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Here is another great reason to get more plant-based ingredients into your menu

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Everybody is talking about fiber. It is a hot selling nutrient, and even the makers of Fruit Loops have recently decided to put some into their magic cereal recipe. But what if I told you that even though labels may point to the presence of fiber in a [...]

How to get kids excited about their healthy menu choices

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Everyone knows that kids and broccoli don’t go together. But the task still remains: we have to find ways to get kids excited about more nutritious and more balanced food.

So if replacing french fries with baby carrots doesn’t always do the trick, what other options do we [...]

Add these spring veggies to your seasonal menu!

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Spring is a beautiful season. It brings awakening, new life, freshness, and a wonderful variety of delicious veggies!

Here are some ideas on how some of the common favorites can be incorporated into a menu:

Artichokes: baby artichokes can be eaten raw with just a [...]

6 Things you need to know when putting together a gluten-free menu

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Gluten-free menus may be yesterday’s news, but there is still much confusion going on about how to do it 100% accident-free.

If you are thinking about adding a few gluten-free items to the menu, here are a few important things to remember.

1. Gluten-free kitchen space. [...]

Incorporating Probiotic-Rich Foods Into Your Menu

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Growing up in Russia, I remember having a lot of fermented dairy products as part of our daily diet. A glass of kefir or ryazhenka for breakfast, sour cream (the real kind) with just about everything, yogurt in desserts – we were pretty much saturated with this stuff! [...]

Give your menu a makeover with these easy tips

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Spelt risotto or buckwheat pasta, anyone?

According to the recent research results conducted by the NPD group, more and more consumers are looking for quality of ingredients as well as flavorful, and nutritionally rich menu options.

With the economy putting a damper on the foodservice industry, especially on [...]

Where do colors on your menu come from?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

March has been announced National Nutrition Month by the American Dietetic Association inspiring us to Eat Right with Color. Color is something we all enjoy, so here are some ideas if you are considering incorporating the marketing elements of this initiative into your foodservice operation.

Think beyond fruits [...]

School Cafeterias on the Frontline

By Nicole Reed, Communications Manager, MenuMax

In a recent post we talked about the topic of restaurant nutrition coming under the national spotlight. This year has seen consumers become increasingly health conscious, and they are demanding detailed nutritional information when dining out. The same is true for schools.

In December 2010, the [...]

Create a healthy menu without counting the calories!

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

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 [...]

Restaurant Nutrition in the National Spotlight

By Steven Kent President/CEO

As part of her campaign to end childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama has turned her attention to the restaurant industry. According to White House officials her goal is to convince restaurants to adopt “smaller portions and children’s meals that include healthy offerings like carrots, apple slices [...]

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

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

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

How to Make the Latest Nutritional Research Work For You

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

This week the USDA released a report showing that the cholesterol count in today’s eggs is 14% lower, and the Vitamin D content is 64% higher compared to test results from 2002. This is undoubtedly a great piece of news for some consumers. For operators who display nutritional [...]

Is fresh produce driving your inventory costs up? Here are a few suggestions.

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Meeting consumer demand for healthier menu options often means expanding your produce inventory. And we all know how expensive it can be, especially when we are talking ‘organic’ and ‘out of season’.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can draw the most value out of your [...]

Skeptical about building a ‘healthy’ menu? Consider a different approach.

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

For years we have been told what ‘healthy’ eating means. The low fat, low calorie, low this, low that – unfortunately, this perception has become deeply rooted in our minds. It is no wonder that for chefs who have been trained to approach cooking as an art, the [...]

Looking to cut costs and stay on top of the ‘healthy dining’ trend? This post is for you.

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Does your restaurant want to cut costs? Consider reducing your protein inventory.

Just the other day I came across The Hotel News Resource article that lists some of the practical ways to cut costs for your restaurant in 2011. At the top of the list: cutting stock levels [...]