Bowls are the hottest food trend of 2018

Smoothie bowls have become extremely popular with New Zealanders.
Smoothie bowls have become extremely popular with New Zealanders. Photo credit: Getty

Throw out your plates - 2018 is the year of the bowl.

Popular food delivery service Uber Eats has unveiled its top 10 predicted trendiest foods for 2018, based on the most popular items eaten by Kiwis in the past six months.

While millennial favourites like avocado and sriracha made the list, they were beaten out by an item you can't even eat - the humble bowl.

Emma Foley, NZ Lead for Uber Eats, explained that the rise in popularity of poke bowls - a raw fish salad originating in Hawaii - signals a demand for a "tasty and quick yet nutritious meal option".

Bowls have become an increasingly popular way to serve smoothies and salad in the warmer months, but Uber Eats predicts more restaurants will offer warm food bowls in winter to keep up with the trend. 

Avocado came in second, while third place went to coconut, a versatile ingredient beloved by many across the Pacific. Coconut milk is a popular alternative to dairy, while people around the world extoll the virtues of coconut oil for everything from cooking to removing makeup. 

The number four pick might surprise some people - it's toast. The faithful breakfast staple was number one in both the US and the UK lists, which Uber Eats says could mean that "gluten may be back in fashion".

Other items on the list include tofu, pickles, brown rice and ube, otherwise known as purple yam. The popularity of fresh, nutrition-dense foods prove that the biggest trend for Kiwis in 2018 is health.

Uber Eats' 2018 Top 10 Foods Forecast for New Zealand in 2018 

1. Bowls

2. Avocado

3. Coconut

4. Toast

5. Tofu

6. Pickles

7. Brown Rice

8. Ube (Purple Yam)

9. Sriracha

10. Seaweed



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