Foods to Try in 2020

We saw so many food trends in 2019 that it is hard to believe there will be even more in 2020. 2019 was admittedly exciting for foodies. No one was spared of the constant social media posts of great plates of food. But things are going beyond plant-based burgers, bone broth, and sriracha everything. There are 5 interesting food trends to seek out in 2020.

Coconut Aminos

Soy sauce is a staple in most households. It is brewed from soybeans and wheat. Many have food sensitivities to both. You can find wheat free soy sauces that go by the names of tamari and liquid aminos.

There is an alternative that has been around for awhile that tastes like soy sauce and has no wheat or soy. This is called coconut aminos. While one product has been around for a few years, several companies are now making their own versions, making it more affordable.

Coconut aminos taste like mildly sweet soy sauce. It can be used just like soy sauce in stir fry dishes and sushi. It also makes for a great teriyaki sauce without all the sugar that is in teriyaki.

Plant-Based “Seafood”

You might be wondering why anyone would want to eat imitation seafood. Consider that much of the oceans are being depleted of essential fish species necessary for the health of our ecosystem. In addition, much of our seafood is contaminated with mercury. No one wants to deplete the oceans or eat poison.

If you enjoy the taste of fish, try plant-based seafood. Most of these are made with legumes and algal oil that is high in the omega-3 fatty acids that fish is a good source of. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for cardiovascular and brain health.

Tiger Nut Flour

Tiger nuts are tiny, pea shaped tubers that can be eaten like nuts, cooked like beans, or added to granola. These are naturally gluten-free. You can now find tiger nut flour online and in natural foods markets. This flour is a great substitute for grain based flours. This works well with the Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto diets.

Local Meal Delivery Kits

There has been a recent boom in meal delivery services. These used to be limited to prepared meals that you heated up in your microwave. A few companies ventured into the delivery of kits that include measured out ingredients and detailed instructions for you to cook a gourmet meal at home. These are convenient and often include high quality foods.

This year we are already seeing an upsurge in the number of companies putting together meal delivery kits. Many of these give you the option of choosing meals designed for specialty diets and allergies. The newest players in this market are what are called local meal delivery kits where smaller providers have partnered with local farms to source ingredients. Delivery is generally limited to a specific area to ensure freshness.

Vegan Scrambled Eggs

The best thing to come to market recently is a liquid egg alternative that scrambles just like eggs and even tastes like eggs. If you are vegan, concerned about cholesterol, or have an egg allergy, this might be a good option to scrambling crumbled tofu.

The “eggs” come in small pourable bottles that resemble mustard. The reason they are small is because these mung bean based eggs have a short shelf-life and should be used within 7 days. You can find them in the refrigerated section of your natural foods and specialty markets.

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