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These Foods are About to Take Over 2018

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It's back: the food world's annual predictions by the health food world of what's hot for the following year. The year 2017 saw everything from unicorn-inspired foods to the rise of ugly greens, these health food trends were everywhere these past months.

But with a new year, also comes new and exciting things to try, and the health food world has revealed what we should expect to obsess over come 2018. Without further ado, here are the health food trends to look out for in 2018.

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Spices with healing properties

According to My Domaine, 2018 will see an even greater prominence in healing spices. Such herbs and spices as turmeric have been used as natural remedies for centuries, and for the upcoming year, we'll be relying on these more to relieve things like inflammation.

Try: Moon Milk (recipe)

Vegetarian meat alternatives

Flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets are more popular than ever. People are ditching meat and dairy products in favor of plant-based foods. Come 2018, this trend will be stronger than ever. With the U.S. already popularizing surreally realistic veggie meat alternatives like Impossible Foods' delectable burgers, it's been predicted that by Euromonitor that within the next half decade, there will be a 23% growth in meat substitutes in the processed meat and seafood retail market by volume—currently it's under 1%.

Try: Meatless meatballs (recipe)

Collagen

You've probably seen this one around, and it might sound a bit creepy since so much of our body is made out of collagen. But the collagen is what your body needs for shiny hair, strong nails, healthy digestion, and glowing skin, and it's what 2018 will be all about. Such things like bone broths collagen powders and supplements (there are even vegan-friendly options) will be stocking shelves everywhere in the new year.

Try: Beef bone broth (recipe)

Mushrooms

No, we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill white button mushrooms. Adaptogenic mushrooms are already hitting their stride in the health food world, but in 2018, there will be a huge emphasis on consuming such varieties as reishi, lion's main, and chaga. How should to incorporate this into your diet? Adaptogenic mushrooms will appear in the form as teas, dietary supplements, and broths.

Try: Reishi cappuccino (recipe)

Say goodbye to food waste

We saw the inner beauty of ugly foods in 2017, but the emphasis in 2018 will be about eating every bit of every food you buy. In other words, we're going to be saying goodbye to food waste. More recipes will feature every part of your protein and/or vegetable, and we'll be thinking of innovative ways to use up things we used to throw out (think: pickling).

Try: 5 things to do with your orange peel

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Evidently, 2018 is looking like it will be everyone's healthiest year yet, with an emphasis on long-term health. In combination with exercise, living healthy is looking more attainable than ever.

One clear thing about all these trends: vegetables are here to stay. With an Urban Cultivator, you can grow your own microgreens right in the comfort of your own home, 365 days a year. Another bonus? You'll be reducing your own carbon footprint by growing your own and eliminating food waste because you only harvest when you're ready to eat.

What 2018 health food trends are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section.

What's in Season Right Now? (Winter 2017)

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Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.

One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.

In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.

Here's what's in season during Winter 2017. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Winter 2017)” »

Learn About... Komatsuna

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"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between! Continue reading “Learn About... Komatsuna” »

What's So Great About Turmeric?

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Turmeric is making a comeback. Chances are, you've heard about the many health benefits that this relative of ginger carries. Its distinctive flavor and vibrant color are just bonuses to this incredible food.

Continue reading “What's So Great About Turmeric?” »

What's in Season Right Now? (Fall 2017)

Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.

One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.

In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.

Here's what's in season during Fall 2017. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Fall 2017)” »

As It Turns Out, Coconut Oil Isn't That Good For You

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Coconut oil has been lauded as one of the most impressive health products for years now. From being a moisturizer to the preferred cooking oil, coconut oil boasts many benefits and reigns supreme as top health food. That is, until now.

In June, the American Heart Association (AHA) re-emphasized their long-standing recommendation to limit food sources of saturated fat, and in it, they specifically single out coconut oil as one of the worst sources. According to the statement, coconut oil is just as bad as beef fat and butter because it's mostly saturated fats.

Saturated fats are known to raise LDL cholesterol, which is the "bad" cholesterol that's often linked to animal plants. LDL is also found in tropical plant oils, such as coconut. Its makeup, according to the AHA, is about 82% saturated fat. Comparatively, butter is only 63% saturated fat and, perhaps even more surprising, beef is only 50%.

An even stranger statistic gathered by the AHA shows that about 72% of Americans believe that coconut oil is a healthy source of oil, whereas only 37% of nutritionists suggest so.

Of course, this raises the question as to how coconut oil gained its reputation. One important takeaway is to always research what the latest food trend is and rely on reputable sources like actual nutritionists as opposed to your favorite health guru on Instagram.

Read more on the American Heart Association's findings over at Huffington Post.

8 Microgreen Dishes to Celebrate the Best of Summer

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We hate to admit it, but summer is almost over. (Don't worry—we're mourning, too.) It's one of the best times of the year with its abundance of amazingly fresh produce like plump tomatoes and juicy strawberries, but alas, it's coming to a close.

So, to celebrate what this wonderful season has gifted us so far, we've gathered some delicious recipes that highlight the best of summer, featuring microgreens.

Cheers to you, summer.
Continue reading “8 Microgreen Dishes to Celebrate the Best of Summer” »

Learn About... Sunflower

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"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!

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Everything You Need to Know About Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, has many names. Indian ginseng, padalsingh, and winter cherry are just a few of the titles that it also carries. As its most common moniker, Indian ginseng, implies, ashwagandha has certain rejuvenating properties that make it one of the most beloved herbs in the health world.
Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Ashwagandha” »

What's in Season Right Now? (Summer 2017)

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Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.

In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.

Here's what's in season during Summer 2017. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Summer 2017)” »

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