As part of their November focus on plant based menu offerings, Villanova University partnered with Go Veggie Foods to showcase items for students to sample. Using Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese, Vegan Mozzarella Shreds and Vegan Grated Parmesan, the team offered up plant based baked ziti in addition to macaroni and cheese. Villanova’s Executive Chef prepared additional roasted vegetable toppings including caramelized brussels sprouts and fried mushroom bits for the macaroni and cheese. The students were also offered a sweet treat with sliced apples and pretzels paired with Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese flavored with maple, agave and cinnamon. The plant based pasta dishes served by Go Veggie were well received by the students and helped to generate a genuine excitement for plant based foods.
The appeal and potential for plant based products is expanding beyond the small group of people who consume them for allergen and ethical reasons to include a much larger base of consumers seeking healthier, cleaner and more sustainable foods. Vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians (occasional consumers of animal products), make the opportunity for animal-free products much larger than it initially appears. Students, in particular, pay close attention to what they put into their bodies and how it affects the planet.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF A PLANT BASED DIET:
A plant based diet reduces global warming.
A plant based diet avoids excessive CO2 production.
A plant based diet reduces methane/nitrous oxide production.
A plant based diet saves large amounts of water.
A plant based diet avoids further pollution of our streams, rivers and oceans.
A plant based diet reduces destruction of topsoil and tropical rainforest.
A plant based diet reduces destruction of wildlife habitats and endangered species.
A plant based diet reduces use of antibiotics, growth hormones and chemicals.
A plant based diet reduces ecological footprint.
A plant based diet helps ensure environmental sustainability.
HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS OF A PLANT BASED DIET:
A plant based diet is richer in certain nutrients.
A plant based diet can help you lose excess weight.
A plant based diet appears to improve kidney function and lower blood sugar levels.
A plant based diet may protect against certain cancers.
A plant based diet is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
A plant based diet can reduce pain from arthritis.
Go Veggie offers a delicious and guiltless way to enjoy a plant based meal with its dairy free, vegan cheeses. Did we also mention they are GMO free and clean label? Feel good about what you eat!
If you would like to request a plant based pasta demonstration by Go Veggie, contact Presenture at 713-862-4499.