The powers that be have spoken: What’s going to be on your plate six months from now?
A Quick Glance Into Our Crystal Ball
A quick glance into our crystal ball, rather— a press release published by Whole Foods Market reveals the anticipated food trends for 2018.
Did your favorite food make the list?
According to the Whole Foods Market’s experts, among the predicted food trends for 2018 are plant-based products, Middle Eastern fare, and mushrooms.
Start stocking up now, plan a dinner party, or put some money down on a bet.
Here are three food trends you can expect to see everywhere in 2018.
1) Plant-Based Products
In 2016 and 2017 we saw gluten-free diets gain momentum in popularity.
In 2018, you might see more vegetarian and vegan options around, as “plant-based diets and dishes continue to dominate the food world [and] the tech industry has a seat at the table, too.”
As technology advances and creative foodie-minds flourish, plant-based products are subbing out the need for animal-based products.
Milk is being made from nuts, and peas are being made into juicy burgers.
Classic Beyond Burger — Beyond Meat
Pesto Zucchini Noodles — Beyond Meat
2) Middle Eastern Cuisine
If you love hummus, falafels, and pita bread then you’re going to love that in 2018 you’ll be able to experience a whole new range of Middle Eastern flavors.
According to the crystal ball, “regional nuances and classic ingredients of Middle Eastern cultures, with Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian and Lebanese influences [are] rising to the top.”
Amazing: You don’t even need a passport.
Get ready to familiarize yourself with spices like harissa, cardamom and za’atar, and ingredients like eggplant, cucumber, tahini, and pomegranate.
Shakshuka — Alana Chernilla
Lamb Souvlaki — Hachette Book Group
Chopped Herbed Salad — New York Times Cooking
Mushroom coffee? Mushroom soap? Yep, that’s right. There’s about to be a mushroom craze, from beverages to side dishes to shampoo, and beyond.
According to the press release, “shoppers are buzzing about functional mushrooms.”
Mushrooms are packed with nutrition that benefits positive health, and they’re known as a “functional food,” for that reason.
One cup of sliced raw white mushrooms contains 15 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 2.2 grams of protein. (MedicalNewsToday).
Mushrooms are also high in B vitamins, which are attributed to giving the body energy and aid in the formation of red blood cells. They’re also a great, non-animal-based source of vitamin D — 100% vegan-friendly.
It might be time to start familiarizing yourself with some names: Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane — are just a few of the different variety of functional mushrooms you might see everywhere in 2018.
Garlic and Gruyère Stuffed Mushrooms — Chef’d
Chicken and Mushrooms — Atkins
Mushroom, Broccolini, & Jack Cheese Custard Tart — Casey Thompson
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What food trends are you looking forward to in 2018? What food disasters do you want to leave behind in 2017? Did your favorite food make it onto the list? Start the conversation. Leave a comment or a question.
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