Our healthy eating/wellbeing offer, ‘Nutritious & Delicious’ is central to our menu ethos at Vacherin. These recipes are designed for staff cafes and restaurants, hospitality and conferencing. Nutritious & Delicious was born with the busy employee in mind and the importance that nutrition plays in the workplace. Eating healthily is vital to keep the brain and body sharp and at its most productive. The Nutritious & Delicious healthy eating brand has been developed by a team of Vacherin food professionals, headed up by our nutritionist Gary Baverstock.
Gary provides analysis and guidance on all our menus. He does this with nutritional breakdowns, focusing on beneficial qualities of dishes and individual ingredients, as well as highlighting dishes that contain common allergens or items that can cause intolerance.
All of the N&D recipes are analysed by sophisticated diet software that provide an analysis table like this seen below. Note the new use of Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI) that supersedes Guideline Daily Amounts.
RNI Table (Example)
The range has been divided into four categories, each with a different health benefit. These are:
The Nutritious & Delicious branding and imagery enables us to clearly communicate to our customers the nutritional benefits of the dishes, making it easier to choose foods that can help in the way that is right for them.
The programme is backed up by substantial information for customers to access on-line through this website and also in the form of marketing material within the units for our customers to take away. Nutritious & Delicious can also be included on client intranets.
Traffic Light labelling Explanation:
Vacherin decided to use the traffic light system in July 2012, but it was formally introduced by the government in October 2012 to provide a more consistent guide as to the quantities of fat, sugar and salt contents of prepared foods throughout the food industry.
The traffic light colour coding, as shown in the image above, tells you at a glance if the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt.
In short, the more green lights, the healthier the choice.
Green means low.
If you buy a food that has all or mostly green lights, you know straight away that it’s a healthier choice.
Amber means medium.
An amber light means neither high nor low, so you can eat foods with all or mostly amber lights most of the time.
Red means high.
A red light means the food is high in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugars and these are the foods we should cut down on. Try to eat these foods less often and in small amounts. Note: Healthy fats like those found in oily fish and certain nuts will often be displayed as a high traffic lighted food – These fats are beneficial so some discretion is called for.
Vacherin have decided not provide dishes that are high in any component.
Guidelines to quantities:
– High indicates that it is more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g
– Medium indicates that it is 0.6g salt (or 0.24g sodium) per 100g
– Low indicates that it is less than 0.3g salt (or 0.1g sodium) per 100g
– High indicates that it is more than 20g of total fat per 100g
– Medium indicates that it is 12g of total fat per 100g
– Low indicates that it is less than 3g of total fat per 100g
– High indicates that it is over 15g of total sugars per 100g
– Medium indicates that it is 10g of total sugars per 100g
– Low indicates that it is less than 5g of total sugars per 100g