Serve comfort food with a function
Earlier this year, a survey from The Food Group found that while consumers continue to enjoy comfort foods, they are clearly looking to incorporate more ingredients with health benefits into their diets. The survey of 200 adults aged 21 to 40 in the U.S. found that almost half plan to buy more plant-based products. This was the case even though the majority of respondents identified as carnivores or flexitarians. More than half of those surveyed – nearly 60 percent – said they are looking to increase their purchases of functional foods including fruits, vegetables and seafood, while doing the same with beverages including coffee, tea and kombucha. When you serve up a comforting entrée or appetizer, look for ways to boost its functionality (and overall appeal) by weaving these ingredients into the recipe, its accompanying sauces and sides.
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