Sodexo is committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. We did so by listening to our customers and researching food and health trends. Our chefs and registered dietitians worked together to create special and delicious recipes.
The result of these efforts is Mindful by Sodexo –a service that focuses on transparency of ingredients, tasteful food, satisfying portions and clarity in message to make Mindful choices easier.
While designed for use in our restaurants, Mindful is an approach that you can easily adopt at home. Read about the criteria we used to develop Mindful and learn how to bring Mindful choices home.
We find it important that you understand which of the ingredients in our dishes lead to healthier choices.
Satisfying portions with fewer calories and delicious taste: that’s Mindful. Our chefs and dietitians worked together to create Mindful choices that meet the nutritional information listed below. Use our Mindful criteria to help plan meals, desserts and snacks at home.
Kilojoules (kJ) or kilocalories (kcal) are units that express how much energy a food provides.
• 1 g of proteins = 17 kJ = 4 kcal
• 1 g of carbohydrates = 17 kJ = 4 kcal
• 1 g of fat = 38 kJ = 9 kcal
• 1 g of alcohol = 29 kJ = 7 kcal
Fats provide us with the necessary energy. There are healthy (rapeseed oil, olive oil, etc.) and less healthy fats (fatty meats such as pâté, fatty cheese, …).
Saturated fatty acids are mainly present in animal products such as fatty cheeses, fatty meat products (e.g. pâté), fatty meat and whole milk products. In Addition, they are also present in cookies, pastries and snacks. Saturated fatty acids increase the risk of heart and vascular diseases. You are therefore best off replacing them with unsaturated fatty acids contained by liquid baking and roasting products, oils, fish and nuts.
These fatty acids are even worse for your health than saturated fatty acids. They are formed during chemical digestion processes. Cookies, pastries and snacks are therefore best avoided.
Carbohydrates power our engine. They exist in various different forms: sugars, starches and fibres. Added sugars belong to the non-essential group of carbohydrates. So you are best off avoiding them.
Although our body needs salt for many functions (muscle contractions, correct moisture content of the body, …), our daily diet contains excessively high amounts. So be sure to try your food before adding extra salt.
Fibres have a positive effect on our digestion. Important sources of fibre include vegetables, fruits, potatoes, whole wheat bread and vegetables.
Calcium gives us strong bones and strong teeth. You can find them in dairy products, cheese, vegetables, nuts and pulses. Those who do not like milk or are allowed to eat little or no milk products (eg due to an allergy or lactose intolerance) can use calcium-enriched soy products. In addition, they can also pay extra attention to the use of calcium-rich vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses.