Nishi in New York City will be the first restaurant to offer the "bleeding" veggie burger created by Impossible Foods. "Today I tasted the future and it was vegan: this burger was juicy/bloody and had real texture like beef," said Nishi owner David Chang.
Bitsy's Brainfood, a children's snack brand that prominently displays vegetables and other nutritious ingredients on its packaging, debuted a new line of crackers as part of Target's Made to Matter program encouraging nutritious eating last month. "The brand came from this place of wanting to make eating smart fun for kids, of wanting to speak straight to them and of wanting to ask the question, 'Why should junk food have all the fun?'" co-founder Alex Voris said.
White Castle is surveying its regular customers to find out if the Veggie Sliders they started testing in July would be more popular with spicier toppings such as harissa or chipotle lime sauce. The 180-calorie vegan burgers are currently available with avocado ranch sauce at some New York and New Jersey locations.
Comfort foods such as meatballs, burgers and meatloaf don't have to ruin a healthy diet. Adding shredded vegetables to lean ground meat can pump up the flavor while trimming out unnecessary fat. "Vegetables add flavor and texture that can make a typically meat-centric dish much more interesting," says cookbook author Tara Mataraza Desmond. "The featured meat still lends all its best qualities -- richness, umami and chew -- but they are accentuated by those of veggies -- sweet or earthy notes, soft bite, color."
Vanderbilt University research tied higher consumption of fruits and vegetables to a 15% reduction in the risk of death during the study period, especially for those who ate broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. The data from the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition support increased intake to promote cardiovascular health and longevity, although those who eat more fruits and vegetables may already have healthier lifestyles.