Our Favorite Vegan Food Trends for 2018
2017 may go down as the #yearofvegan, but why stop there?!
Each and every year it gets easier and more delicious to go vegan. Not only did Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Häagen-Dazs, and Halo Top release vegan ice cream flavors, the Beyond Burger also debuted on restaurant menus and grocery stores across the country. One trip to the market is enough to witness the progress that plant-based eating has made, as last year’s vegan food trends have become grocery-store staples.
The world is embracing animal rights and waking up to the idea that other animals have an inherent worth – a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans.
With these emerging food trends, 2018 is going to be an even greater year for both animals and our plates:
Despite increased attention to healthful eating, America’s collective snack attack doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. So companies are creating vegetable chips that possess the same irresistible qualities as their potato counterparts but are better for you. It’s super-easy to make your own veggie chips, too.
While pomegranates, blueberries, and açaí berries are well known for their superfruit status, there are some new nutrient-packed fruits on the block: jackfruit, baobab, and dragon fruit. Look for them this coming year in everything from candy and bottled beverages to desserts.
Have you heard of charcoal ice cream? How about a black-charcoal smoothie bowl? In addition to charcoal’s health benefits (it’s said to draw toxins out of the body), it also colors food black. Leave it to creative foodies to grab hold of this idea and start a black food trend that is totally Instagram-worthy.
One of these days—perhaps in 2018—the average person will know how to incorporate flowers into recipes. As we continue to see flowers bloom on restaurant plates and in online recipes, we’re bound to get the hang of it soon.
Plant-Based Milks, Cheeses, Yogurts, and More
You only have to look at the numbers to realize the staggering rate at which nondairy products are becoming an American diet staple. The dairy-alternatives industry is projected to reach $16 billion in the coming year!
This protein is becoming popular in vegan protein powders and other products, and it’s a good option for those who eat gluten-free.
Ice cream from bananas?! Yup, it’s a simple and quick way to make a sweet treat at home without investing in store-bought vegan ice cream. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Most nice cream recipes include only a few ingredients, such as frozen bananas and nondairy milk and you make up your favorite flavors – your imagination is the only limit.
Vegan Noodle Soups
Ramen, pho, udon – they’re all delicious and they can all be made vegan. Whether it’s Ramen Hood in LA or Kajitsu in New York City, vegan noodle shops are sure of be all the rage in 2018!
Already being touted as the new “supergrain,” sorghum can be popped like popcorn or used in pilafs, salads, and bowls, among other dishes. Its cane is also made into a syrup-like sweetener.
Plant-Based Poke Bowls
Edamame, tempeh, tofu, mushrooms, and nori seaweed are just a few of our favorite ingredients to include in our vegan poke bowls. They’re fun to make since they’re very DIY. We were thrilled to try meal-delivery service Veestro’s recent collaboration with Ocean Hugger Foods: Its vegan poke bowl features fish-like Ahimi, made from tomatoes.
From meringues and macarons to marshmallows and more, aquafaba can be used to create delicious foods, acting as a binder, leavening agent, and emulsifier. It can do anything that an egg white does—but without the cruelty or cholesterol.