Nutrition: the 2022 trend in the kitchen and at the table – Italian Cuisine

Nutrition: the 2022 trend in the kitchen and at the table

Eating habits have changed a lot in the last 10 years: home delivery menus, homemade and personalized dishes and increasingly sought-after foods. Here are the most interesting news to keep an eye on

In the last decade, the way of cooking and consuming food has changed a lot, also thanks to the pandemic which for almost two years has changed a large part of lifestyles, including food. We eat less outside the home and more and more consciously starting from the choice of the ingredients we use in the kitchen. The confirmation comes from the data of the Food Trends & Innovation Report, conducted by the research institute Censuswide for HelloFresh, a leading home recipe box company. The report, made on a sample of more than 11 thousand people from 16 countries around the world, including Italy, photographs global culinary and food habits and highlights future trends in food. But what has changed in the last 10 years in nutrition and what are the 2022 trends in the kitchen? Here are the trendiest news to keep an eye on.

More and more home cooking and meal kit based

Since the beginning of the pandemic with the spread of smart working, for many cooking and eating meals at home has become a daily habit. In the HelloFresh report, 34% of respondents said they eat less at the restaurant and spend more time with their family at the table. However, it is not always easy to reconcile the organization of meals with the rhythms of work and home management. There is no shortage of alternatives to save time in the kitchen. Even if the minutes are numbered during the week, in recent years there is less and less space for traditional food delivery based on fast food foods and ready-made dishes. "Sandwiches, sandwiches, fries even if they are very practical to consume, they give little satiety and have a high content of sugars, fats and sodium, which in excess are harmful to the figure and health", explains the nutritionist Maria Rosaria Baldi. The alternative? One of the newest trends are meal kit at home, boxes with pre-dosed ingredients that combined together allow you not to give up the pleasure of cooking at home and quickly put on the table tasty menus and dishes that are at the same time balanced from a nutritional point of view. The advantages? Many. The ingredients received directly at home already portioned allow you to save the time of shopping and avoid unnecessary waste in the kitchen. But the benefits of this new trend are also others. «The recipe boxes allow on the one hand not to give up on the preparation of dishes, a moment that can be very relaxing. Cooking for your family and together with your family can be a way to reduce stress, one of the main factors that put physical and mental health at risk . Confirmation also comes from the results of the report. For 43% of Italians, cooking is a way to have fun. «Furthermore, having the right ingredients available to compose the different recipes allows you to overcome the monotony and bring to the table always new and different dishes that satisfy the taste.

Various, balanced and personalized menus, even at home

To live better and healthily, having a varied, balanced diet tailored to your needs has increasingly become an indispensable priority. It is for a third of the interviewees. In recent years, awareness of what we consume has been increasing more and more. The choices of fresh and seasonal foods, but also of special diets such as vegetarian or vegan ones have become increasingly widespread. However, following an ad hoc meal plan can often become difficult. Today, unlike 10 years ago, thanks to home services it is possible to receive more and more personalized menus directly at home to lose weight, to eat vegetarian and in general to satisfy any personal need, choosing the dishes according to your preferences.

At the table, more space for quality ingredients

In recent years, attention has finally grown towards the selection and quality of the ingredients used in the kitchen. As many as 46% of people are interested in where the food comes from and spend more on the quality of the ingredients, buying locally sourced food. "Making more sustainable choices in the kitchen", comments nutritionist Maria Rosaria Baldi, "allows you to follow a healthier diet at the table. In several studies it has been found that the most sustainable foods for the environment are more wholesome and guarantee greater benefits for health and fitness ".

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