Top Food Trends For 2019
Every new year brings with it new chances, new lessons and new food trends! Be the first in on all the newest food trends, both the innovative and “return to nature” approaches.
Homemade Jams, Jellies & Marmalades
While the age of convenience is certainly alive and well, an increasing number of people are taking a more “homemade” approach when they can. From salad dressings and condiments to sauces and baking, using basic ingredients helps to skip out on a lot of unnecessary sugars and preservatives. Jams, jelly and marmalade take the top spot on the homemade agenda however, with searches on Pinterest up an astounding 829%!
Plant-Based Protein, Dairy & Meals
Whether due to ethical, environmental or health reasons, 2019 will be the year that plant-based foods shine! After rising quickly in 2018, plant-based protein and dairy replacements are in high demand with the release of the Beyond Burger and new plant-based milks like Ripple. While getting enough protein on a plant-based diet can be challenging, seitan, tofu, pumpkin seeds, chia, farro and bulgur are just a few hot ingredients we’ll be seeing more and more of through the year for their high protein counts.
Fresh Baked Bread
There is perhaps no more original “return to nature” practice than baking your own bread! With Pinterest searches up 413%, at-home baking is making a major comeback. With the rise of ezekiel, sprouted wheat and flavored artisan breads, it’s easy to see why even newcomers to the kitchen are tempted to try their luck in the baking world. While bread baking can be a tricky game of dough temperatures, rest times and exact ingredients, there is no shortage of “made easy” “no knead” and even crockpot bread recipes that anyone can try.
Left and right you will hear how important getting enough water per day is, but with busy schedules it can be tough to get your minimum 8 cups a day. One way to add some incentive to hydrating yourself regularly is to sweeten it up with any combination of fruits, herbs & spices! Infused water recipes were up 353%, with recipes for ginger infused water taking the top rungs – we assume for its natural digestion-aiding properties. Infusing your water with an assortment of berries, melon & citrus fruits – or even more savory foods like ginger, basil & mint – claims many health benefits, the best of which being a tasty way to hydrate.
The Pegan Diet
The latest diet trend to hit is the Pegan diet, a diet that avoids dairy, gluten, wheat, grains, processed sugars & refined vegetable oils. Plants will make up 75% of daily food intake, both plant and animal based proteins make up 25% and the remaining 10% goes to healthy fats from fish, flaxseed, nuts, avocados, olives and coconut. While a little tricky, the diet is an improvement from the Standard American Diet for its focus on whole plant foods and avoidance of processed & artificial ingredients. The best part is the allowance of some high quality animal-protein makes reaching nutritional protein goals much, much easier.
“Nose-to-tail” and “peel-to-root” eating has been commonplace in most areas of the world for centuries, but in more commercial countries food waste has become a big problem. Thanks to increasing sustainability concerns, the demand for less waste from both agricultural and farming industries is on the rise. Thanks to this trend, you will start to see products that make use of previously discarded food waste more and more, as well as recipes like candied grapefruit peels, carrot top pesto, braised oxtails, homemade stock and more.
In a resurgence of “quality over quantity” in action, small plates, charcuterie, hor d’oeuvres, grazing tables & tapas are rising in popularity in place of sit down dinners. Filling up on a variety of fine dried fruits, nuts, cheeses, salumi and other prepared finger foods is fun, modern and flexible way to create and experience of textures and flavors in a utensil and seat-free environment perfect for cocktail parties and other social events.
You’ve heard of fermented foods like yogurt, kefir and – of course – kombucha, but thanks to advances in microbiology prebiotics and probiotics will now be making their appearance in a number of packaged, shelf-stable foods like cereal, soup, bars and even peanut butter. If you are unfamiliar, prebiotics are a form of dietary fiber that acts as a fertilizer for your good gut bacteria, while probiotics are live bacteria that combat harmful bacteria and work to give the digestive and immune system a boost.
If you haven’t noticed already, we are a huge fan of veggie-made foods – particularly zucchini noodles! Judging from this trend, we’re not the only ones! In 2019 you can expect more veggie pastas from lentils and buckwheat to chickpeas and even mushroom! This trend stems straight from the gluten free folks but is gaining fast with the demand from low carb and paleo folks as well.
In 2019 you’ll no doubt continue to see sushi burritos, doughnut burgers, kimchi quesadillas, taco lasagna, bacon mac and cheese egg rolls and other mash-ups of different cultural cuisines. These “frankenfoods” are unique, fun, tasty and almost always combine the best of one cuisine with the best of another for a really delicious change of pace.
What foods do you predict will rise to the top for 2019? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
January 2, 2019