Is a Food Truck a Great Investment?

According to statistics published in the Huffington Post, food trucks have become a one billion dollar industry with that figure continuing to grow every year. Since 2007, the industry has grown by approximately 18 percent leaving many people wondering if a food truck is the right investment for them.

The short answer is that it may be a great investment for those who know how to control expenses and who have experience running a business. Of course, the most successful owners are those who already have a love of great food and know how to serve it in an attractive manner.

The risk of opening a food truck is much less than opening a traditional restaurant. Over 85 percent of all new restaurants fail within the first three years of operation making opening one an extremely risky venture. One of the biggest problems when opening a traditional restaurant is that expenses can soar quickly to almost $500,000. Alternatively, the cost of opening a food truck is usually a much more manageable $125,000 with many people managing on less than $25,000.

Before opening a food truck consider where the truck will be based and the number of people that might be willing to buy food from a truck. Also, consider the menu trying to keep the delicious food priced between $8 and $10. Some gourmet items may be priced slightly higher but there must be a market for them.

Those who are passionate about food often buy food trucks as a first commercial investment and many are highly successful. Experts suggest that it takes more than a love of food for a person to be successful. In addition to studying the available number of customers, consider what foods they might want that are not currently being offered by the competition. Also, consider how easy those foods will be to carry away from the truck. Finally, consider where you will get your ingredients making sure that great quality ingredients are available in your local market at a reasonable cost.

 

 

Tips on how to Eat in a Health Way

Some people tend to think that living a life that involves eating healthy foods is a difficult decision. However, it is very easy, and it is not about feeding on a diet of organic vegetables and dry beans. Having excellent eating habits involves a few hacks that can significantly transform one’s life.

 

  1. Never skip breakfast

Breakfast is an essential meal of the day. Skipping it makes one to eat high-calorie food during lunch hour, which may result in unnecessary weight gains. Having a light meal in the morning helps in preventing dangerous medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

 

  1. Always have some healthy fat foods in a meal

Many people believe that consuming fatty foods leads to weight increment of the human body. Having healthy fats is beneficial since it assists in the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Eating fats also enables one to feel satisfied for a long time and also eliminate cholesterol from the body. Foods that offer healthy fats include sardines, tuna, avocado, eggs, almonds, and mackerel.

 

  1. Eating fruits often before going out to shop

People who visit supermarkets with on an empty stomach are most likely to buy junk foods to calm their hunger. However, eating healthy foods before shopping time tends to influence the thinking of an individual. A person who has had vegetables and fruits has high chances of buying more of them from the store.

 

  1. Using the 15 minutes rule.

Many people like ordering for the second course whenever they feel like they are not satisfied. In most cases, one might not be hungry, and the food is still being digested. It is, therefore, necessary to wait for at least 15 minutes before making a decision whether the stomach needs extra food. This hack enables one to avoid overfeeding.

 

  1. Owing smaller plates

Some of us were raised by parents who forced us to eat all the food on our plates before leaving the dining table. These habits are usually retained, and people tend to want to finish all the food that they have served. Having large dishes may lead to overfeeding. It is, therefore, necessary to buy smaller plates so as to reduce the calories that one consumes in a day.

 

Reducing Meat in Our Diets: A Multifaceted Issue

Although for many people it may be hard to imagine themselves giving up burgers or steaks, there are many arguments for consuming less meat. Meat and meat products, as well as the processes used to harvest them, create pollution and expend a lot of energy and resources. Out of overall global greenhouse gas emissions, 1/3 is estimated to come from agriculture, with half of that being produced solely from livestock. Producing the requisite amount of calories needed for an individual to survive off animal sources requires significantly more energy and produces more waste than producing the same amount of calories from plant-sources. Understanding environmental impact of animal agriculture is an important step to recognizing the true expanse of the benefits of a plant-based diet.

 

Beyond being environmentally detrimental, eating high levels of red meat in one’s diet has shown increased incidence of cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, kidney disease, infections, and stroke. While this news is troubling for meat-eaters, the silver lining seems to be that white meat consumption brings a reduced risk of disease, so not all meat is off-limits. Studies of heart disease have shown significantly lower incidence rates in vegetarians, which is theorized to be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of plant products, as well that non-meat eaters generally have lower levels of cholesterol in their diets. Typically those that eat meatless diets weigh less on average than those who regularly eat meat.

 

You may have heard of gut bacteria, which are enzymes and creatures that live in your stomach and intestines that help to digest the food that you eat. They are an ecosystem of their own, affected and altered by what we consume. Vegetables and fruits contain proteins and indigestible carbohydrates that alter the different levels of bacteria in the gut. When you switch over to a vegetarian diet, these changes can lead to boosts in the levels of healthy gut bacteria, which can lead to an overabundance of gas in the intestinal tract. This can leave new vegetarians feeling gassy or bloated for a while, but can help you lose waist inches over time. Overall, there are many things to consider in one’s lifestyle that can help you and Planet Earth to live a longer and healthier life.

 

 

Fresh Spring Food Ideas

With spring in full swing, many gardeners are seeing the first shoots pop up in their tilled beds. Shoppers are seeing the first farmers’ markets open up. Soon, things like asparagus, new lettuce, and fresh strawberries will start making their appearances in the specials at smart restaurants. If you want to make your guests or your family both happy and healthy, there are some great choices out there for you to make this time of year.

 

One of the best parts of spring and summer is the quality and wide variety of fresh vegetables easily available to home gardeners and frequenters of farmers’ markets alike. It makes healthy food choices easy when everything is at its height of ripeness. Few things are as good at a newly snapped asparagus sprig or a ripe, red tomato pulled directly from the vine.

 

For those interested in starting gardens, now it the time to plan your space. Many gardeners have early things out already, like lettuce, spinach, and radishes. Tomatoes and peppers still have a few weeks if you buy them already sprouted, but if you planned on starting your own from seeds, you may be running out of time. The hard work of a home garden often pays off if you are the type of person who really appreciates perfect vegetables.

 

One of those folks is celebrity chef, Ina Garten. She is well known for her high-caliber home cooking, especially in home entertaining. She also has a bit of a green thumb in the garden. She has a new recipe out for a Spring Green Risotto that looks fantastic, while really incorporating as much of the freshness of spring as possible into the dish. The asparagus in the recipe is really perfect this time of year, especially if you are among those lucky enough to have your own perennial patch out back.

 

With so much available to chefs this time of year and for the next few months, it is simple to find ways to incorporate these things into your diet. The variety is wide and will expand and change as we roll into summer. If you pick things at their height of season, you will always have a great product. Great products are the keys to great dishes and good eating.