Meat-based proteins continue to play a prominent role on plates because of consumer demand for protein-packed foods.
Broadline foodservice distributor US Foods believes the scoop for summer is better-for-you meals away from home. The company launched 11 new items under the company's Scoop product line to help foodservice operators satiate consumer demand for healthy and flavorful meals. The Summer Scoop product lineup includes Chef’s Line brand All Natural Mediterranean Style Mini Beef and Lamb Patties and Patuxent Farms Premium Hardwood Smoked Chicken Wings among other items.
Fresh is epic at Del Taco. The chain added fresh avocado to its menu as part of its commitment to delivering fresh, quality ingredients at value prices. Customers can add avocado to any existing Del Taco menu item for an extra charge, or try the chain’s new menu addition, the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito, which features six fresh slices of Hass avocado, grilled chicken, hand-made pico de gallo, fresca lime rice, seasoned black beans and salsa casera wrapped in a flour tortilla.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests lean pork is just as effective as chicken and fish as the primary source of protein in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet plan. Researchers at Purdue Univ. found that adults who ate lean pork had the same blood pressure benefits regardless of protein source — with systolic blood pressure decreasing around 7 to 8 points and diastolic around 4 to 5 points after six weeks, based on a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring system.
The theme is Latin and the flavors are anything but light. Pollo Campero recently launched its new Citrus Peruvian Grilled Chicken. The new chicken entrée is less than 500 calories. The meat is sourced from hormone-free poultry.
Foods with high protein content are resonating with consumers. Solon, Ohio-based Stouffer’s has launched Fit Kitchen in an effort to capitalize on the trend. Fit Kitchen frozen meals offer 25 or more grams of protein along with complex carbohydrates like rice and vegetables such as sweet potatoes and broccoli.
Flavors in the line include Steak Fajita, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey; Monterey Chicken, Bourbon Steak and Oven Roasted Chicken.
Healthy dining isn’t just for grownups. Red Robin’s menu for children features “Chicken Stickens” which are pieces of grilled chicken served on sticks. The Chicken Stickens are one item among several on the chain’s Live Well Kids Menu, which features menu items verified by the National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining to meet nutrition standards established by leading health organizations.