No 8 – Healthy Fast Food Restaurants

Brits are renowned for their love of fast foods, but does the word ‘healthy’ and ‘fast food’ go in the same sentence? With a 46% rise in fast food outlets over the last 18 years and the rise in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes it was clear something was to be implemented. Luckily the government intervened and local councils are now restricting the number of takeaways and fast food outlets opening in heavily occupied areas.

However, it now seems the trends are changing and healthy fast food outlets are starting to pop up. Albeit they are in trendier areas and possibly not quite as mainstream as the likes of McDonalds and Pizza Hut, however, with changes in peoples attitudes to food lets hope they are here to stay.

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Healthy fast food outlets making a name for themselves:

LEON – ‘We opened Leon because we wanted to prove that it was possible to serve food that both tastes good and does you good. We want to make it easy for people to eat well on the high street. We want to do this in every major city in the world.’ John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, Founders.

‘Our menu is inspired by the flavours, variety and natural healthiness of Mediterranean cooking. Both our families have Mediterranean roots, so this is the food we grew up with. There are some dishes that evoke our childhoods in Britain, too – and even those termly trips to fast food restaurants.’

ITSU – Another London based good food take away, boasting ‘protein packed low carb salads, fields of crunchy vegetables, delicious hot chicken noodle soups, brown rice potsus, freshly made sushi and sashimi as well as frozen yoghurt and beautysmoothies too’.

CHILANDRO – Authentic Mexican street style food and they insist on using the best quality, fresh ingredients they can. A selection of burritos, nudos and nachos make this exciting new restaurant a refreshing change from the high street chains but also maintain a healthy food approach. They also charted in the Top 10 Healthiest High Street Chains by Men’s Health.

If any manufacturers or restaurant chains would like supply of bulk dairy, non-dairy, egg or organic ingredients then please get in touch

No.7 Spiced and Savoury Yogurt

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Yogurt and other fermented products was actually discovered by accident. The primitive methods used to store the milk meant they develop a product which is consumed by millions all over the world today.

There has been surge in yogurt consumption over the past decade, possibly from the awareness of the probiotic properties found in certain types providing aid towards gut microflora. All yogurts contain bacterial cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These friendly bacteria have been shown to maintain a healthy gut and also help digest lactose in lactose-intolerant people. In addition to these cultures, some yogurt manufacturers have developed products which contains more strains of bacteria for increased gut-health such as Bifidobacterium lactis.

However, yogurt as we normally perceive it is mixed with sugar, fruit and honey. This is thought to be a fairly new concept originating in the US over the last 20-30 years. This may have been developed due to the increase interest in yogurts for children with reports that the calcium and protein content were ideal for healthy growth.

Consumers are now looking to move away from this format which is why it has been predicted spiced and savoury yogurts will be trending this year.

Sugary vesrions are being replaced by warming spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and heat from peppers. Additional to this it is being used as an ingredient to many savoury dishes. Here are a few of our favourite recipes that will show you how versatile yogurt can be:

Dairy-Free? No problem just replace the yogurt in the recipe with our Dairy-Free Alternative, Yo-Good.

We supply a selection of yogurts in bulk format including Greek Style, Low Fat, Whole Milk, Virtually Fat Free, Organic and Dairy Free.

Please contact us for more information

Trend No.6 Good Fats

What are Good Fats?

Fats are one of the major macronutrient required for our body to function, either Good Fats or bad. It is an energy dense nutrient with 1g equating to 9 calories. All fat molecules follow the same structure and are made up of a glycerol backbone with fatty acid chains. However, the fatty acid chains can be saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated and this will determine how it is metabolised by the body.

The recommended Reference Intakes (formerly known as Guideline Daily Amounts) for adults in the UK are 95g for men and 70g for women and saturated should make up no more than 30g and 20g respectively of that amount.

The body has 2 types of cholesterol; HDL (good cholesterol) which is used for many bodily functions such as regulating and producing hormones, however, its well know function is to reduce the level of LDL (bad cholesterol). If the levels of LDL cholesterol get too high it can lead to blockages within the arteries causing high blood pressure and atherosclerosis leading to stroke, heart attacks and coronary artery disease.

So how do we know what is ‘good’ fats and what is ‘bad fats’?

All types of fat can be found in our food but choosing dishes that are higher in unsaturated than saturated is preferred. High levels of saturated fat can be found in fatty meat and full fat dairy products. It is advised to reduce the intake of these types of foods and opt for healthier alternatives.

As suppliers of dairy products we want to ensure that we provide a wide range of products so food manufacturers can follow consumer’s needs. Here is a dairy swap list for reducing the saturated fats from each meal:



Instead of: Try:
Full fat milk on breakfast cereals or porridge Semi-skimmed or skimmed milk
Greek Style Yogurt with fruit Replacing the yogurt with virtually fat free
Cheddar Cheese In sandwiches for lunch Low fat cheddar style cheese instead
Strawberries and cream Strawberries and Yo-Good
Sour cream for nachos or fajitas  0% Crème fraiche
Full fat Cheesecake Replacing the soft cheese with a low fat alternative


Please contact us if you would like more information regarding lower fat dairy products.Yo-Good

Protein punch coming in at No.5

Protein seems to have been on the trend list for the last few years, however, due to its ability to rebuild the body and keeping our hunger at bay it is worthy of listing in the top 10.

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A little bit of biology to explain what protein is and why we need it:

It is an essential nutrient which is responsible for multiple functions in your body. This consists of building tissue, cells and muscle fibers. All of us need protein in our diet, however, those who partake in endurance sport or weight lifting will require more which will help rebuild the muscle and tissue that is damaged due to prolonged stressed. It is also suggested that the young and the elderly consume a diet rich in protein as they are also age groups where these useful building blocks are beneficial.

They are made up of 20 amino acids which are split into ‘essential’ which are found in our food and ‘non-essential’ which can be produced inside your body. Eggs, dairy and meat are usually classed as high quality proteins as they offer more muscle-building amino acids than other protein foods. So, are considered more valuable sources of protein, particularly if you do lots of exercise.

They are absorbed at different rates in the body just like carbohydrates. For example, whey protein is digested quickly so is useful just before and after exercise. However, casein, releases its amino acids slowly, so is better taken between meals and at bedtime.

Milk – contains both whey and casein so fast and slow release proteins and includes bone building calcium making this the ideal shake for everyone.

Yogurt – Similar to milk contains a combination of both fast and slow release, but usually has had lactose removed so is good for those with a lactose intolerance. Yogurt can provide up to 8g protein per pot making this a healthy snack or addition to a meal.

Eggs- A medium egg has around 6g of protein of the highest biological value, meaning it comes complete with all 20 amino acids in the most digestible form.

Manufacturers get your protein fix now, we can supply a wide range of milk, yogurt and liquid egg in bulk. For more information please contact us

Pasta – OUT Spiralizing – IN Trend No4

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Pasta – OUT  Spiralizing – IN

Spiralizers topped the charts as the most popular Christmas presents of 2015 and no wonder. By spirilizing vegetables instead of cooking pasta you can cut your calories on average by 300 kcal per meal.   Not only that, you also get a vast selection of vitamins and nutrients present in the vegetables too.

They are beneficial in many ways but being fast to cook and easy to prepare makes them ideal for the modern lifestyle. To save time it is possible to spiralize in bulk and then store the vegetables in cold water in the fridge for another meal, if they are vegetables or fruits common to turning brown then add a little lemon juice to the water. Vegetables and fruit can be cut into ribbons, noodles, slices, curly fries.. the list is endless and so are the recipes.

The best vegetables to spiralise are the root vegetables such as carrots, potato, sweet potato and parsnip. However, there are many other fruit and vegetables that also can add wonders to your meal, such as:

  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Apple
  • Pear

Check out one of our favourite recipes here:

Mini Spiralized Butternut Squash and Feta Frittata

This lovely dish combines delicious butter nut squash noodles with the pizazz of red pepper and paprika and the creamy taste of feta cheese.

Here at Middledale Foods we supply liquid egg and feta cheese in bulk. If interested please contact us

Breakfast is the new dinner – Trend No.3


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It is national Breakfast Week and we are glad that such an important meal is being celebrated. Nutritionists have been educating us all for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and very rightly so. However, what we needed was something exciting to entice us back to the breakfast table. Middledale Foods can supply creamy yogurt (dairy and dairy-free), a wide range of egg products, milk and butter that can all be used for food manufacturers looking to widen their breakfast range to meet consumers needs. Here is a recipe we suggest which is right on trend:

Acai Bowls

Like the acai smoothie, thick and creamy (and good for you), but also these delightful bowls have delicious toppings, such as oats, granola and seeds. The acai berry (the fruit from the acai palm tree from the Amazon) has been popular for quite sometime. This is probably due to it being high in antioxidants and being filled with amino acids and essential fatty acids. It also tastes great.


Take an acai smoothie pack (available online) and blend with some frozen fruit and milk of your choice (this could be organic, standard or plant based alternative milk such as coconut or almond milk). Then pour the creamy mixture into a bowl and sprinkle on your favourite toppings. Simple!

If you would like us to provide an innovation presentation for your company regarding our products please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Clean Eating – No2 of our top 10 Food Trends for 2016

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Clean Eating – This doesn’t mean another diet! The definition of clean eating means enjoying whole foods like vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on added sugars, unhealthy fats, refined grains and salt. Our range of dairy and dairy free ingredients at Middledale Foods includes products that are geared towards clean eating, and if you can’t currently find what you are looking for please contact us as we pride ourselves on being able to supply you with all of your ingredients needs.

Middledale Foods quick and easy tips on how to eat clean:

  • Drink 2L of water and cut out alcohol
  • Opt for complex carbohydrates such as wholegrains – brown rice, whole wheat bread, oats, buckwheat and quinoa.
  • Buy Organic – Wherever possible buy organic. This will reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides your body is exposed to. See our Organic Dairy Range
  • Limit processed foods such as white pasta, sugary cereal bars and ready meals. These are filled with a variety of sugar, salt and fat – ready the label if you are unsure
  • Eat and cook with healthy fats such as avocado, coconut and nuts. These contain medium chained fatty acids which your body metabolise easier and faster than long-chained fats. Try our Dairy-Free Yo-Good for a tasty snack or for a healthy alternative to cream.
  • Eat more fruit and veg – eat as much as you can and opt for organic where possible. It also has been suggested eating raw fruit and vegetables gives maximum nutritional value.

10 food trends for 2016: No1. Dairy-Free


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Number 1 – Dairy-Free

The Dairy-Free sector has grown considerably over the last decade however, allergen free products are estimated to hit £550M by 2019. Middledale Foods is ahead of trend and has already launch the first product in their dairy free range.

A Greek style alternative with a coconut cream base, ideal for not only those with a dairy intolerance and is also nut/allergen free. With only 10% fat and containing a selection of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B12 and D, it can also be used as a healthier alternative to dairy with its versatile functionality.

This plant based alternative to yogurt has a subtle coconut taste making it ideal for sweet or savoury dishes and is also heat stable so makes the perfect addition to soups and sauces.

Please read our blog next month for more of its benefits and recipe ideas. For any information in the meantime, please contact us

New Product Development

At Middledale Foods, we pride ourselves in pushing the boundaries of what is possible. We are delighted to be working on a project currently, which combines the UK’s changing dietary needs for dairy free products, with our innovative approach to development. The resulting product is a smooth, creamy, dairy free coconut yogurt alternative with only 10% fat – ideal as a replacement for standard greek yogurt or as a healthy alternative to cream, the product is heat stable and very versatile in terms of its applications. Our chefs are currently looking at formulas for dessert, bakery and convenience products. To find out more about this or any of our other exciting products, please contact