Plant-based convenience foods and nonalcoholic spirits are just a few of the ways food is giving your health a boost in 2022.
No one ever knows exactly what a new year will bring, but the interest in healthier eating that has accompanied the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon, and that’s a good thing.
It may come as no surprise that plant-based foods continue to be exceedingly popular, with sales increasing almost twice as quickly as those of overall food sales, per the Good Food Institute. “I am really excited about seeing more people following a flexitarian eating plan,” says Laura M. Ali, RD, a culinary nutritionist in Pittsburgh. “It gives people who may not want to become vegetarian or vegan the ability to eat more plants but still incorporate some seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs occasionally.”
Of course, COVID has continued to affect our grocery shopping habits too. “The pandemic has caused supply chain shortages, as well as an increased awareness of food waste,” says Christina Badaracco, MPH, a registered dietitian in Washington, DC, who focuses on sustainability.
We asked nutrition experts about these and other factors that influence what we’ll be eating in the year ahead, and these are the healthy food innovations and trends they say we can expect to see in 2022.