Whole Foods predicts next big food trends for 2021

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 16: Whole Food flagship store in Austin, Texas photographed June 16, 2017. Amazon announced that they purchased the grocer for over 13 billion dollars. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 16: Whole Food flagship store in Austin, Texas photographed June 16, 2017. Amazon announced that they purchased the grocer for over 13 billion dollars. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) /

What will be the food trends of 2021? Whole Foods gives us predictions!

2020 still has a few months left, but I know a lot of us are already looking forward to 2021 and hoping it’s twenty times better than the chaotic year we just experienced. Three months into 2020 and everyone’s life changed dramatically and that includes how we ate.

Going out to dinner was pretty much off the table and the type of foods we were eating changed dramatically. So what’s in store for 2021? Whole Foods is predicting what we’ll be snacking on next and some of the stuff is interesting, to say the least.

First up, it’s all about healthy foods and probiotics. Considering what this year had in store, this is no surprise. They predict we’ll be eating lots of superfoods, broths, and sauerkrauts. Companies will be adding vitamin C and mushrooms to everything they can to boost the wellness of their products.

The next trend is kind of generic but seems to fit how we’ve been living our lives. If you’re not rushing to go to work in the morning because you’re staying at home, you have plenty of time to make a big breakfast and according to Whole Foods, a good breakfast will be a huge trend in the coming year.

Whole Foods predicts fancy baby food and fruit and veggie jerky for 2021

Next, we will be looking for amped-up versions of products we normally buy. Smoky salt, hearts of palm pasta, and vegan soup are just a few of the examples they give of what to look out for in 2021.

2021 will also be all about coffee and not just in your cup. We can expect to see coffee in yogurt, granola, whiskey, and protein bars. If you’re looking for even more coffee in the new year, your time has come. Coffee addicts won’t know what to do with themselves.

This next trend is for the babies in the family. Baby food is growing up a bit and coming out in new flavors that are more than just bananas and smooshed up carrots. Think pear strawberry rhubarb, apple pumpkin blueberry, and cauliflower, purple carrots, and avocado oil. Your baby is going to grow up to be a gourmet!

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The next trend I find semi-questionable, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It’s all about upcycling food and using the bits we normally throw away as a way to make new snacks. There is a brand called Pulp Chips that uses the skin and the stems to makes savory snacks.

There’s also The Ugly Company that turns the less-than-pretty pieces of fruit that don’t end up in the store into dried fruit pieces. And it’s not just apricots and cherries. They have kiwis, peaches, and white nectarines.

We can also expect a ton of new oils in the coming year. Pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, and foods made with sunflowers seed oil are just a few of the things you can expect to see in 2021. I’m definitely interested to try pumpkin seed oil!

After 2020, who’s ready for a drink? Well, now you can have your booze and be healthy too with alcoholic kombucha. It’s gluten-free and is filled with all the probiotic cultures your stomach is craving. And they come in all kinds of flavors from blood orange to mango and ginger. Sauerkraut and alcoholic kombucha trending in the same year?? Yikes!

Chickpeas will also be a big trend in 2021 and not just in hummus. They’ll be in tortillas, flour, cereal, pizza, and even desserts!

The final trend for 2021 is fruit and vegetable jerky! I could not be more excited because I grew up on fruit jerky. But this time, we’re getting a lot of different and unexpected fruits and veggies. Expect to see jackfruit jerky, mango with chili jerky (spicy fruit jerky? yes, please), and spicy mushroom jerky.

Since these are just predictions, it will be interesting to see which ones actually come true.

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What are your thoughts on the 2021 trends from Whole Foods? Is there one you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments below!