Trends come and go, but some of the trends we hope to stick around are new health food fads.
In recent months, dozens of foods have grown in popularity to substitute some unhealthier options in traditional dishes. With elective dietary restrictions becoming more and more common, such as gluten-free, veganism and the like, people are continuously looking for healthy, convenient and delicious replacements. These trends are allowing people to experiment with different recipes to make more traditional dishes healthier and sometimes even being that little something extra.
Arguably, the most popular food trend is the increasing amount of plant-based meat replacement products on the market. With technological advancements enabling plant-based meat alternatives to taste similar to meat, many people are turning to these products as opposed to buying real meat. These products are often made out of ingredients such as soy, wheat gluten, lentils and pea protein, and enable you to have your favourite protein-rich dishes without eating animal products.
In addition to plant-based meat products, many dairy products are also being replaced by milk alternatives. Made from yellow split peas, pea milk is predicted to be the next big plant-based milk alongside almond and oat milk. It has a very low environmental footprint compared to other milk and, with a greater variety in types of milk, you can further personalize dishes to your liking.
Cauliflower is now being used as a carb replacement and is becoming a popular substitute for flour in dishes such as pizza and gnocchi. This nutritious vegetable is cropping up in more and more dishes, especially in flour form, and is a useful alternative for gluten-free, paleo and low carb diets.
During lockdown, people spent more time baking and cooking, and sourdough was a quarantine favourite. More than any other food, baking bread has had the largest upwards trajectory than almost any other food, particularly sourdough. Sourdough bread is very time-consuming to make and perfect and needs to sit for days before you can start working with it. It takes a great deal of attention and time, but the result is worth the effort. If made properly, it leads to a rich-tasting and airy bread for the whole family to enjoy.
Baking sourdough isn’t the only baking trend to take off in the last few months. Banana bread became an incredibly popular dish as many people turned to comfort foods to help them through the pandemic. It is perfect for breakfast or dessert. In the last few months, the interest in banana bread has surged leading to it becoming the unofficial baked good of lockdown, and it seems this trend is here to stay.
Many of us had to get creative in lockdown and create new beverages to enjoy. Dalgona coffee, in particular, became a popular trend in many people’s homes. This whipped creamy coffee saw a huge increase in internet searches during quarantine while store-bought coffees were not available, and it continues to be a trend.
These are just some of dozens of meal ideas that are growing in popularity. The best part is they can all be made at home with a little bit of effort and creativity.
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