Being trendy isn’t always easy, but these trends don’t require work. Food is the focus, and we’re 100% IN. Check ’em out!
The Health-Conscious Drive-Thru
Let’s be honest: this one is pleasing. Weird, but pleasing.
Instead of the usual drive-thru fare of burgers, fries, and milkshakes, many fast-food restaurants are making an effort to offer vegan alternatives! There’s also been a recent rash of paleo, GMO-free, and gluten-free offerings.
A&W is offering beef raised without hormones and antibiotics, and Chipotle is completely non-GMO. The American chain Veggie Grill is 100% vegan, and now we feel we’ve seen it all.
(But we haven’t, because this trend is just getting started…)
Plastic-Free Chewing Gum
Yep—you read that right. If you didn’t know that most conventional gum contains synthetic plastic, you’re definitely not the only one. The new trend? Gum that actually contains gum. Like, from trees. Real ones.
Junk Food Companies Clean Up
Following in the footsteps of their drive-thru counterparts, junk food companies are hopping on the health bandwagon. In February 2015, Nestle announced that they are planned on dropping all artificial colours and flavours from their products, and one month later, McDonald’s pledged to source chickens raised without antibiotics important to human health.
(Which is nice, but, ummm…how about all antibiotics? We think McDonald’s was far too specific with this particular pledge.)
Other announcements earlier this year included Chipotle’s full line of non-GMO food (first American restaurant chain to do this!). Now you can get fast food without feeling guilty, because you can justify them more easily. You know, to yourself.
Online Farmers’ Markets
We actually love this one. Have no time to get your own butt to the market? That’s okay—a small handful of local companies will now do this for you. Green Earth Organics and SPUD are two Vancouver-based, online retailers who deliver farm-fresh produce straight to your front door, from West Vancouver to Hope, BC.
Coffee Gets a Make-Under
Say goodbye to your full-fat Starbucks mocha Frappuccino, with their whipped topping and (approximately) 7 million calories. This season’s new trend is simple: black is the new black. (Black coffee, that is.)
With little calories and the posh and polished look only those who unapologetically sip black coffee deserve, you can be on trend while you suck up your caffeine.
Being on trend never felt so easy!