Every year in January, pretty much every lifestyle publication is filled with diet tips and recipes, healthy eating plans, and all sorts of challenges to improve your overall wellness in the New Year.
And those are great (we publish some ourselves), but sometimes all the focus on health food means you're losing out on deliciousness and the overall experience - eating is supposed to be fun, after all! Accordingly, here's what we're craving as we kick off 2018...
All Things Home-Grown.
This might be the year that you really get in touch with your food, starting from the ground up. And we mean that literally! Gardening of all kinds will become even more popular during the upcoming year, whether you have a yard with plenty of space or just a window box.
Maybe 2018 will be the year that you really get in touch with your food; after all, there's definitely something fulfilling about being involved in the culinary process from the seed to plate. Plus there's an added bonus for parents - starting and maintaining a garden is great project to do with your children since it starts them on the path to lifelong healthy eating and appreciating where their food came from.
Pickling And Fermentation.
These old school techniques are experiencing a revival in 2018! Pickling is good for so much than cucumbers; for instance, pickled onions, beans, carrots, peppers, and more all make for plenty of flavor and relatively few calories.
On a related note, in 2018 you might discover that the fermentation process isn't just for booze; rather, a lot of fabulous - and healthy - foods are fermented including kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut. If these fit into your diet plan, fermented foods can have a lot of important nutrients as well as probiotics that can help improve your overall health.
Breakfast Goes Global.
The classic bowl of cereal or yogurt and granola might be less common in 2018 as our breakfasts start getting a multi-cultural twist. All humans need a boost of energy in the morning, of course, and some cultures do it particularly well.
Mexican chilaquiles, Costa Rican gallo pinto, pan-Asian ramen, pho, and congee, Middle Eastern shakshouka, Egyptian Ful Medames and more all make wonderful ways to start the day. Plus these foods make awesome dinners and lunches too - breakfast shouldn't be limited to the mornings.
Anything But Pasta.
Gluten and carbs have gotten a bad rap from nutrition experts lately - and depending on your dietary needs and restrictions, you might be avoiding them anyways!
Whether you're low-carbing it by necessity or by choice, you should check out some alternative pasta options like the aptly named spaghetti squash, butternut squash, zucchini, black bean spaghetti, cabbage, edamame, or even cauliflower work well depending on the type of dish you're creating.
Whether you're going vegetarian or vegan for health reasons, because you're a friend of the animals, or simply because it's more environmentally friendly as a whole, there's no denying the fact that it's become downright trendy to forgo meat. Plus tempeh, tofu, seitan, and other substitutes and faux-meats are becoming more readily available than ever!
This trend goes hand in hand with the push for a more global menu as well - after all, a large portion of the world doesn't eat meat, chicken, or fish - at least not in the amounts that most north Americans do!
Let's make 2018 the year of awareness and respect for food and its origin - here's to healthy, creative, and delicious meals for everyone!