Autumn 2017
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Café Unveils New Healthy Options

Over the past few months, the Mid Coast Hospital Café has increased its focus on eating well. The café, through Aramark, is partnering with the American Heart Association to reduce sodium and fat in the menu without sacrificing flavor or freshness.

As part of this exciting initiative, a new fall menu has premiered that incorporates past menu favorites, while adding new enticing choices with many health benefits. Highlights include:

  • New healthy ingredients in soups and the salad bar include butternut squash, beets, quinoa, farro, pumpkin, and kale. Aside from adding bright color to your plate, beets are full of essential nutrients such as B vitamins, iron, and potassium, as well as antioxidants. Farro and quinoa are both whole grains that are higher in protein and fiber than rice.
  • New low-sodium and vegetarian soups, such as Pumpkin Coconut Bisque, are bursting with fall flavor.
  • Special restaurant-themed meals are offered on a rotating basis. Recent examples include Fresh Ginger, which celebrated the unique flavors of the Pacific, and Zoca, featuring hand-crafted burritos, tacos, and rice bowls.
  • Made-to-order salads are now available, such as the Autumn Crunch Salad on a base of spinach leaves and topped with maple cider vinaigrette.
  • Seafood served in the Café is sourced fresh from a local distributor.
  • The Grab-‘n-Go section features salads, sandwiches, and healthy snack options quickly accessible for those in a hurry.
  • Display signs now illustrate the nutritional information for menu items.
  • To help those needing gluten-free options, the Café staff is available to discuss which menu items do not contain gluten ingredients. Additionally, there is gluten-free bread available and menu options can be customized to meet special diet requests.

Through these healthy menu changes and exciting new recipes, the Mid Coast Hospital Café is increasing health awareness and helping patients, visitors, and staff make healthy food and nutrition choices.

More information about this initiative is available at, along with cooking tips, recipes, and other helpful information to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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