The definition of a food trend is, “Food trends are widespread changes in food preferences”. Food trends have always existed, like in the 80s pesto was very popular and in the 2000s wild cupcake flavors like Apple-Spice cupcakes with Walnuts and Blue Cheese were also popular. In 2018 we have seen a lot of new healthy foods and some old traditional foods everywhere but while there may be a new surge in health foods some old classics like the milkshake are coming back with new outrageous flavors and looks. The food trends I will be talking about in this article are, poke, plant-centered meals, food bowls, purple food and anything outrageous or over the top. Poke (pronounced po-kay) is basically sushi in a bowl but it is now also being served in a burrito or on pizza. It originated in Hawaii and is a raw fish salad with tropical flavors. We even have our own poke restaurant in Arden!
As I said before there is a huge surge toward health foods, so plant-centered meals have become more common. For instance, Veggie Grill serves a variety of salads and wraps in multiple locations across the U.S. there is a number of reasons why this has become so popular, for one people enjoy cleaner, fresher food more, it is healthier than meat-centered meals and it is anti-inflammatory food. This is why many people are vegetarians or pescatarian. Food bowls are another health food trend that has popped up recently. Smoothie bowls are a very popular lunch and breakfast food because they are delicious and pretty to look at. Pineapple, mango, coconut milk, turmeric, and ginger are some ingredients used in smoothie bowls. But smoothie bowls are not the only bowl related trend, the Barge House in London serves a breakfast bowl in a loaf of bread.
Purple food is another food trend because it is healthy and very pretty to the eye. Red cabbage, grapes blackberries, and acai berries are all purple. The health benefit is that they are all rich in healing antioxidants. One last food trend is anything outrageous or over the top has become very instagramable and popular. For instance, you can get a pizza topped with 24 tacos at Tony Boloney’s in Hoboken NJ. A place in LA serves a pho burrito and a cafe in Milan serves a sandwich but the buns are made of avocado. And last but not least you can get cinnamon roll pancakes at Crushed in San-Diego.
Story by Maddy Peeples
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