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Offering healthy choices at your restaurant

Mar 4, 2008
What can those eating right order at your restaurant? If you can't make a handful of options right away you need to make some changes to your menu. People are really interested in eating right and they want to have that choice regardless of the type of restaurant they are going to be dining in. They want to be as healthy as they possibly can and this is a very big part of doing so.

Too many people used to believe they could only eat healthy if they stayed at home. Yet if they didn't have time to pack a lunch, they were on vacation, traveling for work, or just wanted to go out they were doomed to eat things that were bad for them. This is a misconception these days though as more restaurants now offer some very good choices for those that do want to eat right.

The focus should be on the overall aspects of the menu too. This is because children need to learn from a very early age to eat right. Too many children in our society are overweight because they don't eat what is good for them. There are enough delicious types of foods out there that children enjoy that this won't be a problem for you.

Simply adding several different types of salads to your menu can make it very appealing. Your customers can choose a plain salad, one with various types of meats, and even those with seafood. It is very likely you will get plenty of customers asking for your specialty salads if you offer them. Make sure you have plenty of health conscious choices for their dressing as well.

Make it easier for your guests to find the healthy food items on your menu too. Just place small symbols by them on there and they will stand out. You can also put all of them under one section of the menu if you want to. Those with health problems and that want to eat right shouldn't have to worry about what they will be getting.

Take note of the portions you offer in your restaurant as well. They are likely larger than what a person would make at home for a meal. Try to offer some smaller sizes too so that adults cutting back can still get what they want. Not everyone wants to take the rest of the meal with them. Parents will appreciate it too for their children who need more than a child's plate but not quite a full adult meal.

People of all ages enjoy dining out for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is for a celebration and sometimes it is just to save time. They may want to meet up with other people or they may want to get out of the house. Regardless of why they want to go out to eat, you need to make sure you can offer them plenty of choices they will be happy with.

You should be able to offer plenty of options for those that do want to eat right at your restaurant. It isn't going to take too much effort on your part, but it will really make a huge difference for them. You will likely find you get a loyal customer base that continues dropping in just because you have shown them it matters to you as well.
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Patricia Farnham has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry. Check out her website to some valuable veteran insights, warnings and advice on buying a restaurant.
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