From coffee replacements to veganism to non-dairy milk, there are a lot of food moments the millennials are responsible for, leaving this decade with some incredible food trends (for better or worse!). Sometimes we’ve read about some crazy food trends or diets from the other side of the world and wonder if it’ll ever come to your city and then suddenly, you see it everywhere. Here’s a list of food trends we saw come and go and the ones that stayed for the better.
10 food trends that made a mark this past decade
1. Avocado Toast
Ever since people discovered that avocado could be put on a piece of toast, it became the biggest trend of the decade. From celebrity Instagram posts to being served at most cafes under their healthy menu, this dish was one of the best food trends the decade saw. Mashing up avocado with whatever seasonings we want and spreading it on a perfectly toasted piece of bread is any foodie’s heaven!
Also read: Avocados For Weight Loss: Know How They Help And Ways To Include Avocado In Your Diet
The internet was taken by storm when gluten-free diets were discovered and one ingredient most appreciated and consumed in this diet was quinoa. It has a high protein content making it a good replacement to rice and other high-carbohydrate and low-protein grains. While being gluten-free it is also filling and can be cooked and eaten in many ways, a good substitute for wheat flour it has a mild and nutty flavour. Millennials love quinoa and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
3. Activated charcoal in food
Just when we thought the new trend in food was rainbow, we were introduced to a new color in food – black. Pitch black foods swept the internet away from ice cream cones, black ice creams and charcoal water!
But what gives food the dark color? Activated charcoal, which is a by-product of burning coconut shells or other plant materials. Charcoal made from coconut is harmless and it is completely different to consuming food that has been charred or burnt! This is no miracle ingredient but its sure looked fun and Instagram worthy. Of all the millennial food trends, this one was the weirdest of all.
Also read: 10 Benefits Of Activated Charcoal You Must Know
4. Overnight Oats
Looking to start the day in a healthy and delicious way? You must do some prep work the night before. Overnight oats are the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast for those who can’t make time for a real breakfast sit down.
Many food trends fell in and out due to changes in health trends, but not oats. Oats have been one of the most popular and delicious breakfast foods and are likely to be on multiple trend lists since there are so many different mix-ins to play with, it’s hard to get bored with them.
5. Rolled ice cream
If you are someone addicted to food, watching food videos all day it’s quite possible you’ve caught a rolled ice cream video or two. It looks delicious and gorgeous for all the right reasons however, people debate that it lacks the creamy texture of regular old ice creams. The trend kicked-off in Southeast Asia by preparing the creme anglaise (liquid ice cream) on a super cold plate, where it was flattened, scrapped into thin layers and then rolled. Customisations made it possible to add chocolate chips, brownie pieces sprinkles etc.
6. Non-dairy milk alternatives
Cow milk is considered a staple in most people’s diet. Consumed as a typical breakfast drink with cereal or added to smoothies, tea or coffee. However, many people choose not to drink milk or are advised to not consume milk due to dietary restrictions or allergies caused by consumption. Worry not! The good news is that there are many non-dairy options available as a substitute to cow milk which became an instant hit since discovered.
Soy milk made from whole soybeans has a creamy mild taste with a similar nutritional content compared to cow milk. There are also options such as almond milk, coconut milk, oats milk, macadamia milk, camel milk – also considered a superfood that can be the next best pick after regular cow milk.
From high-tech startups to old plant based dairy brands, one can easily find non-dairy products on the shelves today.
Also read: 6 Best Non-Dairy Substitutes For Milk
7. Plant-based foods
Plant-based diet trends are on the rise, mainly due to many celebrities singing its praises! Typically, a plant-based diet focuses on foods derived solely from plant sources that include fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, nuts and soy products that form a substitute for meat-based products.
Continuing the trend for nouveaux diets, a plant-based diet is usually adopted by those who are conscious of their health or the environment. Plant based foods consist of nuts (walnut, macadamia, cashews, coconut, almonds etc.), whole grains (quinoa, brown rice), vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus), fruits (avocado, grapefruit, berries, bananas), seeds, beans, etc.
The way to create a sustainable society is to rethink our entire food system- getting creative with the food trend; veganism is about compassion and not restriction.