Sushi, pulled pork and super salads: revamped hospital café menu

WSLHD health coach Rhea Balmaceda presents a new dish on the revamped menu.

A healthy new range featuring the trendy flavours of smoky pulled pork, quinoa and coleslaw rolls are now available at the Fresh+ Café at Blacktown Hospital.

This revamped range also includes options such as sushi, pieces of whole fruit, ‘grab-and-go’ fruit packs, a beetroot super salad and the classic ham, cheese and tomato sandwich.

The changes are part of the roll out of the Healthy Food and Drink in Health Facilities for Staff and Visitors Framework.

Left to right: Health coach, Rhea Balmaceda, registered nurse Jillian Reade, Fresh+ Cafe member Joseph Raj , registered nurses Vishnugar Arunasalam and Kelly Hardy, volunteer manager Janice Low and Fresh+ Cafe store manager Natalie Ho.

Fresh+ Café store manager Natalie Ho said her team was working hard to introduce healthier options over the last couple of months.

“We want to provide the freshest and tastiest range of healthier items,” Natalie said.

The café has also released a trial on the app ‘Skip’ for android or iOS phone to pre-order your food and coffee – customers can also make their own sandwich.

Some of the delicious dishes now available.

Blacktown Hospital registered nurse and NSW Health Healthy Food and Drink ambassador Jillian Reade gave the new menu options a thumbs up.

“The roasted veggie quinoa salad is so good and wholesome, I don’t want to stop eating to taste anything else,” Jillian said.

“The chicken in the Asian vermicelli salad melts in your mouth and the flavour is delightful.”

Blacktown Hospital registered nurse Kelly Hardy, who is also a healthy food ambassador at Western Sydney Local Health District, said she enjoyed the grab-and-go snacks.

Left to right: Fresh+ Cafe store manager Natalie Ho, registered nurse Vishnugar Arunasalam and health coach Rhea Balmaceda.

“I also love the fruit pack when you want a fresh snack but are short of time,” Kelly saod.

Fresh+ Café have also revamped their catering menu, which now shows the healthier food items labelled as ‘Everyday’ options.

A chance to win a FitBit will also be available in January and February with any purchase of a Meal Deal at Fresh+ Café.

If you have any comments or would like to sign up as an Ambassador, please contact WSLHD Population Health at WSLHD-CentreForPopulationHealth@health.nsw.gov.au or phone 9840 3603.