2018 has begun and a lot of food trends have crossed over from the last year but which new culinary trends will we be talking about as the days go by? Not to worry, we have rounded up all the normal and weird food trends that you are likely to see on your Instagram feeds and every other place over the next 12 months.
Vegan And Vegetarian Foods
More and more people are expected to go for vegan foods devoid of meat for both environmental and ethical reasons in 2018. It has become much more easier to eat foods based on a plant-based diet, as lots of food options are available now.
More so, the boom in high-tech meat substitutes such as ice cream made of avocados, burger patties made of beans and tuna made of tomatoes will definitely make vegan diet a food trend this year.
Lots of healthy snacks will be trendy this year as they are expected to replace bags of potato chips and candy bars. Energy bars mad of nuts and pastries are a few of the options expected to replace junk snacks.
By this, we mean the real charcoal and not something that turns regular food, black. Activated charcoal that is usually made of charred coconut shells, contains a negative charge that is meant to bind to chemicals and remove them from the body.
As such, charcoal will make it to the menu of some restaurants as an eye-catching detoxification fade. It will form a part of hamburger buns, croissants, juices, macarons, and even jet black ice cream.
By floral flavours, edible flowers will also be a part of food trends this year. They will be sprinkled on top of dishes just has they have been over the last five years at cooking shows. 2018 is expected to make them come with a liberal coating of lavender and chamomile, including subtly sweet floral flavours and aromatics infused into the dish.
If you ever have the courage to eat them, you can think of your favourite flavours ranging from violet marshmallows, lavender muesli, floral ice cream and wild flower in cocktails.
By bubbly drinks, we do not mean soda or any of the soft drinks that abound. The bubbly drinks that will be part of the food trends for 2018 are sparkling beverages that hardly contain a trace of sugar.
An example is Kombucha which has already become a huge, LaCroix flavoured soda water and it has continued to spearhead the trend. More so, some bottled water giants such as Mount Franklin are jumping on the bandwagon with a range of zero-sugar canned tonics.
Pok bowls originated from Hawaii and the staple is slowly creeping to all corners of the world as a result in an increase in the demands of consumers for healthier takeaway lunch options that don’t just consist of depressing low-fat salad.
‘Poke’ literally means ‘diced’ and it refers to the cubes or raw fish that make up the bulk of the bowl which is then paired with rice, vegetables, seeds and light sauces.