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Food Trends to Watch Out For in 2019

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Supermarket giant Whole Foods has made several food trend predictions at the latter part of 2018, and this may shape the way you eat this year. Just like fashion, food follows a course that continually evolves according to human needs. The only difference? This is one trend you can taste. So what are the gastronomical leaps in this coming year? Take your grocery list out and jot down 2019’s latest food trends!

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You'll be tasting the Pacific. Flavours from Asia and Oceania are making their way to supermarket shelves, and if you're keen to new adventures, you might encounter palatable discoveries that will become your new favourites. Keep an eye on shrimp pastes on tubes – which can add a great new tang to your meals – or the Filipino sausage longganisa, as a replacement to your regular vorst. For smoothies, try out the warm, zesty flavours of jackfruit, guava, or the scary-looking dragonfruit that looked like an alien produce.

Water, but better. We all know that the human body is made of a larger chunk of liquid mass, but why drink the plain, bland H2O when you got other alternatives? Fruit-flavoured water, ones infused with red wine extracts, come with powerful phenolic compounds that may reduce health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and obesity. If you're thinking wine water is making waves, make sure to keep an eye out on maple and cactus water!

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Hemp on your plate. Or glass. Once taboo, hemp now makes its way to your meals, and it’s for a good reason. Cannabidiol, an element prominent in hemp, is known to ward off physical and mental stress. The milk from hemp is also known to blend better with coffee and even has more calcium than cow’s milk! Don't be surprised to find this ingredient in the menu; find it in your favourite frappes, smoothies, dry pastas, burger sauces and even waffle mixes!

Faux meat. One has to get their daily dose of protein, but as for vegans, this may mean scouring for new alternatives. Now, snacking on meat substitutes can be eyebrow-raising to some, but you’d be shocked to know that modern plant-based meats are now as tasty as your umami-savoury dishes. These faux meats have flexed their muscles even in the snack category, now packed with common flavours like pork rinds and bacon. What a healthy indulgence!

Snacking becomes a norm. Forget about three meals a day; you can eat across the day by nibbling on healthier food choices such as cheese, peanut butter crackers, marshmallows-and-puff-rice, and gluten-free fruit chewies.

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Fit to be frozen. This is not the period to snub the items at the frozen food aisle. Brands are now coming out with easy-to-cook frozen meals that are more varied than the boring ones you watch on TV. And since we're in a healthier era, these meals are blessed with more organic ingredients, less sodium, and better flavours. While you're at that, find comfort at plant-based frozen desserts like soft-serve coconut ice cream, fruit popsicles and high-protein artisanal cheeses.

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BYOVB, or Bring Your Own Veggie Bag. With all eyes to sustainable ideas, it’s time to ditch the plastic and start recognizing other environmentally-friendly alternatives. Empower brands that make the switch to eco-conscious choices and put money to the changemakers’ pockets. You’d see them in the grocery stores: multi-use food wraps, canvas bags, silicone alternatives for sandwiches, and other better, brilliant plastic replacements. While you’re at that, you might want to avoid using straws when you don’t need them, and be thoughtful when it comes to disposing trash.

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