Guide

Starting and running a food business

Healthy menu choices for food businesses

It makes good business sense to give your customers healthy food choices. By serving healthier options you could be improving the health of your customers and also reducing your operating costs, eg in a pasta sauce you could reduce the quantity of meat in a sauce by substituting it with finely diced vegetables. 

Understanding healthy eating

Healthy eating is about getting the nutritional balance right. You can help your customers achieve this by serving a variety of foods and offering balanced menu choices. 

Healthy menu options

The Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland have produced guidance to help food businesses develop ideas to establish healthy menu choices. By planning your menu you can make small changes to make the food you serve healthier and also more cost-effective.

The MenuCal tool helps you to create healthy menu choices.