From mushroom lattes to root-to-leaf cooking, health trends to watch for in 2018

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      With over 250 exhibitors, 100-plus speakers, and a host of cooking and fitness demos taking place under one roof, Vancouver’s annual Wellness Show is the place to find balance between mind, body, and soul for the new year.

      With so many holistic professionals on deck, the event is also ground zero for sniffing out the latest food and healthy-living trends for 2018. Below, a sneak peek of what’s on the horizon.

      Activated charcoal

      It’s popped up in everything from ice cream to bread to lemonade in recent years, and, in 2018, the activated-charcoal trend continues to be strong. The detoxifying ingredient, which is used at times to supposedly prevent poisons from affecting our bodily systems, looks great incorporated into foods, though it’s best to consume it in minimal amounts because it can limit the amount of vitamins and supplements you’re absorbing.

      Nigella sativa or black-seed oil

      A kissing cousin of the cumin or coriander plant, these ancient—and relatively unknown—seeds may help to relieve allergies, eczema, digestive issues, and even heart problems. A teaspoon or two a day is all it takes.

      Mushroom lattes

      Sure, you’ve seen mushrooms in omelettes, on pizzas, and in soups and salads—but what about in your daily cup of joe? Rich in vitamins and minerals, the fungi also come in medicinal varieties such as lion’s mane and chaga, which are said to have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, among other benefits. To try the superfood in latte form, scoop a teaspoon of a mushroom extract into a cup of hot water, add cinnamon or honey to taste, and top with hot coconut milk.

      Root-to-leaf cooking

      You may have heard of “nose to tail”—a method of cooking meat that strives to produce minimal trash—and “root to leaf” cuisine is not far off. Whether it be broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or onion skins, veggie waste is getting its due in the kitchen through nutritious stocks, dressings, and other inventive dishes.

      The Wellness Show takes place on February 17 and 18 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. See website for details.