There have been many food trends over the years, from the 1950s’ Jell-O food to Ranch dressing on everything in the 1980s. 2021 brought about many food trends, and quite a few stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Carb Alternatives

Carb alternatives are mostly born of the ketogenic diet, a diet in which someone avoids carbs and sugars, opting instead for healthy fats. However, not everyone who chooses low carb alternatives are on the Ketogenic diet! Many people are simply trying to choose a healthier option. Many low carb alternatives include bell peppers, cauliflower, and zucchini.

Home Baked Bread

When the pandemic hit and people had to quarantine, essentials such as bread started to fly off the shelves. Being stuck in the house with seemingly nothing to do, people began baking their own bread. With this, many discovered it’s actually a pretty enjoyable pastime! Some of the most popular breads to bake at home include sourdough, white, and whole wheat.

Plant Based Burgers

Many people love their plant based burgers. Morningstar and Boca both offer quick and easy frozen patties you can just throw on the grill, but more and more people are choosing to make their own plant based burgers from home! Some of the popular bases for these plant based burgers include mushrooms and beans.

Garbanzo Beans

Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are becoming an increasingly popular dish ingredient in the US. And it’s not just for hummus (though everyone loves a good hummus dip). Many people in the US are beginning to put garbanzo beans in curry, soup, and even used in crabless crab cakes!

Low Waste Food

Zero and low waste lifestyles are becoming more and more trendy. This is especially prevalent in food consumption. More and more, customers are looking to eat healthy food with minimal packaging. This can include less packaging for produce, or a bulk section in which customers can bring their own containers from home, and offering organic produce.

Dairy Milk Alternatives

While dairy milk alternatives are nothing new, they are becoming increasingly popular. There are many forms of non-dairy milk, including soy, almond, and oat. Oat milk is becoming popular due to its texture and flavor. Some dairy milk alternatives are better for drinking or smoothie making, while others are better for cooking. It all depends on the individual’s personal preferences.

Veganism & Vegetarianism

Vegan and vegetarian food is nothing new, but more and more people are choosing to follow a plant based path. People’s reasons to change their diet varies, but the most popular reasons are for health, ethical, and ecological reasons. Many choose to do it for a mix of reasons! Specialty grocery stores should carry a mix of plant based and non-plant based options for all shoppers.

Mental Health Food

With the increased focus on mental health and mental wellness, many people are eating different foods to help their mental health. Food is an integral part of wellness, both physical and mental. That’s why people are going for foods that promote a healthy brain, like fish and “superfoods” such as spinach, kale, and blueberries.

Different Cooking Oils

Home chefs are no longer limited in the types of oils they cook with! Instead of cooking with canola or vegetable oils, many home cooks are reaching for different, more exotic oils such as coconut, sunflower, and avocado oils. These are healthier options to their vegetable oil counterpart, making them a go-to for pantries nationwide.

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