Each May, my photographer-and-husband, John Ivanko, and I trade our Wisconsin homestead for a number of days in Chicago to attend the National Restaurant Association Show held within the sprawling McCormick Place Convention Center. It additionally offers our palms and again a break after getting our crops planted on our farm. As writers protecting meals and farming traits with an ardour for sustainability, we’re impressed to see the continued progressive new merchandise that champion eco-values and wholesome consuming at this annual occasion bringing collectively over 43,000 attendees and masking a variety of meals service services.
We’ve seen, tasted and written about and shared with Mother Earth News readers this sustainability and clear consuming motion brewing for the last couple of years with all the pieces from plant-based meats to wash drinks to compostable disposables. These traits root in two necessary elements: More and more, individuals are looking for healthier merchandise that tread lighter on the earth and inventive corporations and entrepreneurs are serving up merchandise that replicate these values.
It’s nice to see this perennial plant forty occasions sweeter than sugar achieve such prominence as a sugar various. It’s extra pure than the varied chemical-based sweeteners in the marketplace, like sucralose and aspartame. With the rising reputation of diets corresponding to keto that remove conventional sugar, stevia gives a no-calorie various from the backyard. Diabetics may also use stevia as a wholesome sweetener that doesn’t have an effect on blood sugar ranges.
Additionally, pushed by keto and paleo diets that emphasize excessive protein and low carb choices, a brand new product we tasted was 10g Protein Noodles coming from Trident Seafoods. Truly, we tasted these a number of instances as a result of they had been so tasty with a texture and taste akin to calamari. Curiously, these noodles had been comprised of Wild Alaska Pollock, licensed as a more sustainable fish choice by each the Marine Stewardship Council and Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management.
Straw alternate options might be seen everywhere in the present flooring. The straws choices got here in colourful paper varieties or comprised of varied types of compostable supplies. It is a boon for conservationists like us who nonetheless wish to eat out from time to time, but cringe each time we’ve been robotically served drinks with plastic straws.