How to Make Your Menu Healthier with Restaurant Equipment

Friday, June 21st, 2013

We all know that top restaurant equipment can supply your menus with healthy food choices. Whether you’re using blenders for smoothies or commercial steamers to cook your food to perfection, restaurant equipment helps you serve it up to your customers. But it can be tough to compete in a world of fast food and deep fried Snickers bars. The fact is that even if your restaurant offers those things, it’s a good idea to offer some healthy options on your menu an on your restaurant equipment, as well. Just like joining the gluten-free and locavore movements offers customers more choices, so does updating your menu with healthy choices. What’s more, it’s possible to be a health-centric restaurant without losing business. If you do it right, you may actually gain business!

Here are ShortOrder’s top tips for making your menu healthier and keeping your restaurant equipment busy with healthy orders.

Offer Options in All Categories

You don’t have to revamp your entire menu or throw out your Gen2 fryers, but it is a good idea to provide a selection of healthy options across the board. Put simply: two salads do not a healthy menu make. Entrees, side dishes, add-ons, and even desserts all deserve a chance at a change for the healthier. Diners will sometimes choose the higher-calorie entrée that the want, then balance it out with a healthy side or add-on, so be sure to focus on those areas.

Suggest Substitutions

If you don’t want to add totally new items to your menu, considering offering healthier alternatives to some components of your current menu items. Offer whole-grain or whole-grain breads and pastas, vegetarian options for main items like hamburgers and hot dogs, and turkey burgers as a lean protein substitute for regular burgers.

Cater to Kids

Kids’ food is taking a turn for the healthier, too. This is a trend that even major fast food chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, where you can choose things like milk, juice, and apples as kids’ meal options, have embraced. Parents can also play a factor in choosing their children’s meals, so offering a healthy option for the kiddos might mean the parents will end up more satisfied as well.

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Restaurants offer healthy choices at food festival

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

As more and more people are watching what they eat, things are changing in the restaurant industry to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers. Trans fats have been banned at New York City restaurants, and now a popular food festival is requiring its vendors to meet standards on fat, cholesterol, and salt.

It’s the Taste of Buffalo festival in Buffalo, New York. Attracting tens of thousands of food-lovers, Taste of Buffalo is a two-day event that’s been going on for 23 years. The idea behind the change in the festival, according to its organizers, is to show people that healthy dishes are just as good. And some of the participants in the festival even noted that nobody could tell the difference when they changed their recipes to make them healthier. To read more about the changes in the Taste of Buffalo food fest, just go here.

At Short Order, we realize that healthy eating habits are very important. Cooking healthy meals may be made easier with the right equipment, and you’ll find everything you need at ShortOrder.com. From commercial ovens to commercial refrigerators, we have what you need to make that perfect meal.

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