In terms of diet habits, 2020 was a year of high stress and scarcity, which meant that eating whatever was available to feel good was at an all-time high. This is because the pandemic, while certainly devastating to those affected directly by it, also affected mental health.
And what’s one way people cope with stress? Comfort food.
With many gyms around the world ordered to lock down, and more and more people working from home, daily physical activity has plummeted. As the world continues to battle the pandemic, here are some of the nutrition trends that are expected to take Canada by storm in 2021.
- People are More Health Conscious
COVID-19 forced people to stay home and shut down many crucial businesses that we rely on to live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many people reported gaining as much as 15 lbs since the lockdowns in early 2020.
In 2021, individuals are more aware of the health impacts associated with the pandemic. As the world slowly starts to shift, better dietary choices are coming back into focus for many. With the work from home mandate, people are learning how to cook and are becoming more educated on making healthy choices. Meal prep delivery services are also on the rise as well, as the demand for home delivery increases.
- New Focus on Sustainability
Sustainability was thrown out the window at the beginning of 2020. Long line ups, panic purchasing, and uncertainty about what the future held. Now that it’s clear that there is an end to the pandemic, the mindset of consumers has shifted. Consumers are becoming more aware of how their purchasing decisions impact the environment.
Instead of over purchasing at the grocery store, choose a meal prep delivery service. This is a great way to refocus on sustainability and environmental impact. Each meal is individually packaged in a recyclable container, and ingredients are purchased in bulk to eliminate individual plastic wrapping.
- Plant-Based Food Is Taking Over
Vegetarian and vegan diets are expected to take off in 2021.There is a better understanding that a diet high in vegetables and other plant-based food is typically better for the average person. Fortunately, education and accessibility have made it easier to enjoy a more plant-based diet, with so many new plant-based/vegetarian/vegan foods and services having arisen this past year.
2021 will be a year of growth for this industry; and in all likelihood, everybody’s health—and the environment—will be better off for it. Local Canadian meal prep services will be sure to jump on this trend, offering more plant-based options to satisfy consumers’ growing demand.
For many reasons it is important to make mindful choices when choosing what to eat. This will ultimately improve overall health and wellness in the long run. The food trends of 2021 are evidence that educated decisions are taking place and Nutrimeals meal prep service can help provide you with top tier nutrition and health.
Nutrimeals is a Canadian meal prep company with the best food delivery service all over Western Canada. Whether you’re in Alberta or British Columbia, we’ll ship you top-quality meals.