Healthy food trends are more popular now than ever. It’s no news that the pandemic has affected a part of everyone’s lives, however little. From the way we work, dress, socialize all the way to our food choices.
For over a year now, health has been the world’s center of attention. People are now adopting certain lifestyle changes that boost their immunity.
This forms the basis of the healthy food trends for the new decade. Dietitians predict that 2021 food trends will incorporate more plant-based and gluten-free options. So why not let “healthy eating” be your theme for this year and lead a better life.
To guide you on this journey, here are the five biggest healthy food trends to try in 2021. Also read Top Self-Care Tips to Adopt This Year
Probiotic Foods For Optimal Gut Health
Probiotics refer to live bacteria that naturally live in the body and provide numerous health benefits. You might cringe at the sound of “bacteria”. But truth is there are both good and bad bacteria in your body. The bad ones are the common ones we know that advance in number during infection.
The good ones however maintain a healthy balance by fighting against the opposing ones during an infection. They support your immune system. In essence, you need more good bacteria in your gut. This is what probiotic foods add to your body.
Other health benefits, that you can have from probiotics are as follows.
- Probiotic foods can help to prevent diarrhoea or reduce its severity.
- You can improve your heart health by lowering your bad cholesterol levels.
- They can reduce severity of certain bowel disorders.
- Keep certain mental health disorders like depression and anxiety at bay, through probiotic foods.
Examples of these trending health foods are numerous. Such as yoghurt, buttermilk, pickles, kombucha (fermented tea), kefir (fermented milk drink) etc. Moreover you can get others from different classes of fermented soybeans and vegetables as well. Another big advantage is that these foods can be eaten at any point of the day.
Besides food, you can still keep up with this trend by adding probiotic supplements to your diet. However, you may need to talk to your healthcare provider before starting to take any supplements.
With increasing number of vegetarians, plant-based diet continues to remain super relevant. This 2021, include more veggies into your meal. Besides, green adds a nice aesthetic touch to your plate.
A plant-based diet is basically one that contains minimally processed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, herbs. It excludes animal products like chicken, fish eggs, red meat and dairy.
To hop on this healthy food trend, you can start by substitution. If for instance, you plan on having pasta with sauce and beef for lunch. Since you’re trying to include more plant-based foods, you can replace that beef with a legume. Examples of legumes are all kinds of beans, peas and lentils.
Few other tips to adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet include:
- Add strawberries to your pancakes.
- For pizza lovers, sprinkle more vegetable toppings. Let those beautiful greens pop
- Stir the fruit(s) of your choice into your yoghurt
The nutrients present in these foods can help lower elevated blood pressure. Experts say that eating plant-rich foods lowers your risk of developing heart disease, stroke and obesity.
Healthy Snacks As A Healthy Food Trend
Another healthy food trend to keep you going this 2021 is healthy snacks. That’s right. Snacks don’t always have to be junks and fat filled foods. This trend will supply you with a bunch of protein and nutrients.
Snacks play a role in weight loss. They can create this sense of fullness and reduce your cravings for unhealthy meals. Snacking also enhances your brain power. It facilitates concentration and helps you feel alert.
Below are some suggestions for healthy snack foods. That you should keep in consideration. You may also like reading 5 Healthy Snacks Ideas For Kids That You Should Remember
- Mixed green salad
- Homemade smoothie
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Kale chips
- Cucumber slices with hummus
- Just a piece of fruit like banana, pear, orange etc.
Gluten-Free Diet-A Popular Healthy Trend
This is one of the popular healthy food trends. Which practically involves avoiding foods that contain gluten. To remember gluten refers to a family of protein found in wheat, barley, rye, triticale and malt.
Though the list of gluten containing foods can be exhaustive. Yet notable sources include following.
- All wheat-based pasta
- All wheat-based bread
- Baked foods like cookies cakes, pastries
- Cereals unless labelled gluten-free. Hence, it’s important to check your food labels if you’re going strict with this diet.
It might seem like a lot of work to adhere to this trend as gluten is found in many everyday foods. Well, there are still numerous gluten-free options to keep you on that delicious healthy food trend. Such as:
- All types of eggs
- Plain dairy products like milk and cheese
- Nuts and seeds
- Meats and fish
- Fruits and vegetables
This diet is particularly essential for people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance. Notwithstanding, a gluten-free diet poses certain health benefits. Such as:
- Can help relieve digestive symptoms like bloating, constipation and diarrhoea
- Can help you lose weight as it removes many junk foods from your diet
- May help boost energy.
While they may be seen as party poopers by some, they’re growing as a trend this new year. There are numerous benefits associated with alcohol free drinks. It’s getting really easier to find alternative drinks to satisfy your taste buds without stressing your liver.
Some health benefits of alcohol-free drinks are:
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Enhance your sleep quality
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Help to rehydrate the body
We understand it might be a challenge to adopt this healthy food trend. That is why we’ve provided a few mocktail ideas that won’t make you feel left out.
- Green tea virgin sangria
- Sangria mocktail
- Kombucha mule
- Strawberry sparkling mocktail
- Sparkling apple cider mocktail
You can easily find their recipes on the internet. Once you do, you’ll realise they’re simple things you can try at home. A simple tip for taking that alcohol break: Next time you want to make a toast, try one of these great mocktails. Keep it ongoing and you won’t even miss the booze.