Top 7 Healthy Food Trends to Add to Your Menu in 2019


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  • Author: The MenuSano Team
  • Published: 12/10/2018 10:05:04 AM

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Restaurant and food industry trends are constantly changing and new products are coming out all the time. Customers with inquisitive palates are always looking to be inspired by new tastes. The overriding trend for this decade has been for products that appeal to health conscious customers. In addition, the trend is for more plant based options. Now let's take a look at some of the top restaurant food trends for 2019.

Tapas Time

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

More and more in 2019 snacks are back. Many are moving away from the typical three meals a day and are looking to keep their energy levels topped up with light snacks of high quality. If you’re a restaurant, consider expanding your appetizer menu to offer high caliber and nutritiously dense options. Hip 2019 consumers want mini meals of Cypress groves cheeses, high quality charcuteries meats, cuttlefish and shrimp paste, longganisa (a Filipino pork sausage) and dried shrimp which you can use to make demi baguettes.

New Fruits On The Block

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Guava, passion fruit and dragon fruit while not new are all the rage for 2019 and are being used in various cocktails or healthy smoothies. Try adding guava juice to cocktails and dragon fruit to smoothies. Use these fruits to get dreaming up new flavors with your resident mixologist and chefs!

Vegan Foods Become Mainstream

Plant-based foods have been taking off for some years now. Many meat-eaters are taking a day or two off meat each week to enjoy fresher plant based meals more regularly. It used to be that meat-eaters might just order a veggie pizza but now they are giving vegan alternatives a real go. There has always been a market for plant-based foods that imitate the texture of meat and with that; enter the jackfruit. The texture of this fruit is being used in a variety of dishes to emulate meat so start experimenting with it today.

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Here’s a recipe that we’ve devised for Vegan Pulled Jackfruit. You can use this to make stuffed rolls or in any other dish that calls for BBQ pulled pork. It’s sure to be a hit with Vegans and Vegetarians alike and could even convince meat eaters that they can enjoy heavenly meat substitutes without feeling like they are going without.

Vegan Pulled Jackfruit



  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of chipotle Tabasco
  • 4 tbsp of BBQ sauce
  • 1 x 200g can of tomatoes chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans of young jackfruit in salted water
  • 200 ml of water


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Finely chop the onion and fry on a low heat until very soft, for approximately 10-12 mins.
  2. Add the spices to the onions and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the vinegar, Tabasco and bbq sauce and mix.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, drained jackfruit and 200ml of water. Leave to simmer on a gentle heat covered for 30 mins. Make sure to stir every 5-10 mins and break down the jackfruit with your spoon. Remove the lid and cook for a further 10 mins.
  5. When cooked shred the jackfruit using a fork. Check the seasoning and add a little more bbq sauce to taste if desired.

Cool Additions

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Heston Blumenthal’s famous egg and bacon ice cream is so passe, now! The 2019 trends in ice cream use bases including avocado, coconut water, tahini and hummus encompassing both health and innovation to create fascinating new flavors and textures. Check out Thai rolled ice creams, Mexican nieves de garrafa, Taiwanese snow ice and stretchy Turkish ice cream to add to your menu. If you create your own ice cream, then try experimenting with artisan cheeses as well as these bases.

A Spoonful of Monk Fruit!

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Forget Stevia! People have been looking for alternatives to sugar for decades now. Stevia is still popular, but sweetener made from monk fruit ticks a number of boxes too. Learn a little more about it and get experimenting with this must have healthy sweetener for 2019.

Here’s a recipe we have created. These cookies contain no gluten, no grains and no sugar, save for that in the chocolate chips but you can substitute the chips. You can use sugar free chocolate, carob chips or even raisins. Use these delicious cookies to top frozen yogurt or prepare ice cream desserts. You can market these to diabetic customers, weight watchers as well as those with food allergies and intolerances.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Sweetened with Monk Fruit



  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/3 of a cup Monk Fruit Sweetener
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Blend the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then rub in the butter.
  3. Add the beaten egg and vanilla to rubbed mixture and continue to blend in with your hands.
  4. Add chocolate chips to wet mixture.
  5. Divide the dough to make 16 small or 8 large cookies. Roll balls of dough by hand and put on the baking sheet without flattening so they bake with a soft middle.
  6. Cook in oven for about 12-13 minutes until starting to brown.

They will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Use the large ones to make ice cream cookie sandwiches or desserts.

Eat Your Sea Greens!

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Sea greens are excellent antioxidants and remove harmful chemicals including heavy metals from the body. They also contain a wide variety of essential minerals, including calcium, copper, magnesium, and iron. New to 2019 are dishes containing kelp noodles and seaweed butter. These have ocean flavors with the super food properties of algae and kelp.

Waiter There’s an Insect in My Sandwich!

Top Healthy Foods for 2019

Oh dear, of all the things new to 2019 this one could be a little hard to swallow. Westerners will initially struggle with this but believe it or not 80% of the world eat insects. We have been spoiled in the fact that one of our major protein sources comes from meat which is an incredibly poor choice for the environment in terms of its production.

Insects are low in fat and contain more than four times the protein of beef. It’s unlikely that Westerners will be eating fried locusts in 2019 but insect powders are a gradual and more palatable way of introducing insects to western diets. Powders can be added to improve and enhance cocktails and breads and pastries can be made with cricket flours.

Final Thoughts

That’s just a few trends for 2019. We hope you enjoy trying out the recipes and, of course, when it comes to analysing recipes MenuSano makes it incredibly easy. All you need to do is tap the ingredients and the amounts in and MenuSano does the rest. Best of all, it comes with a free trial! MenuSano is exceptionally affordable with pricing starting from as little as $25 per month.

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