Top Ten Health Cooking Trends of 2021

Good nutrition is very important for a wide range of reasons. The pandemic has forced people to change their eating habits and diets. Restaurants and cafes were closed for several months during the pandemic meaning more people have been required to cook at home. We have seen various cooking trends emerge in the past year and grow in popularity.

Here are the top ten health cooking trends of 2021:

1. Sous vide cooking

Sous vide cooking has been popular with chefs for years, but many enthusiastic home cooks have started adopting this method to create restaurant-quality dishes. Sous vide involves vacuum sealing food before cooking in a water bath at a precise temperature. The food is cooked to perfection and retains its juices and flavours.

You can buy the tools for sous vide cooking online and watch tutorial videos to master the cooking technique.

2. Plant-based diets

The number of vegans soared by 40% in 2020 and there is estimated to be approximately 1.5 million people following a vegan diet in the UK. Switching to a plant-based diet has many health benefits including lowering your cholesterol, helping you lose weight, and improving your heart health.

Cooking plant-based meals has never been easier thanks to the huge variety of vegan alternatives now available in supermarkets.

3. Virtual cooking classes

Virtual cooking classes have become extremely popular during the pandemic. People have been forced to cook more often, so have looked for ways to improve their kitchen skills and prepare tasty meals at home. Many chefs and restaurants have been offering virtual cooking classes throughout the pandemic and it is likely that these will continue post-pandemic.

4. Raw food diets

Raw food diets have been around for many years, but they have grown in popularity in the past year thanks to the increase in plant-based diets. A raw food diet focuses on fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, and healthy whole-plant foods. These ingredients can improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Learning to cook tasty raw food dishes can be a challenge, but there are plenty of simple recipes and raw food cooking tutorials available online.

5. Instagrammable dishes

This year has seen people experimenting with cooking and creating Instagrammable dishes that are fun, eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing. Recipes like whipped coffee, unicorn cakes, and avocado roses have been all over our social feeds and picture-perfect food has been a key cooking trend of 2021.

6. Gluten-free cooking

Many people suffer from gluten intolerances and experience symptoms like stomach pains, bloating, and other digestive issues after consuming foods that contain gluten. Gluten-free cooking has become simple as there is an impressive range of gluten-free options available including gluten-free bread, pasta, and baked goods.

Following a gluten-free diet can help ease various digestive symptoms, reduce chronic inflammation, increase energy and promote weight loss.

7. Fermented foods

Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria that can improve the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhance your immune system. You can easily ferment a wide variety of vegetables at home. Simply add your vegetable of choice to a mason jar filled with a prepared brine. Fermented vegetables are flavoursome, highly nutritious, and have a long shelf life.

8. Keto-friendly diets

There has been controversy over the keto diet, but some medical experts believe that following a keto-friendly diet can bring about numerous health benefits. According to medicalnewstoday.com, a low-carb keto diet can support significant weight loss, improve heart health, and may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

There is a lot of information about keto meal plans online and you can find plenty of keto-friendly recipes to try if you are interested in following a low-carb diet.

9. Restaurant meal kits

Many restaurants survived the pandemic by selling restaurant meal kits. These kits allow people to enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home with some simple cooking and preparation. You can find a huge variety of meal kits and home dining experiences to suit every taste and budget. Meal kits were extremely popular during the lockdown and they will likely continue to be popular post-pandemic.

10. Cooking for your mental health

Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining good physical and emotional health. Improving your diet can lift your mood, boost your energy levels, and increase your self-confidence. It has been a long and difficult year for most people and mental wellbeing has never been more important.

More people are using cooking as a way to relieve stress and improve their diet and nutrition. Some of the best mood-lifting healthy foods are oily fish, dark chocolate, fermented foods, and bananas.