Health & Wellness in everyday snack food in the post-Covid era

“Who else is tired of Covid-19? Do you also notice that your brain switches off when the latest Covid-update is on the news? We have been flooded with figures, assumptions, rising and flattening curves, signs of hope, signs of fear. A combination of mental and physical fatigue has kicked in during the second half of 2020. Yet we will have to hang in there for a bit longer in 2021, as countries around the world are now starting to roll out their vaccination strategy.

So, how can we start 2021 with renewed energy, even if the pandemic isn’t over? How can we energize ourselves, our family members and organisations? What we have learned from the pandemic is that going back to basics can help us to cope and even thrive. Spending more time at home has taught us many things: combining work and family, caring more about our health, and valuing our connections with others, even digitally, are well worth it and deserve to be prioritized.

Today, more than ever before, health is our most precious gift. And this is reflected in the way we have been living and eating since the pandemic came along. We run or walk, or we go cycling and we also snack more than before the pandemic.”

3 Focus Points for Health & Wellness Snacks

IMMUNITY
Food and beverage products that deliver immune benefits are likely to see strong demand growth well beyond the coronavirus crisis.There are pleasant and tasty ways to include ingredients that support immunity in snacks. Natural immunity boosters are berries or honey. Think of vitamin C in a nutritional bar or in fruit pieces included in a trail mix, or echinacea incorporated into a gummy.

ENERGY
We are currently living in a world, where more than ever, consumers want their food and drink to have a little something extra about them. Not only supplements or invisible extracts but also certain fruits and vegetables are being flaunted for their energizing benefits. Ingredients that contribute to a better energy level include: citrus fruits, coffee and tropical fruits like guava, kiwi or mango.

MENTAL HEALTH
Since the pandemic more people suffer from depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. Consumers are looking for food that boosts mood and promotes mental wellbeing. Relaxing ingredients include tea, herbs like mint and rosemary, spices like pepper or cinnamon an botanicals like lavender.

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Published by RenSun Lee

Kia ora! Sustainability is at the core of my soul ever since I was a kid. I always strive to finish the food on my plate and live as a minimalist. I love to cut down on waste in order to live sustainably and harmoniously with our planet. This brings me to my passion as a Food Scientist to integrate new technologies into innovative and creative solutions to meet customer demands and market trends and to optimize products and processes for quality, savings and sustainability. To these goals, I have published a Journal on my work on sustainable packaging and patented a new Antimicrobial wash. Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and smart at the workplace and playing hard outside of working hours. I enjoy rejuvenating myself through spending quality time with my two adorable kids and my awesome soul mate and getting close to nature when possible, be it gardening, tramping or going to the beach. I also love to learn about our magnificent universe and how sustainability is working in the grand scheme of things. I strongly believe that Work, Life & Balance is the key to a healthy state of mind, both physically and mentally. I look forward to making a positive difference wherever and whenever I can. Through this Blog, I hope to catalog recent Food Trends and Food Technologies that I come across so that anyone who is interested can have access to it (articles and resources). Please use these resources at your discretion. On top of that, I would also like to share related news and technologies of the future that would help mankind advance towards a Type 1 Civilization. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share and contribute to the “Resources“. I would like to thank you in advance for dropping by. I sincerely hope that you can benefit from the recent Food Trends and Food Technologies I catalogued. Kind regards | Ngā mihi RenSun Lee

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