As a contract food services company with decades of experience, we know that more and more people are turning to vegan and vegetarian diets. Not too many years ago, meat was the center of the meal, with potatoes, beans, vegetables, and salads as the complements. Not so today! Beans have replaced meat in many diets as a great source of protein and flavor!
In the corporate dining environment, many restaurants and cafes are offering delicious meatless options on their menus. Just because there isn’t any meat in a dish doesn’t mean it has to lack protein or flavor. Beans have become a staple in vegan and vegetarian dishes, and they’re an extremely healthy replacement!
Move over meat! Beans have become the main attraction in many vegetarian options not only because they provide plenty of protein, but also because they are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and some vitamins and minerals. In fact, many experts in nutrition believe beans are the single most complete food. Because of their fiber, beans are also filling – a good thing for those trying to avoid munching unhealthy snacks between meals.
Some of the health benefits of using beans in creating delicious vegan meals include their ability to reduce cholesterol, control blood glucose, and improve overall cardiovascular health. Beans often used in salads and entrees include pinto, red beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans, and, of course, black beans. Nearly any type of bean is a healthy alternative to meat.
In the corporate and office dining setting it has become clear that people have unique interests and needs when it comes to healthy eating. Considering the versatility of beans, whether in breakfast options or lunch and dinner entrees, there’s no reason every person can’t enjoy delicious, satisfying, healthy meal choices. At Gourmet Services, Inc. we bring a whole new way of viewing foods to our customers. Trust us for all of your corporate dining food services needs!