07 Dec Top Food Trends for 2019
2018 has seen some interesting food trends. From poke bowls to canned cocktails, it’s always interesting to see what trends will dominate the food scene.
Whether you’re a foodie or not, 2019’s predicted trends might just whet your appetite:
As legislation around cannabis is changing worldwide, we are beginning to see the emergence of cannabis infused food and beverages. Restaurants and bars are already hopping onto this trend with cannabis cocktails, snacks and deserts making it onto the menu. It’s taking off in SA too, with Poison City Brewing in Durban offering a cannabis infused lager – an easy drinking beer that is apparently lighter in alcohol and has a distinctive, refreshing flavor.
Oat milk has risen in popularity over the past year with an estimated 425% increase in sales, making it a firm competitor for soy and almond milk. There are a number of reasons for this boost. Its neutral flavor makes it perfect for various drinks, the consistency is similar to cow’s milk and it’s thicker and won’t curdle up in iced drinks. Environmental impact also plays a role. According to the Huffington Post, it takes around 383% more water to produce a pound of almonds than it takes to produce the same amount of rolled oats, making it a better dairy alternative for the eco-conscious.
Mocktails have been around for a while, but 2018 has seen a bigger shift toward alcohol- free drinks. This seems to correlate with the fact that health and wellbeing is becoming a priority for an increasing number of people. More and more restaurants and bars have started adding virgin options to their menu. This trend is expected to grow in the year to come. Fruity, flowery and spicy flavors are expected to dominate.
Hummus in everything
Fancy a hummus milkshake? No, seriously. Hummus has been the rising star in the past few years and is now on its way to even greater heights. From brownie batter hummus dips, to hummus milkshakes, the humble chickpea remains top of the list when it comes to popular health foods.
Fermented foods have enjoyed popularity over the last year, and probiotic rich-foods are expected to only grow in popularity. News strains of probiotics are making shelf-stable probiotic-rich foods a possibility. You can expect to see foods like oatmeal, nut butters, nutrition bars and even chocolate with added probiotics for that extra health boost.