Everybody knows eating out is the time when the diet and good intentions go flying out the window. And with good reason: we’re not doing the cooking so we can’t count the calories or control the salt or the sugar added. What’s more, our favourite restaurants and cafes often serve us ample portions. It’s simplest to go with the flow.
But with around 1 in 6 meals in the UK being eaten outside of the home, café and restaurant guests are becoming a lot savvier and are expecting clearly labelled, healthier options wherever they go. But luckily, there are a number of ways you can easily offer attractive, healthier options on your menu.
Heathier menu options
One way is with food swaps. List your usual options with the possibility of bean burgers ,skinless chicken, lean meats or baked fish cakes. Offer tomato based sauces with meals as an alternative to cheese or cream staples. And swap fried rice side dishes for steamed rice or rice flavoured with herbs. For desserts, offer fresh fruit salads and low fat yogurts or cottage cheese sides. Yogurt delivers a tangy, refreshing alternative to classic sweets like carrot cake and scones.
Labelling take-away foods
As a small food premises preparing your own take away meals and sandwiches, accurate food labelling may be close to impossible. However, listing the exact ingredients will give consumers the chance to decide which option is healthier. For example, the fat and calories of a tuna mayonnaise sandwich are dependent on the ingredients in your brand of mayonnaise. Showing the ingredients of the mayonnaise will allow health conscious buyers to choose tuna and salad instead.
And don’t forget: thirsty customers are becoming more aware of the hidden calories in their favourite drinks too. So try offering a fruit spritz. Just add sparkling mineral water to orange, apple or pineapple to make a cooling and delicious treat. That or try a viatamin drink or liquid iron supplements from places like www.blueiron.co.uk