, the country’s favorite comfort food restaurant, has for more than a decade served thousands of avid diners the most heartwarming and tummy-filling dishes and desserts. For families who treasure momentous occasions with their loved ones and groups of friends and colleagues celebrating life’s most important events, Cravings has become the most sought-after dining place to fulfill their gastronomic needs. People have attested that its food is always sourced from the freshest and choicest ingredients, and prepared most carefully and attentively. Cravings’ loyal diners also love the delightful homey ambience, which entices them to savor their food, whatever the occasion may be.
As more and more diners become aware of living a healthy lifestyle, they are also more conscious of their eating habits and choices, including what they eat in a restaurant. Cravings is thrilled to join these health-conscious groups and individuals in their quest for a holistic and hassle-free eating through their newest menu, Lite Cravings.
Cravings has partnered with celebrity chef and US-certified nutrition expert and weight management specialist Nadine Tengco in preparing this latest menu offering. People may remember her as the in-house nutrition expert of the popular reality television show Pinoy Biggest Loser. She has also helped hundreds of people, including celebrities, lose their weight and changed the way they assess their dietary habits. She is also the resident nutritionist of the Philippine Olympic Committee and has conducted classes and trainings on different weight loss and nutrition, based on her more than 20 years of experience in the field.
“My clients are always in a search of restaurants which nutritious food, now they can go to Cravings and order, for example, the 350-calorie plate... these are also appetizing yet healthy at the same time,” Nadine said on the Lite Cravings menu. She has conceptualized it with the help of Cravings’ Corporate Chef, Jonathan Bautista. “I’m doing this partnership with Cravings in order to reach out to as many Filipinos, since it is impossible for me alone to promote a healthy eating advocacy. I need the support of everyone, especially the restaurants. And I am very happy that Cravings is very supportive on this advocacy."
Lite Cravings is a complete dining experience, from appetizers to desserts, without the diner feeling going overboard. For starters, one can enjoy either the Continental Salad or Asian Salad, both of which are refreshing. For main course, one can have the Fish in Olive Oil, Chicken Tandoori, Sizzling Chicken ala Pobre, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Crab-Stuffed Chicken Fillet or the Open-faced Light Burger, meat dishes that you can finish and still feel light. Top it with guilt-free desserts such as the High-Fiber Banana Spice Cake or the No-Bake Sugarfree Cheesecake. All of these dishes are 350-calories or below.
Wash them away with feel-good nutritious drinks formulated by Nadine depending on the health regimen you are undergoing. For example, the Weight Management drink is a potent, anti-inflammatory refresher that is high in fiber, low in sugar and detoxifying, while the Relaxation and Stress Relief drink contains sources of inositol, magnesium, Vitamin B1, B6, B12, B3, folic acid, selenium and zinc for restful sleep and the relief of anxiety or stress.
The Lite Cravings menu choices are also served in blue plates, because according to Nadine, “the color blue is known to suppress appetite.” She is also generous in giving health-related tips and advice for those who are undergoing a health regimen. “It is not advisable to force-starve oneself during the day and then binge at night. Breakfast is the most important meal, but the most important thing is to have a balanced meal spread throughout the day.”
“The reason why we are launching the Lite Cravings is to give our loyal diners the option to go into healthy eating and offer them a viable and delicious option. At the same time, Cravings’ new healthy menu opens a whole new option to a lot of people who are conscious on their calorie intake, as these dishes are conceptualized by a qualified and even US-certified nutritionist like Nadine,” said Badjie Guerrero–Trinidad, CEO of the Cravings Group.
Now, there are more options for healthy and nutritious and yet very delicious meals for those who think that they need to ‘sacrifice’ in terms of taste and satisfaction. With Lite Craving you will truly find ‘de-lite’ in your palate!
The Lite Cravings menu was recently launched in Cravings’ newest branch in Il Terrazzo, a boutique high-end mall located in Tomas Morato corner Scout Madrinan Street in Quezon City.
branches are in Katipunan, QC (426-6681 to 88), Shangri-La Plaza Mall (635-6672), Fraser Place, Makati (815-4271), Tomas Morato, QC (426-9736), Festival Super Mall, Alabang (850-4437) and Eastwood Mall, Libis (470-3500). You may also visit www.cravingsgroup.com for more information or Like its Facebook page: cravingsphilippines.