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Here Are 6 New Healthy Products Coming to Whole Foods in March

Here Are 6 New Healthy Products Coming to Whole Foods in March

From grain alternatives to natural skincare, there are plenty of new reasons to head to Whole Foods right now.

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It's not only the beginning of March, but the beginning of spring (even if it doesn't seem like it yet), and a slew of new and exciting products are hitting the shelves. Whole Foods just released a list of all the new products coming to a store near you this month, and we can’t wait to try them! Here are the ones we are most excited for:

RightRice Vegetable Rice

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We were lucky enough to get our hands on all four RightRice varieties, and our staff was pleasantly surprised by the legume-based rice’s texture, flavor, and nutrient content. This is a great option for those looking to consume more fiber (here's why that's so healthy), follow a reduced-carb diet, or simply add a nutrient boost to a favorite weeknight dinner. Whole Foods is currently the only retailer you can purchase RightRice from in-store, so now you have even more of a reason to stop in!

365 Everyday Value Organic Greek Yogurt

Whole Foods’ private-label brand, 365 Everyday Value, is releasing four new whole-milk Greek yogurts in vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, and plain. We’ve already debunked the myth that no or low-fat yogurt are healthier options: Full-fat dairy has been shown to help prevent chronic disease and could even help you lose weight!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Organic Granolas

Granola is the latest thing to come from the hemp-based product manufacturer, and we can’t wait to try all three varieties. Hemp seeds were recently voted one of the healthiest foods for our waistline and the world, and are full of essential nutrients. Manitoba Harvest’s granola line comes in Blueberry, Dark Chocolate, and Honey & Oats.

One serving is a three-fourths cup, which is more than double the serving sizes of many other packaged granolas, and it is packed with 10g protein, healthy fats, and several micronutrients. While coconut oil isn’t our favorite ingredient as it adds 5g sat fat, a reasonable serving is still pretty good for you, and there are still plenty of great reasons to start your day with this product.

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365 Everyday Value Whole Milk Kefir

Kefir is one of our favorite gut-healthy foods, as it is essentially a tasty, fizzy cross-over between yogurt and kombucha. This full-fat fermented drink from the Whole Foods’ private label comes in plain, vanilla, blueberry, and raspberry. While it’s not for everyone, we love its creamy, fizzy texture and all the benefits that go with drinking it.

Vigilant Eats Organic Superfood Cereals

Vigilant Eats pairs their family farm-grown oats with popular superfoods for a convenient, nutritious food. Whether you’re looking for a bowl of overnight oats, a steaming cup of creamy oatmeal, or just a topping for yogurt, this product does it all. And with flavors like Sweet Potato Pie and Coconut Maple Vanilla, we know it’s bound to be delicious. The nutrition is also pretty impressive, as these cereals are high in fiber and made with wholesome ingredients for a satisfying snack or meal. They are both gluten-free and vegan.

Weleda Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream & Body Butter

There are several exciting hair and skin care products coming to Whole Foods this month, but these new lotions from Weleda were especially intriguing. The items from Weleda’s Skin Food line are all best-sellers, and we’re pretty sure the latest additions will be too.

These two body lotions are perfect for whatever weather you’re experiencing—the light nourishing cream is perfect for warmer weather while the body butter is great for those of us still experiencing winter. Both products are made with all-natural ingredients and are already receiving rave reviews online.


Clean-Eating Challenge

Clean up your diet and cut out processed foods with our 30-day challenge.

Eating clean is a lot easier when your cupboards, fridge and freezer are stocked with healthy, whole foods and minimally processed ingredients. Consider this 30-day challenge your inspiration to clean up your plate and feel the benefits of whole foods. We&aposve put together our best clean-eating tips and recipes so you can eat delicious, whole foods all month long.

Clean Eating Challenge Calendar & Tips

Especially in the heat of the summer months, it is super important to stay hydrated. There are several signs to help you tell if you&rsquore getting enough to drink, but a few easy tips can help you get ahead of it. Bring a water bottle with you whenever you can to make it easy to take sips here and there. Also, drinking water before a meal can help you hydrate up and be more mindful of hunger and fullness.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making at least half of your grains whole grains. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and nutrients to keep your digestive tract healthy. This may sound like a lot, but swapping in whole grains with foods you already eat makes it easier. Try using whole grain pastas or choosing brown rice over white rice to help you meet your goal.

There is no bad time to add vegetables to a meal or snack, especially in the summer months. An easy way to get more veg into your day is to add it to things you already eat. Try adding greens to smoothies, vegetables to your egg scramble or peas to your pasta to boost your daily intake.

Tonight, try our Roasted Salmon Caprese recipe. This recipe is a mashup of some of our favorite flavors to create a delicious, well-rounded dish. Not to mention, it is on the table in 30 minutes and requires minimal cleanup.

Cutting back on meat can help you save money, eat healthy and make your plate more earth-friendly. Not to mention, there are several health benefits of going plant-based more often. Today, try to not eat any meat and limit your intake of animal products. Fresh recipes like our Healthy Detox Salad will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied, no meat required.

Though desserts are not necessarily front-of-mind when thinking about clean eating, every pattern needs to allow some wiggle room. Treating yourself occasionally makes your pattern more sustainable and realistic for the long term. Planning when and how you treat yourself can help you enjoy it and keep it in check. Try out Pink Lemonade Nice Cream today. Bursting with fruit and flavor, this is a timeless summer treat.

A key part of eating clean is to limit the processed foods you are eating. One simple way to do this is to make foods you enjoy from scratch when it makes sense. Whether it is lunch, a go-to snack or a fun drink, cooking from scratch allows you to save money, eat healthy and customize flavors to your liking.

Herbs and spices are a great way to boost the flavor of your food without added salt, sugar or fat. Plus, several spices boast impressive antioxidant benefits to help you stay healthy and fight off chronic disease. Adding spices can also give foods a more complex, satisfying taste. Play around with some of your favorite spices to make a meal bursting with flavor and nutrition tonight.

For a delicious vegetarian main, try our Baked Falafel Sandwich. Chickpeas, tahini and spices help this main to be protein-packed and so flavorful, you won&rsquot even miss the meat. Not to mention, the leftovers are great all week long.

Especially in the heat of the summer months, it is super important to stay hydrated. There are several signs to help you tell if you&rsquore getting enough to drink, but a few easy tips can help you get ahead of it. Bring a water bottle with you whenever you can to make it easy to take sips here and there. Also, drinking water before a meal can help you hydrate up and be more mindful of hunger and fullness.

Cutting back on meat can help you save money, eat healthy and make your plate more earth-friendly. Not to mention, there are several health benefits of going plant-based more often. Today, try to not eat any meat and limit your intake of animal products.

Focusing on getting your produce locally can help you get excellent quality food while supporting your own community. These days there are several options for produce and more, from farmers markets to co-ops and beyond. Try some seasonal produce and support a local business today.

Summer is the season for grilling. Fire up the charcoals (or gas) and enjoy all the flavors cooking over flame has to offer. Not to mention, grilling boosts the taste of food without having to add much salt or oil, which makes it easy to have clean, easy entrees or sides. It cuts down on the dishes, too. Talk about a win-win.

Now more than ever, restaurants in your area could use your support. Take a night off from cooking and get a whole foods-focused meal from one of your favorite places near you. Learning how to navigate eating out is important for taking clean eating beyond this challenge.

Nothing says summer quite like our Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables. This main is clean, delicious and requires minimal clean up, thanks to the grill. Enjoy warm for dinner, and cooled off like a pasta salad for lunch the next day.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making at least half of your grains whole grains. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and nutrients to keep your digestive tract healthy. This may sound like a lot, but swapping in whole grains with foods you already eat makes it easier. Try using whole grain pastas or choosing brown rice over white rice to help you meet your goal.

Alcohol can absolutely have a place in a healthy pattern, but it is good to take a night off every now and again. Skipping the alcohol will save you on calories and help you stay more hydrated, which is important in the summer heat. Swap in one of our easy mocktail recipes for all the flavor without the alcohol.

Though desserts are not necessarily front-of-mind when thinking about clean eating, every pattern needs to allow some wiggle room. Treating yourself occasionally makes your pattern more sustainable and realistic for the long term. Planning when and how you treat yourself can help you enjoy it and keep it in check. Focus on fruits and moderation with treats. Being mindful when eating desserts can help you fully enjoy each bite.

Cutting back on meat can help you save money, eat healthy and make your plate more earth-friendly. Not to mention, there are several health benefits of going plant-based more often. Today, try to not eat any meat and limit your intake of animal products. Hearty recipes like our Spanakopita-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are so delicious and filling, you won&rsquot even miss the meat.

Make our Chopped Cobb Salad with Chicken tonight for a fresh, clean summer dinner. This dish is packed with protein and veggies to keep you full and nourished all night long. Plus, it can be thrown together in just five minutes, no cooking required. This is the perfect quick dinner for hot summer nights.

Especially in the heat of the summer months, it is super important to stay hydrated. There are several signs to help you tell if you&rsquore getting enough to drink, but a few easy tips can help you get ahead of it. Bring a water bottle with you whenever you can to make it easy to take sips here and there. Also, drinking water before a meal can help you hydrate up and be more mindful of hunger and fullness.

There is no bad time to add vegetables to a meal or snack, especially in the summer months. An easy way to get more veg into your day is to add it to things you already eat. Try adding greens to smoothies, vegetables to your egg scramble or peas to your pasta to boost your daily intake.

Herbs and spices are a great way to boost the flavor of your food without added salt, sugar or fat. Plus, several spices boast impressive antioxidant benefits to help you stay healthy and fight off chronic disease. Adding spices can also give foods a more complex, satisfying taste. Play around with some of your favorite spices to make a meal bursting with flavor and nutrition tonight.

Focusing on getting your produce locally can help you get excellent quality food while supporting your own community. These days there are several options for produce and more, from farmers markets to co-ops and beyond. Try some seasonal produce and support a local business today.

Cutting back on meat can help you save money, eat healthy and make your plate more earth-friendly. Not to mention, there are several health benefits of going plant-based more often. Today, try to not eat any meat and limit your intake of animal products. Our Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew is a comforting, nourishing plant-based main that will keep you full all night.

A key part of eating clean is to limit the processed foods you are eating. One simple way to do this is to make foods you enjoy from scratch when it makes sense. Whether it is lunch, a go-to snack or a fun drink, cooking from scratch allows you to save money, eat healthy and customize flavors to your liking.

We take two of our favorite things to make this Hummus-Crusted Chicken Recipe that everyone around your table will love. Pair with vegetables and a whole grain side to make it a clean, well-rounded meal that is ready in just 30 minutes.

Summer is the season for grilling. Fire up the charcoals (or gas) and enjoy all the flavors cooking over flame has to offer. Not to mention, grilling boosts the taste of food without having to add much salt or oil, which makes it easy to have clean, easy entrees or sides. It cuts down on the dishes, too. Talk about a win-win.

Now more than ever, restaurants in your area could use your support. Take a night off from cooking and get a whole foods-focused meal from one of your favorite places near you. Learning how to navigate eating out is important for taking clean eating beyond this challenge.

Alcohol can absolutely have a place in a healthy pattern, but it is good to take a night off every now and again. Skipping the alcohol will save you on calories and help you stay more hydrated, which is important in the summer heat. Swap in one of our easy mocktail recipes for all the flavor without the alcohol.


Blueberries

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"These tiny blue-colored berries are among my favorite fruits," says Lisa R. Young PhD, RDN, and the author of Finally Full, Finally Slim. "Not only do they taste great, [but they are also] relatively low in calories and pack in nutrients including vitamin C, manganese, and fiber ( 4 gram of fiber per 1 cup serving). I often eat them by the handful or throw them into yogurt, smoothies, or salads. Frozen blueberries also taste great after nuking them in the microwave for a minute or so."


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay ($17)

For those acne-prone folks among us, this mask helps tightens pores and clear up blemishes. All you have to do is add apple cider vinegar and/or water to make the paste, leave on for five to 10 minutes, and wash off to reveal smoother and clearer skin.


AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE HEALTHY JOURNEY:

Here is where I am going to get a little personal. I was a healthy and active girl when I got hit with an autoimmune disease that rocked my world. I visited the doctor and he performed an insane amount of blood tests to figure out what was going on with my body.

I was dealing with the debilitating effects of several autoimmune diseases — rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis diseases, among others.

I didn’t think I would be dealing with arthritis in my 30’s! My weight had even skyrocketed for no apparent reason (which will put any woman in a tailspin).

After many blood tests confirmed I was dealing with several autoimmune issues, I was referred to both a rheumatologist and endocrinologist to deal with the effects of my immune system going haywire. The specialists wanted to put me on a host of medications to help with the swelling and inflammation, all with a list of negative side effects. I felt as if I was ALWAYS at the doctor. I didn’t want to just put on a band-aid.

I went home and my husband and I just sobbed together on the couch (which he may not like me admitting publicly since he is not a crier), afraid of what the future might hold. After a good cry, I felt determined to figure out what the ROOT cause of my health issues was. I started studying like crazy. I began driving around to every library in town, picking up stacks of health books, and researching everything I could about my disease. I became a full-on nerd!

I kept reading over and over about the powerful healing powers of whole foods. After much research, I decided to implement a 30-day healthy food plan. It included only cold-pressed juices, whole food smoothies, vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, and chicken. Nothing else.

Being the baker that I am, it just about killed me! Okay truth be told….in reality, it gave me new life! I supplemented my diet with a whole host of herbs that help with inflammation and autoimmune disorders. I filled my refrigerator with the freshest ingredients and spent hours at a time creating smoothies and filling glass jars with them. I drank everything from raw fermented beet juice to cleanse my liver to lemon turmeric drinks to help calm my inflammation.

Here is a photo that was taken in Texas of a week’s worth of healthy whole foods that I ate to try to heal myself and relieve some of my symptoms. It’s amazing at what happened after going 30 days eating this way!

After several weeks, my swelling drastically improved and I was able to move around with ease. The best part was going to visit the doctor for another round of blood tests and finding out that the most alarming results were reversed! I still had a long way to go but this was a start. I still have to treat my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis disease with Synthroid but I have found some natural supplements to help me feel better. I am not a doctor but will share some things that have helped me.

Here are some of the healing vitamins, herbs and supplements that have helped me with my autoimmune diseases:

(click on the links to purchase supplement for a discounted Amazon.com or Vitacost.com price)

Magnesium — natural relaxer, calms nerves, good for ADHD.

Selenium — very helpful if you have a thyroid disorder

Fermented Foods — Kefir, Kimchi, Sauerkraut

There are so many out there dealing with the effects of autoimmune diseases and I would LOVE to hear your story and what has helped you. Please feel free to leave a comment below and share your story. I believe we can all learn from each other. Knowledge is power and when we take our own health into our hands, we can invoke a healthy change.

I LOVE to read, study, and learn from the experts in the industry. I have found several books that are very helpful and will share my favorites. Click on the link below for more information.

If you would like to know specifically what I did to help mine and what I continue to do to stay off medication (besides my thyroid medication for Hashimoto’s disease since my thyroid no longer functions), you can reach out to me at [email protected]

If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, I will include the specific things that have helped me in my health journey. You can find me on instagram @modern_honey.


Eat less processed foods.

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While indulging in your favorite snack or fast food meal is fine every now and then, a majority of the time you should focus on eating real, whole foods. Especially because eating processed foods on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your body.

"I want you to work on focusing on whole, nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, [and more]," says Scheller.


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1 Healthy-ish Cocktails

"Consumers are reaching for more alcohol-free spirits, low-calorie alcoholic beverages, and boozy versions of popular healthy beverages ahead of 2021. Hard kombucha is up 320 percent in searches across the Instacart marketplace and searches for brands across the hard seltzer category were up 519 percent from last year. Homemade craft cocktails have been popular in 2020 with the work-from-home crowd. We've seen sales for trendy alcohol-free spirits boom, increasing by 195 percent year-over-year. Perhaps consumers are looking to turn over a new leaf in 2021 with tasty, guilt-free libations."

&mdashLaurentia Romaniuk, Trend Expert and Senior Product Manager at Instacart

2 A Return to Comfort

&ldquoInstead of chefs and restaurateurs struggling to find an exciting new ingredient or outlandish new promotion, 2021 will focus on getting back a sense of balance. People just want to gather and socialize while feeling safe&mdashso instead of obsessing over a rare new super-seed, restaurants will move forward by providing guests with feel-good food and genuine hospitality, filling the need for comfort and warmth during these extraordinary times.&rdquo

&mdashElizabeth Blau, Owner, Honey Salt and Founder/CEO, Blau + Associates in Las Vegas, Nev.

3 Virtual Cooking Classes That Explore Food Origins and Global Cuisine

&ldquoSince 2020 was the birth of the Zoom Cooking Class, I certainly see that continuing. But I think chefs/cooks/artisans are going to get even more creative with their content. We need to focus more on food origins&mdashnon-Eurocentric foods that should have a place at the global table and are long overdue. Focusing on ingredients from these cultures would be a breath of fresh air beyond what we already see and do over and over again. For example, there is a fermented locust bean called Iru that stems from West Africa. It has tasting notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and mild cheese. Doing a demo of this ingredient would be nice, but add the backdrop of the culture (music, art) to give it more authenticity&mdashnow that's something to look forward to. In addition, I think we will cook more food that speaks to &lsquous.&rsquo A wonderful mix of cultures and cuisines happened to land here in America. There will be more focus on the diversity and the beauty of who we are, and there is so much that fits under that &lsquoumbrella.&rsquo&rdquo

4 A Greater Effort to Go Waste-Free

&ldquoProteins have seen the biggest fluctuation in availability and price since COVID-19, specifically heavy fabricated products, as in ground beef, portioned steaks, and poultry. I think there will be a larger, &lsquono waste&rsquo approach to protein selections and use, especially in restaurants (i.e., &lsquoTail to snout cooking&rsquo). We should also see more seasonal daily menus rather than large menus that only change once to twice a year. This is out of necessity to adapt to product price changes and availability.&rdquo

&mdashMarc Marrone, Chef-Partner at SkinnyFATS in Las Vegas, Nev. Salt Lake City, Utah Dallas, Texas

5 Nutrition Hacking and Immune Health Over Everything

&ldquoIncreased interest in (and access to) nutritional information has created a generation of health &lsquoarmchair expert&rsquo consumers in the U.S. The pandemic only escalated consumer interest in functional foods, and the focus on specific nutritional benefits of food and beverage is here to stay. Total discussions centered on food and beverage for medicinal/nutritional needs grew 17 percent on Tastewise over the last year. In 2021, we expect to see consumers crave &lsquocurated&rsquo nutrition-packed meals that use specific ingredients to achieve individualized goals. At the end of 2020, we already see that consumer interest in immune-boosting food and beverage is up 23 percent month over month, consumer interest in vitamin and prebiotic-rich foods and drinks are up 7 percent, and interest in gut health is up 2.5 percent (with a significant 40 percent boost in the last year).

&mdashMiriam Aniel, Head of Content and Research at Tastewise

6 Terroir Transcends Wine

&ldquoWhen presented with the question of what flavors 2021 will bring us, I must consider what changed in 2020: Perspective and appreciation of time, place, and intention. We collectively had to find comfort in places where we might not have previously, and quarantine forced a new perspective on what&rsquos important to us and why. In 2021, I believe we will be seeking roots. I think the questions will be, 'Where did this come from? Why is it here?' Most of us understand the flavors and spirits we offer behind bars and in restaurants, but there is a layer behind these classic ingredient profiles that is begging to be explored.

In the world of spirits, I predict we&rsquoll be seeking the precursors to what we already know and love. For instance, mezcal predates tequila, and more and more we&rsquore showcasing the small villages that produce mezcal. Rhum Agricole, a pure cane-sugar rum produced in the Caribbean, is the forerunner to rum made with molasses or fermented juice. Aquavit and moonshine also set the stage for gin and whiskey, respectively. When we examine these spirits, we see that all of them take on the terroir of where they&rsquore produced, making them individuals in a world of carbon copies. We can taste the heart and soul of the spirit, and it shows us where it came from. Location, the intention and passion, and the timeline behind the production might mean more to Americans in 2021, since we have had time to examine the same within ourselves."

&mdashEllen Talbot, Lead Bartender at Fable Lounge in Nashville, Tenn.

7 Spicing Up the Pantry

&ldquo2021 is shaping up to be a flavorful year. Consumers are looking for quick and easy ways to spice up the meals they've been making at home, and we're seeing a lot of interest in handcrafted shelf-stable sauces and spice blends on the Instacart marketplace. In fact, more than one in five Americans we polled say they have been more adventurous with home cooking by introducing exotic spices and flavors into their cooking this year, which is also supported by Instacart sales data. For instance, Piri Piri sauce sales were up 725 percent, Lao Gan Ma was up 227 percent, and Za'atar sales rose by 39 percent this year.&rdquo

&mdashLaurentia Romaniuk, Trend Expert and Senior Product Manager at Instacart

8 Ghost Kitchens and Touchless Service

&ldquoExpect to see more ghost kitchens or ghost food halls operated out of commissaries in 2021. These include multiple brands, each selling their own products (and some new) all under one check. So, for example, you could order pizza while your partner orders a burger, and then you both get ice cream, all from three different venues, on the same tab, delivered together, using your own delivery mechanism or logistics. We&rsquoll also be using more tech to better get your product to market (and seamlessly). Think touchless pickup and payment.&rdquo

&mdashRick Camac, Dean, Restaurant & Hospitality Management at the Institute of Culinary Education

9 Nostalgia Is King

&ldquoPeople are craving anything that connects them to life before lockdowns. We're already seeing this in the flavors that our customers are purchasing. For example, our Red Velvet and Hazel's Pumpkin Pie flavors are trending up this year over last, which is a reflection of the comfort and nostalgia most people attach to the iconic flavors of their childhood. I see this continuing to rise in 2021.&rdquo

&mdashAnthony Sobotik, Co-owner of Lick Honest Ice Creams in Austin, Texas

10 Hemp Is Going to be Everywhere

&ldquoHemp is a great soy alternative, vegan alternative, and plant-based alternative. More people are wanting to eat plant-based days during the week and now they easily can. Hemp is a healthy plant-protein that is great for people who are Keto, Paleo, and vegan. From CBD to Hempeh super protein to hemp hearts in your smoothie, it's going to be the year of hemp.&rdquo

&mdashMee McCormick, Chef and Founder of Pinewood Kitchen & Mercantile in Nunnelly, Tenn.

11 Sanitization Is Suddenly Sexy

&ldquoHealth and safety should always be a top priority for an effective operation, and has always been inherent for all successful restaurateurs. Communicating this as a vital brand message will become the differentiating factor in coming months, as consumers want to learn about details they never cared about before. Sanitization is suddenly sexy! As we shift from &lsquocrisis mode&rsquo into long-term strategy and more methodically adapt to the new normal, there is also tremendous opportunity to see health and safety measures meet unique branding needs with face masks, gloves, equipment and hand sanitizer, as well as signage, digital marketing, and website design.&rdquo

&mdashElizabeth Blau, Owner, Honey Salt and Founder/CEO, Blau + Associates in Las Vegas, Nev.

12 Bring on the Year of the Magnum

&ldquoI&rsquom getting more and more requests for large formats. There is a hashtag that has been circulating that I&rsquom a big fan of &mdash#magnumsshowyoucare&mdashand I think 2021 will be the year of the Magnum!&rdquo

&mdashPhillipe Andre, USF Board Member and CMS Certified Sommelier

13 More Mindful Nutrition

&ldquo2022 will bring an increased focus on ditching fad diets and embracing mindful eating. It&rsquos important to start listening to what your body is telling you! Whole grain carbohydrates, like brown rice and quinoa, provide essential nutrients and a slow-burning form of energy. Instead of shunning or fearing carbs, for instance, mindful eating can help you enjoy them. Fad diets are really alluring because they promise fast and easy results, but the truth is they&rsquore often really restrictive and hard to follow. Ditching this diet mentality is gaining a lot of momentum. Instead of eliminating your favorite foods, it&rsquos more helpful and sustainable to learn how to include them healthfully. Also, as you&rsquore eating, limit digital distractions and take note of what you&rsquore enjoying about your meal.&rdquo

14 Social Media (Especially TikTok) Will Bring Us Even Closer to Our Food Community

&ldquoYou will see restaurants create a lot more videos and behind-the-scenes coverage. It&rsquos important to establish a connection with a business, its owners, and its team, especially during these tough times. Consumers want to support small and local businesses to keep their communities intact, as those businesses are the hardest hit during COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions. Getting to know the faces behind the scenes is extremely important. We believe TikTok will be the front-running platform for this type of social media. The algorithm and ease of using the platform, coupled with the need to interact with others now more than ever, make the app so appealing. It&rsquos also a phenomenal marketing tool for businesses.&rdquo

15 Accountability, Fair Treatment of Staff, and Equitability in Food Production, Dining, and Media

&ldquoAs a chef, I think that a 'trend' for the future is everyday consumers becoming more cognizant of the actual actions of the people behind their favorite restaurants and brands. Given what the very public stories of what can happen in both the restaurant and media industries this year have shown us, consumers can&mdashand will&mdashhold the organizations they support accountable for treating staff fairly and representing food equitably!&rdquo

16 Shipping Containers Used for Outdoor Dining

&ldquoA cool trend that seems to getting play, prior to outdoor dining being shut down in Los Angeles, is shipping containers converted into outdoor dining set-ups (with cut out sides so there is fresh air). These containers have structure, can be transported around and can provide a 'pop up' dining opportunity. Also in 2021, chefs will continue to alter their fine dining style to simplified comfort food that is easily transported for takeout and delivery diners.&rdquo

&mdashMishel LeDoux, Director of Restaurant & Hospitality Management at the Institute of Culinary Education

17 An Increased Focus on Regional Foods & More Snacking

"I think we will continue to see growth in region-specific global flavors. You'll notice dishes being named Szechuan, Cantonese, or Hunan style versus "Chinese" for example&mdasha great thing. Healthy snacking will also become even bigger in 2021. It has been a trend for the past few years, and plant-based eating continues to thrive. Given so many of us are working from home recently, we&rsquore snacking a lot more than we used to. Plus, we are all in need of added energy throughout the day. My favorite healthy food to snack on is almonds&mdashthey make it easy to join both the frequent snacking and plant-based eating trends with ease. Just one ounce (a handful) delivers 6g of natural, plant-based protein, 4g of filling fiber, and good fats."

18 Mezcal Is the New Tequila

&ldquoThe smoky flavors and beautiful stories behind mezcal (and its producers) will entice consumers, while recently developed brands with more reasonable price points will ensure that more restaurants will incorporate this spirit into specialty cocktails.&rdquo

&mdashElizabeth Blau, Owner, Honey Salt and Founder/CEO, Blau + Associates in Las Vegas, Nev.

19 Vegan Indulgences and a Functional Food Boom

&ldquoIn my view, &lsquocomfort&rsquo and &lsquohealth&rsquo dominated the trends in 2020 and will continue to do so in 2021. In particular, &lsquohealthy&rsquo sweets and comfort food as well as plant-based or plant-forward items. Vegan meat alternatives and snacks will continue to grow in 2021 with more brands responding and developing products to fit this category. Plant-based also covers non-dairy beverage trends, like oat milk.

Another trend that will continue is low- or non-alcoholic beverages. Adults have been looking to &lsquoadult beverages&rsquo to help in 2020, but there is a trend toward healthier and low/no alcohol versions of this. Finally, I expect to see some growth in 2021 is &lsquofunctional foods&rsquo that promote things like relaxation, concentration, and so on.&rdquo

20 Bring on the Tacos

&ldquoWe are all cooking at home more often and expanding what we can wrap in a tortilla. It's not just ground beef, cheddar cheese, and lettuce anymore&mdashit's cauliflower, it's mushrooms, it's hot chicken. You can pack plenty of healthy foods into tacos&mdashthey're also delicious, filling, and lean, and can be plant-based, keto, wrapped in lettuce, and so on. Everyone loves a taco now it's just time to be creative with your taco creations.&rdquo

&mdashMee McCormick, Chef & Founder of Pinewood Kitchen & Mercantile in Nunnelly, Tenn.

21 Plant-Based Packaged Foods, Hybrid Restaurant Models, and Canned Cocktails

&ldquoI think we&rsquoll continue to see a surge in plant-based foods, not only when dining out, but on the grocery store shelves. This will include a lot of high-quality substitutes for everything from butter, seafood, and alternate grain options. Lentils, grains, and other pantry staples will be supporting this trend. Also, expect to see hybrid restaurant models offering takeout, pantry essentials, and meal kits. Finally, the no-alcohol, low-alcohol, and high-end cocktails (bar quality) readily available in aluminum cans will keep coming.&rdquo


Opportunities for Whole Foods Market (External Strategic Factors)

Whole Foods Market’s opportunities are based on current competition and the global market. This component of the SWOT analysis outlines the possible actions for business growth. Whole Foods Market’s most important opportunities are as follows:

  1. Global expansion of retail operations
  2. Global expansion of supply chain
  3. Competitive pricing

Whole Foods Market has the opportunity to expand globally. Currently, the company has most of its operations in the United States, which makes the business vulnerable to economic changes in America. In relation, one of Whole Foods Market’s opportunities is to expand its supply chain. This opportunity pertains to the need to have more organic producers to complement the firm’s growth. Also, Whole Foods Market has the opportunity to adjust its prices to make them more competitive. Slight reductions in prices would not necessarily reduce the high-quality image of the firm’s products. This part of the SWOT analysis indicates that Whole Foods Market has major opportunities to grow its business in the international arena.


10 Food Trends To Look For In 2020, According To Whole Foods

Get ready to say yes, way to zero-proof aperitifs, see West African cuisine rise to prominence and say goodbye to tired and staid kids’ menus. Whole Foods Market just released its list of 2020 food trends to watch for and topping the list of predictions is a continued focus on eco-conscious eats.

More than 50 Whole Foods Market staff members including local foragers, regional and global buyers and culinary experts put together the list of 10 food trends based on consumer preferences data, their own product sourcing experiences and what’s been popular at food and wellness industry exhibitions. Here’s a look at the food that will be popping up on plates in the year to come.

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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture was the buzzword of 2019, and it’s likely you’ll continue to hear talk about this farming concept as farmers, scientists and consumers continue to pay attention to land use and how farming systems such as regenerative agriculture could improve soil health and help fight climate change. Expect to see more brands using regenerative practices the way White Oak Pastures and Cowgirl Creamery have for years.

West African Cuisine

Eats from the West African region, made up of 16 nations, might just be the new “it” cuisine. You’ll likely see ancient grains like fonio, teff and millet as well as superfoods like moringa and tamarind in more dishes and on grocery shelves.

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Rethinking the Kids’ Menu

Millennial parents are raising a generation of little foodies. Whole Foods Market staff members report they frequently see kids reaching for California Rolls alongside their parents at the sushi bar and they’re not the only ones taking note of the young adventurous eats. Restaurants and food brands are upgrading old-school kids’ menus to include things like non-breaded salmon fish sticks, organic chicken nuggets, pastas made from alternative flours and more.

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The Non-Alcoholic Happy Hour Goes Mainstream

Whether you call them mocktails, zero-proof or spirit-free drinks, non-alcoholic beverages are becoming a staple at happy hours around the country. Expect to see even more zero-proof drinks as hops-infused sparkling waters and alternatives to liquors meant to be used with a mixer such as botanical-infused faux gin continue to pop up everywhere from bar menus to specialty stores.

Everything Butters and Spreads

From chickpea butter to macadamia butter to watermelon seed butter, Whole Foods Market staff is seeing more creamy vegan spreads made from nuts and seeds as brands look to create plant-based butters and also eliminate the use of palm oil, the harvesting of which, is a leading cause of deforestation and a threat to the existence of orangutans, Borneo elephants and Sumatran tigers, in their products.

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Flour Power

You’ve tried almond flour and coconut flour and even flour made from spent grain but what about banana flour? Alternative flours made from fruits and vegetables will continue to show up in the baking aisle but also look for them in the packaged food aisles as companies market tortilla chips, doughnuts and other goods made from alternative flours.

Find Your Snacks In The Refridgeable Aisle

Snacks will move out of your pantry and into your fridge thanks to the addition of fresh fruits and vegetables to nutrition bars, even hard-boiled eggs with savory toppings, pickled vegetables, and more.

Move Over Soy

Soy has long been a plant-based protein but as more consumers adopt flexitarian diets, brands are experimenting with swapping soy (a top allergen) for mung bean, hempseed, avocado and other plant-based alternatives.

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Meat-Plant Blends

And as consumers continue to seek out plant-based alternatives, meat companies are seeing if consumers will opt for burgers made of meat but less of it. The Blended Burger Project, a movement started by the James Beard Foundation takes classic burgers and blends them with at least 25 percent of a plant-based foods such as fresh mushrooms. Whole Foods Market staff believes they’ll be selling more burgers composed of a mix of beef and plant-based ingredients from brands like Applegate and Lika, in the year to come.

Not-So-Simple Sugars

Instead of reaching for honey to sweeten your baking project why not try a sweet syrupy reduction from a starch or fruit source? Syrups from monk fruit, pomegranate, coconut, sweet potato, sorghum, and dates will pop up as ways to add a touch of sweetness to dessert recipes and even meat glazes and marinades.


Whole Foods' private label nutritional supplement recalled over undeclared allergens

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A nutritional supplement packaged under Whole Foods&apos private label, 365 Everyday Value, is being recalled due to mislabeling and undeclared soy.

The manufacturer, Arizona Nutritional Supplements, voluntarily recalled 13.9-oz. containers of the 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Flavor "due to the potential of an undeclared soy allergen," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.  

Representatives for Arizona Nutritional Supplements did not immediately respond to FOX Business&apos request for comment. 

According to the FDA, the containers of protein powder, which were sold to Whole Foods Market locations nationwide, were mistakenly packaged with soy protein powder, creating an undeclared soy allergen. 

As a result, the product may pose a serious or life-threatening risk to consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to soy if consumed. However, no illnesses have been reported due to the recalled product. 

The recalled product, which was sold between March 24, 2021, and May 6, 2021, can be identified by the UPC 9948228764.  

The recall notice comes after Whole Foods received a strict warning from federal health officials in December over its "pattern of receiving and offering for sale misbranded food products."

The FDA issued the warning letter issued to Whole Foods Marketꂯter discovering that undeclared allergens were the leading cause for dozens of its own recalls in the last year alone.

From October 2019 to November 2020, the company had recalled 32 food products "because the presence of major food allergens was not listed on the finished product labels," the FDA said. The agency cited similar recall patterns in previous years.

In its warning letter, the FDA said Whole Foods is "responsible" for investigating and determining the causes of its recent recalls in order to prevent their recurrence or other violations.

The company was also required to take "prompt action" to correct the violations if it didn&apost already, the FDA said in the letter. Failure to do so would potentially lead to further enforcement, including seizures or injunctions, the agency said.

However, three months after receiving the warning, Whole Foods already issued its own voluntary recall of its਌ranberry biscotti because of potentially undeclared pistachios.