Colorful cuisine is growing in popularity, as younger customers seek “photo-worthy” foods with bold and bright hues that they can post to social media pages like Instagram. Among the most popular “Instagrammed” foods are salads with edible flowers; over-the-top milkshakes piled high with rainbow sprinkles, cakes and candies; and sandwiches with avocado buns. Activated charcoal is also being used in a variety of dishes and drinks to turn consumers’ favorite foods black, and it’s believed to have detoxifying qualities, which appeals to the health-conscious consumer. Foods getting a midnight makeover include ice cream, pasta and hamburger buns.
Serving up the whole color spectrum isn’t just for show, however. Nutrition experts encourage consumers to make sure their plates resemble the rainbow. Many of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals come from eye-catching, colorful fruits and veggies such as kale, blueberries, carrots and beets – the more colorful the diet, the more health benefits you’ll reap.
Here are some operator tips that will add a bit of color to your menu:
- Offer colorful toppings for your hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, such as avocado, carrot slaw or a sweet potato spread.
- If you have a salad bar, be sure to feature a variety of colorful, unique vegetables that appeal to the eye, such as sliced bell peppers of all colors, purple cabbage and mandarin oranges.
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