With the new year comes new food trends. Some of the trends of
the past year we will be happy to say goodbye to and others will linger or grow
in popularity in 2020. With food trends it is important to keep in mind that there
are no magic foods and that everyone’s diet preferences are individual! Below
are some trends to watch for in 2020.
Nootropics will be a new trend in
2020. Never heard of nootropics? You are not alone! Nootropics are compounds
that improve brain function. With aging baby boomers and new research unfolding
about how diet impacts cognition and memory, focus on specific foods which
improve brain function will increase. Nootropic foods include salmon, broccoli,
walnuts, wild blueberries, turmeric, egg yolks, and seaweed.
PLANT AND MEAT BLENDS
With more awareness of
sustainability with our food choices and focus on healthier eating, flexitarian
eating plans are growing in popularity. Flexitarian is a term used for someone
who eats a mostly plant-based diet but includes some animal-based foods. Look
for blends of meat mixed with 25-50% veggies popping up on grocery store
shelves and on menus. For example, ground meat mixed with mushrooms or chicken
nuggets that are made with a blend of chicken, cauliflower and chickpeas. More
options for 100% meatless protein options will grow as well. Companies are
expected to feature items including mung beans, hempseed, pumpkin, avocado,
watermelon seed, and golden chlorella for more variety and a better range of
plant-based amino acids for vegetarian and vegan diets.
MORE MILK ALTERNATIVES
It’s hard to believe there is any
more room for additional types of milk, but in 2020 expect to see more options
filling up the shelves. We saw the introduction of oat milk in 2019, we also
saw almost every nut be transformed into milk. In 2020, this trend is expected
to grow beyond milk and expand to yogurts, coffee creamers, and ice creams.
This trend seems to be piggybacking off the desire for more plant-based options
and also for cutting back on fat, carbohydrates, and calories.
As more Americans are growing aware
of the need to cut back on added sugars, the need for healthier options for
adding sweetness is growing. And since most consumers are concerned about
chemicals and artificial ingredients, natural sweeteners will be growing in the
new year. Look for recipes to include the natural sweetness of fruit in 2020,
in particular monk fruit, dates, coconut, and pomegranate.
CARBS MAKE A COME-BACK
Carbohydrates got a bad rap over
the last year but it is expected that this year healthy carbohydrate options
will thankfully make it back on our plates! Healthy carbs such as whole grains,
fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils, and starchy vegetables are full of
vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Research supports that healthy
carbohydrates provide our body with nutrition that improves our health and
At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, we are working hard to
stay on top of food trends and new nutrition research. Look for our mung bean
salad (plant protein), flax seed waffles with cherry-lingonberry sauce instead
of sugary syrup (natural sweetness), grilled salmon with seasoned couscous
(nootropics), and veggie stuffed pepper with freekeh (healthy carbohydrates).