At the start of every new year, we strive to improve ourselves with resolutions and new opportunities. We aim to eat healthier, get into more sustainable habits, and be a bit more adventurous when it comes to food. Here are a few food trends that will be definitely changing the way we eat and drink this year.
Meat-plant blends are beginning to gain a lot more traction these days. Companies are acknowledging the fact that consumers are searching for new ways to boost their protein intake as well as increase their vegetable consumption. Welcome in meat-plant blends where these two proteins are combined to create foods that are flavorful and nutritious! Companies offer items such as chicken nuggets that include cauliflower and chickpeas, and beef patties with mushrooms mixed into it. You probably would not be able to tell the difference between the new blended flavor and texture! Give these new products a try the next time you are browsing for healthier alternatives at your local grocery store.
Plant-Based, Beyond Soy
Soy milk used to be the latest craze for plant-based dairy alternatives. Nowadays you’ll run into a variety of different plant-based milks at your local markets such as almond, coconut, oat, pea, and rice. Oat milk currently appears to be the most popular plant-based and dairy-free milk substitute. Additionally, it is vegan, naturally gluten free, and is packed with nutrients. You can find oat milk at grocery stores as well as specialty coffee shops near you.
Healthy and Convenient
It can be challenging to incorporate healthy and convenient foods into your busy schedule. Thanks to the rise of freshly prepared and grab-and-go options, the only issue you will run into is deciding which tasty items you want be eating throughout the day. Nutrient rich and non-processed foods are now easier to find a local markets. Look out for pre-portioned fruits and snacks, smoothies, and meal kits.
Regenerative agriculture is a farming process that practices to restore soil health without the use of harsh chemicals or disruptive methods. Paying special attention to water management and fertilizer use are a couple examples of how regenerative agriculture works. Other benefits of regenerative agriculture includes the increase of the soils water holding capacity, prevention of soil erosion, and the creation of ideal conditions for crop to become more resilient against bugs and diseases. The goal is to create long-lasting environmental benefits and positively impacts climate change.