This fiber-rich treat will get clients onboard the health train in no time!
Just as the cruise ship spa business is booming—as DAYSPA detailed in our August issue—so is the trend for healthy eating while onboard. Gourmet banquets still have their place, but these days cruise ship cuisine is steering more toward overall wellness.
At the forefront of the movement is Celebrity Cruises, which recently partnered with SPE Certified, a program whose team of food experts, including chefs, nutritionists and dieticians, gives its stamp of approval to dishes based on such factors as seasonality, sourcing and sustainability. “SPE” is taken from the Latin phrase, sanitas per escam, or “health through food.” An SPE Certified dish is guaranteed to be low in salt, saturated fats and processed ingredients, and dense in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
“Consumers’ desire for healthy dining options has evolved from a small niche several years ago into the general mindset today, with developments like nutrition labeling and the banning of trans fats,” says John Suley, Celebrity Cruises’ executive chef and associate vice president of culinary operations. “At Celebrity, we’ve kept pace with those trends in our menu offerings, and have taken a particularly innovative approach to healthy dining by partnering with SPE Certified.”
The Debloat Smoothie, served at Celebrity’s AquaSpa Cafés, is a prime example of a healthy yet delicious SPE Certified dish. It’s packed with pumpkin (known for its fiber-rich properties) and banana (high in potassium, which helps rid the body of excess sodium, thereby reducing water retention). It also contains a touch of sweetness via honey and a hint of spiciness thanks to cinnamon and nutmeg. The smoothie is vegan and suitable for people with allergies to gluten or lactose.
So if clients are complaining about their post-Halloween waistlines, this should help them get back on an even keel!
¼ cup canned unsweetened pumpkin purée
½ cup chopped frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
1 Tbsp. protein powder
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tsp. honey
Blend all ingredients well and serve.