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As we enter a new decade, be on the look out for new food trends. Here are five things to look for in the year 2020.

1.  Purple Yam Desserts- called Ube. Ube is a tuber from the Phillipines and has a very colorful violet -purple to bright lavender color. It is also relatively high in Vitamins A and C. Ube has been currently used in ice creams, however, be on the look out for this colorful purple yam in pies and donuts.

grcoery store shelf display of puffed snacks , veggie snacks, sweet potato snack, chickpea snacks.

2. Puffed Snacks- be on the look out for this trendy new product. You’ll be seeing more chick pea puffs, peanut puffs, and veggie puffs. This chip alternative is high in protein and low in saturated fat.

3. Cauli Power- Cauliflower continues to trend in food products such as pizza crusts , mashed potatoes, tater tots, rice and chicken tenders. Cauliflower adds more fiber, decreases fat and sodium content.

4. Protein Rich Products- Keep your eye out for some protein rich products. Protein is an important nutrient to our bodies. Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues, as well as to make enzymes, hormones and is a building block for our skin, blood, bones and muscles. We may be seeing protein now in cold brew coffees, as well as, and high protein pastas containing chickpeas, lentils and edamame. A 1/4 cup rice made from chickpeas contains 11g Protein, and 5g fiber.

boxes on grocery shelf of chickpea, edamame and lentil pasta

 

5. Versatile veggies- Look for vegetables to be used in various ways such as in snack wraps, crackers, chips, and even BBQ sauce and Ketchup. Tomato sauce products are now featuring kale in some of their pasta sauces. Adding vegetables to sauces and condiments can increase fiber content while reducing sodium and added sugar.

Author:  Susan Zies, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension

Reviewer: Dan Remley, Field Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension

References:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridgetshirvell/2019/12/04/10-food-trends-to-look-for-in-2020-according-to-yelp/#2a3dba495064
  2. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/top-food-trends-for-2020
  3. https://rdlounge.com/2019/11/08/fnce-food-trends-2019/

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