Like virtually every other aspect of our lives, from fashion to the games that we prefer to play at an online casino Canada, food goes through trends and fads to keep things interesting. We’ve gone from the brightly coloured, processed treats of the 90s to the low-fat health meals of the 00s, and currently, healthy and exotic ingredients are where it’s at. Thankfully, the bizarre jellied dishes of the 60s and 70s have long been left behind, along with their quintessential curly parsley garnishes!
This year, more appealing super-foods like moringa, plant based milks and blue pea flower powder were hot among foodies, and vegan options repeatedly made headlines as folks started to focus on ethical, sustainable choices. Now that 2020 is approaching, a whole new set of food trends are gearing up to take the world by storm, including some modern classics and some brand new ingredients as well. Here are our predictions for the top food trends that will change the way we eat this coming year!
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a constituent of the cannabis plant with incredible health benefits to share. The molecule is known for its ability to treat inflammation, stress, anxiety, seizures and more – and that’s just the start of what it can do. Needless to say, CBD is fast making its way into tinctures, teas, health snacks and juices to change the lives of foodies for good.
Collagen is an age-old health powerhouse that is making a comeback in 2020. Extracted from the connective tissue of animals like cows and chickens, it is packed with essential proteins, and supplies all the amino acids your body needs to effectively repair itself. Over and above that, collagen can also reverse some signs of ageing, keep your joints, hair, skin and nails soft and supple, and keep the lining of your gut healthy to prevent issues like Leaky Gut Syndrome and autoimmune disorders.
Collagen is largely found in animal products, bone broth and egg whites, but it’s safe to say that few people are getting enough of it in their diets. It’s for this exact reason that collagen supplementation is set to become the next big health trend, particularly among those who haven’t yet joined the vegan legion.
Oats have been the favourite breakfast food of countless generations, and for very good reason. They are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals and beta glucans, a powerful soluble fibre that enhances your immunity and keeps you feeling full for longer.
Interestingly, they also make a delicious and affordable milk substitute that is 100% vegan and far better for the planet than traditional dairy. Oat milk doesn’t contain the phyto-estrogens of soya milk or carry the heavy water needs of almond milk, making it a perfect dairy substitute for modern eco warriors.
The consumption of this smelly Southeast Asian fruit was once banned in public altogether, but times are changing fast. Jackfruit has recently become a favourite food of the vegan community thanks to its versatility and its superior ability to absorb flavour.
Favourite recipes for this fruit include BBQ Jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ and jack fruit fritters, both of which are easy to make and packed with nutrients. Ultimately, this fruit is an excellent meat substitute with the right seasoning and cooking techniques. It’s no wonder that it has already become hugely trendy in every corner of the globe.
Protein supplements have been around for a while, but in 2020, plant-based protein will almost certainly be enjoying its time in the spotlight. Plant-based protein powders are packed with health benefits, and are significantly better for the environment too.
They are easily digestible, affordable for nearly everyone, and offer the same benefits you have come to expect from your favourite protein powder. Brown rice, oats, chia seeds, hemp, lentils and soya are infused with probiotics, pre-biotics, fibre and super-foods to create a nutritional powerhouse for folks on the move.
The root of the perennial lotus plant has been enjoyed by Asian populations for many hundreds of years. Now, lotus root is set to take off as a food trend of its own thanks to its excellent fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper and iron content.
The pretty roots can be eaten cooked or raw, and offer crisp, starchy white flesh similar to that of a daikon radish. Lotus roots can be added to salads, stir-fries and curries, or used to make chips, soups, healthy cakes, stuffing, and even condiments! Did you know that the seeds found in the chambers inside the roots are edible too?
‘Sustainability’ is set to be the ultimate buzzword for the world of food in 2020. As the climate crisis continues to become a topic of conversation, people across the globe are looking for more sustainable, earth-friendly meals in a bid to do their part for Mother Earth.
Fair trade, organically grown, local and seasonal produce are all expected to take pride of place on shelves all over the world. Meals in 2020 will be simple, nutrient-dense, full of flavour, and kinder to the planet, all at the same time. Now that is a trend we can definitely get on board with!