January is the month for healthy resolutions, but did you know March is National Nutrition Month? This annual campaign, launched by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, promotes healthy eating and physical activity.
The theme for this year is Celebrate a World of Flavors. Here are ways you can showcase the theme in your foodservice operation.
Add cultural foods thoughtfully
Thinking about menu changes can be overwhelming. Avoid frustration by starting small. Look at one meal in particular, such as breakfast. Survey your guests to learn cultures they are familiar with or curious about, then consider new recipes. If you need cultural breakfast recipe inspiration, look to our Idea Center recipes such as:
- Classic Kaya Toast
- Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
- Overnight Swiss Museli
- Huevos El Rancho
- Falafel Merguez Scotch Egg
Educate about cultural food favorites
Learning other food cultures is one way to introduce new recipes into your menu. Consider a poster or placard in your dining area describing food cultures and traditions. Featuring food photos can familiarize guests with new recipes and increase their appetite for trying it out.
Take note of new flavors and textures
Once you’ve added a recipe or two from other cultures, take note of the new flavors and textures your guests enjoy, then find other ways to feature these in your menu. For example, if your guests love the okonomi sauce in the Hiroshima Okonomiyaki recipe, consider adding this sauce as another dipping choice for grilled meat on your menu.
For recipe inspiration during National Nutrition Month, visit our Recipe Inspiration to Serve Healthy Communities page on Gordon Experience. These recipes are built considering both eating styles and the environment or lifestyle of your guests. Collections include:
- Animal Welfare Focus
- Grab ‘n’ Go
In addition, our Health and Wellness Guide provides information, ideas, tips and guidance related to health and wellness.
However you decide to observe National Nutrition Month, we hope you appreciate the cultural diversity you can offer when you Celebrate a World of Flavors.