Men's Journal


Say goodbye to whipped coffee and banana bread, and hello to the latest food and drink trends of 2021. They’re good for you and the environmen­t.


Finally, healthy snacks that don’t taste like dirt!

Earth-friendly Upcycling

The World Food Program estimates that one-third of the planet’s food is lost or wasted every year. (The average American trashes 20 pounds each month.) Registered dietitian Ryan Andrews says that a new wave of forward-thinking snack brands are upcycling undesirabl­e and leftover food byproducts into irresistib­le munchies. For example, crunchy Regrained Supergrain+ Puffs are made from the spent grain of brewed beer. $20, 5-pack;

Legumes Reimagined

First kimchi was all the rage, now good ol’ reliable beans are joining the alternativ­e snacks party. “Legumes are sustainabl­e, health-promoting and tasty,” says Andrews. Plus they’re part of another major movement: plantbased eating. Fiber and protein keep you full longer, while powerful nutrients ward off disease. Brami’s pickled lupini beans have 50 percent more protein than chickpeas and 80 percent fewer calories than almonds. $17, 4-pack; bramisnack­

Punchy Spice Blends

Herbs and spices will take you to Flavortown without torching your taste buds like some hot sauces can. Bonus: Most of these blends are packed with disease-fighting antioxidan­ts, says Robin Foroutan, RDN. A big trend for 2021 is artisanal fusions.

Try Asian-influenced umami mixes. Or Mexican-inspired adobo spices, like Spicewalla Al Pastor Rub, in which ancho and guajillo chilli powder lend a slow burn that’s mellowed by pineapple and citrus. $11; spicewalla­

Diversifie­d Grains, Seeds and Greens

Go all-in on trendy whole grains like teff, spelt and sorghum; seeds like chia and sunflower; and while you’re at it, swap kale for collards. To achieve variety that yields superfood levels of vitamins and minerals, reach for Go Raw’s Sprouted Organic Mixed Seeds. The pumpkin, sunflower and watermelon seed medley is nutrient-dense due to the sprouted germinatio­n process, which breaks down some starch. $80, 6-pack;

Premium Coffee

Prioritize fair-trade beans; they’ve met standards that help the environmen­t and ensure workers are treated well and paid fairly. Also, expect to see more coffee products mixed with adaptogens—plant compounds thought to armor the body against biological and physical stressors. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee boasts ashwagandh­a, chaga mushroom and more adaptogeni­c ingredient­s known to lower stress and spike immunity. $20; foursigmat­

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