Over the past couple of years, more and more people are trying to live sustainably and leaning toward veganism. A lot of companies are looking to capitalize on this popular lifestyle choice. As brands get more creative with this booming industry, the chances of people helping
the environment by opening their arms and hearts to veganism increases.
There were a lot of trendy vegan food choices that people enjoyed in 2019. So, now that the year is coming to a close, let us acquaint you with some of this year’s popular vegan foods!
1. Oat Milk
Oat Milk is quickly becoming a favorite amongst baristas and customers alike. It tastes amazing in coffee, though it is a bit pricey in coffee shops. However, you can easily make your own at home or can purchase it at the store right next to the other forms on non-dairy milk options. Almond milk sets the standard for non-dairy milk but oat milk is thicker and creamy and has a natural sweetness to it that enhances any homemade shake or meal.
2. Plant-Based Seafood Alternative
There are plenty of vegan-friendly options when it comes to meat, but there weren’t that many seafood options to choose from. However, the demand for vegan seafood alternatives has shot up with the awareness of overfishing and its effects on the environment. Now you can find a lot of vegan options to replace your seafood favorites in stores and restaurants. Brands have introduced vegan tuna, shrimp, fish fillets, and crab cakes.
3. Low-Carb Options
Many vegans prefer a low carbohydrate or healthy fat diet. As people are looking for a balance of nutrition they can get via whole foods, brands have introduced low-carb vegan snacks like vegan bars for diet-conscious vegans. With an ample amount of vegan protein sources on the market today, formulating bars that deliver on their nutrition facts has never been easier.
4. Vegan Fast Food
As for fast food lovers who happen to be vegan, there are a lot of vegan-friendly fast food options that you can indulge yourself with. A lot of affordable fast-food chains – Wendy’s, Chipotle, Burger King, etc. – have been successfully putting out vegan meat burgers on their menus for quite a while now. This has provided a lot of convenience for vegans who travel a lot and are afraid of their lifestyle choice being too restrictive. This trend has also resulted in an increased awareness of non-vegan customers and is pushing the envelope on how food science can create tasty vegan options which are cheap, tasty and better for you.
5. Mushroom-Based Snacks
Mushrooms have a salty, savory flavor; hence, they are the perfect meal choice for recently turned vegans who are searching for vegan alternatives to their unhealthy favorite foods. Mushrooms are a super versatile branch of food – you can add them as pizza toppings, incorporate them in your pasta dishes, bake them into yummy casseroles, and can toss them in your vegan burgers; the possibilities are endless. In fact, Brands have used mushrooms to introduce snacks such as vegan pork rinds and bacon ships! They are clearly a popular choice for vegan-friendly snacks since they can enhance mouthfeel and the overall savory experience of vegan food.
These are five vegan food trends that have transformed the lives of vegans all around the world. What’s more? These creative innovations have helped encourage a lot of people to start leading greener lives!