As we start the New Year, it's time to dive into the blend of time-honored traditions and exciting new trends that will shape 2024. In a world that's always on the move, how we celebrate the end of one year and the start of another constantly evolves.
One thing we're gladly leaving behind in 2023 is restrictive diets. It's time to embrace a more balanced and holistic approach to well-being, focusing on nourishing our bodies with diverse foods rather than sticking to rigid dietary rules. We've realized that these restrictive diets often do more harm than good, promoting unsustainable and unhealthy habits. Instead, people are adopting intuitive eating, being more mindful of what they consume, and placing greater emphasis on the quality of their ingredients. It's a refreshing shift toward sustainable and flexible wellness, where we understand that proper health encompasses both body and soul. If you need guidance on this transition, Hy-Vee dietitians can help you switch while ensuring you're nourishing your body appropriately.
Another trend keeping its momentum into 2024 is the rise of plant-based ingredients. With new research showing the health benefits of consuming more plants and a wide variety of plants in our diets, in addition to the sustainability of food production methods and crops, more and more consumers are turning to plant-based options. Whether it's meatless burgers that taste just like the real deal or innovative dairy alternatives, these plant-based ingredients have moved from niche to mainstream staples in our kitchens and restaurants. The plant-based movement is firmly rooted in our culinary and cultural landscape as we enter the New Year.
There's another exciting new trend we're eager to embrace in 2024: allergy-friendly dining and heightened awareness of food allergies. The trend isn't limited to those with dietary restrictions; it symbolizes a more considerate and inclusive approach to food. Restaurants and food manufacturers are making a stronger commitment to providing safe and delicious options for individuals with allergies, sensitivities and dietary restrictions. And it goes beyond just gluten or nuts — it encompasses a wide range of allergens. By embracing these inclusive food practices, the industry sends a powerful message that everyone deserves the joy of a great meal, regardless of their dietary needs.
Connect with your local Hy-Vee dietitian on our virtual nutrition services platform and schedule a complimentary Discovery Session to learn more. Hy-Vee dietitians offer various services to help you meet your weight loss and nutrition goals, including one-on-one consultation packages, personalized menu plan programs, virtual nutrition store tours and more.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.