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Attendees are caring more and more about what they’re eating and the health benefits of the ingredients used in dishes. The Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Report found that the most desirable foods consumers are seeking out are fresh, natural and minimally processed, in addition to those without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and no sugar added.

Four-in-10 global respondents say the absence of artificial colours (42%) and flavours (41%) and foods made from vegetables/fruits (40%) are very important.

36% of global respondents rate foods that are high in fibre as very important, and about three in 10 seek foods that are high in protein (32%), have whole grain (30%) or are fortified with calcium (30%), vitamins (30%) or minerals (29%) to fulfill their nutritional needs.

Banquets are popular events and the best banquets create a sense of atmosphere, delight and pleasure, but let's face it, it's’ really all about the food, so it’s essential that a lot of thought is put into the menu you create for your guests. Here's some banqueting food ideas that not only tickle the senses but keep them happy and healthy.

1. Carrots For Eyes

Often underappreciated and taken for granted the familiar and humble carrot is bursting with nutritional benefits. Along with other yellow, orange, or vegetables, it’s an excellent source of vitamin A. These types of vegetables get their colour from beta-carotene. Our intestines use beta-carotene to make vitamin A, which helps our eyes convert light into brainwaves and is an important component of our corneas (the clear part of the front of our eyes).

2. Asparagus For Teeth

Now widely cultivated throughout the world, this regal vegetable is believed to have originated 2,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean region, where it was prized for its unique texture and alleged medicinal and aphrodisiacal qualities. Along with other green leafy vegetables, asparagus is a great source of vitamin K. This vitamin is crucial for coagulation (which helps your body stop bleeding after a cut) as well as bone health and can actually help your body absorb calcium.

3. Soy For Skin

Soy has received some bad press over the last few years but is reputed to having some real health benefits. Soy provides a variety of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids and fibre and contains isoflavones, a category of plant compounds that can either mimic or block estrogen in your body. Isoflavones may benefit several parts of your body, including your skin. One small study in middle-aged women found that eating soy isoflavones every day for 8–12 weeks reduced fine wrinkles and improved skin elasticity. 

4. Lima Beans for Hearing

Potassium regulates the amount of fluid in your body tissues and blood. This is important to hearing health as there is fluid in the inner ear. The inner ear is the part of the ear that translates the noise we hear around us into impulses that our brain interprets as sound. The inner ear is dependent on potassium and it is therefore imperative to have Potassium-rich foods like lima beans in your diet.

5. Tumeric for Smell

Often used in Thai and Indian food, Turmeric contains curcumin, which actively reduces inflammation. Turmeric is also believed to strengthen the overall energy of the body, relieve gas, dispel worms, improve digestion, dissolve gallstones, and relieve arthritis, among other uses. Spices like ginger, basil, and cayenne pepper are also helpful in thinning mucus and help to simulate the sinuses and aid in air circulation.

6. Strawberries For Brain Power

Strawberries contain antioxidants that assist in repairing cells, as well as assisting in combating inflammation caused by free radical damage. By reducing the damages caused by free radicals (found in pollutants, cigarette smoke and other nasties), these antioxidants have also been found to assist in improving symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

7. Coffee For a Healthy Liver

When consumed in limited amounts, coffee can offer protection to the liver from the damage caused by alcohol or an unhealthy diet. However, you have to be careful of caffeine and its effect on blood pressure so should be consumed in moderate quantities only.

8. Flaxseed For a Healthy Heart

Along with similar things like chia seeds and hemp, Flaxseed is a super-simple way to give your daily diet an extra healthy kick. Talking on behalf of UK milled seed and nut producer Linwoods (linwoodshealthfoods.com), Dr Wallace adds: "Flaxseed is a heart-health superfood, full of fibre which helps lower cholesterol, and omega-3 fatty acids which can help improve your good cholesterol.’’

9. Kimchi For a Healthy Stomach

Fermented foods have been top of the food trends list this year, even appearing in our Christmas food trends list. The trillions of tiny good bacteria living in our gut have been suggested to improve digestion, boost immunity and help us maintain a healthy weight. Research is still emerging on just how important these mighty microbes might be for our health, but the early results are promising. Take care of your gut, and in turn, it will take help take care of you.

10. Mushrooms For a Healthy Kidney

An ingredient that can often divide opinion due to their unique texture and smell, mushrooms contain vitamin B and D which helps in regulating the kidney and its functions and even prevent kidney related diseases. From Crimini, Enoki, to Oyster, Portobello, Shiitake or White button - all mushrooms are full of essential nutrients that support our immune system and prevent any harm done to the cells or tissues.

 

42% OF ALL EVENT FEEDBACK IS ABOUT THE FOOD? IT’S WHAT EVERYONE LOVES TO TALK ABOUT. So, get creative with your banquet recipe ideas. Prepare a Banquet breakfast of Kimchi served with a tumeric soy latte or how about a slow-cooked Iranian Lima Bean Hotpot for an evening event?  

 

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