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Healthy Food Businesses in the News!

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Each week we will be skimming different Social Media Platforms and News portals from around the world for the latest Healthy Food Businesses making the news. This past week, what’s been in the headlines?!

Let’s jump in!

The True Food Kitchen – an Oprah supported Healthy Restaurant Chain will be offering vegan-friendly whole foods at its newest location in New Orleans. Read more about The True Food Kitchen and how Oprah is involved with this restaurant chain by reading LiveKindly website’s article, click here.

Café Nune is opening its’ second location across from the RVCC in October in Branchburg, New Jersey! You’ll find salads, smoothies, breakfast bowls and other healthy menu items. Here is a link to their Instagram account, click here.

In the Tampa Bay Times, there is a new restaurant review on Forbici. This restaurant is said to be bringing Roman-style pizza and offers a healthy twist to Modern Italian Cuisine in Hyde Park! Click here to read more on this restaurants vegetarian options and how they accommodate all kinds of diners.

Down in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Press Blend Squeeze Super Foods & Juicery now offers healthy catering services. Click here to see their Instagram post about their catering, and to follow them.

And, click here to check out their great catering menu!

Last up for Healthy Food Business making the headlines…

Have you heard of these new Fresh-Food Vending Machines?!

On Aviation Pros website, there is a great article about Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport now offering these new healthy and fresh food options 24 hours a day thanks to Farmer Fridge’s two new healthy vending machines. As the article mentions, Farmer’s Fridge makes the food daily, and then restocks them overnight. We love that travellers will have healthy options now on the go! To read the full article, please click here.

Do you have Healthy Food News you’d like us to share?  Are you a Healthy Food Business that has something great to share?  Please reach out! We are on all of the major media platforms: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram @healthydineout.

Why All Food Businesses Need a Healthy Menu?

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We have just started to reach out to all kinds of different Food Businesses (Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Juiceries, Caterers, Golf Course Restaurants, Retirement Homes, Food Trucks to name a few…) to get them up on our newly relaunched website(s) by way of a Healthy Menu Showcase and to be a part of Healthy Dine Out’s Growing Food Community.

And, things are going great! We are very excited for Food Businesses of all sorts to join our web platform! That being said, how can a food business benefit from sharing their healthiest menu items?

No Food Business will ever choose to share a Healthy Menu if there isn’t an upside, right?!

Here are our thoughts on “WHY” Food businesses can benefit from taking the time to post a Healthy Menu Showcase on Healthy Dine Out:

  1. The public can easily find your healthiest menu items when you share a healthy menu on Healthy Dine Out. It saves time for your customer when dining at your location too, which means that customer will know what they want without sifting through other menu items. There is a possibility of freeing up more dining space sooner because people are prepared when arriving at your location!
  2. Having a Healthy Menu with a simple ingredients list creates more food transparency and trust between your business and your client. People want to know what’s in their menu item, and many people these days with eating restrictions can feel better informed, and enjoy their dining experience.
  3. People who want to eat clean, or even on a specific diet can look at your items and make informed decisions right away. They also don’t need to be tempted by deep fried items when they view your Healthy Menu.
  4. The majority of Food Businesses have healthier menu items to offer the public… A lot of these businesses just haven’t had a place to share them without creating more menu brochures. We offer a Free membership with no catches where such Food Businesses have an opportunity to promote their healthiest menu items.
  5. The public needs your Healthy menu! People love the idea of a one stop place to find healthy menu items, and we offer that to them! There is a need for your business to share its healthiest menu items as we have a growing audience that wants such a service!
  6. Healthy Food is all the rage! Yes, there is a growing healthy movement where people want to be healthier, exercise more, and live a cleaner life.  Sharing a healthy menu helps people out, and supports their healthy food decisions.
  7. It is positive marketing for a Food Business. We have taken almost 1 year to create our new web platform with 2 websites enjoined: Our main Food Community Website and our Food Businesses Directory Website. We wanted to create a Food Community around healthy eating, and have the public connected to Food Businesses Healthy Menus…  A win-win idea we think! Our Healthy Menu Showcases are beautiful when filled out and easy to use and edit when needed. It takes no time to share your healthy menu items on our website!
  8. We’d love to get your Healthy Menu on Pinterest where a huge healthy following exists. We love sharing our web platform content, and your Food business is sure to benefit! We also share content to our growing Twitter, and Instagram Accounts. We are @healthydineout on these social platforms.
  9. Our business is based on positive social change, and we want you to be a part of it! As mentioned, it is Free to have a Healthy Menu Showcase! You can register your Food Business here: Click here.
  10. We love helping Food Businesses get their content out to our growing audience! If you’d like to have a guest article, please reach out to us on any of our social media platforms! We have 2 different blogs…

If you have come to our website and own, or manage a Food Business,  please consider a Healthy Menu on our new Healthy Dine Out Web Platform.  We’d love for you you join our growing Food Community!  We promise you won’t be disappointed, and that the upsides of sharing healthy menu items are there for your business… And, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help with your Menu Showcase.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

Eating out, but Staying Healthy!

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When a lot of us eat out, we tend to throw our healthy cares to the wind and indulge in not so great choices. I’m talking about deep-fried options, when we could actually be making better dining choices that add nutritional benefits to our diet.

For instance, if your restaurant has the option, add some raw veggie slices, or opt for steamed veggies.  Both are low in calories and add extra fibre which is great for your digestive system.

Or, ask for a side house salad with dressing on the side so you can control the amount you place on your salad.

As for portion sizes, look at getting a half order and ordering more if needed, and look at menu choices that offer lower sodium levels.  Saturated fat can be another hidden issue, yet if you keep your menu choices to fresh, and simple ingredient-filled menu items, you are less likely to have saturated fat in your meal choice.

What about drinks when dining-out?

Opt for water and avoid sweet soda drinks, or other higher calorie drinks.  It is quite simple: have water before you eat your meal, as it’ll curb your appetite.  That old saying of, “you may be more thirsty than hungry” has a lot of truth to it!

Other quick dining tips?

Think about sharing a few menu items; a salad and a main dish or even just a healthier appetizer is great, or a few healthy side dishes. And, avoid that buffet, unless you are only going to have plate that isn’t loaded to the brim with food.  Buffets can really add to the idea that we need to pack ourselves full of food: plates and plates of food.  That overly full feeling isn’t great, nor is it good to over-eat.

Lastly, choose your restaurant wisely. If it isn’t clean, and the hygiene isn’t there…

No matter how tasty the food is, it can possibly make you really sick if people don’t take care of the restaurant environment and kitchen area, plus practice good hand washing etc.

So can you eat out and still be healthy: Yes!

Just follow these tips above and have a great meal.

 

Eating Out, but Staying Healthy: Number One Tip!

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So is it possible to dine-out and eat healthy? Yes, of course it is possible. There is a misnomer that when people eat out it is bad for a person’s health. Yet, truly you can get “really healthy” meals when eating-out depending on where you eat and what you choose.

So what is one of, if not the most important dining tip to keep you feeling healthy and alive?

This dining-out ‘health tip’ might surprise you…

  1. Is the restaurant you are dining at clean? That is, do they practice good hygiene and food safety?

When dining out, so many people first jump to the food choices to locate what they are going to eat, and I don’t think that is necessarily wrong, yet maybe consider doing this first before looking at the menu. Ask yourself: is this current restaurant’s hygiene practice(s) amazing?! You see, you can choose a very healthy menu item, but if the employees are not keeping up on the hygiene of the facility and their own hand washing and kitchen cleaning you might be in for an unhealthy illness experience after dining…

With all of the Hepatitis A scares of late, and food poisoning issues occurring at restaurants, people need to be vigilant when choosing a place to eat out at. Even when we are aware diners who look for clean restaurants with staff members practicing good hand washing and hygiene practices we can still be caught off guard by risks associated with dining-out.

I can vouch for the need to have a clean restaurant first-hand. Recently, my son and I had a health scare when we had dined-out at a local popular restaurant that I have always thought was very clean and well maintained.

Yet, even so, after discovering a news article on Hepatitis A exposure at ‘said restaurant’ I was then caught up in the potentiality that my son and I may have been exposed to this nasty virus. One of their chef’s had fallen ill and had come down with Hepatitis A.

Thankfully, we did not eat at the time the person was working. Yet, there is still a risk involved as we still dined during the possible exposure dates. My hope is that my choice in this restaurant due to its cleanliness, excellent high-quality food, and first-rate hygiene practices pays off and my son and I are in the clear of catching this virus.

Until we experience these kinds of food-related potential health issues, we don’t always think it can happen to us, and once it does… we become diners with an eye for cleanliness even more so than before.

What do I look for, as a person who dines out a lot?

Mainly, I tend to check out the bathrooms before I order my food. Are the doors to the bathroom washed down and clean? Have the sinks recently been cleaned and the floors too? Are the bathroom stalls clean and well maintained? Or, is there toilet paper everywhere on the ground, dirt in the grout, and on the walls? Are the mirrors clean and sinks without slime or mould?

If you think there is a cleanliness issue in the bathroom, or in and around your dining table… Simply leave. Chances are, if they aren’t maintaining the bathrooms then they aren’t keeping up with food safety and cleanliness in the kitchen.

Other things I look for when dining-out:

Is the food fresh? Are the lettuce leaves not wilted and are they free of redness when my salad arrives? Is my meal hot and steaming, or has it been left out for a while waiting to get to my table? Has my table been wiped down and are my utensils clean? Is there an employee wash your hands sign if both employees and diners use the same restrooms…

Stay tuned for more noteworthy articles around dining-out tips that will benefit you and your friends. I’d add more tips here, but this is getting to be a long article in itself. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you keep my dining cleanliness tips in mind and don’t hesitate to leave a poorly cared for dining location before you risk getting a food borne illness.