Experts from Aramark and the American Heart Association Share Delicious Ways to “Veg Out” and Take a Bite out of Summer
May 18, 2018 at 08:00 AM EDT
Everywhere you look, more and more people are going plant forward. They’re enriching their diet with fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, lentils and seeds—putting more plants on their plate, while reducing the amount of meat they eat.
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Aramark tapped into its network of more than 1,000+ chefs and the American Heart Association leveraged its national network of experts, to create a list of proven summer tips that pack a plant forward punch. (Photo: Business Wire)
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the largest U.S.-based food services provider, and the American Heart Association (AHA), the nation's largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, are working together to improve the health of Americans 20% by 2020, through healthy menu and recipe innovation and health awareness and education programs.
Recent survey findings of Aramark consumers found that more than 60 percent of respondents believe that vegan, vegetarian and plant forward (vegetables-as-center-of-the-plate, with smaller portions of meat) options are important. The vast majority of those consumers also believe these options are better for their health and the environment.
Currently, as part of its Healthy for Life 20 By 20 commitment with the AHA, 30 percent of the main dishes Aramark serves across its dining operations in Healthcare, Higher Education and Business Dining are vegan or vegetarian. Aramark has also partnered with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to conduct plant-based culinary trainings for its chefs, to enable them to create innovative recipes that center on foods including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
Aramark tapped into its network of more than 1,000+ chefs, who are responsible for serving nearly two billion meals each year, and the AHA leveraged its national network of experts, to create a list of proven summer tips that pack a plant forward punch.
“Summer is the perfect season to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet,” said Dan Wainfan, Aramark’s health and wellness lead. “Our dietitians and chefs have collected their favorite tips and tricks to help put a new twist on summer favorites, and offer a fresh and healthy way to enjoy the best of the season.”
“Many people find it’s easier to add color to their meals this time of year thanks to the abundance of fruits and vegetables in our stores and gardens,” said Jo Ann Carson, Ph.D., R.D., chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee. “We all have our go-to summer dishes, but challenge yourself to experiment with new flavor combinations or cooking techniques. You might just find a new seasonal favorite.”
FIRE UP THE GRILL: Summer is the time to fire up the grill and savor the flavors of the season. Discover some of our favorite veggie options, perfect for the grill.
MAKE THE FLIP: Going plant-forward doesn’t mean giving up burgers at a barbecue. Enjoy these new takes on a cookout staple.
TAP INTO THE FLAVORS OF SUMMER: This summer, bring some extra excitement and a boost of flavor to your favorite foods with these fresh and healthy ideas.
STAY COOL: Cooking a hot meal inside during the heat of summer is no fun. With the oven roasting and pots simmering, the kitchen can sometimes be a place to avoid during hot summer days. It’s possible to prepare delicious, healthy meals on the hottest days – just turn off the oven, shut off the stove, and follow these “stay cool” tips.
KEEP FRUITS & VEGETABLES FRESHER LONGER: It happens to everyone; you buy fresh produce and stick it in the refrigerator, only to find it a few weeks later, looking shriveled and rotten. These storage tips from AHA’s Healthy For Good™ will help keep summer fruit and veggies fresher longer.
A HEALTHY SUMMER GRILL EXPERIENCE: Cooking outdoors is a summer tradition. While great taste is at the top of everyone’s list, safety is just as important. Keep these tips in mind, to make the most of summer entertaining.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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