More than ever, people are reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. If you are starting a health food restaurant, you are targeting that lifestyle choice.
One thing to consider is your portion sizes. Most restaurant portion sizes are two to three times larger than recommended for maintaining a healthy weight. And it’s easy to understand why: Customers want a full plate for their money. But consider this: A healthy restaurant should have healthy portions as well as healthy ingredients.
A great way to determine your portion sizes is by using a simple kitchen scale.
Kitchen Scale as Needed Small Equipment
If you are just starting your restaurant, you will need to determine which types of small equipment you need based on the type of restaurant you plan to open.
All restaurants need the standard items—like pots, pans, cooking utensils, baking pans, and so on. A health food restaurant also needs more specific things, such as more steamers than friers, juicers, and mixers for healthy cooking.
Among these items, be sure to include a kitchen or food scale. In addition to setting your portion sizes for menu items, you can also use the scale to weigh your prep items. That way, the amounts remain consistent.
Weigh Your Menu Items to Determine Portion and Calories
As you determine your new menu, a digital scale can help you determine portion size as well as calories.
Weigh the Ingredients
Weigh the ingredients of your meal to determine an estimate of calories. If possible, weigh each separately. This way, you can determine an accurate assessment of the proteinic, fats, starches, and green vegetables in the meal.
You can use diet apps to enter those amounts into a fitness app to get the calorie count. You may have to add estimated amounts for things like added fats (like oils and butter) for a more accurate calorie count.
You may be satisfied with the flavor and presentation of your meal. Though, you may also be surprised to learn how many calories are in fact in it. If all the ingredients are healthy, you may be less concerned with calories.
If needed, understanding which are the heavier parts of the meal can help you adjust portion size.
Adjust the Portion Sizes as Needed
Calorie dense foods add more calories than you may think. If your portion size is small but your calorie count is high, you may be able to adjust.
Perhaps make your protein portion 1 oz less. Then add more low-calorie vegetables to increase the overall plate size.
Portion Control From a Cost Perspective
You also need to be consistent with portions for the sake of customer satisfaction and food costs. When your staff serves an entree, it should contain the same amount of ingredients every time.
Customers won’t complain about extra food on a plate. They will, however, complain if they receive half the amount that they did last time.
Even losing an extra ounce of soup a day can add up over time. This raises your costs and lowers your profits. From a cost perspective, managing your portions keeps your staff from over serving.
Using a kitchen scale when creating your menu items will enable you to decide which utensils serve the correct amount for that meal.
A Kitchen Scale for Your Kitchen
A simple digital kitchen scale can make all the difference in starting your health food restaurant. If you have any questions about food scales, please contact us. We’re happy to help you find the right digital scale for your new business.