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Think of a fresh spring roll as the egg roll’s healthier cousin. Both are made of wrappers filled with meat and vegetables, but these spring rolls are served cool and crisp rather than…Continue
Added by Foodem on January 14, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
If you’re in the market for spicing up your menu, you don’t have to look very far. Locally sourced ingredients are right in your neighborhood. From meats and cheeses to grains and even hot sauces, you can find fresh foods without having to negotiate with any middleman suppliers.
The Advantages of Local Ingredients in Your Food
The advantages of purchasing…Continue
Added by Aprons & Smocks on December 13, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments
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If you are watching what you eat, then chances are you would avoid ordering a side of fried rice at a Chinese restaurant. High amounts of oil, refined carbohydrates, and sodium make this dish a…Continue
Added by Foodem on September 3, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
While having a baby is the ultimate high, the ultimate low for many new moms is the "Terrible Ten." On average, women gain 25 - 35 lbs. during pregnancy but never lose 10 of those pounds. To make matters worse, they can expect to pack on an additional 10 lbs. for each child born thereafter. Much of that weight is gained because of a change in diet dictated by cravings for high fat, high calorie snacks, which makes shedding the pounds particularly difficult. To reverse the tide, one…Continue
Added by Groff-Hinman on August 20, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments
As the Director of Marketing for Cafe Metro in NYC, I was thrilled when noted nutritionist Martha McKittrick wanted to do a feature on our new 100 Under 500 Menu that features a menu of full meal options under 500 calories combined. Not a lot of places have embraced this mind set so I thought I would share it here. You can see see articles and great advise on her great website …Continue
Added by Ty Sullivan on July 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
You are so much fun to be around. You know how to host and how to serve; how to cook and how to present. Everyone hits you up for recipes and tips from table settings to the length of oven time their holiday roast requires for perfect medium rare.
What non-hospitality folks don’t understand is how hard it is to work around food all day long!
We asked hospitality professionals around the country what habits to make or break in order to stay healthy and we received a ton of…Continue
Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on December 19, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments
Fresh baked bread, imported meats, house-made spreads...what’s not to love about an artisan sandwich? Well, the calorie count may be an issue to some people. With New Years and Resolutions just around the corner it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about ways to cut calories for those diners on a weight loss mission. Sandwiches provide an easy platform to make simple changes that will lower their fat and calorie contents. Here are some ideas to help get started:
No two diners are the same, but like any groups, different styles of diners may have similar nutrition needs during dining. Here are some of the groups and trends that I have observed:
The Business Lunch Crowd:
A few years ago the National Restaurant Association reported that48% of the average American household food budget is spent dining out. That’s pretty high for an average, but some of us eat out far more than the average person, in particular those of us on the road. Those of you who I see around the restaurant trade show circuit know what I am talking about; eating three meals a day (at least, sometimes there are happy hours and parties) either in…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I recently stumbled upon this article from Health magazine: America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants. As a secret lover of fast food (a treat that I only enjoy on road trips) I was intrigued. Surprisingly, there were more restaurants listed that I haven’t I have never even heard of, much less visited.
Time to investigate.
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on October 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
It doesn’t take a nutrition analysis expert to discern that most barbecue fare is not traditionally seen as the picture of health. Creamy coleslaw, buttery cornbread, cheesy macaroni, and fatty meats come to mind when most diners picture this beloved culinary treasure.
Don’t get me…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on September 21, 2011 at 2:33pm — No Comments
Back to school time is here, and for a few thousand college freshmen the dreaded Freshman 15 is looming. I remember college when a burrito with salsa qualified as a good wholesome meal with a serving of vegetables, and in the on campus dining halls the meal choices were typically covered in cheese or deep fried. But the new generation of college students are a much more concerned with their health and wellness.
There once was a time when people on diets reduced their calorie intake by eliminating eating out and excluding alcohol. Nowadays, one can dine out at many fine establishments and not only find low calorie menu options, but even low calorie cocktails, all without breaking the caloric…Continue
Applebee’s was one of the first chain restaurants to start offering low calorie options with their Under 550 Calorie Menu, since them we have seen low calorie menu sections pop on various menus across the country. Here are a couple of the latest low cal players:
Carl’s Jr,’s Turkey Burger
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 27, 2011 at 2:29pm — No Comments
Who says that eating out can’t be low cal? I say as long as you have the information available, you can make healthier decisions at any eatery. Working the San Francisco Financial District (or as we locals call it the FiDi) I have a lot of dining options at my fingertips. Here is an example full day of restaurant-purchased meals complete with calorie counts in my healthy eating range:
We hear about “going green” everywhere these days—from the liquid we use to wash dishes down to the compostable cutlery served at quick service restaurants. As a nutritionist and a full-fledged “foodie,” the first thing I think of when I’m asked about the best way to start your “going green” journey is obvious: food! Food that is nutritionally dense is also the same food that is the most sustainable for our environment.
In theory, we are forced to think about food a minimum…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on June 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The buzz was awfully hard to avoid! One of the girls in the FoodCALC office got especially into watching the coverage, and even went so far as to throw a “royal wedding viewing…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on May 4, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments
By now you have probably read headline after headline announcing the FDA’s release of proposed guidelines for calorie labeling in restaurants and vending machines. But what does it all mean? The document itself is 138 pages, but all you want are some answers to some very standard questions, right? What rules have actually been enacted? What types of establishments will be included? When will this all be enforced?
These questions have flooded the FoodCALC office since the FDA’s…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on April 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on April 1, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments
I'm not sure how many of you out there are affected by menu labeling laws, or follow the news about them. If you ever read my blog you know that keeping the industry up to date with the latest information in menu labeling is very important to me (sarcastic tone: wow, what a fascinating passion).
For the past year we have been waiting on the FDA to release the final version of…Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on March 24, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments