Dairy-free milks, peganism, and celery juice are just the start.

By Sheena Chihak and Andrea Beck

Each new year brings new trends. Last year, cauliflower rice exploded in popularity, and the keto diet started to gain a much larger following. Here are the trends we’re predicting will hit it big in 2019, including vegan diets, dessert hummus, and more.

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1. Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives

Similar to the veganism, more and more people are trying dairy-free milk alternatives, like almond milk, walnut milk, and soy milk. In particular, oat milk has been gaining in popularity, possibly because it’s dairy-free but also a safe option for people with nut or soy allergies. Dairy-free milk alternatives are also becoming more accessible to consumers—just recently, Silk launched their own line of oat milks to join their popular soy and nut milks. Expect to see them even more in 2019, and we wouldn’t be surprised if new variations also started gaining popularity, like banana milk or pea milk.

2. Veganism

We definitely foresee more consumers cutting out meat, dairy, and other animal products in 2019. For one thing, several larger companies are making it easier to go vegan. Nestle developed a new meat-free burger, and fast food companies are adding more vegetarian and vegan options to their menus. Just recently, Panera added a new vegan soup to their menu. Even if you aren’t going full vegan, challenges like Meatless Mondays and Vegan-uary are also growing in popularity, even among meat-eaters.

3. Sparkling Drinks

We know you love your La Croix, and we do, too! And we don’t see sparkling drinks going away anytime soon, either. In fact, we’re guessing it’s only going to get more popular in 2019, especially with new products like caffeinated sparkling water hitting the market. Besides being totally delicious and utterly refreshing, sparkling water makes great cocktails for an easy night in, too.

4. Mushroom Everything

Get the recipe: Roasted Mushroom, Spinach, and Ricotta Tart

Mushrooms make a lot of different recipes tastier, including pastas, grain bowls, and rice dishes. But their meaty texture and taste also makes them a great substitute for meat, and as vegetarian and vegan recipes continue to grow in popularity, expect to see more mushroom recipes. Mushrooms also make a great blend with meat—some chefs are even using a blend of mushrooms and beef to make healthier, more environmentally-friendly burgers (including those at SONIC Drive-In). Their meaty flavor has even made mushrooms the star ingredient of Trader Joe’s new umami seasoning blend. If you want to try this trend, we have plenty of meatless mushroom recipes you can experiment with, including Portobello fajitas and mushroom goulash.

5. High Protein/Low-Carb Foods

As the keto diet skyrocketed in popularity in 2018, so did foods with a high protein and low-carb ratio. In 2019, we’re expecting to see an increase in foods high in protein and low in carbs as more people test out lower carb meal plans for themselves. But don’t think this means giving up all the carb-based foods you love. Instead, find swaps for carb-heavy foods, like veggie noodles instead of pasta. Several products, like low-carb cheese wraps and egg white wraps, are also coming soon, so you won’t have to give up sandwich wraps or burritos if you try this trend.

6. Drinking Collagen

Collagen is an extremely common protein in our skin, and is common as a thickener in a variety of foods, including ice cream, bone broth, and puddings (gelatin is the cooked form of collagen). Drinking collagen peptides has been popular for a few years, especially in the form of bone broth, though you can also find and take collagen supplements. After all, drinking collage may help to increase your skin’s elasticity or reduce joint pain. But different ways of consuming collagen might become more popular in 2019, including adding collagen powder to coffee or oatmeal. In addition to potential skin benefits, collagen also has some protein, so adding a couple scoops of powder to your breakfast or morning pick-me-up could help you sneak in some extra for the day.

7. Dessert Hummus

Get the recipe: Fluffernutter Dessert Hummus

Set down those pita chips—in 2019, it looks like sweet dessert hummus is going to get even more popular. Though there have been mixed reactions to this trend, we’re on board because this healthy-ish twist on dessert helps us feel a little better about diving spoon-first into a sweet, cookie dough-like dip. You can make your own, or several companies are also selling their own versions. These chickpea-based desserts include tantalizing flavors like cookie dough and chocolate mint, so even if you’re on the fence, the variety of delicious flavors should still compel you to give it a try.

8. Peganism

If you’re looking for a new diet to try in 2019, peganism is on the rise. This popular new way of eating is a mash-up of Paleo and veganism. Since Paleo diets are often heavier on meat, while veganism requires cutting out all animal products, it may not seem like the two would go hand-in-hand. But instead of following the rules of both diets, peganism blends two of the main ideas of each together. Since Paleo focuses on natural foods with little processing, eggs, fish, and meat are still allowed on a pegan diet, but followers tend to stick to animal products produced by sustainable, environmentally friendly farming practices, like grass-fed meat. Still, as with those following a vegan diet, plant-based foods should make up the bulk of your meal plan. And unlike Paleo, small amounts of beans and whole grains are included. If you’re interested in becoming a full vegan someday, the pegan diet might help ease your transition.

9. Celery Juice

You might’ve already heard about this trend from one of your favorite celebrities. In 2018, drinking celery juice became popular on Instagram with a lot of celebs, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down in 2019. If you choose to juice stalks of celery yourself to try this trend, you’ll probably need quite a bit, but luckily you can find it at some grocery stores, including Whole Foods. We’re also not completely sold on some of the health benefits of celery juice that have been promoted, but if you want an easy way to add more veggies to your day, it might be worth a try.

10. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods, like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha are gaining popularity as more consumers add probiotics to their diets. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and impact digestion. Keeping your digestive system healthy can lead to better immunity, mental health, and mood. To determine if a food is fermented, look for live active cultures on the label. Cottage cheese, another popular fermented food, is also one of the best foods to eat to boost your metabolism, so it’s a win-win!

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