Every new year blasts us with a new superfood that promises to transform our lifestyle, skin, hair and everything else. We saw it in the case of spirulina, acai berries, maple water, quinoa and other such food. Though 2019 will also introduce another round of superfoods to the list, we think it is better to be concerned with healthy food ingredients that will make a comeback in 2019.
As the shift towards vegetarianism and veganism continues, food trends keep moving along this path. People are more concerned about the food they eat, and the idea of healthy food is giving rise to more new food start-ups who promise fresh, healthy food with fancy ingredients offering you more choices.
Get back to your comfort food options
2019 is going to be all about comfort foods making a comeback. Simple, traditional ingredients like butter, mushrooms and peas will become part of staple food in gourmet restaurants everywhere. Of course, they’ll be given a sophisticated makeover and artistic presentation.
Wouldn’t you love to dine in a restaurant that serves food harvested from local farms, freshly-picked and delivered to your doorstep? 2019 is going to be the year that makes this concept more of a reality across the globe. What else is new? Let’s find out. Take a look at the ingredients that are making a comeback in the new year.
Butter has for long been shunned by nutritionists everywhere. Avoiding its artificial variants and margarine still applies to good nutrition. Organic butter, however, is making a comeback. It takes lesser amounts to satiate appetites and contains negligent amounts of chemicals.
2) Goat meat
This will come as a surprise to many. But goat meat is actually healthier than beef and contains lesser amounts of fat comparatively. It also has higher quantities of protein and iron than other variants of red meat. Contrary to popular belief, goat meat tastes nothing like chicken. It tastes more like lamb but with a chewier texture.
Mushrooms have been found to be beneficial for many modern health issues. Shiitake, Reishi, button and oyster mushrooms are rich in dietary fibres, vitamin D and antioxidants, and low in calories. They are also easily available and tasty. There’s no reason why mushrooms won’t make a comeback this year.
4) Green peas
Peas have high protein content. Each serving has about 21 grams of protein, and therefore, are the hottest source of protein at the moment. Peas are tasty, cheap and gluten-free. Soon, you’ll be getting your smoothies with peas powder in them or a healthier option with fresh peas.
The idea of probiotic is not just going to remain in yoghurts and supplements. You’ll be saying hello to probiotic water in the new year. Not only that, chewable probiotics are being manufactured for better dental health. They help in preventing dental infection and build-up of bacteria in the mouth.
6) Pasta alternatives
Say goodbye to flour and wheat pasta and hello to lentil and quinoa pasta. You’ll find better and healthier alternatives of pasta in the new year. You’ll also find substitutions like chickpeas, barley and vegetable pasta.
It might be good practice to start eating your veggies seriously because cauliflower is coming back on your plate next year as well. It is high in fibre, folate, potassium and vitamin C and low in calories and carbs at the same time. It also contains compounds called glucosinolates that help to keep cancer cells in check.
8) Watermelon water
Watermelon water might prove as beneficial as coconut water. It contains natural electrolyte minerals. It also contains high amounts of potassium that help to keep your blood pressure in check. Lycopene in watermelon water is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. So, get ready to switch to watermelon water in the new year.
9) Purple foods
The colour of next-generation food is purple. Prepare to eat purple carrots, purple kale and purple broccoli, and we already have purple cabbage, beetroot and others on the list. These foods are power-packed with disease-fighting properties. They also help to boost the immune system and improve memory and brain function.
10) Sunflower protein powders
Plant-based natural protein powder is always preferable over synthetic sources. Sunflower protein powder is especially a great option for vegans and vegetarians because they don’t eat meat and constantly struggle to get enough protein.
And it just gets better. Not only is it high in nutrients, but seaweed is also low in calories, so we’re super thrilled to have more of it in products in 2019. It’s great on sushi as you already know and we’re going to see more options in the new year.
12) Alternative Sugars
White sugar is out. Brown sugar came in. Now, we’re about to be exposed to other alternatives like date sugar and coconut sugar.
You can expect to see a lot more of turmeric in 2019. While it was climbing the charts in 2016, turmeric, long revered in India as a cure, will rule to roost this year in drinks and meals.
14) Salt-free spices
The bane of exciting munchies is the overload of salt. This coming year, you’ll be exposed to reduced sodium intake by replacing salt with spices and herbs like paprika, oregano, clove, ginger, cumin, etc.
There is so much talk about coconut oil and its benefits and usage, but there’s more to come with this dry drupe. Coconut is making a comeback in 2019. Look out for this ingredient in chips, tortilla flour, sugar and more. In the new year, you’ll see coconut being used in many recipes, from smoothies to meals and everything in between.