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Just In: The Hottest Food Trends of 2018

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Grubhub, a food delivery service, has released its “Year in Food” report, outlining the biggest food trends of the year. This report is based on surveyed customers, along with millions of orders from over 16 million diners.

So how did vegan foods fair? Honestly pretty good!

The demand for plant-based foods has been on the rise this year, with “vegan” and plant-based” showing up in the mainstream media more than ever before. So it’s no surprise that restaurants are getting on board, by offering more plant-based options on their menus.

Here are the Hottest Vegan Food Trends of 2018 (USA)

The Bean Burrito

How could we look at food trends and leave out the beloved burrito!

American's can’t seem to get enough of this Mexican-American staple. Burritos can be found on nearly every street block in the country. Since the 1950s, Americans have been tweaking the burrito to include more fillings and to have a larger tortilla. These little tweaks of greatness created the mission burrito, which was popularized by Chipotle.

So it’s really no surprise that it was the food that surged the most in 2018, rising 276% compared to 2017.

Crazy about Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been a hot topic this year, with recipes popping up all over the internet. Not only does cauliflower make a great meat substitute, but it's also super versatile.

Some cauliflower recipes that Grubhub’s list this year include

  • Cauliflower rice with a 155% increase compared to 2017

  • Buffalo cauliflower with a 124% increase compared to 2017

The Poke Bowl Food Trends

You have probably heard the buzz surrounding poke bowls, if not this year then last. Poke bowls are usually made up of chunks of raw fish presented over rice and vegetables, with some sort of sauce. So technically this may not be vegan, but the bowl is basically a customizable bowl of sushi that can easily be veganized with the use of mushrooms or tofu, so I decided to include it.

This year poke bowls lost their #1 spot for the most popular ordered food, but it's still sitting comfortably at #2, with a 205% increase in popularity compared to 2017.

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The Rise and Fall of the Avocado Toast

Remember when people were trying to convince us that avocado toast was the reason millennials couldn’t afford homes, LOL? It wouldn’t be that wages that have fallen far behind the rising rates of inflation, making affordable housing a mere myth. Or the accumulation of crushing student debt for promising jobs that don't exist. Nope, it was definitely the avocado toast.

Good news millennials should all be homeowners now because avocado toast didn’t make it on the list of the top 10 foods this year.

Everyone Loves Brownies

It's no surprise that brownies were on the list, they're a comfort food favorite! With so many different variations, I'm certain there's a brownie out there for everyone. Disclaimer, non-vegan brownies were the #1 dessert for 2018, but vegan brownies did make the list. From a 211% increase in popularity from 2017, vegan brownies came in at #6 this year.

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Okay, so not many vegan foods made the list this year, but still more than 2017. I am confident we will see an increase in plant-based foods as demand grows in 2019.