Considering Adding 2021 Food Trends in Your Diet?

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There have been so many changes this year because of Covid. The way we shop, what we shop for, and what we eat have all been transformed. Recipe searches, meal kits and take out foods are all trending upwards. People are snacking more, and alcohol intake is on the rise. As 2021 rolls in, let’s explore some food trends predicted in the New Year:

  1. Food manufacturers are incorporating functional ingredients, such as probiotics, herbs and superfoods, into products to promote healthy immune systems and stress management.
  2. With more people working from home, breakfast foods are getting more attention. Look for new lines of products tailored towards morning meals such as frozen egg bites, meat-free sausage products and keto-based pancake mixes.
  3. While people are cooking more, they are going to the store less often and interesting pantry staples are taking center stage. While salsas and canned beans remain quick fixes, check out interesting pastas made from hearts of palm to “meaty” veggie soups, re-imagined pasta sauces and ethnic simmer sauces.
  4. Baby food is getting more sophisticated with options like strawberry, rhubarb and pears or apple and butternut squash combos, all found in on-the-go squeeze pouches. 
  5. Expect to see a lot of coffee-flavored foods and beverages, such as coffee-flavored granola bars, candy, yogurts and alcohol.
  6. Food companies are reducing waste by incorporating underused parts of food to create “upcycled” foods. Look for chips made with pressed vegetables and baking flour made with soybean pulp.
  7. Flavored olive oils, like walnut and pumpkin seed oil are popular as home chefs are seeking new and unique flavors. (Be sure to research which oils are good for cooking and which oils are better for dressing).
  8. Check out alcoholic kombucha. It is gluten-free, full of bubbles and can be filled with live probiotic cultures. 
  9. Chickpeas will always be found in traditional foods like hummus and falafel, but the protein rich bean will also be found in pasta, tofu, flour, snack food and cereal. 
  10. Fruit and vegetable jerky will provide a shelf-stable way to enjoy dried produce with a variety of flavors, such as ginger and chili to add interest.
  11. Food companies are trying to decrease overall sugar intake, either by maximizing the perceived sweetness of a product by using less sugar or by using sugar replacements. Look for Allulose, a sweetener derived from wheat and fruits.
  12. Restaurant dining will change. Sadly, many restaurants will close. Menus will focus on comfort food more often than fine dining, and buffets will go by the wayside. There will likely be less human contact with staff and other dinners. Expect “touchless” ordering, and you will more than likely be filling your own wine glass.

Here’s to the New Year, new food trends and to “eating yourself healthy”!

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