While the culinary realm may not seem like a place susceptible to lots of trend cycles—after all, what tastes good always tastes good, right?—there are actually quite a few food trends that go in and out of style. And in 2021, food trends have tended to focus on wellness, with the goal of improving the health of our bodies, the planet, and even our wallets.
And one of the most interesting food trends to have emerged this year has been mental health cooking. Mental health cooking refers to eating with a focus on foods that are beneficial to your mental well-being. After all, it’s known that food and nutrient intake has a definite impact on maintaining mental and cognitive health. And in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, mental health awareness has been stronger than ever.
So it’s no surprise that eating for the health of the mind is a food trend in 2021. This means cooking with ingredients that have properties that can boost your mood, fight depression, soothe anxiety, and support your overall mental health.
This includes foods like salmon, whole grains, avocados, spinach, yogurt, nuts, and olive oil. So, have you tried mental health cooking yet? If not, what are you waiting for?