Nori sheets are among the options consumers are turning to for quick and easy mdash and nutritious mdash snacks

Nori sheets are among the options consumers are turning to for quick and easy — and nutritious — snacks.

2014 Prediction #6: Consumers Forgo Functional for Nutrient Dense

Ginger beer, nori sheets and pu-erh tea are a few of the inherently nutritious foods and drinks that will benefit from consumers’ predilection for easy to consume pick-me-ups in 2014, said Melissa Abbott, director of culinary insights for The Hartman Group, a Bellevue, Wash., market research company with a consumer-centric approach.

“The important distinction is that it’s not about functional foods; that’s not what consumers are interested in,” said Abbott of foods with added calc

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