The year 2020 has brought many changes including the way we purchase, plan, and prepare our meals. And with 2021 just around the corner, you may wonder what it has in store in the health and food department.
While it is undeniable that there are a lot of unusual things brewing and gaining popularity in the food industry, we’ll also see a lot of past favorites making a comeback.
Here are the 10 top food and nutrition trends that you won’t be able to resist in the upcoming year.
- The return of olive oil. While coconut oil gained popularity in the past year or so, olive oil is believed to take the top spot once again in 2021. Offering disease-fighting antioxidants and good fats, we sure won’t beg off to right food that can help keep our body healthy and immune
- Coffee in everything. There’s nothing more than waking up to the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. And for 2021, we can also have that energy kick even in our cereal, granola, and many more. We can grab our coffee fix in so, so many new forms.
- Home cooking. One good thing this pandemic has brought is bringing out the foodie and chef in us. So as home kitchens became the number one source of food in 2020, we are betting that it is here to stay until next year. Home cooks are coming up with new flavors and touch to make their takeout favorites as healthy as possible at home.
- Flexitarian diet. From the words flexible and vegetarian, a semi-vegetarian or those eating plant-based foods with the flexibility of enjoying meat products in little amounts. No hard restrictions. Meatless meals are becoming more popular, which makes it easier to find delicious Flexitarian recipes to try.
- Collagen. While it has fair proof that it helps maintain hydrated skin and relieve osteoarthritis pain, the benefits of collagen supplements are still debated. Some are sensitive to the components of collagen protein and may find they get headaches or have difficulty sleeping when they take collagen too close to bedtime.
- Versatility of chickpeas. Chickpea became known when hummus started making noise as a healthier dip alternative. In 2021 though, these beans are going beyond falafel and hummus so watch them as they crop up to your everyday snacks. Being rich in fiber and loaded with plant based protein, this is one hard to resist.
- Low and no-alcohol drinks. There is a rise in mindful drinking due to the corona virus pandemic. More and more drinkers are shifting toward wellness and embracing an approach of moderation, or switching their regular drinking choices for improved products in the low and no alcohol line to satisfy a thirst for hangover-free drinking.
- Comfort foods. Home treats, comfort food never fails to hit the spot and it will continue to be a key trend. We will see more basic pantry staples but with a twist as we move toward a healthier 2021.
- Whole Foods. Aligned with the flexitarian trend, we can expect to see a move to lessen the amount of energy needed to make foods such as cheese and meat. We will be encouraged to only eat food that is available locally. This is also associated with the advocacy of not using products that exploit animals that are directly at risk from the effects of climate change.
- Immunity boosters. We all know that viruses thrive in poor health that is why consumers nowadays prefer foods rich in vitamins and minerals to fight the weakening immune system. But also take note that aside from the habit of eating healthily, it is important to reduce your stress, get the right sleep, and have regular exercise to keep those natural defenses in fighting shape.