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How to Add Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Your Restaurant Menu

Superfood. Anti-inflammatory. Functional foods. Seemingly overnight we’ve been inundated with all of this new terminology hitting the food industry. What’s more, consumers can’t get enough these revolutionary products. When did non-fat go out and “ketogenic” settle in? And while this new product movement sounds interesting and even somewhat innovative, what does it all mean? 

We not only have the answers, but we can also teach you how you can get on-trend with these health-promoting ingredients and change your menu to suit your superfood-seeking patrons. 

Functional Medicine

Over the years, the food industry has begun to collide with the hollistic side of the medical field known as “functional medicine”. The basis of functional medicine is healing the body from within. Each disease or malfunction that the body has can be traced back to one of a few factors: family history, dietary intake and the ability of the central nervous system to operate optimally. By addressing these factors through diet, exercise, herbal supplementation and even chiropractic care, one can drastically reduce their body’s disease potential by increasing their immunity and overall physical health. In many cases, disease can be eradicated altogether with the change of a few lifestyle factors. 

Enter functional foods: Foods that improve bodily function. Easy enough right? 

Inflammation

The root of disease is often founded in chronic inflammation. Inflammation occurs due to a few factors: 

 

  • Stress
  • Environmental factors 
  • Poor lifestyle habits (smoking, lack of exercise)
  • Poor dietary habits

 

These factors promote a response from the immune system. The immune system responds by releasing white blood cells throughout the body to address the root cause of the problem. When this process takes place in short bursts, such as an injury, the result is optimal and healing can quickly takes place. In the case of chronic inflammation, the body begins to deteriorate and malfunction. And because chronic inflammation can result in anything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and even cancer, it is important to address this all-encompassing issue on a regular basis. 

A very effective way to do this is through our dietary intake. Eating certain foods can help the body fight inflammation and increase overall health and well-being. So in the case of our customers, being able to dine-out and improve their health is efficiency at it’s best. 

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Now that we understand what our patrons are looking for by seeking out functional foods, now we can address what these superfood ingredients actually are. Anti-inflammatory foods include but are not limited to: 

 

  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Fatty Fish
  • Leafy Greens
  • Olive Oil
  • Raspberries 
  • Turmeric 
  • Whole grains

 

The health benefits of these superfoods are revolutionary. By adding these items to your menu and then citing them as anti-inflammatory, you aren’t only helping your customer improve their health, but you are educating them as well. And that existing audience that is already seeking out these revolutionary foods? You’re appealing to them too.

Fight Inflammation with your Menu Recipes

You didn’t think we would leave you without at least an idea for improving your menu with one of these anti-inflammatory superfoods did you? We would never leave you in that kind of jam. Below is a simple recipe that can be used as a basis for sauces or just served as is. 

What You’ll Need: 

Hand juicer, large saucepan, pint-sized jar

 

Ingredients

5 c organic red raspberries

2 tbsp lemon juice 

2 tbsp orange juice

1 1/4 c turbinado sugar

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. In a large saucepan, combine organic red raspberries, lemon juice, orange juice, turbinado sugar, turmeric and cinnamon and stir gently, yet continuously, as you bring contents to a simmer. 
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved and ingredients have combined evenly, bring to a boil. (Because boiling will cause a foam to form over the top of the saucepan, skim and remove foam often) 
  3. Allow to boil for approximately 15 minutes or until contents are reduced by 1/3 and the bottom of the saucepan is visible. 
  4. Transfer the jam to pint-sized jar and allow to cool. Cover and chill until it is ready for use.

 

Are you in need of a menu update to include more functional foods? MenuCalc is the leading nutrition analysis software for the restaurant industry! For help updating your menu, contact us today

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