2022 is an exciting year for health and well-being with many innovative solutions to everyday health woes. What’s more, food is a focus more than ever with heavy emphasis on maximising nutrition through creative food and beverages.
10 health trends for 2022
Are you more plant-curious than plant-based? Just because you’re not ready to give up animal products, doesn’t mean you can’t be more considered in your choices. Make your meat count by choosing higher quality products and eating them less often.
From no- and low-alcohol spirits to stylish mocktails, alcoholic beverages are getting a serious makeover. It’s easier than ever to enjoy your favourite tipple without the booze, or elevate your glass to support your health with skin-loving matcha blends, gut-supportive kombucha and stress-relieving CBD.
We’re a little more unique when it comes to nutrition then previously believed. While humans require the same baseline of nutrients, various factors such as diet, stress, environment and even genetics can impact the types and quantities of vitamins and minerals we may require for optimal health. As such, 2022 will see a rise in more bespoke and personalised supplements so that you can save your money where needed and spend where it matters.
The 30 plants challenge
Studies suggest that those who eat at least 30 different plant-based foods per week had more diverse (i.e. healthier) gut microbes. Achieving this can be as simple as including more plant-based recipes into your weekly diet or choosing healthier versions of your favourite meals which often incorporate more plant foods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes. During busy times, there are some great products and gadgets that can make it even easier to accomplish your 30 plant foods.
Fitness meets recovery
Recovery is no longer an adjunct to fitness. In fact, evidence is increasingly suggesting that adequate rest and recovery is just as (if not even more) important than intense sweat sessions for getting your body in shape – particularly when you’re feeling stressed and rundown. In response to this, you’ll be seeing plenty of recovery-focused gadgets on the market.
Your humble brew is getting a nutritional makeover with many tea and coffee brands now adding additional benefits such as brain-boosting mushrooms, immune-supporting nutrients, skin-boosting collagen and stress-easing adaptogens to your daily cuppa. Try our favourite healthy coffee brands here.
With a greater awareness for the important role that food plays in how we feel, eating nourishing meals is a must for those of us who want to feel more focused, energised and balanced in our lives. While quick and healthy recipe options are a no-brainer for those of us who love to cook, convenience still needs to be an option for those busy days. Luckily, many food brands are rethinking their ready meal options, with more nutritious and sustainable options.
Flavour meets function
Love a bit of spice in your meals? Want to add a touch of sweetness or perhaps a pinch of salt? Seasoning is no longer just about taste, but benefit. We’re taking note of traditional medicinal and culinary practices such as Ayurveda and herbalism by choosing mineral-rich salts, high-quality spices and innovative sweeteners to both satisfy our palette and our well-being.
Cooking as wellness
Trends in slow cooking, baking and breadmaking skyrocketed during the pandemic, and for good reason. Cooking is not just a necessity, but an opportunity to slow down, focus on the task at hand and offer something nourishing to your body. Stepping away from the busyness of your day and immersing yourself in the world of chopping, peeling, stirring and simmering, even just for 15 minutes can act as moment of peace, calm and restoration in the hustle and bustle of most peoples lives. Even better, you get to enjoy your delicious creations afterwards.
Tracey Raye is the health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in personalised nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being in a way that enhances, rather than limits, our lives. She covers our nourishing recipes and collections, oversees our health strategy and stays adrift of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.