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From The Culinary Institute of America | February 28, 2013

Healthy Menus, Part 2
Healthy eating has become a way of life for more Americans as restaurants and food-makers continue to make more nutritious choices available. Diners are cutting their intake of fast food and opting for healthy meals that are low in calories and big on taste. Many consumers are forgoing the "diet" foods of the past in favor of sensible portions of foods with enough fiber, protein and healthy fats to keep them feeling satisfied.

This shift toward natural, healthy choices signifies a change in the way we think about food, and a desire for an overall healthier life. Even those who are pressed for time are reaching for vegetable-packed juices and nutritious quickserve meals. Chefs and restaurants are helping diners stick with this healthy lifestyle with updated menus -- almost half of respondents in our reader poll from Part 1 of this ProChef SmartBrief Special Report said they have made at least one change to their menu to help guests eat better.

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  Spotlight on Healthy Dining 
  • Chef: Healthy eating starts with tasty dishes
    Celebrity chef Ming Tsai creates dishes with a focus on flavor rather than trying to make a menu from a strictly better-for-you perspective. "I don’t create 'healthy or diet' recipes. I create foods that folks can enjoy. That being said, it’s still about balance and moderation." ABC News/Food Blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Report: Consumers cut back on quickservice meals
    Adults got an average of 11% of their daily calories from burgers, fries and other fast food in 2010, down from 13% in 2006, and the percentage of the total that came from quickservice meals declines as consumers get older, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The study also revealed that people who are heavier tend to get more of their total calories from fast-food meals. USA Today (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: "Regular" foods gain appeal with dieters
    Consumers looking to lose weight are increasingly turning away from products marketed as "diet" foods toward mainstream foods such as protein-rich nuts and yogurt that are marketed as healthy and filling, according to Euromonitor International. FoodNavigator (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Use produce to make a healthier plate
    Americans on average consume about three times as much protein as they need, largely because veggies and whole grains aren't the stars of the plate, according to a session at CIA's recent Worlds of Healthy Flavors conference. In another session, researchers explained how using produce prominently on the plate can fool our brains and convince us to eat the veggies first. Patch.com/Arnold, Mo. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leeann Chin adds low-cal stir-fry dishes
    Bloomington, Minn.-based restaurant chain Leeann Chin has added six under-400-calorie stir-fry dishes to the menu. Each comes with light sauces, fresh vegetables and a choice of chicken or shrimp. "If you deliver low calories with real flavor, you set yourself apart from the competition. And you can acquire new guests who would not ordinarily dine with you," owner Lorne Goldberg said. American City Business Journals/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Temperature Check 
  • What has your restaurant done to offer healthier choices to diners?
    We have done one or more of the above  45.68%
    We have reduced portion sizes  18.52%
    Other/We have not done any of the above  16.05%
    We have added more vegetarian options  13.58%
    We have added nutrition facts to our menu  6.17%
  

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