2018’s Trendiest Food!
Food trends come and go like any other... and 2018 set to be no different!
We've had a look at some of the latest food trends that you may just hear about this year. Admittedly, some are a little out there but hey, we say don't knock it until you've tried it!
2018 is looking like a great year for vegetarians, vegans and clean eaters. With more and more people embracing a healthier diet, food trends are following suit with an abundance of dairy free, meat free, vegan and sugar alternatives hitting the shelves.
So lets take a look at just a handful (and it really is just the tip of the iceberg!)
For all the coffee enthusiasts... there was cold brew, rocket fuel and now there's mushroom coffee! Mushroom coffee can now be found easily online and in some specialist shops. It's even making its way onto the menu at some London restaurants and coffee shops. It's said that mushrooms’ earthy flavour complements bold, roasted coffee beans, providing a smoother flavour. Unlike some fruit and vegetables, mushrooms must be cooked to reap the health benefits. So by being cooked and liquified/dried — the resulting coffee contains extra nutrients and minerals as well as high levels of antioxidants and other compounds that may enhance your focus and thinking capabilities.
Buddha Bowls & Poke Bowls
Buddha bowls, sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Sometimes they can also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavour.
Poke bowls, originating from Hawaii is similar to Sushi! The more rustic cuisine is served in a bowl and a little less fussy than your regular, perfectly presented sushi bites. With a rice base, it is usually topped with a selection of raw cubed fish and finished with Asian flavours like soy, seaweed and sesame.
Be prepared to see Buddha and Poke bowls in a restaurant near you soon!
In the UK and many other countries, there is now a growing trend for dishes to be created with ingredients sourced within walking distance. Many UK pubs and restaurants now pride themselves in using vast quantities of food sourced from local growers based a few miles from their establishment. It also means that menus are likely to change more often depending what is available, which seems to be a big hit with customers. Hyper local also leads very nicely onto our next trend...
Many of us have been blackberry picking as kids and considered it just a part of growing up especially if you lived in the countryside. However, foraging has since become a trendy hobby by many especially keen home cooks and even TV chefs. Foraging for berries, flowers and mushrooms can be a great way to get out and about in your local environment and can be particularly fun for children. However it is important to be sure you know what you are collecting! The Woodland Trust has a great guide to Foraging here.
Following the vegan and dairy free trends, there's some more milk alternatives which are set to hit the mainstream this year! Keep your eyes peeled for every flavour of Soy Milk, Walnut Milk and even Pea Milk! Pea milk is thought to become the biggest of all the alternative milk trends this year, and for good reason. It’s vegan, nut free, soy free, lactose free and gluten free! What's more, it’s better for the environment than almond milk and it has more protein and calcium than any other milk alternatives.
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