2018 food trends: Taste the future

By December 8, 2017Food trends
Loblaw 2018 Canadian Food Trends encourage home chefs to be creative in the kitchen and discover new family favourites. More protein for breakfast, improving our gut health, reducing our sugar consumption and being creative with leftovers are just a few examples of what we will be doing with food in 2018. (CNW Group/Loblaw Companies Limited)

First in a series on 2018 food trends

We may be deep into 2017 holiday eating, but there’s a bright light shining on next year’s food trends – like cake for breakfast, fighting the food waste, welcoming back full fat and loving our leftovers all over again.

Just recently a group of Canadian food experts made up of professional chefs, registered dietitians, academics and food influencers from across the country teamed up with the Loblaws Food Council to give us a glimpse of what to look forward to in the coming months.

Under the tagline of Taste the New Next, next year’s trends include grow it yourself backyard and balcony foods, and keeping your own beehives and chicken coops!

Canadians are also remaining focused on the message that food waste is at a critical point (as witnessed by the release of Anthony Bourdain’s explosive new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste) – so look for a larger emphasis on cooking what you know you can eat. Which means the leftover revival is on its way – Canadians will be looking for new ways to combine leftovers to create great tasting meals that reduce waste and save on food prep time.

“Many Canadians are having conversations about how to reduce food waste in their households,” said food activist and chef Ned Bell, a Loblaw food council member. “Using leftovers to make new and exciting meals throughout the week is one simple thing we can all do at home to help make this challenging issue delicious.”

Other trends include:

  • – Freak Shakes: Dessert should be fun. Canadians will go crazy for toppings on their favourite milkshakes – like Nanaimo bars, cakes and pies – making them more like a fun dessert than a drink.
  • – Wake and Cake: Cake always tastes best first thing in the morning. Occasionally eating sweet treats in the morning, provides the body more time to work off the indulgence, and less reason to feel guilty.
  • – Full Fat: With more knowledge about good and bad fats, many will turn to fuller fat options, like full-fat yogurt.

Source: Taste the new next: 2018 food trends | Toronto Sun