Losing weight, maintaining a healthier lifestyle, and spending less money are some of the top New Year’s resolutions. While this may create an obstacle for foodservice professionals, there are ways to make restaurant menus more appealing to resolutioners, so they continue to dine out at your establishment. We'll go over 5 simple changes you can make either to your menu or to your food preparation techniques, so you can offer a healthy restaurant menu year-round.
Many restaurants offer healthier alternatives all the time without making their menu any longer than it already is.
To create a healthy restaurant menu without making it lengthier, simply add a legend, and make sure it’s visible to your customers. Then, place symbols from the legend next to the appetizer, salad, entree, and side options that can be prepared in a healthier way, if requested by the customer.
If you’re thinking about adding a legend to your menu, then check out our sample menu key below. Each numbered image corresponds with the number in the list below the key.
Even when people vow to lead healthier lifestyles in the new year, they may still want to enjoy a night out with family and friends. To help customers order their favorite foods without splurging on calories and cash, offer meals in smaller, lunch-size portions and at cheaper prices.
For example, you can turn a 700 calorie entree that consists of grilled salmon, a loaded baked potato, and steamed vegetables into a lower calorie, lunch-sized meal by simply cutting the serving sizes in half. Additionally, offering smaller portions not only benefits your customers, but it also helps your restaurant reduce its amount of food waste.
When people try to lose weight, they usually start counting calories. Since many diet applications require users to log their caloric intake, showing these numbers right on the menu will help customers record their data more quickly.
Plus, the FDA has required that most chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments make this nutritional information publicly available to their customers. Check out some of the restaurants that list calorie counts on their menus and websites below:
We understand that using healthier ingredient substitutions can sometimes be expensive, and these ingredients may alter the way you want your fried appetizers, savory entrees, or sweet desserts to taste. Instead, only make basic changes that won't add too much to your spending costs or alter the look and flavor of your food. Implement some of the tips below, so you can create a healthy restaurant menu:
Although it’s pretty much impossible to discourage carnivores from ordering a juicy cheeseburger, a savory rib-eye, or fried chicken legs, it is possible to offer healthier alternatives to these fattening options.
By cooking with leaner cuts of meat, customers can cut out half the amount of fat and calories, allowing them to stick to their New Year's resolutions. When planning out your meat entrees and daily specials, be sure to consider some of the following tips:
If you’re worried about customers watching their calories and counting their dollars this New Year, then try slimming down your menu. By implementing some of the ideas we’ve gone over above, you’ll be able to adapt your menu to keep the resolutioners coming into your restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.