New Food Trends Roll, Dip Into New Year
• Happy New Year everyone! At the end of every year, people like to look back at what they accomplished over the year and set goals for the new year. In my case, I like to look back at all the food trends of the year and look forward to new food trends.
One big food trend I noticed this year was rolled ice cream. If you have never heard of this trend, basically cream and other toppings are poured onto a very cold plate. Then, they chop up the ingredients and make a flat layer.
Finally, they roll the ice cream and add toppings. I had to try this trend, so I went to 8 degrees Celsius in Gardena.
I ordered the key lime pie flavor, which is my favorite dessert of all time. Rolled ice cream is very different from your typical ice cream. The rolled ice cream is very hard and, in my opinion, had less flavor. I love the creamy texture in ice cream, so not having that component in the rolled ice cream was disappointing to me. The rolled ice cream wasn’t terrible but I think it’s hard to replace a classic scoop of ice cream.
Another big food trend I observed over the year was toasts. Avocado toast has been super popular for awhile now, but there are new toasts emerging. I do have to say that avocado toast is quite amazing and the possibilities are endless. I love my avocado toast topped with picked onions, everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joes, tomatoes with feta cheese, a fried egg on top, or with balsamic vinegar. I saw that almond butter toasts and peanut butter toasts gained popularity over the year also.
One of my go-to breakfasts during the week is peanut butter toast with bananas. Sometimes, I even drizzle some honey over it and sprinkle some chia seeds on top. I have also seen people top their nut butter toasts with raspberries, strawberries, and chocolate chips. Another kind of toast I personally like is hummus toast. Hummus toast is so easy and perfect for breakfast or a snack.
I like my hummus toast plain because I think the flavors are amazing as is, but you can always spruce up your toast to your preferences.
The last big food trend I saw this year were bowls. Whether it be smoothie bowls, poke bowls, breakfast bowls, or grain bowls, bowls were a big part of 2018. Smoothie bowls are super refreshing for breakfast and are a great way to get your fruits and vegetables in. I love how easy smoothie bowls are.
I take about a cup of any fruit I like and blend it with half of a frozen banana and I have a smoothie bowl in seconds. I top my bowl with granola, honey, fresh fruit, coconut shreds, and chia seeds and my mornings are off to a great start. I love bowls of any kind but grain bowls have to be my favorite. Grain bowls have everything you need in them from carbs, to protein, to vegetables, to fats. They are so easy to make and so customizable to anyone’s taste. My favorite grain bowl is from Superba Food and Bread.
The bowl contains kale, egg, almonds, brown rice, and avocado. The bowl is so simple but so balanced and perfect for lunch and dinner.
2018 brought me many amazing food adventures and I can’t wait to see where 2019 takes me on my culinary journey. If you are interested, I have started a food account on Instagram @culinaryjourneybyalexis where I post about my food journey every day.