Working in an industry that is experiencing rapid growth, I often get a preview of the latest products, trends, and technology in the plant-based realm. With an eagerness to get 2020 in our rearview mirror, and looking ahead to what we will be eating and drinking for health and wellbeing in the plant-based space in 2021 and beyond, I thought I would share my Top 10 Plant-based Food Predictions for 2021.
Bye Bye, Plant-based Burger, we’re moving on!
Note that not all plant-based options below are equally healthy. As always, if you made your own burger at home from mushrooms and lentils, it would be healthier than a burger made with coconut oil at the store. Of course, no surprise there and the same will usually apply to the list below.
That said, even the transition foods help move us away from meat and dairy and are either better for us (see number two as we say ‘adios’ to nitrates), even if not perfect, or super healthy (see number seven.) 2021 will give us a plethora of options.
Lastly, diligently reading labels is still a mandate for 2021, so don’t let that super skill lapse.
1. Veggies of the Sea
Seafood, seafood, seafood! Plant-based seafood is all the rage: Good Catch Tuna and Crab and Fish Cakes, The Plant-Based Seafood Company (made with Konjac), New Wave Foods, Shiok Meats (made from cellular agriculture), Save to Sea (made from carrots). There are so many plant-based seafood options and more on the way. Plant-based seafood is to 2021 what plant-based burgers were to 2019.
2. But, Bacon and Pass the Plant-based Pork, Please
Finally, there is an answer to, “But, how can you give up bacon?” Hooray Foods bacon is on the West Coast of the United States in just a couple of stores but will grow into more stories in 2021. Folks looking to give up nitrites and nitrates can finally have their bacon and eat it, too.
In fact, while we’re talking pork, plant-based pork options will grow around the globe with Omnipork running rampant domination in Asia and brands like Barvecue pulled pork going coast to coast in the U.S.
3. Eggs Over Easy
Getting your hands on plant-based eggs, usually made from mung beans or chickpeas or other recognizable foods, has never been easier. With Eat Just distributed across the U.S., Zero Egg available in foodservice, and Evo Eggs in India, plant-based eggs are one thing you won’t have to scramble for in 2021.
4. Plant-based Fried Chick’n
Ok, so we are talking about fried chicken, and no, vegan fried chick’n won’t miraculously be fried. It’s fried, people! It says it in the name! But, it isn’t chicken, so it’s got that going for it! In other words, it won’t have hormones, antibiotics, and the negative properties of meat. Should you live on vegan fried chick’n every day? Probably not.