Bakers use innovation to help Canadians make healthier choices

By Paul Hetherington There’s nothing we love more than the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning… except maybe the smell of fresh baked muffins or cinnamon buns or just baked goods in general. Almost every Canadian eats bakery foods in one form or another and regularly purchases the bulk of their baked products […]

Plant-based proteins poised for growth at the centre of Canadian plates

Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data on consumers’ consumption and attitudes towards centre of plate proteins in Canada Press release Meat and seafood are staples of consumers’ diets, with beef and chicken continuing to be the most frequently consumed proteins. While the share of consumers who eat vegetarian and vegan substitutes […]

Sweet lupin: The future of the food industry

By Sophia Walter and Alex Powell Beans and legumes have grown in popularity over the past couple of years as an increasing number of consumers turn to vegetable-based protein and fiber sources. After 2016 was named the International Year of the Pulse, recognizing pulses as one of the most sustainable and nutrient-dense foods available, it […]

Your guide to healthy grains

By Sue Mah The other night, I was out for dinner with my husband at a neighbourhood restaurant. The waitress was describing the daily feature – a grilled salmon with lemon caper aioli, served over a bed of citrus quinoa salad with a side of seasonal local veggies. “You had me at quinoa,” I exclaimed, […]

The cultural shift to healthy appetizers

By Lucia Weiler At my recent Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists training workshop, I was reminded how important it is to open up the event with a story that hooks the audience and gives them a reason to listen and stay for more. The same thinking holds true for food. In a restaurant, appetizers set the stage […]

Menu trends to watch: Healthy bowls, pickling and honey

By Kristin Menas Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Healthy bowls About the trend: Bowls are serving as a popular format to highlight better-for-you ingredients like superfoods At quick-service and fast-casual concepts Smoothie bowls are a booming health trend Bowls eliminate the need for hearty starches […]

Healthy foodservice trends to end 2016

By Lucia Weiler Summer is almost over, which means we’ll soon be moving into the cooler months with a whole slew of different seasonal foods on offer. What better time to freshen up your menu to appeal to changing consumer demands, or update your nutrition knowledge? Some of the greatest opportunities in foodservice are menu […]

Use value-added eggs to save time and money

By T.R. James Eggs. The world’s most perfect food? Nutritionally, they could be. They’re rich in nutrients like protein and calcium. Plus, they’re virtually indispensable. Can you imagine a world without bacon and eggs?  Pasta? Cake? Didn’t think so. Yes, eggs are amazing but… shell eggs break. Shell eggs have a short shelf life. Shell […]

Herbs, spices and seasonings pack a powerful culinary punch

By Sean Moon With a history of use as traditional medicines, herbs and spices are some of the healthiest ingredients you can stock in your pantry. For adding flavour, variety and even ethnic personality to a dish, they can be unsung heroes. And for sheer economic value, they can stretch an operational dollar further than […]