How is your New Year coming along so far? Have you decided to eat more healthfully this year? If so, you may be interested in learning about the healthy food trends that may be coming to a health food and/or grocery store near you soon. Take a look below.

  • Medicinal mushroom powder, anyone?

Those who love medicinal mushrooms (fungi such as reishi, chaga and cordyceps) know that they are filled with nutrients and antioxidants such as potassium, vitamin B and iron that can help alleviate high blood sugar and even inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Mushroom powder is now available in stores and so you soon may choose to put some mushroom powder in your morning cup of coffee.

Nothing to do with your heartbeat, pulses in this context are dry beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas packed with nutrients and well-known for protein and fiber (important for vegetarians and vegans) in plant-based form. They’re also full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Taken together, all the good stuff found in these foods can help reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Why will they be hot in 2018? They’re easy to swap with refined carbohydrates to create meals that are more nutritious, all without sacrificing taste and texture. Farmers also can grow pulses using less water and energy than is needed to produce other sources of protein (meat in particular) and they even enrich the soil in which they are grown.

  • Dairy alternatives.

More and more folks interested in eating organic are moving away from drinking/eating the milk and cheese produced by cows, goats and other animals.

If you’re interested in moving toward plant-based dairy, start looking for pea-protein based milk: it’s similar to cow’s milk in its nutrition. You also can look for oat, cashew and even coconut milk.  (Be aware: coconut milk may not be all that much healthier than cow’s milk because it’s full of saturated fat.)

Look for plant-based dairy products that provide at least eight grams of protein per serving. They also should be labeled unsweetened and fortified with vitamins A and D.

  • “Riced” veggies.

Want more vegetables in your meals but tired of steamed broccoli, etc.? A new trend for those who love rice are “riced” vegetables. You’ve no doubt heard of cauliflower rice, but coming to a health food store near you may be broccoli, butternut squash, carrot, and beet “rice.”

These foods are high in fiber and low in calories. They’re also packed with minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C.

Perhaps best of all? They’re a great way to get kids to eat more veggies!

What types of organic/health food trends are you expecting to see in 2018?