2019 Food Trends

2019 Food Trends

2018 was a great food year! We had Thai-inspired rolled ice cream, naked cakes, the Impossible Burger, the comeback of ancient grains like Spelt, and endless Poké bowls. As we say “Goodbye” to 2018 and say “Hello” to 2019, we take a look at the top food trends for the new year!


Move over, kale! There’s a new green in town. Celtuce has been a staple in Chinese cooking for centuries but only made its way stateside in recent years. Celtuce is also called stem lettuce, celery lettuce, or asparagus lettuce. Celtuce can be stir-fried, boiled, roasted, pickled, or grilled - you name it! The flavor is milder than kale and almost like a milder version of a mix of bok choy, celery root and water chestnut. A hundred grams of Celtuce has 18 calories and has 70% of your RDA of Vitamin A.

Ham and Celtuce Stir-Fry

Want to try cooking with Celtuce? This easy Celtuce recipe from Spice the Plate is a definite winner!

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, stir in 2 peeled and shredded Celtuce stems and cook for 5 minutes. Take out the Celtuce and rinse under cold water or ice water to stop the cooking. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.

Heat 2 tablespoon sesame oil in a pain and add 3 tablespoons diced ham and 2 tablespoons minced garlic, cook for 2 minutes until brown.

Add in half of a long red chili pepper minced, 2 tablespoons chili oil, a quarter teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon vinegar, some sesame seeds, and salt to taste. Cook the mixture for 30 seconds and then add in the celtuce, mix and serve.

Shelf-stable Probiotics

Probiotics are very helpful to overall gut health. Within the industry and in the marketplace, there’s a common misconception that the best probiotics are the ones that should be kept in a refrigerator. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Thanks to newer strains like Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 and Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 and sophisticated freeze-drying techniques like lyophilisation, a low temperature dehydration process, ensure that probiotics remain viable even at room temperature. In fact, some probiotic brands can remain 70 percent viable even after 2 years at room temperature! Another advantage to shelf-stable probiotics is they’re great to take with you when you travel.

Oat Milk

Oat milk has a lot going for it. Not only is it vegan, dairy-free and nut-free but it’s creamier than most milk substitutes, it has more protein than most nut milks (except soy milk) and has more fiber too.

Quaker Oats will soon launch an oat milk beverage nationally with three flavors by March of this year.

Pacific Rim Flavors


We already saw flavor inspirations from Asia and Oceania pop up in restaurant menus and Instagram feeds last year and the previous years. A few years ago the big trend was Purple Yam or Ube and last year Jackfruit made its way as a popular vegan meat alternative. In 2019, we’ll soon see more of Guava, Coconut, Papaya, Passion Fruit, and Dragon Fruit in desserts and smoothies. But if you’re the adventurous type, why not have a taste of Sapodilla, Rambutan or Mangosteen. Our Simply Slender Lemonade Diet drink already has Mangosteen juice as well as Acai, Noni and Goji berry juices!

Mango & Passion Fruit No Churn Sorbet

This no-churn ice cream from Bigger Bolder Baking serves 4 and has 147 calories per serving. Combine 3 cups of frozen mango, 1 passion fruit and a quarter cup of fat-free condensed milk in the food processor or blender and process until creamy. Transfer the mix to a freezable container and keep in the freezer for 4 hours.

Medicinal Mushrooms


Medicinal mushrooms like Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) have been staples in Chinese medicine and food for centuries.

These edible mushrooms were often added to recipes, steeped in hot water as teas or dried mixed in food supplements. Mushrooms are a good source of vitamins and essential nutrients as well as antioxidants.

It is wise to consult your doctor before taking in herbal supplements or medications as they might interact with the other medications you are taking.


This gourd looks like a weird-looking pear and tastes a little bland uncooked. But stir-fried or roasted, it takes on a mellow sweetness. Chayote contains essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, dietary fiber and Potassium. But the best part is it has only 25 calories for one cup of Chayote. In addition, it takes on any spice or herb well which makes it a versatile ingredient to have.

Roasted Chayote

This roasted chayote recipe from Youtuber Firelilly is simple, easy and delicious.

Pre-heat the oven at 400. Peel and cut the chayote into chunks and set aside (discard the seed). In a separate bowl, combine half a tablespoon of minced granulated garlic, 2 tablespoons powdered chili, and half a tablespoon of cumin. Coat the chayote in a half cup of coconut oil then sprinkle the spice mixture. Make sure to coat the chayote chunks with a thick layer of the spice mix. Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. These make a great side dish as an alternative to potatoes!

Eco-Conscious Packaging

Straws are out and eco-packaging is in! With new legislations aimed at eliminating single-use plastics, a move to more eco-conscious packaging makes sense. Companies like Whole Foods will be rolling out their new straw alternatives in 2019. In addition, the use of beeswax, waxed canvas and silicone are being developed and adapted to replace plastics for this year.

These are just some of the food trends we’re excited about for this year. Which ones are you trying?


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