Behold the trendiest foods of 2019! Sure, we’re less than a month into the new year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead to the food items you can expect to see more of at the farmers market, on restaurant menus, and on supermarket shelves in the coming months.
To find some of the trendiest eats of the year (we’re looking at you, celtuce!) AskMen analyzed data from Pinterest, Facebook, and more. Make some room in the refrigerator and scroll down to see which foods made the cut!
Nutrient-packed mushrooms are bursting with flavor and make the perfect main, side dish, or appetizer for any dinner. That’s probably why they are springing up everywhere from coffee drinks to chocolate bars. According to Pinterest’s list of the top food trends for 2019, searches for fungi-focused recipes were up 64 percent year over year.
According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot survey — a barometer of food and beverage trends in restaurants around the country — worldly breakfast dishes are expected to be exceptionally popular in 2019. The yearly poll examined the responses of approximately 650 professional chefs (all members of the American Culinary Federation) and found that more than 69 percent of respondents said globally inspired breakfast items would be the year’s top food trend. Shakshouka — a Tunisian/Israeli dish made of poached eggs, tomato sauce, onions, chili peppers and spices — is one such meal.
In addition to earning a spot on Pinterest’s list of top food trends, infusions (think items such as ginger water and CBD) also caught the attention of Supermarket News and Kind Snacks, which predicted maple water (an infusion in its own right) will have a moment this year.
Sea vegetables — aka seaweed — have been a sushi staple for years, but Nation’s Restaurant News predicts 2019 will be the year the Asian snack becomes a star in its own right. According to James Griffin, an associate professor at Johnson & Wales University, seaweed consumption is growing 7 percent annually in the United States, and The New York Times predicts it will gain popularity because it is healthful, environmentally sound, and full of umami. Consider us on board!
Move over almond milk; there’s a new dairy alternative making waves in the food world. Per Pinterest, oat milk, which is tasty and environmentally friendly, saw an impressive 186 percent search increase over last year. In fact, it’s proven so popular that PepsiCo reportedly has plans to launch an oat beverage under the Quaker brand at some point this month. Uber Eatsalso predicted the vegan drink would be one to watch this year, along with pea milk — yet another trendy beverage that’s void of dairy.
The Pegan Diet
Part paleo, part vegan, the pegan diet is taking root with people on the hunt for healthy habits, Pinterest reports, with searches for eating pegan increasing by a whopping 337 percent year over year. The vegetable-based meal plan also coincides with an increased interest in plant-based foods, which are expected to remain popular through 2019.
Whole Foods has also noticed increased interest in healthy fats, which are an important component to the increasingly popular pegan diet.
Bread baking is on the rise, reports Pinterest, which has seen searches for how to make the carb-laden food up an impressive 413 percent from last year. As Facebok points out, though bread once had a bad rap, people are becoming increasingly interested in healthy takes on the staple, which helps explain why fermented loaves such as sourdough are expected to be especially popular in 2019.
African-inspired culinary influences are hardly new to the food scene, but Kind Snacks predicts 2019 will be the year that these spices and superfoods make their way into more conventional formats. That means flavors and ingredients such as harissa, berbere, dukkah, ras el hanout and tiger nuts will make their way into U.S. pantries via condiments, grain snacks, and protein rubs.
As noted by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ annual Culinary + Cocktail Trend Forecast, spices and African flavors expected to gain popularity also include South African herb rooibos.
Given the romaine lettuce E. coli scare in 2018, it’s no surprise that different greens are expected to garner increased interest in 2019. According to Supermarket News, celtuce — a lettuce cultivar — has been dubbed “the new kale.” The The New York Times also has faith in the Chinese lettuce, noting that its “leafy, bitter top” and celery-like stalk make it especially versatile.
Orange wine, which is made from the same grapes as white wine, gets its distinct hue from letting the juices of the fruit ferment with its skins and seeds. Self reports the vibrant libation is poised to gain traction in 2019, which is supported by the fact that supermarket chain Aldi recently released its own version of this colorful drink. Need more proof orange wine is ready for the spotlight? It’s already begun showing up on drink menus at some of the country’s trendiest restaurants.
If you’re watching your waistline, you’ll be pleased to know that better-for-you desserts are poised to make a big impact this year. As Supermarket News notes, The Hummus & Pita Co. recently debuted a line of dessert hummus, while Hu Kitchen, a health-focused fast-casual restaurant in New York City, lets customers assemble their own nutritious sweet treats. Dessert without all the guilt that comes with it? Count us in!