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Score Big with Healthy Choices on Your Foodservice Menus

Adding the right menu mix of healthy choices can boost your business. We can help.

 

We're seeing healthy choices move from a dusty corner of the menu to a vibrant part of the menu mix. Canadians look to restaurants to give them healthy options loaded with positives—tell them what they gain rather than what they lose. So, 'low sodium' morphs into 'citrus-infused,' for instance. But who is really looking for healthier menu options?

94% of Canadians say it's important to eat healthfully and 33% go even further, saying it's extremely important.1

HEALTHIER OPTIONS CAN HELP DRIVE TRAFFIC 1

While 71% of Canadians are saying the healthfulness of food offered is an important consideration, less
than half are satisfied with what is being
offered on menus today. That spells opportunity.

71%

And 52% say they are more likely to go to
a restaurant with healthier options
—even if they don't
order one. Kill the dreaded veto vote
with a range of healthier dishes on your menu.

52%

Healthy Choices: What Your Guests Really Look For

Low sodium and low fat are the two biggest concerns when eating away from home.2

What OperatorsThink Their Guests Want2
  • 42% Gluten Free
  • 25% Vegetarian
  • 22% Wheat Free
  • 18% Low Fat
  • 17% Low Sodium
What OperatorsThink Their Guests Want2
  • 36% Low Sodium
  • 33% Low Fat
  • 17% Low Carb
  • 10% Gluten/Wheat Free

Clearly, low sodium and low fat options should hold more weight when developing healthier choices for your foodservice menu. Although your guests may ask for these options, they won't sacrifice flavour. Not surprisingly, 95% of Canadians say the taste of food is the most important component when dining out.1 Use descriptive menu cues to illustrate the deliciousness of your healthful dishes.

220 calories, 10g total fat, 350mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Red potatoes sautéed with fresh zucchini and red pepper tossed in a sweet-smoky barbecue sauce. Crowned with a poached egg, Cheddar-Jack and fresh scallions.

230 calories, 11g total fat, 160mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Citrus and sesame-infused salmon, fire-grilled and served with a fresh grapefruit and orange salsa

200 calories, 6g total fat, 470mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Creamy Dijon-spiked chicken salad with crisp celery, fresh red pepper and red onion.

130 calories, 9g total fat, 170mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Fresh baby arugula, kale, Belgian endive, red bell peppers and yellow squash are tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette, sprinkled with toasted walnuts.

100 calories, 6g total fat, 170mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Dip red, yellow and orange bell peppers in a Sriracha-laced creamy edamame dip.

280 calories, 5g total fat, 410mg sodium

Flavour cues:

Cinnamon & thyme infused roasted pork tenderloin served over a white bean ragoût with fennel, carrot and red onion.

The Spice of Life

Rely on spices from the global pantry to dial up flavour. They offer intensely flavored alternatives to fat-enriched sauces and garnishes.

Three Intriguing Spice Blends

  • #1 Za'atar—Middle Eastern blend of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, dried oregano and sumac
  • #2 Ras El Hanout——North African spice blend of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ground chili peppers, cumin, coriander, paprika and fenugreek
  • #3 Quatres Épices——French spice blend that sees a mixture of white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon or cloves

Whole Grains 101

We've seen grains like quinoa and farro make inroads on
menus. Apart from a better-for-you message, grains also help characterize global profiles.

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  1. Kraft Foodservice Rewards Health & Wellness, 2014
  2. Ipsos-Reid Health & Wellness Study, 2013
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