Some people find it more beneficial to eat four to six small meals throughout the day, rather than the traditional three full meals. The benefit of these “mini-meals” vary – some say it keeps the metabolism engine revving while others simply don’t have time to sit down for full meals throughout the day. Whatever the reason, trends show that consumers are moving towards lighter healthier snacks as meals or in-between meals. The result is the rising popularity of airy snacks like brownie crisps and puffed rice and pastas. Root vegetables are also popping up as substitutions for potatoes as chips and dipping alternatives.
Consider revamping your offerings with some of these simple tips:
- Get inspired by “going light.” Review your menu, then swap out starches, like potatoes, with lighter vegetables. For example, if you serve potato chips (whether house-made or prepackaged), provide lentil or Brussels sprout crisps as an alternative.
- Stretching your food budget further is crucial. Consider how you can use lighter, airy ingredients to meet the needs of your consumers from breakfast to dinner. For example, the versatility of puffed rice makes it suitable for cereals, rice cake snacks or even Bhel Puri, a savory Indian comfort food with onions and potatoes.
Want more ideas? Download entegra’s 2018 Top Ten Trends Paper.
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