Every year, the health and wellness world surprises us with new food and beauty trends. Some are weird and wonderful, some disappear as quick as they come (looking at you, avocado lattes) and then there’s those that stand the test of time and prove to us over and over again that they are more than just another ‘fad’ and are, in fact, here to stay.
Here our team's top nine 2021 wellness trends that we’ve embraced, and think will be sticking around long beyond 2021:
Our holy grail & the backbone of a|dash. Adaptogens are super-herbs and super-mushrooms that help expand your body's ability to counteract the effects of mental, physical, and emotional stress. Adaptogens are natural substances that may help the body adapt to environmental and psychological stresses and support major systems such as the adrenal glands. I don’t know about y’all, but it is hard to imagine a more stressful 12 months that what we’ve just gone through. We would not have made it through if not for our daily dash of adaptogens. Some of our favorite adaptogens are: Ashwagandha, Cordyceps & Lion’s Mane. To elevate your coffee ritual to your daily wellness ritual, enjoy a can of a|dash adaptogenic cold brew coffee.
Collagen is the most abundant protein present in the human body, responsible for healthy hair, skin and nails; ad we age our collagen stores begin to deplete, so it’s important to top them up. Kelly’s favorite way to incorporate collagen into her daily wellness routine is adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to her morning smoothie.
Photo Credit: Lisa Bryan
3. Lymphatic Health
Thanks to Blender Bombs founder, Helen Hall, we are huge fans of Gua Sha. It’s been great for lymphatic drainage, improving circulation and depuffing the face amongst other relaxation and beauty benefits. For the ultimate self-care practice, we love combining this practice with facial oils.
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit which boasts a texture similar to that of “pulled pork” or “shredded chicken” which is what makes it a great substitute for your favourite dishes including tacos! It’s become an extremely popular option for vegans, vegetarians, and those looking to reduce their at-home meat consumption.
Photo Credit: Darn Good Veggies
5. Alternative Flours
Chances are you’ve already come across flour made from things like chickpea, hemp and oat flour—and you better believe there’ll be lots more where this came from. Get ready for some other interesting flour alternatives such as walnut, quinoa or cassava flour which are said to make at-home baking healthier, more inclusive, adventurous. As a Brazilian, Gabe loves Otto’s Organic Cassava Flour for re-creating his grandmother’s torta.
Photo Credit: Otto's Naturals
6. Toxic-Free Beauty Products
More of a lifestyle change than a trend, Irene we love to see that more and more people are moving into the direction of natural and cruelty-free beauty. More consumers are wanting to know what we are putting in and, on our bodies, and nasty ingredients just aren’t cutting it anymore.
7. ‘Everything’ Spreads
Although peanut butter, tahini and chia jam have reigned supreme in the arena of spreads, we’re getting a lot more creative when it comes to what we’re putting on our toast (or eating by the spoonful!). We are obsessed with the Everything Butter by New Zealand brand, Fix & Fogg. And great news in June 2020, they launched a small retail window in Houston, TX and are also readily available online throughout the US.
Photo Credit: Fix & Fogg
8. Oat & Hemp Milk
Consumers are becoming more and more conscious about how their purchasing behavior is impacting the environment. As a lifelong, heavy milk consumer, Megan turned away from milk in recent years due to the environmental impact and animal welfare. Since then, she has been searching for a milk alternative that she not only enjoy but minimises her environmental impact. Both oat and hemp milk translate to less emissions compared to cow’s milk and less water use compared to almond milk. I enjoy Oatly oat milk or Trader Joe’s Hemp Milk in her morning smoothie or with a can of a|dash over ice when she is looking for a more decadent way to enjoy her daily a|dash.