A Nutritionist’s Guide to 2020 Nutrition Trends
Throughout 2019 I think we’ve seen some hints as to what the 2020 nutrition trends will be. With our focus shifting away from calorie counting and into more nutrient dense foods, 2020 should bring us lots of new, interesting, and nutritious trends!
Over the past few years we have seen growing research to support the importance of gut health. This has brought more of an emphasis on things like fermented ingredients in protein bars and we’ve seen some fermented beverages. But, given the growing body of research I think 2020 will be a breakout year for microbiome health and gut friendly products!
Whole wheat flour used to be our healthy alternative, but now we have all kinds of options. Over the past few years we have seen a growing popularity of flours made from almond and coconut.
In 2019 we started to see some flours made from root vegetables, like cassava. I think 2020 will bring us even more flour options. I think we may see other vegetables and legumes being used for flours, including cauliflower.
Mainstream Plant-Based Meat Alternatives
In 2019 we saw the Beyond Meat craze. This great tasting, meat free burger seemed to start a trend away from animal-based ‘beef’ products. Although going meat free is better for the animals and the environment, we haven’t seen many popular meat alternatives that are made from “clean” ingredients. I’m predicting we’ll see some tasty, plant based meat alternatives that are accessible and affordable.
We have tons of great natural sugar substitutes on the market. Some of my favourites are raw honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Although I prefer to stick to the basics, and there are already lots of available options, it seems like every year brings a new alternative. I’m thinking for 2020 maybe we will see something made from a starchy vegetable, like sweet potatoes.
More Nutritious Grab and Go Options
Over the past couple years, we’ve started to see some healthier grab and go single serve options. Like hummus and crackers or pre-pealed hard boiled eggs. This is a step in the right direction and I think that this trend will continue to quickly grow. I’m hoping 2020 will make a larger variety of healthy grab and go options easily available. I’m thinking salads made with a variety of fresh ingredients and sandwiches made from sprouted grain bread will start to become available at local shops.
What are the nutrition trends you’re hoping to see in 2020?
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Aly is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP) who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and holds a BA from Western University. Aly’s warm and approachable demeanor empowers her clients to take control of their health. She uses a realistic approach, with an emphasis on balance and whole foods to personally address your nutrition needs. Aly believes that eating healthy isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having a plan you can stick to that gives you energy while allowing you to eat the foods you love. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance you can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life!
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