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Keep the bacon, lose the fat: tips on how to adjust fat content without sacrificing the flavor

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

We all agree that fat makes food taste better. Yet, all too often recipes contain more fat than necessary to achieve the full flavor profile of a dish.

According to the Culinary Institute of America, keeping the overall fat content to about 20% of the dish in [...]

This tool can help shave off calories in your recipes without compromising taste and flavor

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

As the saying goes, time is money. So when it comes to revamping your inventory with better-for-you foods, keeping up with the caloric and nutritional content of ingredients is typically not a top priority. This is understandable given that there are hundreds of new products flooding the [...]

Is Your Menu Trustworthy?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, Menumax.com

Guy Kawasaki recently came out with his new book, Enchantment. I got a chance to catch a great interview with him this week hosted by Brian Solis and get a glimpse of what the book was about.

According to Guy, there are three things a business must be [...]

Create a healthy menu without counting the calories!

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

Many restaurants are still quite skeptical about offering healthy options. And that’s understandable: changing menus and counting calories can be time consuming and onerous tasks. But if you are already investing in good quality, wholesome ingredients why not simply focus on those specifically? You can do so by [...]

Consumers vote for nutrition over calories: what are the implications?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

In last week‚Äôs foodservice market research report, the NPD group found that ‚Äėfood quality, such as fresh, natural, and nutritious ingredients, rank above fewer calories‚Äô in consumer preference.¬ It also found ‚Äėa significant share of foodservice traffic is driven by healthy eating behaviors and a key motivation for [...]

Three steps to help you select nourishing ingredients

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com In my previous post, we touched on several ideas about how to create a substantial plate by using nutrient-rich ingredients, while cutting down on portion size. You may be saying to yourself, ‚Äúin theory, this sounds wonderful but which ingredients am I supposed to use?‚ÄĚ

With all the [...]

Diners make healthier choices when given calorie information

A new study by Yale University¬ found that¬ diners consumed about 250 calories fewer¬ when they viewed¬ both the¬ calorie¬ counts of¬ possible¬ menu items and¬ a reminder of ¬ recommended daily calorie intake. Researchers compared this group to¬ diners who viewed no calorie count and to¬ diners who saw calorie counts but [...]

To Cut Calories, Chefs Would Rather Cut Portions than Adjust Recipes

This USA Today article shares insight from a recently released survey of 433 experienced chefs about the impact of restaurant dining on calorie intake. After research has shown that people who frequently dine out are more obese than their home-dining counterparts, this survey attempts to learn what chefs see as their role in [...]