The New year is nearly upon us and so are the new 2019 food trends! Year by year, I’ve noticed that more and more of the trends are starting to become more health conscious! Take a look at some of the more health related 2019 trends that we have to look forward to:
Shunning animal products and by products is more mainstream than ever, as all vegan restaurants are popping up all over, making plant based foods more accessible than ever. Start slow by jumping on board with meatless Mondays. Non dairy milk are at an all time high consumption – but watch out for 2019 where oat milk will be the new almond milk! It is relatively low in calories, but quite high in carbs so it may not be suitable for those looking to cut out carbohydrates.
Ugly produce will start facing a pretty reality. Consumers are going to start finally accepting mishappen, bruised and just down right ugly foods as totally edible (with special thanks to Jamie Oliver). It is part of a larger food waste problem. Ugly produce is safe to eat, and has all the same nutritional benefits.
On the topic of fresh produce, veggies are going to be taking centre stage. They have long been related to side dishes – but not anymore. Soon we are going to be seeing veggie showstoppers even carnivores will enjoy – smoked, grilled, roasted and marinated. Think about roasting a whole head of cauliflower or cabbage and zoodle veggie bolognaise (made with lentils!) – umami rich and juicy plant based dishes. Experts are predicting there will be more plant innovations highlighting nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and seaweed in the form of snack bars, chips and meat free burgers or sausages.
More people will eat at home. Given the increasing prices of food away from home more diners will be enjoying meals in their humble abodes in 2019. As a dietitian, I definitely cannot say that I am unhappy about this. Staying in means getting in the kitchen and being creative with foods, smaller portion sizes and being in control of what ingredients are used and how they are cooked. The power is being shifted to the consumer, and we have the ability now to make sure we eat healthy wholesome foods.
The fight against sugar will continue. The government continues to be challenged as the public and health organizations will demand for more sugar cuts and more transparency on food labels.
Grab a pen and take notes, friends, because the new year is coming in hot and these anticipated trends could help the next 365 days become your healthiest yet. We have a lot to look forward to!
Happy New Year!