The Wellness Trends to Get Behind in 2022
- Written By:Lauren Slayton
With the new variant, everyday feels like Groundhog Day. I’m not sure about you, but any morsel of novelty gets my attention. So I sorted through lists of food trends to see what others are predicting and I melded that with topics my nutrition clients are asking about to arrive at my own list of wellness trends for the year. While the word trend is off-putting to some, taking care of ourselves and our families certainly isn’t. So, whether it’s getting a handle on your blood sugar, experimenting with a new ingredient or having healthy foods delivered to your door, I wish you a healthy and delicious year ahead.
The next wave in nutrition is personalizing plans based on an individual’s unique data—and trackers and wellness gadgets are what make this possible. First, there was Fitbit to help us track our daily steps. Then came the Oura ring to help evaluate our sleep. This year, many are using Levels to monitor blood sugar and Lumen to see if you’re burning carbs or fat.
For a long time, the only people using continuous glucose monitors (CGM) were diabetics. Now, with Levels and similar devices, they’re available to everyone. The interesting thing is that if you and a friend or family member have the same food, you could have very different blood sugar responses. You can adjust your diet,based on the information you gather.
Ingredients to Watch
Three ingredients I predict you’ll be seeing more of in 2022 are hibiscus, elderberry, and moringa—here’s why:
Hibiscus is touted for lowering blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar, and supporting liver health. Get your daily dose with the most beautiful hibiscus tea from Bellocq or a drinkable apple cider vinegar with hibiscus from Fire Brew.
Moringa was one of Whole Foods Market’s 2022 trends and it also made Tiktok’s list. It’s a plant that has been used for centuries to fight malnutrition, which should give you a sense of its nutritional merit. Moringa contains B6, iron and magnesium, and a little protein. Many of our clients also like that moringa is one of our “delicious de-bloaters” or ingredients that help us shed bloat. Moringa also helps reduce inflammation. I love this greens powder with moringa and a company called Nutu.
Elderberry’s popularity has soared due to its immune-boosting properties. It’s also delicious. You can find elderberry in these gummies from Hilma.
Food Delivered to Your Door
One business sector that’s likely thriving in the current climate are food delivery services and online marketplaces. When it comes to marketplaces, Hive is a great online marketplace that focuses on brands with a lower carbon imprint. For produce, Misfits Market works with farmers and selects perfectly good produce that would typically go to waste. Misfits also has pricing that’s about 40% lower than grocery stores.
I’ve tried many, many food delivery services yet there’s only a handful I suggest to my nutrition clients. My two longtime favorites are Daily Dose and Provenance Meals. Daily Dose has plans no matter which way you lean nutritionally. I love their Longevity Fast, but there are keto and paleo plans, too. Provenance is incredible at sourcing their ingredients. I love their Daily Essentials as you can pick and choose the items you like best.
And finally, there are few foods better for you than wild Alaskan salmon. Salmon Sisters ships boxes of the highest quality salmon, cod, and halibut. Their smoked sockeye is outrageously good.
Lauren Slayton is a nutritionist and the founder of Foodtrainers.