We’ve scowered the internet looking for the best healthy snacks, snack trends and superfoods in 2017 and we’ve packed them into August’s Healthy Trendsetter Box. Use code AUGUST at checkout for 15% off!
A focus on health and wellness is trending and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Consumers are looking for natural, less processed, better-for-you products. They want to be educated on the impact of each ingredient on one’s body, and how to optimize their diet in order to look and feel their best. While they may be more aware of the added benefits that certain ingredients provide, they are going online to educate themselves on how to consume these functional ingredients.
As a superfood discovery box, we are no strangers to the importance of functional, nutrient-dense foods and wellness trends! Which is why we are so excited to announce our list of Top Superfood and Wellness trends that have and will continue to be HUGE this year! We’ve used data, research, and trend graphs to find out which superfoods, trends, and healthy brands US consumers search online for most often and compiled them into a list! See what themes made the cut below:
The Next Hot Trends in Healthy Food and Wellness
Sugar Alternatives for a Sweeter Balance: Health conscious consumers are learning about the effects of sugar in most packaged goods and are working towards finding alternatives. Coconut sugar and Monk Fruit sweetener boast a lower glycemic index than white sugar, and are processed in the body differently making them a more viable alternative to every day healthy living. Our pick: LAKANTO Monk Fruit Sweetener. Monk Fruit has been used for centuries in eastern traditional herbalism to increase chi and well-being. Born from a proprietary mixture of the high-purity Monk Fruit extract and Erythritol, LAKANTO® is a delicious, all-natural, zero calorie, zero glycemic sweetener with the rich taste of sugar.
Faux Meat Alternatives: New surveys show that 1/4th of Americans are trying to eat less meat. As a result, plant-based “meat” alternatives have increased in popularity and creativity. Our pick: Cocoburg’s Coconut Jerky. The first and only raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, soy-free, superfood jerky made from coconut meat.
Cannabis Cuisine: A growing body of scientific research shows CBD has the power to reduce anxiety and stress, lower inflammation, relax the body and mind, and subtly lift the mood,” says Whitney Tingle of Sakara, which recently introduced CBD-oil chocolates to its line of superfood snacks. Sophisticated options from gluten-free baked goods and confections to bottled cold-brewed coffee and flavored syrups will be popping up. Our pick: Veggimins CBD Chocolate Bar. Handcrafted, raw chocolate stone ground in small batches from just 3 base ingredients: organic and fairly traded raw cacao nibs, organic coconut sugar, and a touch of rich cacao butter. The end result is the perfect nutrient-dense, joy-inducing delivery medium for 5 mg of pure cannabidiol hemp oil (CBD), extracted without the use of solvents.
Adaptogenic Elixirs: More people are turning to ancient remedies to deal with modern day stressors. Used in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, adaptogens are a unique group of herbal botanicals that are used to improve the health of the adrenal system and your bodies ability to adapt to stress. Our pick: TeaOnic’s I Love My Adrenals and Addictive Wellness’s New Elixir Blends released in 2017.
A Vitamin A Day: Multivitamins are like an insurance policy, a daily guarantee to ensure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs. Our pick: VitaCup Coffee K-Cups With Essential Daily Vitamins. Launched in 2017, VitaCup combines two of our favorite things: nutrition and coffee! Their signature coffee and vitamin blend contains b1 (thiamine), b5, b6, b9 (folic acid), b12, d3, & antioxidants to boost your immune function, increase productivity, support your metabolism, and feel sharper throughout the day.
Drinkable On-The-Go Fruits and Veggies: “I need more hours in a day!” How many times have you caught yourself saying this? Our time investments are increasing, which means convenient meals and snacks have become just as important as nutrition. Enter fruit and veggie snack pouches and drinkable veggie soups. Our pick: Organic Slammers. With all natural ingredients: bananas, blueberries, strawberries, beets, acai & amaranth. No added sugar and nothing artificial! They are high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamins C + D. They are a great on-the-go snack, with super healthy organic ingredients, designed to energize for every activity.
Products From By-products: Companies are making better use of waste. The berry from the coffee bean used to be discarded as waste and has since been turned into juice. Leftover whey from strained Greek yogurt or spent grains from beer, are just a few other examples where food producers are getting creative with their waste products and giving them a new life. You’ll see this in the form of Watermelon Seeds as snacks, too! Our pick: ReGrained Supergrain Bars. ReGrained fights food waste by upcycling “spent” grain harvested from craft beer into healthy, delicious, and sustainable food.
Going Au Natural: Consumers are axing the chemicals in beauty products that simply don’t belong. Fillers, chemicals, preservatives, silicones are out and all natural toothpaste, lotions, soaps, and deodorant are in. Our pick: JASON Sea Fresh Toothpaste
Alternative-Grain Pasta and Noodles: Several new brands are popping up which include a variety of plant-based noodle recipes such as quinoa, edamame, lentils, black beans, chickpeas, spiralized veggies, and even kelp! Our pick: Explore Cuisine’s Organic Black Bean Pasta. With only 1 ingredient, Explore Cuisine’s Organic Black Bean Spaghetti packs a nutritious punch. With over 50% of your daily fiber value, their Black Bean Spaghetti is organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. Welcome to the new generation of pasta.
Wheat Free Flour Alternatives: People are going nuts for gluten-free flours made from legumes, ancient grains, teff, amaranth and, well, nuts. Chickpea flour is a quick riser, while other legume-based flours are showing up in bean-based pastas and other packaged goods. Our pick: Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour. Coconut Flour is a delicious, healthy alternative flour that can be used to replace up to 20% of the flour called for in a recipe. This high fiber flour is a terrific ingredient for gluten free, grain free and low-carb baking.
Flower Power: Floral flavors are popping up and making their way into food and beverages including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and dairy products such as yogurt and ice cream. Flavors in this group include: Rose Water Lattes, Beet Hibiscus, Orange Blossom Vanilla, and Raspberry Lavender. Also popular are flower and gem essences. Our pick: Anima Mundi’s Flower and Gem Essences. According to Anima Mundi’s website, “Essences are “light tonics” that energetically imprint the flower or gem into the water. Magnetically and energetically it impregnates its pattern, geometry and personality, enhancing the water with its medicinal power.”
Plant Waters: From aloe water and maple water to artichoke water and cactus water, plant waters are replacing more sugary sports drinks and artificially flavored waters that don’t appeal to consumers’ desire for nutritious and natural beverages. Our pick: True Nopal Cactus Water (made from prickly pear). Cactus water has a refreshing fruit taste and is 100% natural. It contains a combination of antioxidants and electrolytes with no added sugars, no preservatives, non-gmo and it’s even vegan and gluten-free. It also has about half the calories and half the sugar of coconut water.
Olive Oil Alternatives: New reports released in 2017 have varied opinions on the health benefits of GMO Canola Oil. Because of this very important debate, alternative oils have been growing in popularity. Our pick: Chosen Foods 100% Avocado Oil. It is made from pure avocados – first cold pressed and then naturally refined. Avocado oil contains natural vitamin E and the cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory agent known as beta-sitosterol.
Fermented Foods: Last year was the “Year of the Pulse”. This year, fermented foods are topping all the lists. As more research comes out about the role your microbiome—the ecosystem of good bacteria that reside in your gut—plays in your overall health, the more fermented foods are trending. Natural grocery stores are seeing a huge increase in sales of probiotics and prebiotics supplements—live bacteria and plant fibers that have been linked to a healthy microbiome. Other popular fermented foods popping up that are rich in probiotics are kefir, kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, and yogurt. Our pick: Farmhouse Culture Products. They make probiotic rich gut healthy foods like fermented kraut and vegetables, Gut Shots and Kraut Krisps.
Artisan Bitters: Bitters are made from botanicals, like aromatic herbs, bark, roots, and fruit. These ingredients are infused into a flavorless alcohol base to create a potent flavoring. Modern bitters are made in endless varieties of infusions: Digestive bitters, aromatic bitters and herbal bitters. There are even nut bitters, including coffee and chocolate varieties. Traditionally used in Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, and martinis, bitters can be used creatively in any cocktail, in a vinaigrette, or even in your baking. Our pick: Urban Moonshine Citrus Digestive Bitters.
A lot of REALLY awesome trends are popping up that we hope stick around well into 2018 because we are INTO IT. If you want to get your hands on some of these items above, be sure to subscribe to our August Trendsetter Box!
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