Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

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New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

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Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

Health focus driving children's menu options

Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.

Panera commits to ‘clean ingredients’ by 2016

The bakery-cafe chain is on a 'mission to help fix a broken food system.'

Teriyaki Madness CEO discusses the drivers behind the company's growth

Teriyaki Madness is set to triple its current footprint.

Why gluten-free is here to stay

Gluten-free menu items have increased by 200 percent since 2010.

'Healthy' goes beyond trendy

Limited service chains offering more healthier options is proof that healthier eating is developing into a way of life.

The New Avocado “Mother Sauce”

Simply pureeing fresh Avocados from Mexico creates a luscious and smooth new “Mother Sauce” that can be used on a variety of menu hits. Learn how to use this base for a fresh twist on deviled eggs, creamy avocado pasta carbonara, pesto, whipped butter and more.

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NEWS


Familiar ingredients, good descriptions help Americans make healthy food choices

A new study by Mintel reveals that 27 percent of American diners prefer to order healthy meals with familiar ingredients.

Several fast casual brands recognized for healthy meal options

Gold's Gym recently announced the winners of its first-ever "Golden Plate Awards." Winners included Chipotle Mexican Grill, Corner Bakery Cafe and Zoes Kitchen.

Fatburger turns itself inside out in quest for healthier option

Fatburger's new protein burger -- an inside-out version of the better burger chain's typical offering – shaves off calories and carbs by nixing the bun and putting beef patties in its place.

NPR's On Point explores healthy options and the fast casual segment

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook recently focused a segment on health claims of the fast casual restaurant industry.

Jamba Juice gives away nearly half a million servings of fruit, veggies

Jamba Inc. gave away 217,000 servings of fruit and 283,000 servings of vegetables during its "Free Juice Giveaway" at stores systemwide earlier this month. Jamba stores averaged over 215 hand-crafted juice samples each in just two hours, or almost two...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

Smashburger tops off menu with organic arugula and mushrooms

Smashburger announced the addition of organic arugula and organic mushrooms on its menus nationwide. The additions join Smashburger's other organic options, which include HONEST Fresh-Brewed Organic Teas and Apple Juice, and Horizon Organic Milk. The company is also in the...

Consumers showing less concern about sodium intake

New research from The NPD Group finds that U.S. consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake than they were a few years ago.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe adds Totally Green Smoothie to menu

Tropical Smoothie Café announced recently the addition of the Totally Green Smoothie to its Superfood Smoothie menu. The new smoothie features cucumber, green apple, kale, spinach, celery and kiwi. "Since debuting the Island Green Smoothie in 2013, we have seen...

California Milk Advisory Board named as Kids LiveWell sponsor

The National Restaurant Association announced that the California Milk Advisory Board has become the first commodity board sponsor of the association’s Kids LiveWell program. “The new partnership between Kids LiveWell and the California Milk Advisory Board offers valuable and exciting...

Firewürst adds Certified Angus Beef hot dog, gluten-free bun to the menu

Firewürst is expanding its menu a new Certified Angus Beef hot dog, a gluten-free bun option and several vegetarian items. “Since our inception in 2012, we have been committed to serving the highest quality and nutritious food to our customers,”...

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

Muscle Maker Grill sending fans 'Behind Enemy Lines' with social media campaign

According to a report on MediaPost, Muscle Maker Grill has launched a "Behind Enemy Lines" social media sweepstakes campaign encouraging its fans to post pictures of themselves flashing the brand's three-fingered salute from inside competitors' restaurants. Through July 28, Muscle...

FDA to pressure restaurants to reduce sodium levels

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced it was preparing voluntary guidelines for the food industry to lower sodium levels. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press that sodium is “of huge concern” and that the current level...

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Get the facts on restaurant nutrition. Consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy lifestyles and you need to know the difference between what they say they want and what they'll actually order.