What better way to kick off the new year than by getting hip to the newest food trends of 2019.
KIND Healthy Snacks released its first yearly report of 2019’s anticipated food trends, and it looks like we might be seeing more of CBD products and plant-based meat alternatives.
Here are the foods you’ll be snacking on this year:
We’ve heard of almond and cashew butter as an alternative for peanut butter, but pumpkin seed butter?
Many schools have began prohibiting kids from bringing nuts to school due to an increase in allergies. So if you’re avoiding nuts either due to your diet (we’re looking at you, Paleo followers) or allergies, KIND is predicting an uptick in nut-free butters. Expect to see more of watermelon seed, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed butters.
Coconut water is so 2018. Cactus water and maple water is where it’s at in 2019, according to the KIND trend report.
Cactus water is packed with betalains (a type of antioxidant), which benefit the skin, and flavonoids, which help with hangovers. Maple water is touted as having less sugar than coconut water, but its precise health benefits are still a little iffy. Some studies say that maple water helps with hangovers and boosts your immune system.
A hint of Berbere for your chili soup? Or maybe some harissa for your burger?
African foods, condiments and spices have consistently been on the list for a lot of 2019 trend reports. According to the Specialty Food Association, millennials and Generation Z are shifting America’s taste buds toward these types of foods.
Certain staple foods like Mozambique’s piri piri chicken and Egypt’s koshari are already making their way to restaurants and food trucks in the United States.
Even though only 3 percent of Americans said they follow a vegan diet, almost 20 percent of food sales are from plant-based products.
There are so many alternatives to substituting meat that it’s become somewhat easy to forego animal products in exchange for something else. Vegan restaurants are offering meatless substitutes for well-known meat-centered cuisines like soul food and comfort foods.
The tropical jackfruit is also being used in multiple recipes to make meals like barbecue pulled “pork” or “carnitas.”
You can pretty much find cannabinoid in every product from lotion to oils and coffee to chocolate. The KIND trend report expects this movement to continue on in more parts of the food industry like yogurt and salad dressing.
The hemp product – that doesn’t get you high – has been called the new wellness trend due to its health benefit claims.
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