YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH

At Fitzers Catering, we not only care about providing fresh, homemade and innovative food & beverages to all of our clients, we also want our customers to be well informed about how to best take care of their health. Vibrant Catering Company is a dedicated Healthy Catering division within Fitzers Catering Dublin designed to service the business and industry sector, educational campuses and hospitals. The healthy catering options provided by our talented catering division gives you the option to choose a better fuel for your body. Here are some ways we can better care for our bodies and health through the foods we eat:

1. Prepare your meals

Regular meal prep means you are less likely to stray from the plan and overindulge in processed and junk food. While we all enjoy a treat, having a meal plan full of healthy, wholesome foods is best to keep our bodies well fueled and healthy. Fitzers Catering Dublin always offer a healthy option, so you are not forced to eat processed, fast food.

2. Meal prep tips

When preparing a meal, you should have a balanced plate with a mixture of the below.:

Protein should make up no more than a quarter of your plate. Protein that comes from lean sources like chicken, oily fish, turkey and pulses are low in fat, rich in vitamins and loaded with dietary fibre.

Our favourite Vibrant Protein plates:

Chicken Breast Plate with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, peppers and a low-sodium tomato sauce over brown rice.

Poached salmon with cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes baked with tahini and served with organic baby spinach and peppered rocket.

Carbohydrates, although villainised by many diet enthusiasts, are actually the bodies main source of energy. Non-processed carbohydrates and whole foods like brown bread and wraps help to provide the body with more nutrients than processed white bread. A quarter of your balanced plate should be complex carbs.

Fruits & vegetables are number one! Half of your plate should be filled with veggies which are generally low in fat, salt and sugar and provide many vitamins and necessary fibre to the body. If you don’t like too much veg why not try a healthy smoothie to help your intake.

Our favourite Vibrant Super Food Fusion Juices & Smoothies:

Carrots, celery, celery stalk, beets, green bells peppers, apple OR Mango, chia seeds, spinach, avocado, coconut water, agave and sea salt.

3. Replace Saturated fats with unsaturated fats

Did you know that there are good AND bad fats? Saturated fats come mainly from high-fat foods like fatty meat, butter, cheese and cream. Although a small amount is ok, too much saturated fat can cause weight gain and can lead to heart disease. Unsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts and seeds are the ‘good kind’ and should be eaten more frequently.

4. Reduce salt and sugar intake

Sugar is high in calories and excessive consumption can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. Salt is high in sodium and excessive consumption can lead to dehydration and high blood pressure. Cutting down on both is good for your overall health and can help to prevent heart problems.

5. Stay hydrated

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day can increase your energy levels, reduce fatigue, weight loss and improves your skin and hair quality. You should drink more water when it’s warm out, if you are exercising and if you feel unwell.

6. Eat Little and often

Eating regularly makes sure that your digestive system is always switched on and is more easily able to digest meals. Eating a balanced breakfast starts your metabolism off early and help your body to process its fuel more efficiently. Make sure to control your portions as many big meals are harder to digest, leaving you sluggish.

A more nutritionally balanced diet can reap benefits such as increased energy, reduced blood pressure, weight loss, avoids a general avoid slump performance and balances the body to stay healthy. For more information about Vibrant in your workplace, campus or hospital please get in touch by contacting us at vibrant@fitzerscatering.ie.