Ah, Pinterest, you've done it again. The time-sucking, inspirational, envy-inducing social media platform is known for having its finger on the pulse of upcoming trends, and its latest announcement is no exception.
With the release of its annual Pinterest 100, the social network has given us an intriguing insight into what 2020 may look like. These trends are based on what people are pinning to their boards, with a particular focus on the topics that have grown significantly in the lead-up to the new year.
"Finding balance" was a trend overall, and, within that, Pinterest shows us the healthy foods we'll all be eating in 2020 as we continue our attempts to eat better than ever. Here are the three food trends that those in the know say we're going to be into.
If 2019 was the year of celery juice, then 2020 is predicted to be the year we move on to cucumbers. Countless people are pinning the health benefits to cucumber juice, as well as beautiful, Pinterest-worthy serving suggestions.
What's so good about it?
First of all, in a juice you're likely to have more cucumber than you would if you were just eating cucumber slices. "Cucumbers are full of water, so a lot of the benefit from drinking cucumber juice is that you're drinking more fluid," explains Gemma Clark, nutritionist from The Sprout.
On top of being more hydrated, cucumbers have a few more pros. "There are also some electrolytes and minerals in cucumbers that help you reap the benefits of that hydration," Clark says. "And cucumber is quite high in biotin, which promotes good hair, skin and nails."
Just one thing, though: please don't throw away the healthiest parts of the cucumber. "If you're going to embrace the cucumber juice trend, have the whole cucumber," says Clark. "This avoids unnecessary wastage, and there's a lot more benefit in eating the fibre contained in the skin."
How to consume cucumber juice:
- Clark suggests it's worth taking up cucumber juice trend if it's a replacement for sugary drinks (like soft drinks or packaged juices).
- Add some other ingredients to the juice for further nutrition and flavour. Clark suggests combining the cucumbers with ice, lemon and mint to refresh on a hot day.
- Juices aren't suitable for everyone, and shouldn't be consumed in high quantities. Check with a trusted health professional if you're not sure it's right for you.
Chicory root is a caffeine-free alternative to coffee and tea. Photo: iStock
There's a growing fascination for chicory root, with pins on the topic growing by more than 90 per cent. These pins relate to how to use chicory root, as well as its health benefits. "Chicory root is an ancient, naturopathic remedy," Clark explains. "It's mainly used as an alternative to coffee, and is often labelled as chicory root tea, or chicory root coffee, because it looks like instant coffee granules (and sometimes it's more like a chai powder). This makes it great for people who want to cut down on caffeine or sugary hot chocolates."
The growing interest in chicory root coincides with many of us feeling concerned about the health conditions with which it's known to help. "It's got soothing benefits, so it's also good if you're feeling stressed or anxious," says Clark. According to WebMD, chicory root is also good for high blood pressure, heart health, constipation and inflammation.
How to consume chicory root:
- Chicory root granules or powder is easily accessible from supermarkets and health food shops.
- Make it at home with warmed milk (or your preferred milk alternative).
- Clark says that chicory root tea or coffee has a fairly plain, earthy taste. She suggests adding some cinnamon or a drop of honey for added flavour.
Pinterest reports a whopping growth of 380 per cent in sea moss related pins. Sea moss, AKA Irish moss, is a type of seaweed. It's been used in natural Irish remedies for centuries, and is said to be full of antioxidants, fibre, protein and other nutrients that are good for the gut and the skin.
There isn't much research surrounding this, however, and Clark isn't convinced from a clinical perspective. "Trends like this can have a huge mark-up and be difficult to find. Remember there's nothing in this food that you can't get from other (leafy green) sources that you can find in your local fruit and veg shop or supermarket."
How to consume sea moss:
- Sea moss is available whole or in powder form, and can be purchased from health food shops.
- It doesn't have much of a flavour, making it popular in juices as a thickening agent and for a hit of additional nutrients.
- Some people on Pinterest are also turning their sea moss into gel and applying it directly to their skin (*insert shrug emoji*).
With Pinterest saying we'll all be reaching for those three trends in 2020, the real question is: will you be pinning these food trends in the coming year?