9 Health Trends Hipsters Love

Hipsters are often the first to give a new health trend a shot. Not just because it sounds interesting, but due to all the science that often backs up the healthy foods and diets, hipsters follow something for it’s value. In fact, some of the foods you swear by and drinks you look forward to grabbing post-class were first adopted by your hipster friends.

Here’s what they’re currently crushing on:

Elevated Toast

Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy breakfast treat, but Elevated Toast can take you from a breakfast food to a sophisticated lunch or dinner meal in minutes. The newest toast toppers include radishes for crunch, heirloom tomatoes and/or carrots, vegan cheeses, artichokes and just about any health food you can think of. You can go sweet or savory, but regardless of which style you go for, you have to have a thick, fresh piece or artisanal toast to hold all of your toppings.

Cold brew coffee  

Can’t bear a day without your cup of coffee? Take a tip from the trendiest folks and switch to cold brew coffee. It’s less acidic than hot coffee, decreasing your risk of heartburn. It’s also less bitter than your regular hot brew, so you’re not sacrificing taste for its health benefits. In fact, most say that the cold brewing process of steeping coffee for 12-plus hours enhances the natural flavors found in coffee, making for a richer, almost chocolatey taste.  

Kombucha

This gut-friendly fermented drink dates back thousands of years in some Asian cultures, but has recently been popularized by hipsters as the health food drink of choice. Once fermented, the drink becomes high in B vitamins and probiotics, making them good for energy retention and digestion. The antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene found in the drink help protect the body from free radical damage.     

Fermenting foods

Fermenting your food is great your gut and for your wallet. Fermented foods, like pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut, are packed with probiotics and are easily broken down by your digestive system. The bonus is that fermenting your foods makes them last longer in your refrigerator, because the fermenting process acts as a natural preservative

Maca

This trending superfood is a root vegetable that you’d normally find in the health food store in powdered form. Adding this powder in small doses is said to have major health benefits, but the big one is that it’s a natural way to increase your energy levels. Toss those toxic energy drinks of yore and start adding maca powder to your smoothies, soups and salad dressings for an all-day energy boost.    

Oil pulling

Don’t let the name fool you: Oil pulling doesn’t mean drinking, or even swallowing oil. Oil pulling simply consists of swishing a tablespoon of oil (preferably coconut oil) around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. The benefits are well worth the time because it’s said to decrease gum disease, prevent bad breath, strengthen gums and prevent tooth decay. Rumors go beyond the dental benefits and make claims on improved skin tone and reducing risk of heart disease.

Surf workout classes

Get all the benefits of a surf session without ever having to step foot in the ocean. Surf fitness classes are great for core strength, balance and all-over muscle tone. Besides the great arm workout you’ll get in these classes, the fun music and beachy vibes will have you coming back again and again.  

Adult fitness retreats

Fitness festivals like Wanderlust are taking over our Instagram feeds. The hipster set is now spending their hard-earned cash on these typically yoga-centric festivals rather than a vacation that leaves them feeling hungover and not particularly zen. Friends are made, fitness goals are achieved, and memories are imprinted in the minds of the folks who choose a fitness festival.  

Smoothie bowls

Acai bowls were the tip of the iceberg before hipsters on the forefront of the trend started creating other sorts of superfood smoothie bowls. Now you’ll see smoothie bowls so pretty you won’t want to eat them, but when you do you’ll find out they’re just as delicious as they are Pinterest-worthy. Try topping your smoothie bowl with passionfruit, dragonfruit or edible flowers, and you’ll find yourself struggling between posting a pic online and devouring your creation.

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.