Eating healthier usually makes it to the top of most new year’s resolution lists. This year, many are finding it harder to accomplish their health goals because we’re still craving comfort food during these unprecedented times.
However, comfort food does not necessarily need to equate to high calories, sugars, or carbohydrates. There are a lot of ways to incorporate healthier ingredients packed with protein, vitamins, and lots of big flavor. As we kick off this new year, let’s take a look at some easy, healthy swaps that you can execute on your menu:
- Prepare pizza with a cauliflower crust instead of a traditional crust and load it with plant-based protein and/or veggies.
- Swap out white pasta for zoodles or brown rice pasta and add a delicious homemade basil pesto sauce.
- Try fried wing alternatives such as cauliflower bites and toss with Frank’s RedHot® or OLD BAY® Hot Sauce.
- Add veggies as an upgraded side dish – roasted Brussels sprouts or cauliflower tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Sweet potato fries are a great swap for traditional fries – add Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt or Chipotle Cinnamon Rub for a big punch of flavor.
- Allow patrons to upgrade their burger with a plant-based patty.
- Offer a fruit bowl or smoothie as a refreshing dessert.
Carryout and delivery options are still in high demand, and families are looking for delicious and healthy eats that they can pick up or get delivered to their home. As you prepare for the big game, the March basketball tournament, and upcoming holidays, consider adding some of these comfort swaps to your menu to keep your patrons’ resolutions in check.