When it comes to new food trends, our way usually leads to sunny California. In California’s fusion kitchen there are new trends waiting to be carried into the wide world. As a result, many new food products from overseas can now also be found in Germany. Especially at trade fairs and congresses, you can try out the craziest top trends and healthy newcomers to the food market. For example at the Biofach, the V-Edge Congress (where I was on stage in the panel), the Fruit Logista and other fairs you can visit this year.
TOP TRENDS 2019
2019 will definitely be exciting and, among other things, the year of the Fungis, that’s what I can already tell you.
CBD foods and beverages are definitely the top trends this year. Not only Forbes and the “2019 What’s Hot Culinary Forecast” of the National Restaurant Association are writing about this. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is said to have various positive effects. It is obtained from useful hemp varieties that are low in THC but have lots of health benefits. We do not have to worry that CBD is psychoactive. The CBD-Trend products were shown at the VeggieWorld by several exhibitors. On the homepage of CBDkaufen, you can get everything about CBD. Among other things also very highly concentrated CBD oil, which supports the body’s own regeneration. I have decided on the raw hemp oil. I use it mainly on stressful days and put 1 drop into my hot chocolate. The oat milk and the light sweetness of coconut sugar intensify the effect. Pure relaxation :).
FUNGI-FUN: THE POWER OF SHROOMS
Mushrooms are one of the most underestimated functional foods for improved physical performance, cognitive abilities, and longevity,’ so Ben Greenfield on Tero Isokauppila’s backcover “Healing Mushrooms*”. Just when I was back in Los Angeles in December, I met adaptogens and fungis everywhere. Of course, my boyfriend and I paid a few visits to the hidden Four Sigmatic “Shroom Room” in Venice Beach and bought the book “Healing Mushrooms*”. Of course, not everyone deals with adaptogens and fungis, so I would like to briefly explain what the hype is about :). Adaptogens are natural substances that help the organism to adapt to increased physical and emotional stress situations. They are particularly found in plants and fungi. Fungis are a further typification of fungi i.e. all fungi are fungis but not all fungis are fungi. Because Fungis is the whole organism (e.g. apple tree) which is used to produce a fungus (e.g. apple).
Back to Venice Beach and to the shroom room of FourSigmatic where you can buy the super un-tasty mushrooms also as tasty :). I prefer to drink the Shroom coffee. Linked here*. It is quite expensive but it also contains Chaga. And Chaga* can do a lot. I also use Reishi powder* and Ashwagandha* which I sometimes mix into smoothies, porridge or my Chai Lattes. In principle, all medicinal mushrooms are extremely – as the word already says – healing, but they all have somewhat different advantages.
FOR A GOOD FEELING: FERMENTED FOOD
Raw fermented vegetables, fermented beverages, fermented legumes, and Co. Fermentation is literally on everyone’s lips. And that is super because fermented food is healthy and living food, which is also good for the gut. The natural enzymes and active lactic acid bacteria (all vegan) can do great things despite their tiny size. These bacteria balance our digestive system and strengthen the intestinal flora. Many people are not aware that most of our immune system is located in the intestine. Kombucha, water kefir, almond kefir, kimchi or tempeh, to name just a few, are good examples of how you can keep your gut healthy.
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN ARE ALL MY COLOURS: PEA MILK AND DUCKWEED
The current development of the fitness scene is also exciting. Because here it goes ever more in the direction of pro-plant-based nutrition. Especially protein-rich plant products compete with animal products as a healthy alternative. Soon there will be pea milk on the market, for example. Pea milk contains up to 50% more protein than any other milk and is therefore ideal for all athletes and fitness gurus. At the VeggieWorld, you can try the new vegetable milk alternative. The Start-Up Vlyfoods presented its innovative products at their booth at ProVeg. I had been around too, because, be careful insider-info, my friend is the co-founder.
Now I’d like to introduce you to by far the wackiest new food trend: duckweed. Duckweed is the small green plant you often find on the surface of lakes or ponds. The aquatic plant is extremely rich in protein and very easy to cultivate. The Americans already produce duckweed protein powder, and in Asia duckweed has been a real delicacy for centuries. There is a lot of potential in duckweed, because these small plants, which hardly need any care, could also be used worldwide to combat famine.
SPREAD THE WORD…OR THE SPROUTS
Broccoli seedlings, alfalfa sprouts or buckwheat sprouts continue to be en vogue in 2019. In the meantime, you no longer have to sprout them yourself but can find germinated oat flakes, barley, buckwheat and mueslis with germinated ingredients on the market. But germinated by yourself still tastes best! In the realm of sprouts, there are no limits to creativity: For example, beans, buckwheat, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, and linseeds are sprouting on my windowsill.