30 Sep Why You Should Incorporate More Seafood into Your Menu This Fall
The summer is winding down and fall is here, which means it’s time to freshen up your menu. When Autumn arrives, consumers want seasonal items to celebrate the season.
But diners aren’t only looking for pumpkin spice and squash; they want protein-packed, nutritious meals made from ethically sourced and responsible ingredients. In fact, 48% of North American shoppers are even willing to pay more for seafood when they know it comes from a certified sustainable fishery.
That’s why we are seeing more restaurants across the country incorporate seafood dishes into their menus. In this article, learn why you should consider doing the same.
Seafood Is A Healthier Option
In recent years, we have seen a shift in consumer demand at the grocery store. People, especially younger people are leaning towards more healthy options, such as plant-based protein and leaner meats like chicken or seafood—and there is a reason for that.
The nutritional profile and potential health benefits of seafood are quite different from those of other types of meat. For example, red meat is high in saturated fat, vitamin B12, iron, niacin, and zinc.
Meanwhile, seafood is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, thiamine, selenium, and iodine. Eating seafood has been linked to several health benefits. It may lower risk factors for heart disease by helping decrease belly fat and triglyceride levels, as well as increasing levels of good cholesterol.
It is only natural to see why these behaviors are being reflected in the restaurant scene too.
A Focus on Sustainability
Youth today are more aware of the world around them than any previous generation. With greater hindsight about what their impact on the world is, Millennials are opting for whole foods that are more ethically raised, sustainably sourced, or organically grown.
When you incorporate seafood into your dishes from reputable sources that have been thoroughly inspected and certified, your customers feel good knowing they are helping the planet while satisfying their palate.
People Enjoy Variety
While people love traditional dishes during the colder months, people also enjoy trying new twists on seasonal classics. If you are not quite sure how to start incorporating more seafood into your menu, it is safe to say that if a dish goes well with chicken, beef, or pork, it also will go well with seafood.
Diners often seek out trendy restaurants that bring new and unique flavor combinations to the table, so experiment with different ingredients to see how you can take your dishes to the next level with the addition of seafood.
From creamy chowders to other hearty comfort foods, seafood is the perfect companion to any dinner menu this fall season.
Looking to shake up your menu? Check out our Chef’s Corner for mouth-watering recipes to inspire your next signature dish.
Sustainably sourced seafood is vital to our overall health and the wellbeing of our planet, so it is no surprise more young Americans are opting to choose it over other protein options on their outings. Eastern Fish Co. has been providing delicious, responsibly-sourced seafood to food service providers and grocery stores since 1974. Visit our website to see our selection of seafood, or get in touch with us today!