Just turned vegan or thinking of turning vegan? Here are a few trends you may want to try.
Updated: 30 January 2019
Much of the world today is leaning towards plant-based foods and products and this global shift is here to stay. Millennials are thought to be the central drivers of this trend away from consuming or using anything that has animal products. Nowadays, everyone from athletes and celebrities and even entire companies, are supporting the movement toward plant-based products. If you just recently jumped on the bandwagon, these are the vegan must-try trends for 2019.
Nowadays, even milk does not have to come from animals too. Thanks to companies such as Oatly and Ripple leading the trend, there is now a craze for plant-based milk. Almond milk is still the most popular choice, but oat milk is slowly inching its way to the top. Oat milk is better because it has a smooth taste and ultra-creamy texture. On the other hand, pea milk offers superior protein content, boasting of 8 grams per one-cup serving. Oat and pea milk are now widely available in health food stores and various supermarkets, so there is no excuse not to try them.
Seitan is a protein staple which has been on the scene for quite some time. It still a favorite among people who love plant-based foods and it is made from water and vital wheat gluten, and it perfectly mimics meat. It is easily customizable like tofu and can be easily flavored to taste like a wide variety of meats. If cooked correctly, you wouldn’t know that it is not real beef roasts or fried chicken. Some of the seitan brands to look out for are Vbites, The Herbivorous Butcher and No Evil Foods.
Some of the stars of the gut-friendly food category are kombucha and sauerkraut. Foods that are good for your gut are poised to take the stage in 2019 so follow the trend by trying one of the various probiotic-infused-plant-based yogurts. There are also spoonable, or drinkable dairy-free yogurts sold today that are packed with healthy bacteria cultures, and some of the well-known brands are Forager Project, Good Karma Foods, and Califia Farms.
Cauliflower is a vegetable that can easily be transformed to an endless variety of comfort foods. Cauliflower rice and buffalo cauliflower are staple recipes but there are also new things to try such as commercially available cauliflower pizza crust, juicy cauliflower steaks, sweet cauliflower smoothies, and stunning whole roasted cauliflower heads. The number of new cauliflower recipes to try can be overwhelming. Several vegan and health restaurants are now also offering more cauliflower choices. If you do not have the time to make any cauliflower dish from scratch, you can easily go to your local supermarket and purchase Frozen Green Giant cauliflower pizza.
Bread is a staple food which has just been made healthier. Nowadays, breadmaking has been raised to the level of artistry and sourdough is under the spotlight. Today, there are various vegan options available but do steer clear of brioche and challah because they both contain eggs. Check your local bakery for healthy choices or better yet, make your own sourdough by using Bob’s Red Mill recipe.
The wide variety of mushrooms means there is a massive variety of dishes available for you to make and enjoy. Many consider mushrooms the “it” food of 2019 that most restaurants today are concocting impressive recipes such as CHLOE’s creamy plant-based mac and cheese topped with shitake bacon and PigOut Chips which is mushroom made to perfectly replicate bacon. You can also look forward to Wicked Healthy Kitchen, a cookbook made by entrepreneurs Derek and Chad Sarno, giving away their best-kept mushroom secrets.
The meatless burger is another thing to watch out for this year. Nowadays, people are worried not only about the rising prices of beef but also the impact that beef consumption has on their bodies, as well as the environment. Impossible Foods is a brand that delivers all the aroma, flavor and beefiness of a burger, without the meat. They look and taste like real patties minus the guilt. Made of wheat and potato protein that gives it the meaty chew and essential nutrition, you wouldn’t even notice the difference between Impossible burgers and the real thing.
Scrambled tofu is the vegan alternative to scrambled eggs. Easy to make and high in protein, you can prepare it in a jiffy and requires minimal ingredients. Scrambled tofu will satisfy your cravings and is very easy to adapt. You can add any seasonal ingredients, just like you would to scrambled eggs. The most straightforward recipes only ask for turmeric powder, tofu, ground black pepper, and salt and can be ready in less than 15 minutes.
Vegan cheese didn’t exactly have the best reputation before, but the variety of options available now will make you want to quit dairy forever. Now you can easily add savory flavor to your meals without succumbing to non-vegan options. You can take your pick from artisanal hard cheeses to spreadable cream cheese alternatives, the choices are ever increasing and impressive. Vegan cheese brands today are enough to fool a non-vegan, and one of the most popular brands is Violife. Their Just Like smoked provolone vegan cheese has a rich and smoky taste which is the perfect addition to homemade pizzas and calzones. This stretchy and melty pizza is made from a base of coconut oil, rice and potato starches, and rice flour.
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