Eating healthy shouldn’t mean that what we eat is tasteless. Far from it. But in a commercial kitchen where you’re catering to patients & the elderly, there are so many more considerations around nutrition and flavour when meal planning.
The Challenges of Healthcare Meal Planning
Catering for a large number of individuals is a complex and challenging task at the best of times, but even more so in a healthcare environment. The menu needs to be carefully planned to consider the dietary and health care needs of patients and residents. You need to take into account dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances, and somehow cover them all in the same menu so your commercial kitchen isn’t overwhelmed with meal options.
It is important for chefs, dietitians and nutritionists in the health care sector to consider the following when preparing meals:
• The flavour of meals and how to achieve an acceptable flavour profile
• The convenience and versatility on ingredients in preparing recipes
• Ingredients which negate many allergens and intolerances
• High Yield ingredients that deliver excellent flavour, economically
• Using ingredients which provide a broad-spectrum menu integration option
What does broad spectrum menu integration mean?
Simply, it means that an ingredient provides maximum menu coverage. From both a financial and a time-saving point of view, it doesn’t make sense for commercial kitchens, or chefs within the healthcare industry to be making different versions of the same dish, if they can help it.
After all, why would you buy one product that can only be eaten by one group of people, and another ingredient that won’t interfere with the allergens of a different group? Especially if there is a single product on the market that can deliver the nutritional and flavour benefits you’re after and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Massel has a wide range of products that meet every need in terms of special diets, allergen restrictions and intolerances. All of Massel’s stock powers have the following key benefits and attributes:
- No animal content making them perfect for vegetarian diets and vegans
- No salt added (options are available)
- Low FODMAP (options are available)
- Gluten and wheat free
- Dairy free
- Suitable for kosher and halal diets
- No added MSG
- Cholesterol free
- Additive free
- Made with all-natural ingredients
Massel’s range of products are the perfect ingredient to achieve menu integration, while adding a delicious flavour solution to any dish. Using any product from the Massel Food Service Range will create a tasty base to your meal, while also catering to the widest possible range of dietary requirements. Massel Stock Powders deliver a quality flavour profile that makes meal planning simple, easy and delicious!
Deliver Physical And Mental Wellbeing
Even in an Australian hospital or healthcare facility, meals should be healthy, nutritious, and tasty as well. Having meals that are flavourful is essential to ensure that meals are actually eaten, and enjoyed. After all, when meals are tasty and enjoyable, patients and residents have something to look forward to. In addition to the nutritional benefits, actually enjoying a delicious meal can also deliver a much needed mental and emotional boost.
Ask For A Taste Of Massel
Massel products are already widely used in hospitals & aged care facilities across Australia and around the world. As a Foodservice Dietician, I have no hesitation recommending Massel to fellow nutritionists and dieticians, particularly in the aged-care or healthcare spaces as a way for delivering flavourful, nutritional meals.
By providing delicious flavour solutions and strategies for menu integration in Australian healthcare facilities will in-turn support, those in care across the nation.
Dr Karen Abbey
Special Dietary Chef