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'All Natural' Products: Check Under the Hood Before You Buy

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

When I see a packaged food with a ‘natural’ claim on it, I am always perplexed. Natural vs. what? Artificial? Or synthetic? Isn’t all food supposed to be natural? To me, it’s kind of like seeing produce advertised as ‘fresh’ at a grocery store: what other options are [...]

The 'Dirty Dozen': how to position your produce, cut costs, and create more value

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently released the 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, designed to inform consumers on total pesticide loads found in conventionally grown produce. Many have come to know the list as the ‘Dirty Dozen’.

Here is a quick re-cap:

This year [...]

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

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

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 [...]

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

With all the [...]

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Top Eating Behaviors Expected to Grow During the Next Decade

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