new year 2018

Food Trends 2018

I’m totally crazy about superfoods (you should see my pantry!) and I love to try them all. I normally just add them to my regular recipes and meals. Pretty easy!

At the end of each year I get very excited to read all things superfoods and the new trends for the following year. And in 2018 it couldn’t be different.

As soon the experts start talking about the new superfood trends I’m already there doing my own research and trying to find more information about their health benefits.

While in 2017 pea protein, bone broth, turmeric and black bean pasta were on the food trends list, in 2018 insect-based protein powder, hemp powder, edible clays, sprouted and fermented foods and “fake foods” are set to be huge, according to the expert Fiona Tuck. Watch her interview on the Today Show here.

Next year will be very special (and still very challenging) for us at Grilo as many experts are calling 2018 the year of edible bugs. And we are so proud and happy to be pioneers in the edible bugs market in Australia together with a few other companies.

When we first started our project we knew it would be very challenging to convince westerns that there is nothing wrong about eating bugs but our perception. When we were out there trying to sell our products and doing products tastings people thought we were a bit crazy. But who cares? We did and still do believe that crickets are the food of the future and we want everyone to join this food revolution.

At first we had to create a demand for cricket powder in Australia. And it was not easy at all. A year ago nobody had ever heard about eating insects and today we can tell that many people already know about the health benefits of edible bugs and are keen to try it.


Health Food Trends 2018


Cricket Powder

Cricket powder itself and also products made with cricket powder such as energy bars and insect breads are a huge trend for 2018. There are many economic and environmental reasons to be eating crickets. They are sustainable, taste delicious and are unbelievably healthy.


Crickets are Nutritious

Crickets have up to 69% protein. Protein helps your body to build lean muscle mass and support metabolism, growth and immune function. Protein also helps satisfy hunger, keeping body composition goals on track.


Crickets have all the 9 essential amino acids our body doesn’t produce. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein that we must get from food,  making insects the ideal ‘complete protein’ source for optimal health.


Crickets are also good for your gut health. The exoskeleton of most arthropods – such as  insects, spiders, and crustaceans – is rich in prebiotic fiber. Prebiotics “are un-digestible plant fibers that already live inside the large intestine. The more food, or prebiotics, that probiotics have to eat, the more efficiently these live bacteria work and the healthier your gut will be.


Did you know that Vitamin B12 can only be found NATURALLY in animal products such as insects (crickets included!), fish, poultry, meat, eggs, milk and other dairy products? Just one tbs of cricket powder has more than 100% of your daily recommendation intake of b12.


Crickets are also a source of haem iron, the more absorbable form of iron commonly found in red meat. Cricket powder is an iron booster if you blend it together with spinach in your green smoothie.


cricket powder



Sustainable Protein Source

Crickets require less food, water, land and feed than any other traditional animal protein sources such as cattle, chicken and pork. For example, 1 kg of chicken requires 3500 litres of water and 1 kg of beef requires 22,000 litres of water while insects need far less. To produce 1kg of crickets is necessary not even 1 litre of water.

About 70% of agricultural land, and 30% of the total land on earth, is used to raise livestock. It is easy to farm insects on a large scale without damaging the environment.

Livestock production accounts for 18% of  greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all the cars, buses, trains and planes worldwide. Crickets produce 80 times less methane than cattle.


Future Food

Crickets are also a future friendly protein source. In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the Planet and to feed all of those hungry mouths, we will need to produce almost twice as much food as we currently do. Livestock already covers 45% of the Earth’s total land and the animal agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today. By 2025 64% of the world’s population expected to live in water-stressed basins.


Still not convinced? Read why you should swallow your disgust and start eating bugs in 2018.


Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp is a great source of protein and has just been legalised to be sold as food in Australia. Finally!!! I would say. I’m a very big fan of hemp products such as hemp seeds and hemp protein which I love to combine with cricket powder in my smoothies. It’s a great alternative plant-based healthy food which contains nutrients such as magnesium, iron and vitamin E.

Hemp protein powder has a nutty flavoured and it’s derived from the same species as cannabis. No. You won’t get high eating hemp foods as it contains little to no THC.

According to SBS “hemp is a sustainable, pest-resistant crop that requires less water than some other food crops and less water and chemical application than other fibre crops. The product also has multiple uses beyond being food source, including textiles, bio-plastics, paper, fuel and the automotive industry”.


hemp protein powder

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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, has been used in skincare for many years but recently it is been promoted for internal use.

It’s becoming very popular among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. This clay is used to promote better health and support better gut health. It works as an internal gut cleanser, clearing the gut of pathogens and  bloating  and is gaining popularity on many detoxification programs.

It’s very simple to add it to your diet. You just need 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, smoothie or juice as part of your detox program.

I haven’t tried it yet, but can’t wait. It’s supposed to “absorb the liquids that is comes into contact with and expands to extract toxins from the liquid”, such as chia seeds. It does sound interesting!


clay face mask

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Sprouted and fermented foods

Love them both because of their health benefits. Sprouts are germinated foods with a higher nutritional content than non-sprouted foods. They are very popular because they are much easier to digest than non-sprouted foods, they increase the nutritional value and can also reduce gluten content. And they are delicious!

Fermentation technique has been used for ages as a way of preserving foods and drinks.

By consuming fermented foods – which are rich in probiotic bacteria – you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system. I have been making my own sauerkraut at home and it tastes delicious. That’s my favourite fermented food but you could also try kefir, kombucha, tempeh, yogurt, miso or kim chi.



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Fake Foods

Since plant-based diet became a trend you can find “fake” foods every where. Milk that is not real milk, but made from nuts. Or cheese made from cashews or macadamias. Tofu made of insects and burgers made with mealworms. Many people support the idea that eating less animal based products can be very good for you and also for the environment however many of the “fake” foods are highly processed. Always choose whole foods that are minimally processed and don’t forget to check the labels to avoid foods with artificial additives, preservatives and big ingredients lists.


Crickets are sustainable