Right now, our menus and diets limit our access to the true diversity of flavours and nutrients nature has to offer. To inspire a more sustainable food future, Knorr Professional, in partnership with the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)*, have selected 50 ingredients based on their flavour, nutritional value and low environmental impact. These are called the Future 50 Foods.
Focusing on eating more plant-based meals means more nutrients for the soil and a healthier, more varied diet for the population. To get you started on introducing more plant-based eating into your establishment, we answer five common questions:
1. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS?
A plant-based diet has been associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as contributing more vitamins, minerals and fibre to your diet . There are also benefits for the environment for using Future 50 Foods including reduction of waste and water usage, which can have a positive impact on climate change.
2. CAN PLANT-BASED EATING PROVIDE ENOUGH PROTEIN AND NUTRIENTS?
Yes! High quality protein can come from a wide variety of foods, like legumes, chickpeas, various beans and nuts, lentils, seeds and soy, along with these Future 50 grains, such as lentils, quinoa, or cowpeas. This way of eating usually includes more fruits and vegetables, which can help increase your customers’ intake of nutrients, such as vitamin C and A, potassium, magnesium and fibre.
3. DO PLANT-BASED DIETS HAVE TO BE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN?
No! Foods such as eggs, seafood, poultry, lean meat and low-fat or fat-free dairy products can still be offered, but in lower quantities. The focus is more on fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Enoki and Maitake mushrooms have a great texture and flavour – making it a good Future 50 Foods substitute for meat
4. WILL PLANT-BASED MENU ITEMS SATISFY MY CUSTOMERS?
Yes! Plant-based eating tends to have a combination of fibre, protein and good fats to help keep customers satisfied. Why not try this Courgette Rolls With Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato Sauce.
5. WILL THE PLANT-BASED ITEMS BE DIFFICULT TO PREPARE?
No! Plant-based recipes such as those prepared with Knorr Professional, are full of flavour, easy to prepare and can add excitement to your menu!