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

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

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 [...]

Changing 'wanting' into 'buying': why the tide is about to turn

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

We say we want to eat healthy…but do we always follow through? Research has shown this is not always the case.

But even though it is proving to be a lot more difficult for consumers to do what they say, I would argue that it is only a [...]

‘Healthy’ Cocktail, anyone? How to have your cake and eat it too

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

The big New Year celebration is upon us and for someone who grew up in Russia this is always a big deal. In my family, it was a tradition to have a huge feast with lots of tasty food and drinks, much like Christmas and Thanksgiving in [...]

Gluten-free menus: finding the right ingredients

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Gluten-free cake, gluten-free cookies – you name it, we’ve got it! In my last post we talked about food allergies. While gluten-intolerance by medical definition is not an ‘allergy’, it is clearly taking center stage. Gluten-intolerant customers have their own set of needs, and it is essential [...]

Less salt, more flavor: tips to get you started

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax

In my previous post, we talked about voluntary sodium regulation. While food manufacturers can learn much from those who have gone before them, there are several things chefs can do to create wonderful flavors while minimizing sodium.

Let’s look at a few.

Watch for hidden sources of sodium.


Tackling the ‘cost issue’ one healthy ingredient at a time

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax

Whenever I speak to chefs, the one subject that always comes up is cost. Yes, being able to prepare healthy dishes is important. But, the hard reality is: nutritious ingredients cost more. And, as a result, they are often left out of recipes and menus. While cost [...]

Three steps to help you select nourishing ingredients

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, 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, “in theory, this sounds wonderful but which ingredients am I supposed to use?”

With all the [...]