Vegan and Meat Free
It can’t be denied that one of the biggest trends to take over restaurants in 2019 is the meat-free movement. Veganism has spiked exponentially over the past few years and as a result we can see all sorts of different places catering for them. You know change has taken place when you can nip down to your local and have soy burger with sweet potato fries for lunch. It isn’t just vegans that are being catered for though, many people are simply trying to eat less meat in their diet, opting for these options instead of the real thing. Many still criticize the movement but the Greggs vegan sausage roll has proved that it’s no longer a niche area of dining, it is instead becoming something of a commonplace diet.
This year we have not only seen veganism take off in a huge way but also people’s environmental awareness has become much stronger. It is evident that something must be done if we are to save the planet, and there is so much that can be done. One thing that we have become aware of is how much waste we produce. People aren’t just cutting down on their plastic use where possible but also trying to minimise this waste with their food too. It’s well known now that fruit and veg has to meet certain visual standards before it makes it onto our shelves, the rest is discarded, but not anymore. Now you will see people actively choosing to purchase what is known as ugly (or wobbly in some places) produce in order to help cut down of that waste. It’s also cheaper too, so a no brainer really.
It seems 2019 has been all about boosting a healthy diet without giving up the joys of food that we have become accustomed to. This year people have been trying to increase their vegetable intake and they have come up with some pretty creative ways of doing this, just take a look at products Gato & Co’s puddings, these use vegetable in order to lower their refined sugar levels, there are also a whole host of recipes such as courgette brownies, cauliflower pizza bases and butternut squash noodles that help to cut down on those carbs and sugars too. They also taste amazing, it’s like having your cake and eating it too, and the best thing is that you won’t even know it has a courgette in it.
It isn’t just healthy food that has taken off, healthy drinks are seeing increasing sales too. Drinks like Kombucha and Kefir are becoming more and more popular as we start to understand how bacteria can have a positive influence on our guts. You’ll be able to find them in all good supermarkets but if you’re well acquainted with them why not try a Coffee Bean Kombucha available at the Little Duck Picklery? It’s a new spin that’ll leave you wondering why it had never been done before.