Why is the healthcare dining experience so important? By 2026, the U.S. Healthcare Food Services Market is projected to reach $22.8 billion1. It’s essential for healthcare foodservice operators to take a step back and look at how their programs can be revolutionized. Whether it’s for patients, employees, or families – healthcare food is consumed by many. Over the last decade, healthcare locations have worked to level-up their foodservice operations – whether it’s through hiring higher caliber cooking staff or increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables available, changes can be made to increase efficiency as well as the nutritional value of meals for patients and their families.
Increasing healthier options with a variety of fruits and vegetables and higher nutritional values is of the utmost importance when refreshing the healthcare dining experience. While highly processed snacks and menu items are cost effective, they are not always what’s best for guests. Alongside comfort snacks such as muffins, candy bars, or chips, it’s important that operators offer whole fruits, parfaits, vegetable trays, and other whole-food items. Individual packages of trail mix or dried fruit are great healthy snacks too. Idahoan® Single-Serve Mashed Potato Cups are a great option for guests on the go, as they provide a hearty vegetable serving in a convenient format. Easily stacked on cafeteria, gift-shop, and mini-market display racks, Idahoan Single-Serve Mashed Potato Cups can be enjoyed as is, or easily dressed up at cafeteria buffets with a variety of topping options.
Idahoan Single Serve Cups are available in four delicious flavors:
- Idahoan Buttery Homestyle® Mashed Potato Cups
- Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potato Cups
- Idahoan Loaded Baked® Mashed Potato Cups
- Idahoan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato Cups
Beyond snacking, how can healthcare chefs increase nutrition and quality while saving on time and labor at mealtimes? Idahoan SMARTMASH® Mashed Potatoes are a simple solution. SMARTMASH® Mashed Potatoes are made from Certified 100% Idaho® Potatoes, renowned for their quality and flavor, and Fresh-Dried™ for speed-scratch convenience. SMARTMASH® Mashed Potatoes are a healthier alternative to traditional mashed potatoes while maintaining scratch-like taste and texture. Refreshed in a matter of minutes, they’re the perfect side to any dish – saving operators time and labor while providing added convenience and operational benefits. Plus, they’re shelf-stable up to 12 months! Idahoan SMARTMASH® Mashed Potatoes provide classic flavors in a healthier format with reduced sodium, added Vitamin C, or dairy-free options to enhance the healthcare dining experience for guests, employees, patients, and families.
Idahoan SMARTMASH® Mashed Potatoes are available in 5 convenient formats:
- Idahoan SMARTMASH® Classic Mashed Potatoes with Vit C
- Idahoan SMARTMASH® Low Sodium Mashed Potatoes with Vit C
- Idahoan SMARTMASH® Reduced Sodium Loaded Baked® Mashed Potatoes with Vit C
- Idahoan SMARTMASH® Very Low Sodium Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
- Idahoan SMARTMASH® Reduced Sodium Mashed Potatoes