It's almost the end of 2017, and that means it's time to start looking forward to 2018. Every year, Pinterest puts together a list of its biggest predictions for the coming year's top trends. They base their analysis on what is gaining traction with the more than 200 million people who use Pinterest every month, and they have a pretty great track record.
Last year, Pinterest predicted 2017 would be full of grain bowls, octopus, vegetable chips, and sous-vide cooking. For 2018, it's all about air fryers and adding supplements to coffee.
1. Air fryers
Air fryers are one of the biggest healthy eating trends of 2017. An air fryer is a countertop appliance that circulates hot air quickly around food and makes crispy, fried favorites like french fries, potato chips, dumplings, and more, but without the oil. It sounds like everybody is going to own one of these in the near future. Check it out on Pinterest.
Soup is the new juice. People have turned to "souping" as a way of eating healthy food. It's like a juice cleanse, but instead of juice, people are eating hot puréed soups with interesting flavors like miso soup with wasabi-roasted lentils. Check out the recipe on Pinterest.
3. Super coffee
Pinterest users are very interested in adding flavorful "boosts" to coffee lately. Coffee has become a carrier for everything from protein powder to mushrooms and collagen. Coffee is even being turned into smoothies with oats and bananas, in a sort of healthy take on a Frappuccino. Check out the recipe on Pinterest.
4. Moroccan flavors
Saves for "Moroccan" have jumped 2,579 percent in the past year, according to Pinterest. That means more cumin, coriander, and cardamom, and also more olives, preserved lemons, and braised dishes. We have a great recipe for Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons here, and there's also one on Pinterest.
5. Plant proteins
Protein does not have to come from an animal. Things like lentils, quinoa, hemp, and beans are great sources of protein, and they make great substitutes for meat in many dishes. Did you know you could flavor quinoa with smoky, spicy seasonings and use it as a taco? Check out the recipe on Pinterest.
6. Snap peas
Snap peas are having a moment. Saves for "snap peas" are up over 273 percent, according to Pinterest, and people are dressing them with garlic, lime, olive oil, and spices for an interesting and healthy snack. Try this minty snap pea salad, or see them on Pinterest.
7. Korean condiments
Gochujang and other Korean condiments are trending on Pinterest. Gochujang has a sweet, relatively mild heat, and it can be used in dressings, marinades, stir-fries, and more. It's especially popular for adding flavor and spice to chicken. Check it out on Pinterest.
9. Dairy-free desserts
Vegan desserts have improved a lot over the years. Coconut oil substitutes for butter and flax seeds can stand in for eggs. We've written about decadent vegan desserts in the past, and check them out on Pinterest, too.
People have been searching for "virgin cocktails" a lot lately, according to Pinterest, and the world of mocktails has gotten into high-end mixology as well. Pinterest is full of recipes for cocktails that are good with or without the alcohol. Check them out here.