Curious about the food and diet trends you can expect to see more of in 2021? We did the research to cut down on the types of food and dietary trends you can expect to see more of this year!
Food and Diet Trends
In their quest to meet the expectations of their consumers, companies annually forecast trends that will guide their purchasing decisions. The impact of COVID-19 on these was remarkable. Therefore, weighted immune system enhancement will be the trend in 2021. Prevent disease with what you eat, benefit from natural anti-inflammatories, reduce stress and reduce anxiety. Probiotics and prebiotics will emerge as a healthy eating trend that will mark 2021.
Consumers continue to look for alternatives to meat, and brands and retailers are making these options easier to find. 2020 has seen more plant-based options than ever before, especially when it comes to protein sources.
While it’s nothing new, people are becoming more conscious of their food sources, and so plant-based proteins are set to gain even more momentum this year.
From meat-mimicking products to vegan protein powders and plant-based protein drinks, there will be a host of new ingredients used to create plant protein options such as mung beans, hemp seeds, watermelon seeds, and avocados.
Probiotic drinks (eg kombucha, kefir)
Gut health has been trending for several years now and there has been a lot of focus on probiotics (the bacteria that are good for you). We anticipate that the popularity of probiotic drinks will continue to rise this year. Drinks such as kombucha (fermented tea) and kefir (fermented milk) will continue to grow in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber that promotes the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria). While prebiotics have been overshadowed by living bacteria themselves, they now have great appreciation for these behind-the-scenes players for their role in improving the gut microbiome. Prebiotics occur naturally in a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and nuts. However, we also expect to see more foods fortified with prebiotics, such as drinks and supplements.
In a crowded market for probiotics, brands are looking to prebiotics and the potential of symbiotic combinations as a way to innovate and stand out.
Non-dairy milk alternatives
2020 has seen almost every nut, almond, sunflower, cashew, walnut, along with a milk version. Lately oat milk favorites and we hope to see more of these options become available this year. Besides just dairy, the popularity of non-dairy yogurt, cheese, and ice cream is expected to increase!
The mindful eating movement will continue to grow in 2021. While mindful eating itself isn’t a new concept, it continues in terms of benefits and we expect it to become even more popular as people get fed up with the diet.
Mindful eating is all about paying more attention when eating and adapting to the taste, texture and flavors of food, as well as your hunger and satiety signals.
As the plant-based trend continues into 2021, we expect to see an increase in the already popular pulse pastas. These colorful and nutrient-rich pasta alternatives are often made with a simple ingredient like chickpeas, red lentils or green lentils, making them free of common food allergens, fillers, additives and binders.
While we’re big fans of traditional pasta, legume pasta contains almost twice the protein per 100g and twice the fiber per 100g.
It’s amazing how much food can be turned into flour! While traditional whole wheat flour or white flour will always be a staple, there will be an increase in other types of flour such as oat flour, almond flour, rice flour, coconut flour, hazelnut flour, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour and spelled flour.