Happy 2019! With a new year comes new food trends. Last year, we saw the rise of non-dairy milks, vegetable-centric dishes like the Impossible Burger, and a widespread effort to reduce plastic consumption. According to Self and Whole Foods, there are a few new trends to look out for this year. See below for the full list!
Faux Meat Snacks
In 2018, the faux meat trend started with coconut and eggplant "bacon." This year, the trend is growing even more with "pork" rinds, that are actually made from mushrooms, onions, yuca, and other natural flavors. Additionally, more grocery stores are stocking their aisles with vegan jerky. Be on the lookout for more faux-meat snacks.
Gut health is more important than ever. More studies and research show that gut health plays a key role in a properly functioning body. Up until now, many probiotics were found in pill form, but now you'll see more food brands adding probiotics into their foods with pantry staples like granola, nut butter and protein bars. If your diet doesn't consist of probiotic-rich foods, you'll now be able to incorporate them more easily, especially with this flavorless powdered probiotic that you can mix into any food or drink you'd like or this cold brew coffee infused with probiotics.
Non-dairy milk like almond milk, cashew milk and coconut milk surged in popularity in early 2018, but oat milk is the latest obsession. For people with a nut sensitivity, oat milk is a great alternative and according to Well And Good, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. You can now find more oat milk brands at your local grocery store. It's also pretty easy to make it at home.
You may have noticed an increase in kelp noodles in your local grocery store over the years. These nutrient dense noodles are made from kelp, which is loaded with calcium, iron and vitamin k. Whole Foods predicts an increase in sea-snacks ranging from kelp noodles, crispy salmon skin snacks and even plant-based tuna alternatives.
2018 was the year of the Keto diet, which has a strong emphasis on healthy fats. You'll start to see more dessert and snack products made with healthy fats like MCT Oil, coconut butter, grass-fed ghee and more.
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