Did you know?
- In our busy world, many people eat out at least one meal per day
- Restaurant meals can be high in calories and sodium
- Having nutritious menu items is key to helping customers make healthier choices when they eat out
- You are important in supporting your customers with healthy eating
What would make my menu healthier?
Key Considerations for Entrée Items:
- Aim for 750 calories and 750mg of sodium
- Use no artificial trans fats
- Use healthier cooking techniques (e.g. grilling, poaching, steaming)
- Incorporate at least 2 servings* of ‘Vegetables and Fruit’
- Use the plate model:
- Vegetables: Fill half of your plate with vegetables.
- Grain Products: Fill one quarter of your plate with grain products.
- Meat & Alternatives: Fill one quarter of your plate with meat and alternatives.
- Add a fruit and a glass of milk to complete your healthy meal!
*Servings as per Canada’s Food Guide standards
How can you maximize the nutritional impact of your menu?
When planning your menu, use:
- dark, richly coloured vegetables and fruit (e.g. baby spinach instead of iceberg lettuce)
- whole grains and whole grain products
- alternatives to meat such as eggs, beans, lentils, tofu
- mainly heart healthy oils
- Ontario seasonal produce, more often