products that mimic the taste and texture of meat, and leave less of a footprint on the environment. Impossible Foods started the trend with the Impossible Burger, a juicy patty made with water, coconut oil and soy plant protein. Now, Sunfed is whipping up mock meats using yellow pea protein. We’ve spotted vegan jerky (made with coconut) and ‘bacon’ chips (made with mushrooms) overseas, so keep an eye out for those, too. While you’re shopping for faux meat products, be sure to read the label – some products have more nutritional value than others.
Move over, matcha. This winter, swap your second (or third) cup of coffee with moringa. Native to India, China and Africa, the moringa plant is entirely edible and contains protein plus nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, iron and potassium. Lately, we’ve been sipping on moringa tea. It has a sweet yet nutty flavour, and it works to boost energy and heal inflammation. Moringa is also making its way into other foods, like power bars, protein powders, kombucha and healthy snacks.
Speaking of kombucha…
It’s not going anywhere! Remedy just launched a Kefir Kombucha for a double dose of gut-love, and we have our eyes peeled for ‘kombofee’ in 2020.
Healthy kids snacks
Send the kids to school with a healthy, nourishing snack that will keep their energy up on those dreary days. Up until recently, packing a lunchbox was painful for a lot of health-conscious parents. The options were just so limited. But this year we predict a rise in healthier kids snacks lining the supermarket shelves.
Comfort food inspo is right here.
Goodness Me Box is a great way to try new ingredients, snacks and samples with your health and wellness in mind. There is also a monthly Kids GoodnessMe Box. For just $11.95 and free shipping, your little ones will receive their very own box filled with 5-6 healthy snacks. Every product that makes it into the box is nut-free, made with natural ingredients, and approved by a team of health-practitioners.
You can find all the latest and greatest health food products on the GoodnessMe Box online shop here.