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Healthy menus? We do the maths

Eurest | Health and wellbeing |  20 May 2014

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You don’t need to be a genius to understand that the secret of a healthy diet lies in getting the balance right. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know how to achieve that without spending loads of time figuring out all the food values and making the numbers stack up. So you may know that you need so much protein, carbs or vitamins, but actually assembling everything you need in one meal just seems such an effort. So it’s brilliant when someone comes to the rescue.

That’s what Compass Group UK & Ireland has done — launching a new mix-and-match food offer called ‘whole + sum’ aimed at customers looking for an easy approach to healthy eating at breakfast or lunchtime. And it’s proving to be a magical ready reckoner. The whole + sum concept is made up of three mix-and-match components, with no complete dish adding up to more than 500 calories. Each meal component also features full nutritional analysis.

Nick Vadis, UK executive chef at Compass, says that healthy though the new concept is, there’s been no compromise on taste. “The delicious recipes are bursting with flavour — gone are the days of balanced food tasting bland,” he says. The range in the whole + sum offer even includes popular favourites that many people may not think could be included at this calorie level and I've no doubt it's going to be a big hit with our customers.”

In the whole + sum menu, every lunch plate is made up of 250 calories of protein, 200 calories of carbohydrates and 50 calories of vegetables or fruit. Breakfast options have no more than 500 calories with 100 calories of fruit and 100 calories of juice or smoothie and 300 calories from a starchy carbohydrate.

It’s all part of the Compass family’s strategy to make it easier for people to make healthy choices — a strategy that includes taking action to reduce trans fats, sugar and salt, and introducing food labelling. We’re serious about boosting the health of our customers, without compromising on taste and quality.

It all adds up to a pretty tasty offering.


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