The Covid-19 pandemic shaped nearly every aspect of human life. One of these shifts was the way food was prepared in the kitchen.
As affluence grows around the world and people are increasingly able to afford food, there’s been a shift toward home cooking. Now, baking and cooking are thriving.
It’s difficult for many people to eat healthier, but we hope to make it easier in 2022.
Here’s what I think will be some of the most important healthy food trends in 2022 in the New Year:
Water lily seeds
If you’re looking for a low-calorie, high protein snack to take throughout the day, these water lily seeds may be a great option. They even offer the flavors from garlic and onion, but without the strong taste food trend.
For some time now, the choices have been black and white – meat or no meat. But in the past few years, this regime has started to change. More and more people are looking for a balance between their health and their environment by returning to eating like an “omnivore”.
Becoming a flexitarian—meaning someone who eats mostly plants, but who still occasionally eats animal products—can be a great way to help the environment. And adopting the reducetarian concept might just mean you slowly move away from eating animal products altogether.
Did you know that more Americans are now eating mushrooms than ever before? That’s because people are interested in trying protein alternatives to meat. And since many types of mushrooms have a meaty taste and feel, they can be used as a seasoning, or as replacements for meat.
Southeast Asian flavors
While the Asian continent includes many countries and is a large region, the cuisine in Southeast Asia is influenced by its proximity to China. The basic ingredients include jasmine rice, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, chilies, dried onions, and soy proteins like tofu and tempeh.
Southeast Asian cuisine uses a combination of ingredients that create synergistic, complementary flavors. Consider the combination of grapefruit and basil, or lime and cilantro. More exotic signature ingredients—such as tamarind and lemongrass—are readily available in most supermarkets.
It’s a simple way of cooking and eating that requires only a few new ingredients to freshen up your daily meals – making shopping for groceries fun again.
There are many quick and easy ways you can strengthen your immune system as part of a healthy lifestyle. A few minutes at the supermarket will show you how to take advantage of the immune-healthy superfoods that nature has provided for you. Whether eaten as a stand-alone or used in a recipe, are some top healthy food to mix and match that support a healthy immune system:
- Berries (fresh, frozen or dried)
- Fermented foods (yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut)
- Spices (ginger, turmeric, cinnamon)
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cabbage)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
- Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruits, kiwis)
They used to be just for holidays and cooking, but now they’re available year-round in a variety of flavors. When served chilled—they’re a fun alternative to your usual cocktail. And most importantly, they are an ideal solution for those who are cutting back on alcohol or trying to eliminate it altogether.
Simplified food preparation
The Home Feed promises to deliver the simple, fresh recipes that people need for dinner at home (think mac and cheese or chicken pot pie). With easy-to-follow instructions, these super easy recipes use healthy ingredients–no exotic or hard-to-find foods here. By using modern conveniences (like a microwave), these quick recipes deliver optimal nutrition and visual appeal.