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In today’s restaurant landscape, healthy menu options are becoming increasingly popular with diners. If you are interested in providing a more health-conscious menu for your patrons, it can be a good idea to consider some of the following additions you can make. Add a personal touch to these dishes and see what a difference they can make for your business.
Kale and Spinach Salad
Kale and spinach are nutrient-rich greens that offer a host of health benefits, including promoting brain health, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion. Try pairing them with complementary ingredients like grilled chicken or salmon, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, or a light vinaigrette dressing. This can be a particularly versatile option because you can provide a number of side dishes for your customers to enjoy.
Quinoa is a protein-packed grain that provides all the essential amino acids our bodies need to function properly. It’s also a good source of fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins B1 and B2. When paired with other nutrient-dense ingredients like roasted vegetables or grilled chicken or salmon, quinoa makes for a filling and satisfying meal. Quinoa can also be combined with soups, if you have themed dishes planned.
A bowl of hearty vegetable soup is the perfect comfort food on a cold day, one that is also packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, and fiber. For added protein, and flavor, try adding chickpeas or shredded chicken to your soup recipe. Serve with some crisp bread for dipping on the side. Because of how versatile this type of soup is, you can provide various flavor options for your patrons.
Lean ground turkey is a great alternative to beef in burgers, as it is lower in saturated fat and calories, but just as flavorful. Add toppings like avocado, tomato, onion, or bacon to make your turkey burger extra delicious. Serve on a whole wheat bun or lettuce wrap for an even healthier option. You can also play around with breading options by providing wraps and multigrain flatbread to carry the meat.
One of the best ways to figure out what options to include in your restaurant can be working with customer feedback. Ask around through email surveys and similar promotional points of contact to get an idea for what your customers would like to see more of. It can help you prepare a menu that will accurately cater to your clientele.
About the Author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.