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Healthy, delicious foods are just the starting point for the trend with the most staying power: wellness. Diners expect and deserve more—and will reward chefs that find creative ways to serve fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins with vibrant colors, bold flavors, and exciting textures packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

  • Super greens: Dark leafy vegetables top the list for healthy ingredients. Ideal in salads, rice bowls, stews, egg dishes, and smoothies, items like spinach, collards, beet greens, arugula, kale, romaine, and bok choy signify wellness to customers.
  • High protein: A large percentage of consumers want to increase their protein intake without adding more meat. Look to alternatives like broccoli, lentils, mushrooms, quinoa, nuts, spinach, and beans to naturally pump it up!
  • Gut health: Probiotics are big, especially when they are foods, not pills. Add fermented foods across your menus via kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled onions and cucumbers, and fruity kombucha drinks to deliciously aid digestion.
  • Fiber: Important to blood sugar levels, weight management, heart health, cholesterol levels, and more, fiber-rich foods also add texture and keep us full longer. Consider ingredients such as sweet potatoes, collard greens, avocados, and Brussels sprouts in dishes across all day parts.


Help diners get their proper nutrition while eating foods that they want and love.

Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.