1. blended meat products
The year 2020 should see the arrival of more blended meat products. In blended burgers, the nonmeat portion may consist of mushrooms, pea protein, potatoes, squash, or carrots, among other plants. Such burgers are lower in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and higher in fiber and essential nutrients than traditional burgers.
2. flour substitutes
One reason flour substitutes rose to prominence is the growing concern about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Although you may already be familiar with coconut and almond flours, how about flour made from bananas, cashews, dragonfruit, mango, apple, carrots, sweet potato, or peanuts? Cakes, cookies, breads, and more will soon be available using a variety of novel alternative flours.
3. healthy snacks
At least one survey says that two-thirds of adults snack at least once a day. Recently it seems that people want healthier snacks, so the industry is meeting that call. One area that is gaining attention is puffed and baked snacks. Another is protein snacks, sometimes plant-based and typically savory and crunchy.
4. non-alcoholic drinks
Unique non-alcoholic options are popping up everywhere, from menus at the world's most acclaimed bars to specialty stores. Many of these beverages seek to re-create classic cocktail flavors using distilling methods typically reserved for alcohol, creating an alternative to liquor meant to be used with a mixer rather than a drink on its own.
5. nootropic foods
Foods that are healthy for your brain are gaining popularity. Nootropics are drugs or supplements that promise cognitive benefits, and brain-healthy foods have been termed nootropic foods. Many of these foods you may already eat, such as eggs, turmeric, salmon and dark chocolate.
6. better frozen foods
A new wave of "real" food meals will be available in the frozen food aisle that are better in flavor and quality, while leaving out unwanted ingredients. They are more nutritious and more varied in cuisines. These frozen meals have organic ingredients, flavors from around the world and contain a lot less salt.
7. eating at home
More people will be eating at home due to the stabilization of grocery prices along with the rise in prices of dining out. While people still spend half of their food income on eating out, the other half is for food consumed in home. But don't confuse this with a love of cooking. Many of these meals eaten at home come from meal kits or prepared foods from the supermarket.
8. ugly produce
Ugly produce is just as nutritious and delicious as its perfect-looking counterparts. Now that consumers are more aware of the problems of food waste, they may seek out imperfect fruits and vegetables that may have gone to waste in the past.
9. sugar substitutes
We have been gradually moving away from white table sugar and honey and embracing other sweet choices. In 2020, we may see a rise in the use of syrupy reductions from fruits and starches, such as coconut, dates, pomegranates, sorghum, and sweet potatoes.
10. Soy-free plant-based foods
When plant-based eating first broke into the marketplace, soy was king. Now consumers are looking for soy-free plant-based foods, especially since some people are allergic to or intolerant of soy. The year 2020 should see more soy-free foods made from seeds, mung beans, and other alternatives.