Superfoods, nutrient-dense products that remain unprocessed and offer a range of positive effects on consumer health, provide a simple way of increasing your restaurant’s appeal. Since superfoods receive regular attention from the mainstream media, building a healthy restaurant menu around a few of the most common ones takes just a little effort. You probably offer some of these foods already and can therefore focus on different ways to feature them. Slow cooking with commercial kitchen equipment such as bains marie adds to the nutritional cachet.
Common Superfoods For a Healthy Restaurant Menu
Well-known superfoods like blueberries, walnuts, and yogurt have the advantage of being easy to add to a variety of menu sections. Blueberries contain huge amounts of antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C as well as phytoflavinoids. These properties make them powerful weapons against inflammatory diseases and lower consumers’ risk of cancer and heart disease. Walnuts possess both Omega-3s and antioxidants. Yogurt protects the immune system and colon while providing calcium to many lactose-sensitive individuals since it is easier to digest than milk. Salads, dips and tapas, and desserts act as great bases for these ingredients. You can incorporate blueberries into a main dish by concocting a blueberry confiture to serve with duck. Walnuts can be combined into a salmon dish, doubling your superfood clout. Serve a sauce with the salmon made of date honey, walnuts, shallots, and white wine for a memorable effect. Offering a yogurt cake on your menu will appeal to consumers who otherwise may not order dessert. Make sure to use corn flour instead of other flours to accomplish the fluffiest outcome. This method improves the taste and the resulting lightness reinforces customers’ confidence that they made the most healthful selection.
The Best of the Superfoods for Chefs
Salmon, among the most famous superfoods, gives chefs plenty of occasions for showcasing their talents. Since it is already found on many restaurant menus, get extra creative and offer something for which clients will choose your business over others. For example, add a salmon terrine to your menu. Poach the salmon in milk with a touch of salt and pepper. After cooking lightly for a few minutes, shred the salmon and add cream, shallots, more salt and pepper, and two sheets of gelatin. Place plastic wrap inside a terrine dish. Since the bottom layer will be on top in the finished product, layer fresh basil leaves right against the plastic wrap. Pour in a layer of the cream mixture, then add a layer of smoked salmon. Another layer of fresh basil leaves, a layer of smoked salmon, and one more layer of the cream mixture completes the dish. Use a professional bain marie in the oven to cook the terrine.
For the optimal advertising edge, put a special note on your menu explaining the concept of superfoods and pointing out that your menu features several. You can also place descriptions like "fresh salmon, full of heart-healthy Omega-3s" with specific menu items. These little touches will promote your restaurant’s reputation as a smart choice for diners.