The health food scene is much like the fashion scene—there are everyday staples, and then there are buzzy trends that everyone is talking about. These five trending-now foods boast a bevy of sleep-improving, inflammation-fighting, be-your-healthiest-self benefits. Think of them as this year’s kombucha. And don’t worry, kale isn’t on the list. We wouldn’t torture you like that.
Functional mushrooms topped Whole Foods' list of health trends for 2018, and it makes total sense. They offer a variety of stress-reducing, skin-enhancing, immune-system-boosting benefits, depending on the strain you choose. Get more deets about the magical powers of mushrooms here.
We're talking skin-boosting collagen powder, phytonutrient-rich spirulina powder and energy-boosting maca powder. These powdered superfoods are among the easiest trends to incorporate into your diet, because they can be mixed or blended into your daily coffee or smoothie.
If you didn't try turmeric in 2017, you're in luck because this is still one of the buzziest health foods out there. Turmeric boasts a bevy of benefits: It contains a compound called curcumin, which is both a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, plus it's been linked to increased brain function and increased metabolism.
There are a bazillion ways you can incorporate more cauliflower into your diet (actual statistic). This cruciferous veggie can be grated into a stellar rice substitute, turned into a pizza crust (you can even buy one pre-made at Trader Joe’s) and added to your smoothie in place of a banana. Not only is it lower in carbs and sugar than all of the above, it also stands as a superfood on its own. It's high in vitamins C and K and helps with digestion.
This is an algae, but we're willing to bet you've eaten weirder things in the name of health. This superfood does everything from boosting your energy to protecting your brain to just generally being an amazing anti-inflammatory. Plus, its distinct blue-green color makes for the prettiest, most 'grammable smoothie bowls.