Every year Heart to Home Meals introduces a new menu that reflects the evolving tastes of our customers and aims to make sure good food gets even better.
We also look for opportunities to offer new foods or ingredients that provide you with nutritionally balanced meals suitable for a variety of dietary needs. Again in 2019, we have some new meals and desserts to look forward to.
Most years, the focus is just on the food but this time we felt it was important to enhance your understanding of the meals. We want to assist you in making more informed choices and have more control over the types of food you like, want and need.
Working with our consultant dietitian Andrea we have made it easier to identify meals that best suit your specific diet using a new Diet Code.
Here are the codes and how to read each one.
ProteinAssist™ These items contain a minimum of 20g of protein per serving. As people age, they need to increase the protein intake in their diets.
CarbControl™ These meals contain 50g or less of carbohydrates per serving. It is recommended you spread your carb intake throughout the day to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Low Saturated Fat These meals contain a maximum of 2g of saturated fat and trans fat combined per 100g. The energy from these meals is no more than 15% from the sum of these fats.
Low Sodium These meals contain a maximum of 140mg of sodium per 100g. Sodium is important to maintain the body’s fluid balance but too much can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
High Fibre These items contain a minimum of 4g per serving. Fibre helps in the fight against heart disease, lowers the risk of diabetes and moves waste through the body.
Vegetarian These meals contain no meat. However, they may contain dairy products such as milk, cheese or eggs. There have been reports that suggest seniors who follow a vegetarian diet lower their risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. It is important that those who focus on a vegetarian diet get enough protein, calcium and calories.
No Added Sugar These desserts are made with no added sugar or use any ingredients that contain added sugars.
As Andrea explains, “The easily identifiable codes make meal selection straightforward and also highlight the opportunities to fine tune a person’s diet through smart food selection.”
The aim of the new menu is part of our commitment to help seniors eat well and live well. A balanced diet is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
At the core of the Heart to Home Meals’ philosophy is the goal of providing seniors with choice that leads to an improved quality of life. As our bodies age, it has an impact on lifestyle opportunities. Being able to remain healthy allows us to keep open many more options.
We hope the new menu is easier to use so customers can maintain a healthy lifestyle and also be encouraged to try a few “new” selections that fit into their dietary needs.
You can learn more about our new diet codes in our new Spring/Summer edition of the My Menu. Request it here: www.hearttohomemeals.menu