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by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN

New year, big wellness trends! Keep scrolling to see what’s expected to get the most buzz in 2020.

More Food Options for Specialized Eating Patterns

Companies are accommodating different dietary preferences and allergies, and this trend is likely to continue to grow. From non-dairy nut milks, to yogurt products made with dairy substitutes, to grain free breads and pastas, there are options galore.

You can find tortillas made with dehydrated potatoes and breads made with almond four and breads made with sweet potato. On the other side of the coin, there are also super-grain products, such as sprouted and pressed grains in breads, wraps and pizza crusts as well.

SNACKS

Healthy & Convenient Snacks

We’re all busy juggling multiple priorities, so having healthy, portable and convenient snack options is a must. From broad beans to flavored and spiced nuts and seeds, to bars made with just fruit and natural ingredients, expect to continue to see new healthy snack options on the market.

Beet chips, banana chips and chickpea puffs are some fun new options that can appeal to both kids and adults.

Prebiotics

While probiotics has been a health trend for quite some time, prebiotics is moving closer to the spotlight. By definition, prebiotics are “non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines.” Prebiotic foods, like Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic and onions, help feed probiotics. This makes probiotics and prebiotics equally important In establishing a healthy balance of good bacteria.

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Collagen

No surprise here! Ingestible collagen, which helps support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints** is only going to get bigger and better in the coming year. Having already launched Collagen Water™ and Collagen Bars™ (plus, our best-selling Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte™), Vital Proteins will have a lot more innovative ideas coming your way very soon. Stay tuned!

Protein

Any and all snack and convenience items that focus and tout protein are in! While protein used to be associated with bodybuilders and athletic performance, it is now seen as a way to increase satiety and provide a replacement for individuals following a low-carb type of diet. There are several new options available for lentil and bean-based pastas, protein chips, broad beans and portable seafood packets.

Keep an eye out for fun seed and nut-centric products, like flavored pumpkin and sesame seeds and even hemp seeds for snacking.

Meal Kits

Healthy eating solutions for busy professionals and families aren’t going anywhere, and meal kits are expected to continue to rise in popularity in 2020, with many new options on the market that cater to different diets, including plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free options.

No need to shop for your favorite snacks anymore, as snack subscriptions (deliveries of your favorite treats) are in right now. You get to determine how often you want your goodies delivered and have personalized options that appeal to you.

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At-Home Subscriptions & Workouts

With apps that encourage working out at home and provide you with your own trainer, app-based subscriptions and at-home workout programs are expected to increase in 2020.

If going to the gym is a barrier to your health and wellness due to time constraints, convenience or financial barriers, having a smartphone or virtual trainer may be a practical solution. You can even join group fitness classes galore online to still get that social and motivational framework.

Meditation

Mindfulness is becoming more recognized for its health and wellness benefits, and more instructors have begun incorporating it into their workouts.

Whether it’s ending a yoga class with a meditation session or setting time aside in the morning or evening for some deep breathing, meditation can help bring greater peace, calmness and compassion to your hectic schedule.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.