At the end of each year, experts try to predict the trend for the next year. Sometimes they hit better, sometimes worse, some trends take longer to develop, some come back after a few years. Here are the predictions for 2019.
Oat milk will be more popular than ever. Almost every year in the last decade, a plant-based milk has been on this list. Now it's the turn of oat milk, which tastes and foams quite similar to cow's milk.
Moringa instead of coffee. This plant comes from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, it is whole edible and rich in nutrients (vitamin C, magnesium, potassium). It has a sweet, earthy taste, does not contain caffeine, but still gives you energy.
Stable probiotics are new. Whole Foods says in its famous annual report that 2019 will see even more products containing strains of probiotic bacteria like Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 and Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856, two strains that are safe to eat when stored at room temperature. The logical assumption is that they will be found in numerous foods such as oatmeal, granola, vegetable butters, etc. Even beauty products could join this trend.
Alternative fats - especially MCTs (medium chain fatty acids, a type of oil derived from coconut oil), coconut butter, ghee.
Vegetarian snacks - instead of focusing on veggie burgers, Whole Foods believes that vegetarian snacks will be trending next year. Namely, more and more people, even those who are not vegetarians, are looking for plant-based snacks, according to the Whole Foods report.
Snacks from the sea, e.g. Algae Chips, a plant-based alternative to Algae Tuna. In addition to snacks, seaweed butter and kelp noodles will also be in fashion.
The tahini (taan) will be a hit. This food, which has been used in Middle Eastern kitchens for thousands of years, will get its five, or more, minutes of fame in 2019.
Middle Eastern and North African spices, e.g. harissa, sumac, za'atar that can be used to prepare different dishes.
Creative ice creams: think avocado, hummus, coconut water, cheese ice cream, etc.
More than water - according to Innovation Group's forecasts, it is about water with fruity flavors, e.g. red grape skin and red wine extract that supply it with phenolic substances known to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, inflammation, heart disease and obesity. This water does not contain alcohol.
Nootropic food - we are talking about food and supplements that have a beneficial effect on cognitive abilities. Some of them are already popular: eggs, turmeric, dark chocolate.
"Ugly" fruits and vegetables, meaning those that taste just as good but don't look like they came out of a mold, will be a hit, Fast Company predicts.
Hemp oil products that could work against stress and tension. Apart from cooking, this oil can also be used in cosmetics.
Ecological packaging, which does not contain harmful ingredients and is reusable.