Getting in on the Trends for 2019: Plant Based Foods

July 01, 2019

Getting in on the Trends for 2019: Plant Based Foods


If you hadn’t heard the term “plant-based” foods before the new Canada Food Guide was introduced this spring, you aren’t the only one. Plant-based foods are the trend for 2019 according to industry watchers in the US and Canada. The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot for 2019 indicates that Americans are craving foods that not only nourish them but also help sustain the planet. Rumour is plant-based and vegetable forward foods are no longer just for vegetarians.

The New Canada food guide says Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

A fairly new term, “Plant-based,” is designed to have board appeal and to be inclusive. It means that vegetables aren’t always the side dish, and steps them up to the centre of the plate. If you are thinking about trying some veggie forward items, think pea protein, beets, chickpeas, kale chips, veggie cheeses. The number of new food and drink products that mentioned “plant-based” grew 268 percent between 2012 and 2018 (in the US, Mintel Research).

This gentle nudge to eat more vegetables isn’t about stopping eating meats – it’s complementary: think a swap, not a permanent change.

As a foodie city, Vancouver restaurants are responding to the trend and creating menus that offer options for vegetarians, vegans and people just looking to explore a plant-based diet. If you’re looking for a place to try this trend, look no further than JamJar and JamJar Canteen.

JamJar offers traditional Lebanese food. Interestingly, all the research shows that the rise in popularity of Middle Eastern restaurants runs in parallel for the increase in demand for plant-based diets. This is because healthy, plant-based eating is in the DNA of Middle-Eastern cuisine. Dishes are served as small plate, shared dishes and favour a range of house made cheeses and picklers, salads, dips, and nuts. Fresh local mint and parsley are plate toppers and palate cleansers.

Proudly a Vancouver restaurant group, they have two locations for their sit down restaurants, one on Commercial Drive and one in South Granville. At their Canteen locations, they offer a simplified menu with an emphasis to take out and fast service. Their kitchens are from scratch and they believe in using only the freshest local ingredients.

When you check out JamJar you’ll discover that many of the most popular dishes are vegan, vegetarian, plant-based or gluten free — so you can bring your picky food friend with you. We honestly believe that there is something for every taste, lifestyle, or dietary considerations on the menu. Don’t miss this place if you want to try plant-based cuisine at it’s finest! (Caveat – we did promise something for everyone so JamJar does offer meat options.)

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