Industry News | September 13, 2013
Tropical Smoothie Releases Two New Noodle Bowl Options
Tropical Smoothie Café announced the introduction of the Spicy Mongolian Steak and Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Bowls to its menu for a limited time only.
The new noodle bowls will be available through October 27.
Tropical Smoothie Café’s Spicy Mongolian Steak Noodle Bowl is prepared with noodles, steak, green and red peppers, baby spinach, scallions, and sesame seeds, topped with a Mongolian barbeque sauce.
The sweet and savory Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Bowl is made with noodles, chicken, edamame, shredded carrots, baby spinach, scallions, and peanuts layered in a Thai peanut sauce.
Each noodle bowl is a reinforcement of Tropical Smoothie Café’s “Eat Better, Feel Better” mantra, where it’s believed that good food that’s good for you doesn’t have to sacrifice on taste.
“We are introducing our noodle bowls at a time when consumers are ready to try something a little different in our cafes, but while also maintaining our firm belief that when you eat better, you feel better,” says Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. “We think our customers will love the wide variety of fresh vegetables and quality ingredients in each bowl.”
It’s also back-to-school season, and Tropical Smoothie Café caters to people on the go looking for a feel-better way to start the day. Tropical Smoothie Café offers customers a healthy alternative to traditional breakfast with a wide variety of real-fruit smoothies.
A few breakfast items guests can try are the Triple Berry Oat, Health Nut, and Get Up and Goji. Customers can also change it up and drink their veggies for breakfast with the Island Green or Caribbean C-burst. Both are made with superfood vegetables or fruit.
Food & Beverage
Move Over 4-Leggers, 2-Leggers Coming In!
Just ran across some surprising breakfast info and thought it was worth sharing, then watching where it goes. Although McDonald’s has offered its Southern Style Chicken Biscuit on the breakfast menu for several years now, and of course, Chick-fil-A menus chicken at breakfast, it came as a surprise to this writer that both chicken and turkey have gained significant ground on the breakfast menu. It seemed worthy of further investigation.
It turns out that both turkey and chicken have been getting more popular as a component of the morning meal. In a report published earlier this year, Technomic found that 24% of consumers surveyed said they’ve been eating turkey at breakfast more often than they had two years before, while 11% had been eating more chicken.
I dug further. Technomic also found that 70% of those saying their poultry consumption had risen mentioned a desire to eat more healthfully was the motivator behind their choices.
Okay, so chicken or turkey in the morning. But where were these people getting their wake-up proteins? Were they all firing up their broilers in the morning? Seemed unlikely.
So were they were going to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A? Could be, but I discovered there are many operators offering chicken or turkey items in the a.m., I just hadn’t had my radar tuned in right.
Some of the options hew closely to the classics, with bacon or sausage made from chicken or turkey:
- Energy Breakfast Sandwich (Energy Kitchen) uses five egg whites with low-fat American cheese and turkey bacon on a honey whole-wheat English muffin.
- Power Panini Thin with Chicken Apple Sausage (Corner Bakery) is made with scrambled eggs or egg whites, chicken apple sausage, and Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses on thinly sliced whole-grain harvest toast.
- Santa Fe Egg Wrap (Einstein Bros Bagels) includes eggs, turkey sausage with ancho lime salsa, jalapeño schmear and pepper jack cheese.
Others use the more familiar forms of the poultry:
- Power Wrap (First Watch) is made with fluffy egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and Swiss in a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla.
- 2 Egg & Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Turkey (Au Bon Pain) has a self-explanatory name and is served on a choice of breads.
- Breakfast Burrito with Chicken (Qdoba) is a flour or whole-wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken, eggs, potatoes, choice of sauces and salsas, and optional shredded cheese or sour cream.
Did you note something in common in all those descriptions? Each one of them includes eggs!
Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a blog for the American Egg Board, so of course those items all include eggs. But foodservice operators are pretty savvy about the American consumer and they don’t include eggs just for fun. Eggs are a tasty, nutrient dense protein and just happen to be delicious.
Oh, by the way, are there eggs on the breakfast sandwiches you normally order? Uh huh. I thought so.
For more, visit www.AEB.org