Our Nutrition Philosophy
At Mad Radish, we believe that eating well shouldn’t feel like taking your medicine. So we work hard to ensure our meals are totally satisfying in every way. Our salads and warm bowls are packed with protein-rich nuts, legumes, whole grains and hearty veggies. So unlike most healthy meals, you won’t be starving for a cupcake an hour later.
Most importantly, we want to make sure that we have truly exciting options available for everyone. For us, that means creating vegan and gluten-free options that don’t compromise on flavour – but including sustainably caught salmon and top-of-the-line chicken on our menu, too.
A Balancing Act
What does a balanced diet mean to us? Eating many different types of food, in the right proportions. Our entrees are designed to provide the protein, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats and fibre you need for a balanced meal. We work with a licensed dietitian to ensure our meals give you everything you need. So when you hit the bottom of the bowl, you should want for nothing.
Hurray for Calories!
When did calories get such a bad rap? In fact, they’re the fuel you need to survive. The important thing to remember is that not all calories are created equal. Simple sugars from processed foods get digested faster, meaning you’re hungry again sooner. But when you get your calories from the right mix of complex carbs, protein and fiber, you’ll have a more nourishing meal that keeps you feeling fuller, longer. On our menu, we go out of our way to provide calorie sources that are as nutritious and satisfying as possible.
You probably realize that fat adds flavour and makes meals more satisfying. But did you know that eating a little fat with your vegetables helps you absorb vitamins and minerals, like beta-carotene in carrots? Not to mention unsaturated fats – from olive oil, nuts, avocados and fish – which can have positive effects on cholesterol and heart health. Fat. It’s where it’s at.
Protein is essential in building muscle and maintaining the body. And you need to eat all 9 “essential” amino acids to get a full protein. While some plant-based proteins are missing amino acids, we use complete proteins like tofu, quinoa and nutritional yeast whenever possible. And we work to combine smart ingredients like whole grains and legumes, so your body doesn’t miss a thing even if you’re following a vegan diet.