The Odd and the Bizarre Wholesome Consuming Developments of 2021

With 2021 in full force, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the year’s healthy food trends to see what to hold on to.

Below, we round up some of the most popular healthy food trends of the year, including reasons why they should be a part of your life in the second half of the year.

Microgreens

Microgreens aren’t exactly new, but consumer appetite for them is at an all-time high.

If healthy eating is one of your concerns, microgreens should be added to your shopping list.

The seedlings are packed with nutrients.

Often used as a garnish, the mighty microgreens are often overlooked when presented on a plate.

However, they stuck in a powerful helping of nutrients and are quickly becoming one of the most powerful superfoods you can find.

Cold soup

Juicing is out. Soup is hot.

Keep an eye on this growing trend, led by people who want a healthy, juice-free drink on the go.

You can compare a drinkable soup to a thick, hearty smoothie.

Many popular styles are packed with nutrients and made from whole, often plant-based, ingredients.

The manufacturers pack them in boxes or bottles and can be enjoyed cold.

Everything in one bowl

This one isn’t new either, but it’s still something people are going to like this year.

From acai bowls to burrito bowls to poke bowls, we love the convenience, colors, and the explosion of many flavors in a single bowl.

But does this promote healthy living?

Poke bowls, for example, have many health benefits.

Usually served with some type of fish protein, they’re high in omega-3s and potassium.

Burrito bowls, on the other hand, are a great way to squeeze in a few extra servings of vegetables and help you load up on fiber and other macro and micronutrients.

Black rice

This exotic rice – also known as “forbidden rice” because it was revered in ancient Asia and specifically reserved for the kings, contains a healthy nutritional value with plenty of fiber, minerals, vitamins and strong antioxidants.

Black rice contains the same deep purple anthocyanin pigments as berries, but the pigments are so concentrated that the grains appear black.

Hard boiled eggs. Image: Pexels / Jane-D

Healthy snacks

Sticking to a healthy diet can be difficult. Resisting the urge to reach for burgers, fries, or candy when you get cravings for a snack can make a huge difference to your health.

Healthy snacks have come of age in 2021; Indeed, since the coronavirus lockdown began.

People have taken notice of the trend and responded by creating single-serving packs of healthy snacks and appetizers.

These include raw vegetables and dip, hard-boiled eggs, food bars, and traditional fruits and vegetables marketed as take-away snacks.

Function over taste

Not that taste isn’t important – you wouldn’t keep eating if it wasn’t tasty – but these days we pay more attention to what we buy.

With “healthy banana bread” on Google’s top 10 list of most wanted recipes in 2020, it is clear that people expect more nutritional benefits from their diet.

In fact, many of us will go so far as to eat things we would not normally consider because of their health benefits, as well as researching and buying nutritional supplements to give a nutritional boost to our usual choices.

Since we spend a lot more time at home, we have a lot of delicious food trends to try out in the meantime.

Betroot juice. Image / Pexels / Roman Odintsov

Beetroot juice

Okay, there is still some juice in it. But it’s not the sweet, fruity variety.

Vegetable juices – especially beetroot juice, are becoming increasingly popular for their health benefits.

Beetroot is high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and can improve the flow of oxygen to your muscles.

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