I hope you all have plans to eat lots of delicious food to ring in the new year. I also hope your 2011 is even more delicious than 2011. To help you out with that, here are five food and nutrition trends to embrace (or reject!) in 2011.
- Localvores continue to grow. It was big in 2009 and 2010, but it’ll be bigger in 2011. We’re getting even more picky about where our food comes from, and for good reason! Food that comes from anonymous factories somehow just doesn’t do it for us. Also, it tends to be more processed and, frankly, less delicious. Not all local food is healthy, but at least you can say you’re supporting your community.
- Too many cooks in the kitchen. With the influx of cooking and recipe apps for phones and tablets, no one has any excuse not to try their hand at cooking. I say this is a good thing — let Uncle Fred, who’s never touched the stove in his life, try out the new recipe he found on his iPad. Why not?!
- Fat (saturated, too!) makes a comeback. It’s no secret that I heart fat. But I think U.S. nutrition experts are about to embrace it also. And I’m not just talking about the PC fats found in avocado and olive oil that ALL nutrition gurus recommend to some extent. Someone just told me she saw a segment on a major morning show recommending real bacon over turkey, and full-fat dressing over reduced fat. I say the less processing and fewer ingredients, the better. If that means more fat, so be it! It’s satisfying and wayyyy less evil than you think.
- Raising our standards. I genuinely think the days of being satisfied with crap food are coming to an end. People have higher standards for food! We can blame that partially on the uptick in food-related TV shows and movies (think Top Chef or Julie & Julia) and partially on the fact that once you taste the good stuff, you can’t go back.
- Fruit skepticism. Many of my clients are shocked when I tell them that fruit isn’t the magical, always-good-for-you food everyone thinks it is. Sure, fruit is great. It has vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. But along with it, you get a pretty big dose of sugar. I reserve fruit for dessert, or just make sure to eat it with plenty of protein and fat. I’m not saying you need to stay away from fruit in 2011, but you do need to realize that it’s just a healthy version of dessert.
So, what do YOU think? Which food/nutrition trends are about to blow up, and what do you think of them?