Whether you are catering for a corporate event or a wedding, a barbecue, a fingerfood party or a retirement celebration you will want to ensure that the food and beverages that you are supplying are healthy and wholesome for your customers. Even if you are asked to provide cheap, budget catering, which is frequently the case in difficult financial times, it is still extremely important to place a genuine emphasis on healthy food practices. In this article we look at some of the ways that Perth Caterers can ensure that the foods that they provide their customers are healthy and we do this by providing some guidelnes as to the types of foods that mightbe included as a menu option for customers.
It is well established that fruit and vegetables from an integral part of a healthy, balanced diet. Where appropriate, a variety of fruits such as apples, bananas, pears, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and kiwi fruit should be included as a menu option. The most appropriate place is likely to be on the dessert menu.
Equally essential to a healthy catering menu are vegetables. The types of vegetable that are considered to be most healthy are broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, egg plant, peppers, red onions and spinach. The way that the vegetablesare cooked is also important. They should be stored and cooked for as little time as is possible and they should also be prepared as close to serving as possible. They should not be left in water for too long, as this will cause loss of vitamins into the water and as little water as possible should be used.If possible, steaming should be employed rather than boiling or stir-frying.
Although there is nothing better than a sizzling steak or beef burger, especially for a barbecue or roast beef for a formal dinner party, the saturated fats in red meats are considered to be somewhat unhealthy. For those customers who are conscious of this a good catering menu will include healthier alternatives to beef such as pork. Even better are meat alternatives like poultry, including chicken and turkey and a wide variety of fish, especially oily fish rich in Onega 3 oils.
The way in which the food is prepared is also important. Animal fats should be avoided, with oils such as olive oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil taking precedence. The salt content in sauces, gravies etc should also be minimised and care should also be taken with regard to customers who have food allergies such as wheat, gluten or nut intolerances.
Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list of healthy catering tips they provide some pointers as to what Perth Caterers can do to make their catering products healthier for their valued customers. If you have any questions regarding healthy catering options, do not hesitate to make the necessary enquiry to:
All Seasons Catering Perth, Perth Caterers
Unit 1/27 Collingwood Street,
Perth, WA 6017