Good news for the vegetarians — 2019 is going to be the year of your favourite veggies! With vegetables taking the centre plate in most restaurants in the coming year, meat will most likely take a backseat. As the trend towards eating healthy continues, more and more people are giving up the consumption of meat. What makes us say that? It’s the food trends that’ll define the new year 2019.

Keep up with the latest food trends

If you consider yourself a foodie, you must stay updated about food trends you’re going keep hearing about constantly in the coming year and what it means for you. According to the dieticians across the globe and social media channels, food with lower carbohydrates like vegetable noodles, sweet potato and others are flooding blogs everywhere. People are choosing to avoid added sugar in their food, and there has been a growing demand for turmeric, which is likely to dominate 2019.

Minimising food wastage in 2019

One of the main concerns that we’ll need to address is food wastage. Many food companies are making jam out of the rejected fruits from ugly produce and chefs are coming up with innovative ways to cook vegetables as well as their by-products and leftovers. With all these efforts being made, 2019 is likely to see reduced wastage of food.

While we’re discussing food trends of 2019, let us tell you more about what foods will be the showstoppers in the new year. Here are 15 food trends that will define 2019.

1) Clean-eating chips

The great news for snack junkies is that you can still keep munching on chips without falling prey to harmful unsaturated fats. Ditch the packaged potato chips and munch on healthier options like black bean chips, baked nut chips, sweet potato chips and so on. Unlike potato chips, these alternatives offer an excellent source of fibre and protein and are usually baked.

2) Jackfruit

As per Pinterest trends, jackfruit is the new meat. It has a texture similar to pulled pork and is therefore used widely by vegans and vegetarians alike as a substitute for meat. Despite its meaty texture, jackfruit is high in protein content. It is also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and iron. It’s also hailed as the ‘miracle food crop’ and has the potential to solve global food insecurities.

3) Turmeric lattes

2016 was the year of turmeric, and golden (turmeric) lattes are likely to be the fad in 2019 due to increased interest in anti-inflammatory foods. Golden lattes are basically drinks made with turmeric, coconut oil, black pepper, ginger, honey, cinnamon and unsweetened plant-based milk. Guess grandma’s turmeric milk cure for cold doesn’t seem so outdated now!

4) Seaweed

Seaweed chips and other sea vegetables are filling the market lately. One sub-genre of seaweed we’re likely to see more of is the healthy dulse, which can be used as a substitute for salt so you can snack without worrying about high salt levels in your body.

5) Craft beer

Microbreweries produce craft beer in very small amounts, much smaller than the large-scale corporate breweries. Brewing craft beer usually involves traditional methods of brewing with emphasis on flavour and quality. The trend of craft beer will give you better quality beer in 2019. Yet another reason to celebrate the new year!

6) Naan pizza

2019 is going to be the year of the naan pizza — naan bread works as a perfect pizza crust. They can be prepared quickly and effortlessly. Top it up with ingredients of your choice, and you can taste the goodness of homemade pizza within minutes.

7) Octopus

A few years back, octopus was the least favourite food trend, but it has gained its position back in 2019. It’s now widely eaten across the US as the main course, appetizer or sushi and is even used in cocktails. It has overtaken squid in popularity and is now one of the most preferred seafood across the globe.

8) Veggie burgers that taste like meat

2016 was an extraordinary year for the vegetarian world. We saw the development of a vegetarian burger that bleeds like real meat. More burger joints are making efforts towards coming up with ‘vegetarian meat’ burgers using a variety of vegan ingredients. So, if you’re planning to give up meat in the new year, you should just go ahead and do it.

9) Meal boxes

Subscription-based meal boxes are not a new concept. So, what’s new in 2019? You’ll soon be able to get similar kits in supermarkets. More grocery stores are coming up with meal kits to make cooking easier and hassle-free in the new year. Fantastic news for lazy cooks, right?

10) Ancient grains

Quinoa and farro are things of the past. Time to try out teff and sorghum. Teff is a grain that’s rich in proteins and fibre, more so than other grains and so is sorghum. These ancient varieties of grains are likely to define healthy food in 2019.

11) Coconut

We can go on and on about the benefits of coconut, coconut oil and coconut water. But what’s new? Coconut flour. 2019 will see the advent of coconut flour that’s gluten-free and easily digestible, unlike white flour. You might also get coconut sugar in the new year to enjoy guilt-free desserts.

12) New varieties of noodles and pasta

You’ve had regular pasta and wheat pasta but what about lentil and quinoa pasta? You’ll find better and healthier varieties of pasta and noodles in the new year. 

13) Olive oil alternatives

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on olive oil, try alternatives like canola oil or vegetable oil because it’s the new trend. There may be a slight difference in flavour and fragrance, but these alternatives work as well as olive oil.

14) Buddha bowls

This is the newest trend in healthy eating. Buddha bowls consist of nourishing, comforting foods that are filling as well as healthy. They have the goodness of raw or roasted veggies, beans, grains and sometimes fish — in short, a complete meal in a bowl. These bowls help reduce toxins in your body and lower the risk of chronic diseases.

15) Sous-vide

The sous-vide style of cooking involves sealing food in a vacuum-sealed plastic pouch and then placing it in a water bath or steamer. The food cooks evenly from inside and outside without overcooking. The sous-vide cooking is going to take centre stage in 2019 in healthy cooking methods.

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