Curious about the food and diet trends you can expect to see more of in 2021? We did the research to reduce food types and dietary trends that you can expect to see more of this year!
- Food and Diet Trends
- Plant-based proteins
- Probiotic drinks (eg kombucha, kefir)
- Non-dairy milk alternatives
- Eating Mindful Eating
- Legume Pasta
- Alternative flours
Food and Diet Trends
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Consumers continue to seek 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 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 number 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 and there has been a lot of focus on probiotics (bacteria that are good for you). We predict that probiotic drinks will continue to grow in popularity this year. Beverages like kombucha (fermented tea) and kefir (fermented milk) will continue to grow in popularity due to its health benefits and flavor.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber that supports the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria). While prebiotics have been overshadowed by the living bacteria themselves, they now have great appreciation for these behind-the-scenes actors for their role in improving the gut microbiome. Prebiotics are found naturally in a wide variety of foods, such as 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 at prebiotics and the potential of symbiotic combinations as a way to innovate and stand out.
Non-dairy milk alternatives
2020 saw almost every nut, with almond, sunflower, cashew, walnut and accompanying milk version. Recently oat milk became a favorite and we hope to see more of these options available this year. In addition to milk alone, non-dairy yogurt, cheese and ice cream are expected to grow in popularity!
Eating Mindful Eating
The mindful eating movement will continue to grow in 2021. While mindful eating itself is not a new concept, it continues in terms of its benefits and we expect it to become more and more popular as people get tired of dieting.
Eating mindful is about paying more attention while eating and adjusting to the taste, texture and flavors of the food, as well as your hunger and satiety signals.
As the plant-based trend continues until 2021, we expect to see an increase in the already popular legume pasta. These colorful and nutrient-rich pasta alternatives are mostly made with a simple ingredient like chickpeas, red lentils, or green lentils, which removes them from 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 as much fiber per 100g.
It’s amazing how much food can be turned into flour! While traditional wholemeal flour or white flour will always be the staple food, there will be an increase in other types of flour such as oatmeal, almond flour, rice flour, coconut flour, nut flour, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour and spelled flour.