The Growth of Organic Food

Restaurateurs beware! Organic food is growing in popularity!

Consumer research shows that 43% of people are buying more organic products than a year ago. Not only is organic produce free of pesticides, chemicals and additives, organic farming builds healthy strong soil and helps to solve erosion problems, encouraging healthy biodiversity.

The increase of choice and availability of organic foods today allows Chefs to be very creative with menu offerings. Today, Chefs can produce a 100% organic menu with the wide range of organic fruits and vegetables as well as organic poultry, beef and lamb. Let’s also not forget organic wine an integral component a dining experience!  As some organic foods are not available year round, Chefs have to become very creative and offer newly created menu items seasonally, keeping menu selections fresh.

The challenge for Chefs and Restaurateurs is organic produce is more expensive, which in turns increases the price points of menu items. The question we should be asking is whether or not consumers are willing to spend the extra money at restaurants that serve organic food and local sourced produce? Often restaurants offering farm fresh organic products can use this as a feature or marketing tool, whilst attracting employees who want to with an employer who is genuinely interested in protecting the environment.

There are many positives to using organic produce from a healthier diet to supporting the local community by keeping it clean and green.

How green is your grocery list?

A Healthy Start To Your Day

Since the opening of our Bed & Breakfast, Bacchus House, my wife, Annette and I, have made a conscious effort to offer items on our breakfast menu that offers our guests ‘heart smart‘ choices.

Research indicates, eating a healthy breakfast improves your diet with higher minerals, vitamins and nutrients. By eating a healthier breakfast, levels of concentration, strength and endurance improves, allowing us to lead a more active life whilst reducing cholesterol levels.

The key to adapting your early morning eating habits is to rise 15 minutes earlier each day, making time to prepare breakfast whilst enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed juice or favorite cup of java.

Here are some of my recommendations to start each day:

French Toast with Orange and Banana, made with non-dairy milk (soya) and pan fried with olive oil, not butter.

Our Oatmeal Parfait dish consists of Fresh Seasonal Berries, Natural Yoghurt, Honey and Almonds. This dish is full of nutrients, fiber and protein and is quick and easy to prepare.

Egg White Omelets with your favorite vegetable or seafood toppings

Protein shakes made with low fat or soymilk and blended with seasonal fruit.

Poached Eggs served with multi-grain bread and ham, a much healthier option than fried or scrambled with the traditional bacon and sausage.

These options are simple to prepare and stay away from the traditional carb filled or fatty items associated with breakfast.