Have your heard of collagen in your coffee? Collagen is the protein-rich connective tissue between bones. It’s related to gelatin, the protein that puts the wiggle in Jell-O and pudding. Now, people are adding powdered collagen to their coffee. Health claims range from anti-aging, joint health and improved gastrointestinal distress. This tasteless add in is buzzy for 2019 and not likely to go anywhere any time soon.
Cabbage was an often overlooked vegetable in the produce aisle, but 2019 is saying move over, cauliflower, cabbage is the new It Vegetable. People are swapping starches and meat for cabbage: think chips, lasagna, wraps, even grilled cabbage “steaks!” Try this low-carb spin on enchiladas here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a20958094/low-carb-cabbage-enchilada-recipe/
3. Moon milk
Your grandma might have been on the money after all. Drinking a glass of warm milk dates all the way back to the beginnings of Ayurveda (one of the oldest natural healing systems). Moon Milk, or a Golden Latte, is warm milk (traditionally cow’s milk) with roots, seeds and bark cooked over a length of time to help extract sleep-promoting qualities. Fat, usually ghee, is added for nourishment. Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger all play a role for their natural sleep aid components as well as making the drink extra tasty.
4. Meatless beyond Monday
With public awareness on the rise about health and the environment, vegetarian- and veganism is trending. Meat free alternatives have exploded onto menus and in the marketplace, making the options price-competitive and more readily available as well as improving in taste and texture. There is now even a vegan burger that “bleeds”. Enyzmes in the plant-based Impossible Burger cook down creating a “bleeding” effect. Some vegans may even be turned off from it. Regardless, 3.5 million people now identify as vegan, 20% of under-35s have tried veganism, and 25% of our evening meals are now meat-free.
5. Ugly Food
In 2014 the fight against food waste came to light in France. The French National Assembly voted unanimously to pass a law which prohibits grocery stores from throwing away unsold food that’s safe to eat, instead forcing retailers to donate it to charities or for use as animal feed.
Meanwhile in America, in 2019, Imperfect, an Oakland-based startup, is delivering boxes of “cosmetically challenged” food directly into American homes. Veteran food entrepreneurs crowdfunded their way to a 6 month pilot program to offer a weekly 10-15 pound box of assorted, seasonal, ugly produce from California farms at 30% less than grocery store prices. Restaurants are joining the fight against waste by incorporating ugly fruits and vegetables into smoothies and hummus.