The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has produced a new recipe book of fortified meals to help support care caterers in this area.
The Fortified Meals Recipe Book offers caterers additional knowledge on foods that meet the health requirements of those who need extra nutrition, such as the elderly.
The new book aims to give caterers the confidence to meet growing demand for meals that enhance an existing diet, include calorie-dense foods, and taste good. The recipes included are designed to be easy to follow, and offer suggestions on how to incorporate extra nutrition into existing meal plans.
There is also a one-week menu planner, including meals, snacks and drinks, advice on tracking calorie intake, suggestions on portion size, and tips from a chef on how to make dishes look appetising and ensure that they are eaten.
The book is set to launch at the NACC training and Development Forum at Nottingham on 1-3 October, but is also available from the NACC website [www.thenacc.co.uk].
Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC, said: "For people at risk of malnutrition a fortified diet plays a vital role in maintaining weight and overall health. Fortification, however, is one area where there is currently still little or no understanding. We therefore were compelled to produce this recipe book to give caterers the know-how and capability to deliver this increasingly important element of care catering."
The NACC aims to represent professionals providing catering to the care industry, and is recognised by local authorities as a source of information and opinion within the sector.