The Top 10 Healthy Food Trends to Expect in 2023

The Top 10 Healthy Food Trends to Expect in 2023

Although arguably the biggest food news of the past year was the rising cost of groceries, which will no doubt continue to have an impact as we head into 2023, there have also been advances in plant-based products, reducing food waste, and functional foods and drinks that may give everyone something to look forward to in the new year.

This could be the year we finally see ethical, lab-grown meat on the market and get a decent vegan fish sandwich. To discuss those and other emerging trends, we consulted Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, New York City–based author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table, and Kelly Kennedy, RDN, staff dietitian for Everyday Health. Here, they share their thoughts on the most important healthy food trends we’re likely to see in 2023.

1. Economical Eats

While food prices won’t grow at the staggering rate they did in 2022 — which was as much as 12 percent — they will continue to rise above historical average rates, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means more people saving money by preparing their own meals at home, given that eating out costs more than 3 times as much, on average, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm.

It also means looking for ways to save on groceries. “A lot of people, especially people with larger families, are going to have to look for affordable options in order to stay on budget,” says Kennedy. “I definitely think people are going to be watching where they place their food dollars more closely.” Inexpensive protein sources, like tinned fish and canned beans and legumes, could become more popular, while more expensive cuts of meat might take a back seat.