Encouraging Meatless Meals
I wanted to remind everyone that meat requirements can come from vegetarian sources as well. Vegetarian sources include beans, lentils, tofu, eggs, cottage cheese, regular unprocessed cheese, or even yogurt. Depending on your program needs, offering meat alternates can be a great way to boost the nutrition content of a meal. Beans and lentils are an excellent way to increase the fiber content and vitamin/mineral profile of a dish. Often times introducing this change to children or hesitant adults can take time. However, educating your food service staff on the benefits of vegetarian meals can, in turn help them to encourage the students/ clients/ residents to try the dish! If anyone ever needs some educational materials on the benefits of the bean, don’t hesitate to reach out.