The year is 2019. Tahini ice cream and mushroom jerky reign supreme on grocery store shelves. Don’t believe us? This year promises a wave of interesting and unexpected food items for consumers to choose from—from the frozen foods to the produce aisle.
Whole foods > supplements.
Though vitamins and supplements are a necessity for some people who are unable to get these vitals from food alone, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends getting as many nutrients as possible from whole foods. By eating a variety of different foods from different food groups, you should be able to get all the nutrients your body needs, without the use of powders and pills. Though supplement brands have gained traction in recent years, 2019 is predicted to bring a return to a whole foods diet.
Though CBD oil and products infused with it have causes somewhat of a stir, the natural derivative of the hemp plant actually carries no psychoactive properties, but promises a lot of other benefits. Though not currently approved for use by the FDA, the oil has been shown to reduce anxiety and even some series medical conditions such as seizur8es. The oil is in everything from gummy bears to coffee, and is slowly but surely making its way onto shelves across the country.
Americans are decreasing their consumption of meat in increasing numbers, especially beef.
Grocery stores are starting to reflect this, with more meatless options and meat alternatives than ever before. We’re moving beyond veggie burgers into plant-based snacks (think vegan chips and dip), as well as dairy-free cheeses and yogurts.
Funky frozen treats.
With the introduction of dairy-free and low-cal ice creams into the mainstream, consumers are beginning to demand more inventive frozen dessert options. Coconut-milk based ice creams were everywhere in 2018, but in 2019, experts predict more creativity by way of avocado and hummus bases.
Foods that fuel.
With growing fitness trends comes a growing interest in workout-fueling foods. High-protein items have already become the norm, and will continue to expand in 2019. The change? The source of the protein, which will be shifting significantly to more plant-based sources. Energy bars, oatmeal, sports drinks—you name it—will all be available with added protein.