Ø Diet Quality: Not all calories are created equal.
Ø A calorie is a unit of measurement, not an indicator of quality
Ø If you consume more calories than you use, you will gain weight; it’s simple mathematics
Ø Our body metabolizes different types of calories differently, which is why focusing on the quality of
the calories we serve is key. A dish filled with whole grains, vegetables, and fish, for example, might
have the same calories as an ice cream. But what it contributes to our body is vastly different.
Ø Environmental Impact: Not all foods have the same environmental impact, which is often due to how
they are cultivated or raised.
Ø Think back to the graphics in the previous slides and the difference between beef and dry beans, for
Ø The two cannot be disconnected. The foods that are healthier for us—fruits, vegetables, and whole
grains—tend to have a lower environmental footprint than those that health experts recommend
limiting, such as animal products and highly processed foods.
NUTRITIONAL QUALITY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT BOTH MATTER
WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT WE EAT
DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD HAVE DIFFERENT
ACCESS TO NUTRIENTS
The Lancet Planetary Health 2018 2e353-e368DOI: (10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30170-0)
CHANGING OUR DIET CAN CHANGE OUR HEALTH
U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators, JAMA 2013
Source: Dr. Ramon Estruch, presented at Tomorrow
Tastes Mediterranean 2019
PLANTS CONTAIN PROTEINS; WE TEND TO
OVERESTIMATE OUR PROTEIN NEEDS
How much protein do we
need? 0.8 gram per kilo of
body weight, so 56 grams for
a 70-kilo adult (based on
Don’t use protein as a
synonym for meat; lots of
foods contain proteins! Say
“animal protein” when you
mean beef or salmon. Shift
your mindset, shift your cooks’
mindset, shift your customers’
HIGH-QUALITY CARBOHYDRATES AND
REDUCED SUGAR ARE BEST FOR OUR HEALTH
ØCarbohydrate QUALITY is the most important element to
ØFocus on whole grains and minimally processed
ingredients, for carbohydrate quality.
ØAvoid serving sugar-sweetened beverages; instead,
serve waters aromatized with fresh fruits and/or herbs,
herbal teas hot and cold, and drinks like water infusions.
ØCreate desserts that focus on fruits, nuts, and dark
Ø“Flip” your more traditional desserts to include a greater
percentage of fruits; for example, a cheesecake serving
that is more fruit topping than cake.
RELY ON SOUND SCIENCE AND SERIOUS
SOURCES FOR NUTRITION AND SUSTAINABILITY
When you read or hear information about health,
nutrition, or sustainability, ask yourself:
q What/who is the source of this information?
q Is the source reputable? What are their
q Who is funding the research?
q How many subjects did the study include?
q Is the research peer reviewed?
q Is the full study linked so that I can access it?
q Who is the audience for this material?
The Healthiest Diets, Both Traditional Ones and Those
Designed by Nutrition/Public Health Experts, are based
on the same principles
THE HEALTHIEST DIETS, BOTH TRADITIONAL ONES AND
THOSE DESIGNED BY NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS,
ARE BASED ON THE SAME PRINCIPLES
MEATLESS MONDAY IS A TESTED METHOD TO
START OFFERING MORE PLANT-FORWARD
DISHES TO YOUR CUSTOMERS
The Meatless Monday
campaign offers a variety of
guides and resources, including
posters and social media tools,
to help launch the movement in
Benefits of Adding Meatless Monday to Your
1. Drives traffic and attracts new customers.
2. Improves the success of new menu items.
3. Improves financial performance.
4. Demonstrates a commitment to your
diners’ health while supporting good
5. Reduces your environmental footprint.
Miso roasted carrots
Francis Mallman’s famous fire-cooked
meals at Bodega Garzón in Uruguay
THE COMPLEXITY OF UMAMI, WHETHER
NATURALLY OCCURRING OR ENHANCED, CAN
INCREASE THE APPEAL OF PLANT-BASED FOODS
Softwares, such as the one from the
Belgian company Food Pairing, offers
matches between ingredients based on the
flavor molecules that they share
PAIRING COMPLEMENTARY FOODS MAKES FOR MORE
FLAVORFUL DISHES THAT DO NOT NEED ARTIFICIAL OR
REDESIGN YOUR EXISTING MENUS TO FOCUS
MORE ON PLANT-FORWARD OPTIONS
are not presented
first when listing a
occupy a smaller
amount of real
estate on the
they even appear
as sides rather
Instead of refined
grains, it features
whole grains or
like farro, millet,
quinoa, or fonio
courses feature no
or only a small
amount of animal
appear at the center
of the plate. When
possible, they come
from local farmers,
whose name might
even appear on the
Instead of sodas,
Desserts include a lot of
fruits, as well as whole
grains; they should
follow the rest of the
operation’s strategy for
A SUSTAINABLY NUTRITIOUS MENU FINDS
CREATIVE WAYS TO MAKE VEGETABLES THE
Pho, mushrooms, chili, coriander
Grilled, Can Claperol mato cheese, glazed onions
Grilled, Can Claperol mato cheese, Perol sausage, glazed onions
Tatin, black garlic, yuzu
Tatin, black garlic, pecorino cheese
Tatin, black garlic, Iberian pork
Pureed, grated cauliflower, smoked olive oil
Pureed, egg boiled at 62⁰, smoked olive oil
Pureed, egg boiled at 62⁰, cod (without bisulphites), smoked olive oil
Celery masala, Medjoul dates
Glazed Jerusalem artichokes, marinated egg yolk, chanterelles
“Tall tender” turnips, Puigcerda pears, chicken wings
VEGETABLES ALLOW FOR INNOVATION IN ALL TYPES OF
OPERATIONS, FROM FINE DINING TO FAST CASUAL
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ASKING YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS WILL YOU
ENACT CHANGE AT WORK AND AT HOME
Ø How sustainable is your menu?
Ø Could your menu be healthier?
Ø What needs to change to make it healthier/more sustainable?
Ø What can you change tomorrow?
Ø What can you change in three months?
Ø What can you change next year?
Ø Are there local producers, including for animal proteins, whom
you should talk to?
Ø Do you have food waste reduction efforts in place?
Ø Is there somewhere on your property where you could grow
food, even herbs in pots, and involve your team in the process?
Ø What are the biggest obstacles you face when wanting to
Ø How can you overcome those obstacles?
Ø What evidence do you need to show your boss to get them to
approve the changes you want to make?
Ø Where and how will you obtain that evidence, and how will you
build your case?
Ø How and where will you communicate these changes to your
Ø Do you pay attention to sustainability when you buy food for
Ø Where do you usually shop, and what type of foods do you buy?
Ø Is there a farmer’s market near you?
Ø How could you reduce the food waste you generate?
Ø What can you do today to make your home food healthier?
Ø How often do you cook something you’ve never tried before, like
a vegetable or a grain, at home?