The pandemic means a lot of us are cooking at home more often, and half a year into it, we’re getting pretty bored with the whole process.
Whole Foods Market has some suggestions for shaking things up in 2021. Its team of experts — including regional and global buyers, culinary experts and “local foragers” — has put together a list of the top 10 anticipated food trends for 2021.
“There have been radical shifts in consumer habits in 2020. For example, shoppers have found new passions for cooking, they’ve purchased more items related to health and wellness, and more are eating breakfast at home every day compared to pre-Covid,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief marketing officer at Whole Foods Market. “Food trends are a sign of the times, and our 2021 trends are no exception.”
Here’s their list:
1. Foods that contribute to your well-being
These include superfoods like probiotics, broths and sauerkrauts as well as functional ingredients like vitamin C, mushrooms and adaptogens.
Yes, sauerkraut. According to Healthline, the fermented cabbage dish has probiotics and vitamin K2, along with other nutrients, and eating it may help you strengthen your immune system, improve your digestion, reduce your risk of certain diseases, and, because it is rich in fiber, might even help you lose weight.
The hot dog you put it on probably would not fall into this category.
Products that make weekday breakfasts fast and easy, including sous vide egg bites and “eggs” made from mung beans.
3. New takes on the basics
Reimagined classics like pasta made from hearts of palm, applewood-smoked salt and “meaty” vegan soup.
4. Coffee in other places besides your cup
Coffee-flavored bars and granolas, smoothie boosters, coffee yogurt and even coffee-flavored alcohol.
5. New baby foods
New flavors and ingredients for the smallest foodies include rhubarb, rosemary, purple carrots and omega-3-rich flaxseeds.
6. Upcycled foods
These are products that incorporate plant parts that were once considered food waste, such as peels and stems, to maximize the energy used to produce, transport and prepare foods.
7. New oils
Walnut and pumpkin seed oils lend a nutty flavor, while cooks and manufacturers are rediscovering the versatility of sunflower seed oil as an ingredient.
8. Alcoholic kombucha
Hard kombucha is gluten-free and can be filled with live probiotic cultures. A cocktail that’s good for you!
Chickpeas are following cauliflower as the newest ubiquitous ingredient, the experts say — showing up in products like chickpea tofu, chickpea flour and even chickpea cereal.
10. Fruit and veggie jerky
Produce from mushrooms to jackfruit is being made into jerky, a shelf-stable way to enjoy fruits and veggies dried to preserve nutrients. Some are spiced up with ingredients including chili, salt, ginger and cacao drizzle.