We saw tons of new health food trends, nutrition tips, and plant-based products this year, like these Hottest New Vegan Products We Can’t Wait To Try and 2018 promises to bring even more innovation including these 5 Plant-Based Milk Trends To Watch For In 2018. This week food expert Mareya Ibrahim, also known as The Fit Foodie, weighed in on what she thinks will be the hottest trends in healthy food and beverages in the upcoming year.

Check them out:

1. Root To Table 


Of course we want our produce to be fresh, but in 2018 you’re going to see more “living” produce in grocery stores and restaurants. Instead of being plucked and placed in your purveyor’s produce aisle, some of your favorite fruits and veggies will be available still live. According to a study on plants and vegetables from UC Davis, this means they’ll contain more nutrients like Vitamin C and they’ll stay fresh up to three times longer.

2. Prebiotics

Easy Roasted Sunchokes/Dawn Kriss

We’ve all heard that probiotics such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir are essential to keeping our stomachs happy and healthy. In 2018, prebiotics with ingredients such as chicory root, acacia, and Jerusalem artichoke will take center stage. What are prebiotics you ask? They’re plant fibers that help to nourish the good bacteria that already exists in your gut.

3. Collagen

Homemade Almond Butter/Karielyn Tillman

Collagen contains a spectrum of amino acids that help keep your joints, hair, skin, nails, and bones happy and healthy and are found in common food items including nuts and seeds. Expect to see more products with collagen such as mineral broths, collagen protein powders, and heat-and-sip beverages that will keep you feeling youthful in 2018.

4. Nutrient-Enriched Basics

Coconut Milk/Pauline Hanuise

We’ve all got our staple items that we stock up on regularly: plant-based milks, bread, peanut butter, sweeteners, flour, and more. In 2018, you’re going to see staples power-packed with nutrients like antioxidants, plant-based proteins, Omega-3s, and more.

5. Coffee Alternatives

Energizing Turmeric Tea/Laura Peill

A lot of us need a little extra boost of energy to get up in the morning or make it through a long afternoon. In 2018, we’ll see a bunch of energizing alternatives to coffee such as teas and ground cocoa beans brewed like coffee and energy-boosting beverages made with mushrooms, herbs, and roots.

6. Hot Stuff

Raw Hot Sauce/Kibby Miler

Things are going to get VERY hot in 2018. You’ll see more items like black pepper, cloves, and ginger adding spice and heat to desserts, drinks, and even booze next year. Extremely hot items like the California Reaper pepper will also up the ante in hot sauces and people on social media will put their tastebuds to the test with some of the spiciest stuff out there.

7. Tart Cherry

  Nutty Cherry Smoothie/Pamela Elizabeth

Tart cherry is going to be one of the biggest superfood trends in 2018. Tart cherries have a high ORAC score and anthonyacins that help to repair cell damage and combat free radicals. Tart cherry also contains melatonin, a natural sleep aid, and has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation.

8. Shishito Peppers

Blistered Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers/Maria and Alyssa Tosoni

Shishito peppers are full of antioxidants, have cancer-fighting properties, and they’re so delicious! Just be careful! One in every ten to twenty of these delicious peppers packs an extra spicy punch.

Even more exciting news: Research Suggests That One Of 2018’s Biggest Trends Will Be Vegan Eating. Plant-based milks are also set to take off with these 5 Plant-Based Milk Trends To Watch For In 2018.

You can find recipes containing these trendy ingredients by downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Blistered Sesame Garlic Shishito