By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach
This year more people will be eating fresh plant produce and less animal foods due to their concern for the environment. That's the futurists view on eating trends for 2019. The health obsessed amongst us will also adopt an eco-keto approach which means they'll aim to reduce their intake of starchy carbohydrate-rich fresh foods and replace them with foods that are higher in plant protein.
Look out for jackfruit, celeriac and kohlrabi
It's all good news for the producers of fresh food and greengrocers around the country, particularly because the public will be calling for a more diverse range of produce to keep their meals interesting. Produce like jackfruit, kohlrabi, and celeriac which are rarely found in the supermarket will be sought out by those trending towards an over 80% consumption in plant diet.
Produce to feed our gut bacteria
Our fascination in gut health will continue to flourish as more people recognise the importance of eating fresh produce for its prebiotic properties. We'll continue to enjoy fermented foods expanding the repertoire beyond the simple cabbage to more interesting produce such as celeriac.
People who do reduce their intake of meat will enjoy more smoked foods. The umami flavour from smoked foods is a great substitute for meat so look out for smoked garlic, onion, field mushrooms, carrots, pumpkin and jackfruit.
Packing and snacking
Our concern for the environment will have a major impact on how we purchase the increasing number of snack-sized produce out there. Mini produce such a cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers and sweet corn which are so appealing to kid's may soon be purchased loose or packaged in bio degradable containers.
As the emphasis to ensure we get the most nutritional bang-for-our-bite remains we will continue to buy brightly coloured produce. Expect to see more purple on your plate.
Veggies in desserts
Creamy desserts made with blended avocado and macadamia nuts will continue to be a trend in 2019 with sweetness derived from blended fruit and/or dates. Wheat flour substitutes which offer more protein than many gluten-free flours include besan (chickpea flour), teff, quinoa and almond meal.
The 2019 star food
You heard it here first. The jackfruit is a huge fruit which is a great source of potassium and other nutrients and can resemble meat in its many guises.
As we move towards a meatless society foods like the jackfruit offer a satisfying eco alternative.