The Top Health and Wellness Trends for 2018


2018: The year Plant Based everything went mainstream! From celebrities and athletes going vegan to new definitions of what to expect from the food world. Does milk have to come from a cow? Does cheese have to come from dairy? Do eggs have to come from chickens? This is the year where the world gets a little more plant friendly and social activism becomes the norm! Last year we predicted that adaptogens, cold showers, intermittent fasting, minimalism and mushrooms would all be big.

Scroll down to see what we feel is going to be the buzz in health and wellness.


Health and Wellness Trends for 2018


Plant Based Everything

From Kyrie Irving to Will.i.am, athletes and celebs are leading the plant based movement. 2018 is the year of the plants! For the longest time Veganism lived in the fringes but with companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods at the forefront, you can now find burgers that taste, look, and smell like meat but are made entirely of plants. The future of meat is meatless and dairy is going cow free! Nut based cheeses like Miyokos and Kite Hill have been making waves with major retailers but we’ve got some local hot shots here in Vancouver with Blue Heron CreameryPulse and Black Sheep. Plant Based Butchers like The Very Good Butcher and YamChops will be changing the conversation of what to expect from your local butcher. Stores like Vegan Supply are stocking up on goods like ribs, bacon and pulled pork from Plant Base. All of your meaty needs without compromising flavour and texture, and most importantly without harming any animals! Plant Based living is going beyond the plate from fashion to cosmetics. Look out for plant based everything in 2018!


CBD Oil

Go Green! The Marijuana plant is abundant in its health benefits, from the all mighty hemp seed to Mary Jane herself. CBD oil is the next big marijuana trend. CBD is a non psychoactive part of the plant… aka, it’s not going to make you high. However it can help chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety, sleep and nausea…just to name a few of the many benefits. Fleurs Tea, Hemp Hydrate and Grind Bar are a few of the brands bringing CBD to the mainstream.


Activism for Everyone

In 2018 everyone holds a social responsibility. We are all activists. From #metoo to #blacklivesmatter we saw activism take the mainstage in 2017. This is only the beginning. Equal rights for all beings, people, animals and nature alike is becoming more and more a point of how we identify with our values and purpose. Gone are the days of activists being fringe or alternative. 2018 is the year that everyone becomes an activist. So find your calling and be part of the change!


Zero Waste

If Captain Planet was still airing, he would be telling us to commit to a zero waste lifestyle. Bulk and reusable are in and the world is a happier place because of it. With plastic islands the size of Texas floating through the ocean and packaging for everything we can all work harder to reduce our footprint. Check out NADA and The Soap Dispensary and get down with that Zero Waste lifestyle.


Tai Chi

Yoga's cool cousin. Bruce Lee, Doctor Strange and Yoda all championed the benefits of Tai Chi. Think meditation in movement or martial arts meets yin yoga. Good for the mind, body and soul. This ancient practice is making its way back into the mix. All good things come back around and who doesn't want to practice their chi like Bruce Lee!


Non-Toxic Beauty

If you wouldn’t eat it… you shouldn't put it on your face! Natural beauty is the new organic food and it makes sense... our skin is our largest organ. If we care about what we’re putting in our mouths, it’s only logical to care about what we’re putting on our skin. Don't forget to look out for beauty products that don’t test on animals while you're at it! Harlow Skin Co, Woodlot and K'pure are a few brands to check out. 


Ethical Fashion

Similar story…different medium. Across the board, it’s all about transparency. Where does your clothing come from and what is the impact of our consumer choices? Vegan fashion is making some major strides. Gone are the days where leather has to come from an animal. Matt and Nat has some incredible options. We’ve seen leather products made from pineapples and mushrooms. Anything is possible! Check out ARC Apparel, Nicole Bridger, Everlane and Patagonia. lululemon also recycles and reuses everything that doesn’t get sold. That’s pretty cool in our books.


Instant Pot

Topping off Martha Stewart's wish list, this years cooking sensation the Instant Pot. An old classic has found its way again. Millennials have taken a liking to Instant Pot cooking making it the modern way to make dinner again! Search #instapot on Instagram to see what all the craze is about!


Moringa

Every year a new ‘superfood’ makes it big. This year everyone will be wanting more Moringa! It’s a name that rolls off the tongue. Moringa is every bit worth the attention too. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It’s a good source of vitamin A, C, and E; calcium; potassium; and protein. It's also an antioxidant that helps fight those free radicals and it helps prevent inflammation. We could go on and on… but trust us, Moringa is something every smoothie maker should have in their cupboard. You can get a high quality Moringa from us in store or online.


Pine Pollen

Our favourite supplement to make it into the limelight. Pine Pollen is here to stay. Some say it’s the new maca. Pine Pollen is libido boosting and is an incredible source of plant based testosterone, great for balancing hormones and for getting a little extra boost for your exercise regime. For those in the baby market, it also boost fertility. It’s adaptogenic so it will cater to exactly what your body needs and treat areas of distress. Pine Pollen is packed with Vitamins A, B-Carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E and full of minerals like Calcium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, and Zinc. One more plus: Pine Pollen contains over twenty amino acids and all eight essential amino acids! That makes it a complete protein! Basically… a little shake of pine pollen in your daily smoothie or tea is good for just about everyone. You can get it at our store and online or through Harmonic Arts!


Craft Kombucha (and Ferments) are The New Craft Beer

Kombucha has been a staple for most of the past decade. This year we’re going to see a new look in kombucha and in ferments...it’s going craft and its going local. In Vancouver, look out for Hoochy Booch and Oddity Kombucha. Looking to sample them all to see what fits your fancy?  August Market has over 15 kombuchas on tap. Squamish Water Kefir Co and Moonbrew Tonic Co are mixing up Kefir and Jun… Kombucha's lesser known cousins in the fermented beverage game. In the fermented food sector check out Pure Earth Superfoods


Podcasts Take Over The Waves

Podcasts have been around for sometime now, but this is the year they take over radio. The quality of content and diversity in podcasts has reached a tipping point where radio can’t keep up. Veganism, business, running, meditation… whatever your interest there are dozens of podcasts that cater to whatever you’re into. A few of our favourites; The Rich Roll Podcast, Finding Mastery, How I Built This, Masters of Scale, Serial, On Being and The Ezra Klein Show.








Juiciest Jams - The Best Songs of 2017

JUICE TRUCK -10 BEST OF 2017 PLAYLIST

By Erika Preece

Well, there’s no arguing that 2017 was quite the year. Instead of reflecting on the news stories, biggest events or even tastiest smoothies, we decided to bring you a playlist full of juicy jams from this past year- tune in and enjoy!

  1. Black Fur - Elder Island

This band has quickly become a staff favourite to play in store since we are always looking for new indie-pop tunes to juice to. Check ‘em out!

  1. Fantastic Man - William Onyeabor

Our truck manager, Devon, loves this song. We often dance to this disco record in order to heat up while working on the truck (basically a giant refrigerator) during the winter!

  1. Strange or Be Forgotten - Temples

This Brit band played a show at the Fox Cabaret this past summer and the lead singer came in to the West 5th store that day for a juice. Full disclosure: he ordered a custom carrot/apple/turmeric blend, which clearly fuelled his performance!

  1. Chronic Sunshine - Cosmo Pyke

The song first caught my eye because the title literally opposes Vancouver weather. Watch out for this up-and-coming artist and his jazzy melodies!

  1. Young Hearts - Ponytails

This tune is from a local Vancouver band that plays an insanely fun live show.

  1. Incredible - Future

I remember jamming to this while closing during my first training shifts at the JT. It’s not family-friendly enough to play during the day; but if you stop by past closing time, it’s likely you’ll catch our staff grooving hard while cleaning floors.

  1. Girl Like You - Toro Y Moi

Another indie pop jam that is continuously on rotation.

  1. Love Forever - The Babe Rainbow

We like any songs that remind us of happy rainbows and beachy vibes, so this Australian band and they’re 60’s sound definitely makes the list.

  1. Not My Baby - Alvvays

This toe-tapper is by an indie band from Toronto- our neighbours to the East who also have their juice market on lock (checkout Greenhouse Juice Co. if you’re ever over there)!

  1. One Dance - Broods

Our Juice Truck soccer team won the league this fall, and no athlete is without their pre-game tunes. This cover of the Drake classic definitely helped some of our better games.

The Complete Guide to Vegan Supplements

 

Where do you get your protein from?? You’re not going to get enough iron? These are the questions that follow any vegan around. Whether you’re plant based, plant curious or just seeking out ways to optimize your health and wellness… there are lots of supplements to choose from. We see healthy eating and supplementing as the best preventive medicine out there. However, the supplement industry is massive and it can be confusing where to start and which brands to choose. Here is our guide to vegan supplements!

The Essentials:


Vitamin B12

Why: Most people are B12 deficient. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that has a major role in brain function and the health of your nervous system through the synthesis of myelin, and the formation of red blood cells. B12 traditionally came from the soil and we were able to get it through the dirt on vegetables… but we’re not often eating vegetables fresh from the soil and even if we are, the quality of soil is stripped down in many cases.

Top Pick: We love the Mega Food Vegan B12.

Vitamin D

Why: Oh let the sun shine in! Back in the day… and by that I mean hundreds of years ago, we all spent a lot more time outdoors. Even if you live in sunny California, most people are still not getting the necessary amount of Vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium and promote healthy bone growth.

Top Pick: We are big fans of the Botanica Organic Vitamin D.

DHA and EPA

Why: There’s a lot of talk about fish oil for your omegas. Where do the fish get their omegas from? From algae! It’s always best to skip the middleman and go straight to the source. DHA and EPA, these essential fatty acids are omega-3 fats, which reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They also promote brain health and help counteract anxiety and depression. DHA and EPA are a top of our list of daily essentials.


Top Pick: We love the NutraVege Plant Omega 3 and the Genestra Vegan DHA/EPA.


Zinc

Why: Zinc is a powerhouse. It is needed for proper function of the immune system. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. It’s also needed for the senses of smell and taste. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are easy ways to get your zinc but if you need a little boost and most of us do, it’s not a bad idea to supplement.


Top Pick: There are a lot of options out there for good quality zinc but we like the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Zinc.


Iron

Why: Iron is a mineral that's necessary for your health. All of your cells contain iron, but most of the iron in your body is found in your red blood cells. Your red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to the organs and tissues throughout your body. Iron helps with metabolizing proteins, producing hemoglobin and red blood cells. Legumes, grains, nuts and seeds and leafy greens are all good sources of iron.


Top Pick: We love the Vitality Power Iron + Organic Spirulina. It’s one of our most popular and most loved retail products. The Pranin Purefood Iron is another good option. 


Iodine

Why: Find this overachiever in all those salty sea veggies like kelp, kombu and wakame. The body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate the body's metabolism. For those Mamas and Mama-to-be’s we need healthy thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy.


Top Pick: Thyroid Strength by MegaFood is a great choice.


Digestion


Bitters

Why: We love us some bitters. Bitter foods are not a regular part of the western diet but they’re so necessary for so many reasons. Bitters help curb sugar cravings, soothe gas and bloating, stomach aches and nausea, relieve heartburn and aid in digestion. Leafy greens such as arugula and dandelion greens, cacao and bitter melon are a few bitter foods.


Top Pick: Urban Moonshine Original Digestive Bitters. This brand has some amazing products!


Probiotics

Why: You can get probiotics in fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha or kefir. Probiotics boost your digestions, heal inflammatory bowel issues, boosts your immune system… a healthy gut plays a major role in your mood, in your inflammation and recovery and what foods you crave. A strong probiotic game is the best place to start!


Top Pick: We like to regularly rotate our probiotics. Currently on our shelf; Ora Trust Your Gut and the Bio-K. We're hooked on the Bio-K Coconut which includes hemp and pea protein. Probiotics and protein in one…count the basket and one (if you’re not a basketball fan, that means it’s a winning combo).


Fibre

Why: It’s all about the fibre. People like to focus on protein but really fibre is way more important. There are rarely (if ever) cases of protein deficiency but most people are deficient in fibre. Fibre helps the flow of things… but beyond that, fibre plays a huge role in muscle recovery and inflammation, managing a healthy body weight, controls blood sugar levels, while lowering cholesterol. We could all focus a little more on our fibre.


Top Pick: NutraCleanse is amazing. Nature’s Path Qi’a Chia Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal is a staple in our pantry too!


Magnesium

Why: Magnesium helps keep things a moving, helps you relax and sleep and helps with sore muscles. A trifecta of good things from one supplement. Magnesium also helps with anxiety and nerves and with regulating levels of Calcium, Potassium and Sodium. Magnesium is an every night ritual where we come from.


Top Pick: Natural Calm Magnesium by Natural Vitality and Naka Originals Magnesium Bisglycinate Complex.

Protein

Why: This is what everyone loves to talk about. Protein is the super star of the supplement world. This is the best advice we’ve heard when choosing a protein supplement:  Keep it simple! So many protein powders are so jam packed with everything it’s hard to keep straight… let alone pronounce half of the ingredients. Protein builds and repair tissues. You also use protein to produce enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is a powerhouse building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Lentils, tofu, black beans, hemp seeds, spirulina, quinoa, brown rice, oats and green peas are all great sources of plant based protein.


Our Top Picks: The simplest of cleanest of all options out there. We’re all about the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 and Hemp Pro Fibre. We also love the Body Energy Club Clean Vegan and the Botanica Health Perfect Protein.

All in One

Why: Life is busy… it’s hard to manage schedules, let alone multiple supplements. Sometimes the best bet is a one stop shop option. Give us all the goods in one go. It’s the easiest way to fill in the gaps.  


Top Picks: If you want it in a shake or smoothie, we really like the Progressive VegEssentials All in One. Silky smoothe flavour with all the nutrients you need. For multivitamins MegaFood is our top choice. We love their options for their Multi for Men, Multi for Women, Baby and Me and One Daily. MegaFood hands down makes the best multi vitamins out there.


Superfoods

Why: Ideally we get all the nutrients we need from a plant based, whole grain diet. However with the day to day stresses both internally from stress, lack of sleep or whatever it might be and externally from exposure to pollution and chemicals of all sorts, we could all use a little extra support.


Top Picks: Chia Seeds… easy to add to everything and high in essential fatty acids and packed with magnesium, iron, calcium and magnesium. We like the Prana brand. Avocados, full with healthy monounsaturated fats, are another easy go to. Moringa… fun to say and even more fun in smoothies is one of the best bang for your buck superfoods out there. Moringa is know as the “miracle tree” and the “world’s most nutritious plant species ever studied,” Moringa is an amazing source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, boasting high amounts of vitamin A, C and E as well as calcium, potassium and a good dose of protein. It’s basically a one ingredient multivitamin. We sell a really high grade Moringa at the Juice Truck. If you want a really great and fully comprehensive guide to superfoods, we’ve got a whole section on superfoods in our new book.  


Support

Mushrooms

Why: Mushrooms are a miracle food. Whatever your need, there is a mushroom thats got your back. Lion’s Mane for brain and nervous system, Cordyceps for energy and performance, Reishi for stress and sleep, Chaga to boost your immune system. For an amazing guide we love the book Healing Mushrooms.


Top Pick: Four Sigmatic for all the mushrooms. These guys have got it figured out. We also really like what’s offered from Host Defence Mushrooms and the Shroom Tech supplements from Onnit. For more variety, check out Harmonic Arts. They have an unmatched selection and you can buy in bulk!


Adaptogens

Why: Not just because adaptogens are one of the buzziest words of 2017. Adaptogens are your life preserver. As the name suggests adaptogens are able to fill in the blanks wherever you need them most. Stress and adrenal fatigue are where adaptogens fight above their weight class but it’s a good idea to have some adaptogens on deck for almost every situation. We lean on them most when stress is high or our amount of sleep is low.


Top Picks: Ashwagandha… our second favourite supplement to say over and over again to Moringa and our top choice for adaptogens. We sell a high grade Ashwagandha at The Juice Truck. Another favourite is the Fermented Ashwagandha Adaptogenic Tonic by Botanica Health.  



Recovery

Why: Minimize the pain and maximize those gains. What you do after any exercise, any big trip, any cold will play a big role in you’re recovery. There are many supplements that can help, but these ones are tried, tested and true and won’t break the bank. A strong recovery regiment will get you back in the gym quicker, back on the court faster and stronger, back to work healthier or back in your time zone with less confusion.


Top Picks: Turmeric Lattes are definitely having a moment and they key part Turmeric… is one of the top performers for recovery. The Botanica Health Turmeric Golden Milk is tasty and boasts extra benefits with Ashwagandha added to the mix. The Blume Turmeric Latte mix is amazing and so is the Harmonic Arts Golden Mylk Blend. The Fermented Turmeric Ginger tonic also from Botanica Health is another one we regularly go to. For ginger we like the New Chapter Ginger Force supplement.


Focus / Energy

Why: Let’s be honest here… if it weren’t for that cup of coffee every morning, we’d all be yawning our way through till lunch. There’s more and more research coming out on brain health and the energy sector is massive… so there’s lots to choose from. The challenge is finding something that doesn’t give you the jitters or leave you crashing back down to sleepville. Having more focus and energy will help allow you to better achieve and better perform the tasks at hand.


Top Picks: Pine Pollen. Yes the yellow pollen from pine trees. It works wonders. Our Juice Truck Pine Pollen is our top selling supplement. Maca...lots of options here but we like the Ecoideas brand. Shilajit is fun and effective. Give Purblack a try. Panax Ginseng is also amazing. Try the Prince of Peace brand. For focus, play around with some nootropics. They have some interesting offerings at Bulletproof. Bacopa and Rhodiola are other super foods that get the job done. There’s lots of tea options as well. We’re fans of Matcha...specifically from Matcha Ninja and from withinUs TruOrganic Matcha. The woke tea from Fleurs earns its name sake too!

Sleep

Why: Everyone's favourite thing: sleep. We could all use more of it and many of us struggle with it. Falling asleep, staying asleep, working too much, binge watching netflix or scrolling instagram for way too long before bed...there’s a million ways to restlessly struggle with catching some zee’s. Shawn Stevenson and Ariana Huffington both have incredible books on sleep that are worth more than a nights sleep in insight. The benefits of sleep are endless: sleep benefits our heart, our weight, our mind, and much, much more. Sleep makes you feel better, but its value stretches far beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under dark circles under your eyes. Sleep is the single most important health habit.


Top Picks: The magnesium choices highlighted under digestion are an every night staple. Now Foods 5-HTP works magic. The Saje Sleep Well roller also works wonders. Chamomile tea does actually help with sleep as well. We like the Traditional Medicinals brand. We’ve recently tried CBD products with amazing results. The Fleurs Tea Doze offering is a great product. Great taste and sets you off for a nice relaxing night.


Best places to buy supplements:

The Juice Truck

Body Energy Club

Harmonic Arts

Real Raw Food

Organic Matters

Whole Foods

Vegan Supply

Eternal Abundance