Food and fashion aren’t so different. In the same way that chevron tube top you wore every weekend of 2014 feels painfully dated, hanging in your closet next to your new high-waisted jeans, food rotates and evolves as well. As we head into 2017, we’re left with burning questions about what kind of culinary paths we will trudge down for the sake of our stomachs and our Instagrams. Will avocado toast still dominate menus across the country? Is Kale still a thing? What about acai bowls? Luckily, our friends at Whole Foods Market Oklahoma City have given us their expertly crafted predictions on the hottest health trends of 2017.
1. Wellness Tonics
No, not like vodka tonics. These wellness drinks, inspired by alternative medicine and global traditions, are packed with beneficial botanicals and healthy ingredients like kava, Tulsi/holy basil, apple cider vinegar, medicinal mushrooms, and adaptogenic herbs. It turns out, 2016’s green juice was merely a gateway into a new fountain of health.
Shop it: Kor Organic Raw Shots, Suja Drinking Vinegars and Temple Turmeric Elixirs are just a few products leading the trend.
2. All Coconut Everything
Some of us might have thought we were ahead of the curve when we started guzzling coconut water after hot yoga or even slathering it on our faces during harsh Oklahoma winters, but Whole Foods Market is proving that any part of this fruit-nut-seed (it qualifies for all three) is being used in new ways. The sap is turned into coconut sugar as a more health conscious option to refined sweeteners, the oil is sliding into tons of new natural beauty products, and the flesh is now used for flours, chips, tortillas, ice creams, butters, the list goes on.
Shop it: Coconut flour Paleo wraps, 365 Everyday Value Fair Trade coconut chips and Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color.
3. Power of Purple
Purple is everywhere. The power of purple goes beyond the beauty of its hue and often indicate nutrient density and antioxidants. We’re seeing it in purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn and cereal.
Shop it: Back to the Roots Purple Corn Cereal, Jackson’s Honest Purple Heirloom Potato Chips, Que Pasa Purple Corn Tortilla Chips, Love Beets and Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes are all examples of this fast-growing trend.
4. Alternative Pasta
If you have a habit of “accidentally” eating an entire bowl of pasta over the sink while watching an SVU marathon than you’re in luck. This is your year. Whole Foods is seeing a major rise in not just fresh-milled traditional pasta but healthier alternatives as well. Plant-based noodles like spiralized veggie and kelp are having a major moment right now. If you’re not ready to give up your carbs, other grain options such as quinoa, lentil, and chickpea pastas are also making their way into aisles.
Shop it: Veggie Noodle Co. Butternut Spirals, Pow! Pasta Green Lentil Penne, Pow! Pasta Black Bean Elbows
5. No Prep Meal Kits
Last year was all about easy meal delivery with apps like Post Mates and Favor soaring in popularity, but this year people are yearning for a home cooked meal. However, that takes time that we don’t necessarily have. Which is why Whole Foods’ oven and crock-pot ready kits, as well as vegetable and fruit medleys, are flying off the selves. Not only are these an easy alternative to chopping and measuring, but they reduce food waste and stretch the dollar, all while giving us a healthy alternative to fast food.
6. On the Go Beauty
2016 brought us Atheleisure and it is not going anywhere. Instead, it has opened the door for multitasking beauty products. Natural beauty brands are combining the forces of skin care and makeup to create products that are not only smarter but lazy girl friendly.
Shop it: Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick, Well People Universalist Multi-Stick and Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil Packet.
Wanting to launch a healthier lifestyle but not sure if you have the will power to go full Paleo? No big deal. The new year is bringing a more relaxed approach to the rigid boundaries of yester year’s eating habits. Consumers are embracing a more personalized version of healthy eating called the “flexitarian” approach. For example, eating vegan before 6 p.m., or eating Paleo during the week and indulging on the weekend.
Shop it: 365 Everyday Value Riced Cauliflower (used for clean-eating favorites like gluten-free pizza crusts) and Epic Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth.
As we embark on a new year with vows to optimize our health, we must first put our sweatpants back in the drawer and get rid of any bloating or sluggishness that is hanging around. That’s right. We have to detox. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean a week of celery/kale juice anymore. Products like Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, and activated charcoal supplements make shedding toxins easier and more effective than ever.
We know you have heard of antioxidants before but these free radical fighters are making their way into a host of different products in 2017. You can help your body prevent and repair cell damage by snacking on Whole Food Market’s Antioxidant Blast, a deliciously refreshing mix of blueberries and pomegranate seeds, or massage one of Evanhealy’s nutrient dense facial serums into your skins and bask in the anti-aging benefits.
Shop it: Whole Foods Market’s Antioxidant Blast, Evanhealy Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum, Evanhealy Argan Intensive Facial Serum
The “good bugs” are having a major moment as well. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that do amazing things for your health, primarily the digestive system. Though bacteria are usually thought of as harmful, these little guys are quite the opposite, working to boost immunity and prevent disease. There are many different ways to reap the benefits of probiotics whether through foods like yogurt, kefir, and even probiotic chocolate or high quality supplements. Your gut will thank you.
The one thing that is not surprising about these predictions is that health is always in style. And thanks to Whole Foods Market, it is also accessible. This year if your resolution is to look good and feel good, Mode and Whole Foods Market Oklahoma City have you covered.
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