(Meredith) – One of the biggest changes we’re experiencing in 2020 is the way we eat. Most of us no longer eat in restaurants, and we have learned to rely on take-out meals and cook our own meals at home.
In 2021, we can expect many food trends to continue – such as making breakfast more frequently and creating new cocktails ourselves.
Senior Digital Food Editor at Real Simple Betty Gold said that one of the biggest trends we will continue to see is cooking at home, especially when making breakfast.
“As a result of having a little more time in the morning, we still work remotely, we don’t have to go anywhere else, we can wear sweatpants all day, we have more time to focus on breakfast, and that’s very new. for many of us, ”said Gold. “So, I think this year, people will start Sunday lunch on Tuesday, for example.”
Gold also said he believes people will continue to be more ambitious with the types of dishes they make, but he hopes to see a strong emphasis on comfort food.
“Everyone is looking for an indulgent and delicious meal that makes them feel nice and warm inside. Nostalgic food is really popular, ”said Gold. “We also see a lot of Americans trying to cook a meal they might order at a restaurant that has indulgent types of dishes like french fries, chicken parmesan, like the delicious delicacies you might just order when you eat out. “
Hand in hand with comfort food, Americans are also enjoying alcohol in 2020. While Gold predicts this will continue, he also thinks people will re-evaluate their alcohol intake and try to choose lower alcohol, lower sugar options.
“While I don’t think anyone is really ready to go cold turkey, I would say that there is a fairly large-scale movement that I would call the ‘mindfulness’ movement, so I saw a lot of recent drops – alcohol, low sugar wine. on the market, and a lot of people make low-alcohol cocktails at home, ”says Gold. “I think the tough voters are not going anywhere, we’re just going to see more and more.”
When it comes to food trends to avoid, Gold advises avoiding fad diets and focusing on whole, healthy foods.
“Any kind of fad diet, if it sounds too good to be true, it must be,” says Gold. “Be careful with any product that seems too good to be true, because it probably is. You know, a candy bar is a candy stick, plant or not. “
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