Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants

Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants
  • Will current diet trends become a fad?

  • Do restaurants have a responsibility to educate consumers?

Diets are no longer just about losing weight. Whether it’s Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, or Vegan, these “diets" have become more of a way of life.  So much so that some consumers may veto a food establishment if they don’t offer their “diet-friendly options." In this episode, our host Yareli Quintana speaks to Steve Shultz, CEO of Nektar Juice Bar and Melissa Gallagher, VP of Marketing of Freshii to figure out how diets are influencing current restaurant trends. Yareli, Steve and Melissa discuss hot topics from whether or not diets are here to stay, changing eating habits, to how their brands are working to better educate their consumers and making eating healthy more accesible.

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Diets As A Belief Structure May Be Causing Consumers to Eat Out Less

Diets As A Belief Structure May Be Causing Consumers to Eat Out Less
  • Vegan, Paleo, Ketogenic, Mediterranean, TLC, and Dash Diet all have common principles.  

  • Restaurants should consider do more for these diet trends. 

It didn't seem long ago when losing inches off the waist was pretty much the sole goal of the dieting masses. Today? Well, "diet" is going deity; each "diet's" dogma filling people's stomachs with a sense of purpose and for some even hope.   People with epilepsy and diabetes are told the Ketogenic diet has massive and sustainable health benefits. It is reported that staying true to the Mediterranean diet with help you live longer and have fewer health issues on average. For us, restaurant people... let's not forget the biblical flood of people that changed the foodservice landscape forever with gluten-free requests and needs.   And, of course, there is the vegan diet, which is the best example of the "diet" becoming more about "this is what I stand for and believe" and less about the waistline.  In short, the consumer of today is less likely to frequent restaurants that don't consider their "diet" and restaurants the flock is growing. 

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Healthy New L.A. Fast Casual: Kye's Handheld Paleo-Friendly Wraps

Healthy New L.A. Fast Casual: Kye's Handheld Paleo-Friendly Wraps

BKrystal Hauserman, Foodable Contributor

The Paleo diet (short for “Paleolithic”), popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain, has become increasingly popular in the United States in the last several years. In a nutshell (pun intended), the philosophy is that we should be eating the way our Stone Age hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.  

Now before you roll your eyes at the thought of another fad diet, know that there is some very serious scientific evidence and hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution to support the idea that the majority of our diet should be focused on fresh vegetables and fruit, lean meats and fish, and nuts. Out with the starches, dairy, grains, and highly processed, sugar-laden foods found in the center aisles of the grocery store (yes, even the health food stores!).  

Though some people have the mistaken impression that “going Paleo” means breakfast plates filled with nothing but bacon, eggs and butter, the reality is that it should look more like a frittata chock full of farmers market veggies and topped with fresh herbs. The exciting part of the Paleo way of eating is that it encourages you to try new foods (kohlrabi, anyone?), and to get creative in the kitchen. The Paleo principals are as flexible as you want them to be. So yes, you can still enjoy your sushi with rice and soy sauce on occasion.

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