Friday, September 24, 2010

Better for you food has become very important within the foodservice community.

Last week, industry colleagues suggested I look into the “better for you” food trend and write a blog about it. That was easy, I had just been to a local restaurant witnessed and experienced a medley of vegetables that were perfect to write about on a Friday.

The vegetables were robust in color and fresh flavors. I spotted then at table’s all around me. There were bright orange carrots, green celery with fresh leaves and deep red beets. However everyone enjoying them was under 30 years of age. I have do jump in. Just what was I missing out on. Vegetable martinis; yes they tasted great! The patrons of the restaurant when asked, why a celery martini? Replied if your going to drink you should drink something that is good for you. I should have known. The celery martini by the way was outstanding. Below are some items that are I am told better for us.
Broccoli, It has lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid. Steam it just enough so that it's still firm and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a spritz of lemon juice.

Wild Salmon, The omega-3 fats in fatty fish like salmon can help reduce the risk of sudden-death heart attacks. And wild-caught salmon has less PCB contaminants than farmed salmon.

Unsweetened Yogurt, Plain yogurt has a pleasant tartness that’s a perfect foil for the natural sweetness of berries, bananas, or for your favorite breakfast cereal. It has more protein, potassium, calcium, zinc, and vitamins B-6 and B-12 than sweetened yogurt. That’s because it doesn’t have to share the container with the sugary preserves or the sugar that’s in many flavored yogurts.

Sweet Potatoes, A nutritional All-Star — one of the best vegetables you can eat. They're loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Bake and then mix in some unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness

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