Meghan Telpner, founder and director of The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Canada, revealed the top healthy food and lifestyle trends to come in 2019.
The 2019 breakout trend is cannabidiol (CBD) edibles, with top chefs across North America infusing CBD in everything from baked goods to grass-fed butter to fine dining favorites like emulsions, purées and cooked meat.
Other 2019 health trends entail:
- Medicinal mushrooms and herbs are finding their way into everyday food and drinks. Mushrooms like reishi and chaga are spiking everything from coffee to bone broth. Adaptogenic herbs like astragalus and maca can now be found in coffee bars and tea shops.
- Ketogenic snack options are on the rise, fueling workouts and workaholics alike.
- Cassava flour, a grain-free fiber-rich ingredient, is fast becoming the choice alternative for baking thanks to the continued growth of the gluten-free and Paleo movement. Made from cassava root, this mild-flavored flour is an easy substitute for wheat in baking.
- Organic cocktails with small batch artisanal infusions are lending healing benefits to libations. While alcohol remains somewhat taboo in the health field, organic cocktails with a healing spin are on the way.
- Intermittent fasting is one of the fastest growing diet trends where eating is restricted to a 6- to 8-hour window followed by a 12- to 16-hour fast, leaving consumers to delay or even skip breakfast.
- Functional medicine testing is becoming more accessible. This type of testing allows people to optimize their health in a precise way, empowering individuals to take an active role in their health care and disease prevention plans.