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Trends to Look Forward to in 2020

New year, new you! As 2020 rolls around, so do a whole bunch of fresh fads in food and drink. This year is all about health, with the rise of nutritious flour and butter alternatives, as well as products infused with collagen or CBD. Keep scrolling to check out seven trends that will bring new life to your kitchen this year!
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Ethnic Hot Sauces

Spice up dull meals with these hot condiments from around the globe. Korean gochujang, Chinese chili oils like Lao Gan Ma, North African harissa, Indonesian sambal, Thai nam phrik, Caribbean scotch bonnet peppers, and Egyptian Shatta are just a few suggestions to get your palate popping this year!

Compostable Food Packaging

With people paying more and more attention to their environmental impact in the kitchen and beyond, compostable packaging is one smart way to reduce your waste. Made from materials that compost along with any leftover food, it's time to say goodbye to styrofoam and plastic, and hello to these eco-friendly options. Check for restaurants that use better packaging, or buy your own!

Meatless Munchies

If it looks like meat and tastes like meat, it must be...plant-based? It's easy to be fooled by the wave of meatless meat-like products that are bursting onto the 2020 scene, which have all the delicious flavor of your favorite jerkies, pork rinds, and bacon chips, but with extra nutrition and sustainability!

Flour Power

We don't often give much thought to this simple staple, but new flour varieties could be the star of your dishes in 2020. Cauliflower, coconut, banana, and chickpea flours are just a few of the alternatives popping up on the market. Not only are these great options for those with gluten allergies, but they also come packed with extra nutrients to keep you healthy in the new year!

Better Butters

Flour isn't the only basic ingredient that's getting replaced in 2020. Macadamia, pumpkin, and watermelon seed butters are all lighter, healthier alternatives to a staple that enhances any meal. Cut your carbs and cholesterol, while also stepping away from products that use palm oil, a major cause of deforestation. Your body and the environment will thank you!

Collagen-Enhanced Snacks

Collagen is a wonder-protein that makes up the bulk of the structure for our bones, teeth, muscles, skin, joints, and connective tissue! Without it, we'd all be falling apart. While the jury is still out on just how true the claims of collagen-infused food and drinks are, it can't hurt to be ahead of the curve.

CBD Menu

CBD is a non-psychoactive hemp compound that can help relieve pain, lower anxiety, and boost heart health. With well-loved pantry mainstays like kombucha, cookies, and chocolates incorporating this ingredient, CBD-infused products will definitely be a hit in 2020!

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