Whole Foods just predicted the hottest food trends of 2020 and we're obsessed, mama

They're predicting that parents are going to introduce their kids to more adventurous foods. Do you agree? 👇

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Let's get one thing straight: if you're a foodie, you've come to the right place. Whole Foods Market just released its annual forecasted food trends report, and we're happy to see that veganism is becoming more respected, and even more excited to see that butters and spreads becoming more popular.

So how exactly are the hot trends determined? According to the official press release, Whole Foods uses local foragers, buyers and other culinary experts to reach a conclusion. If you're feeling skeptical, remember that Whole Foods predicted a rise in topical CBD products, faux meat snacks and eco-conscious packaging and they were spot-on.

Here are Whole Foods' top seven food trend predictions for 2020:

1. Regenerative agriculture

Next year, shoppers will make conscience efforts to purchase brands that support regenerative practices. The term "regenerative agriculture" can have many definitions, but in general, it describes farming and grazing practices that restore degraded soil, improve biodiversity and impact climate change.

Foods to try:

  • MegaFood Turmeric Strength for Whole Body
  • MegaFood B12 Energy Ginger Gummies
  • White Oak Pastures Grassfed Ground Beef
  • Zack's Mighty Tortilla Chips
  • Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam

2. Smart snacking

We all know that life isn't slowing down, but snack options are keeping up. According to Whole Foods, the refrigerated section is filling up with snacks you would typically prepare at home (think: hard-boiled eggs, drinkable and dippers of all kinds). There will also be a rise in nutrition bars with added fresh fruits and vegetables.

Foods to try:

  • Peckish Fresh Protein Packs
  • Nona Lim drinkable soups in Vietnamese Pho Bone Broth, Coconut Lime Chicken Bone Broth
  • Perfect Bar Refrigerated Protein Bars in Peanut Butter, Coconut Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter
  • Good Culture Organic Cottage Cheese single serving cups in Mixed Berry

3. Beyond soy

The soy wave happened many years ago, but in 2020 the trendiest brands are slowing down on soy. You'll find grains and mung beans to mimic the creamy textures of yogurts and other dairy products. In the supplement aisle, brands are swapping soy for mung bean, hempseed, pumpkin, avocado, watermelon seed and golden chlorella, maintaining the smooth textures in vegan protein powders and bringing a spectrum of plant-based amino acids to the table.

Foods to try:

  • Ocean's Halo: Organic No Soy Soy-Free Sauce, Organic Soy-Free Vegan Fish Sauce
  • Hearts of Palm Cakes
  • Plant-Based Vega Protein & Energy: Classic Chocolate

4. Butters and spreads

If you're into butter and spreads, you're in for a treat. Seed butters like pumpkin butter will be available year-round. Also, look for creamy vegan spreads perfect for toast, crackers, bagels, and celery sticks to fill your pantry. Another thing worth mentioning is that many brands are looking to either eliminate the use of palm oil or promote a responsibly sourced palm oil certification and use nuts that are grown in ways with less likelihood for environmental impact.

Foods to try:

  • FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter squeeze pouches
  • Milkadamia Butta-Bing Butta-Boom Buttery Spread

5. A revamped kids' menu

Did you know that by 2026, 80% of millennials will have children? As a result, parents are introducing their kids to more adventurous foods. Food brands are getting in on the action and are expanding the menu beyond organic chicken nuggets. Foods that are fermented, spiced or rich in umami flavors will be popular as well as colorful pastas in fun shapes made from alternative flours.

Foods to try:

  • gimMe Organic Premium Roasted Seaweed in Sea Salt
  • Whole Foods Market olive bar
  • Happy Fish Responsibly Farmed Salmon fish-shaped frozen salmon patties
  • Whole Foods Market Limited Edition Lemon Basil Chia Shortbread Cookies
  • Serenity Kids 100% Wild Caught Coho Salmon puree pouch
  • Cerebelly Organic Pea Basil puree pouch
  • Whole Foods Market Goat Cheese Crumbles

6. Meat-plant blends

Goodbye beef! Major brands like Applegate are seeing if meat-eating consumers will swap a traditional beef burger for one with 30% plant-based ingredients, touting benefits of less fat and cholesterol when compared to USDA data for regular ground beef.

Other brands are taking note, too, with products like the Lika Plus Burger made using 75% ground beef blended with 25% Lika Plus (wheat, mushroom, barley yeast and water), showing up at meat counters in Whole Foods Market's Southwest region.

Foods to try:

7. Zero-proof drinks

Non-alcoholic options are on the rise. Many of these new beverages seek to re-create classic cocktail flavors using distilling methods typically reserved for alcohol, creating an alternative to liquor meant to be used with a mixer rather than a drink on its own.

Foods to try:

  • HopTea Sparkling Teas in The Green Tea One made with green tea
  • Heineken 0.0
  • Athletic Brewing Company non-alcoholic brews

This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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Now, more than ever, we need to hear those good news stories.

Last week was a week.

We lost a legal and cultural icon with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and deadly wildfires continue to blaze on the West Coast. Now, more than ever, we need to see creativity, kindness and compassion in our world—we need to hear those "good news" stories, but we also need to see the headlines that show us how and why the world needs to change .

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