If you pay close attention, you can spot them starting as early as 12 months in advance: food trends. Take a stroll around a farmer’s market and some plucky millennials will be handing out little cups of this yogurt meant to solve all of your digestive issues and that chicken nugget that is, allegedly, the only ethically produced poultry product available. Some of these will flop, either because the product wasn’t great or the individuals weren’t plucky enough. But some of those products will get a spot on a shelf in a small, gourmet store. Than their first shelf in a chain. Then lots of shelves in lots of chains and before you know it, you’ll be asking yourself how that special yogurt that was $4 a bottle at the farmer’s market in the Spring is now $17 a bottle at Whole Foods. Jump on them before they become pricey: here are food and health trends to expect in 2018.
Throwing carb caution to the wind
So many restaurants have been removing carbs from their menus. All those lost and homeless carbs had to go somewhere, right? And they have—little niche spots dedicated to serving up just carbs like gourmet bread shops and donut shops. They aren’t ashamed of what they are. They are there to say, “When you’re ready to treat yourself to carbs, this is the place to do it.”