New Year, New You: Keep customers on a health kick happy with our unique and nutritious food and drink ideas

As January approaches, it’s common for many of us to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions to be better in the new year. These can quite often revolve around improving our health and well being, a central part of which is our diet. With this in mind, it is important for you to take this into account when providing for customers’ good intentions to eat better throughout the new year. To help you do this, we’ve come up with some super new healthy and tasty food and drink ideas to support your guests new food based resolutions!

Food Menu

Healthy Fish and Chips

Healthy fish and chips with vinegar

A regular staple to the traditional pub and restaurant menu, why not ensure your guests can still fill up on their favourite classic in under 400 calories!

 

Recipe

  • Potatoes, peeled and cut into chips

  • Olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing

  • White fish fillets, about 140g/5oz each

  • Grated lemon zest and juice

  • Parsley leaves, chopped

  • Capers, chopped

  • 0% Greek yogurt

  • Lemon wedges, to serve

 

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toss chips in the oil and spread over a baking sheet  in an even layer. Bake them for 40 mins until browned and crisp. Put the fish in a shallow dish, brush lightly with oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with half the lemon juice and bake for 12-15 mins. After 10 minutes sprinkle over a little parsley and lemon zest to finish cooking.

  2. Prepare the tartare sauce by mixing the capers, yogurt, parsley and lemon juice together and seasoning.

  3. To serve, divide the chips between plates, lift the fish onto the plates and serve with a spoonful of the homemade tartare sauce and lemon wedge.

There you have it. A classic, simple and quick to create recipe with require minimal fuss required from your kitchen staff. With this new dish on your menu, you may require some more baking sheets so you can pick more up here before the new year: http://www.bonzer.co.uk/default.aspx?GroupGuid=692

 

Salmon and broccoli cakes with watercress, avocado and tomato salad

Salmon and broccoli cakes with watercress, avocado and tomato salad

This quick to create lunch dish provides a nutritious, low calorie alternative to the standard sandwich, crisps and a drink meal deal. We’re confident these vegetable-packed salmon fish cakes with fresh salad will be an attractive and tasty option for customers on a health kick.

Recipe

  • Potatoes, cut into chunks

  • Broccoli, cut into small florets

  • Salmon fillets

  • Lemon juice, plus wedges to serve

  • Dill, chopped

  • Sunflower oil

  • Dijon mustard

  • Avocado, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped

  • Cherry tomatoes, halved

  • Watercress

Directions

  1. Pop the potatoes in a saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 8-10 mins, until just tender, adding the broccoli 3 mins before the end of cooking time. Meanwhile, poach the salmon in water seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice for 5 minutes.

  2. Drain the potato and broccoli and allow it all to steam dry before roughly mashing it. Then flake in the salmon and add lemon juice and dill with some seasoning, shaping the mixture into 4 cakes.

  3. Heat oil in a pan  and fry the cakes for 3 mins each side until golden. Mix some lemon juice with the mustard and seasoning and set aside. Prepare the avocado, tomatoes and watercress using a chopping board and plate up.

  4. Serve one fish cake each with the salad, drizzled with dressing, and extra lemon wedges for squeezing over.

 

This fabulous fish cake recipe will be a welcome addition to anyone’s new year healthy eating plan at just 315 calories. It’s full of nutritious ingredients and can easily be adjusted to suit the style of cuisine you serve. If you decide to add a similar dish to your menu, you may well need to stock up on more saucepans, frying pans or chopping boards, so visit the Bonzer website now for more information.

Mocktails

With a lot people resolving to stay off alcohol during January, providing fun and imaginative cocktail alternatives under the guise of a ‘mocktail’ will be a good and potentially lucrative way of appealing to customers who have kicked the booze for the new year.

Flamingo

Salmon pink flamingo alcoholic cocktail

Recipe

  • cranberry juice

  • pineapple juice

  • lemon juice

  • soda water

 

Directions

1. Pour the juices into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Then simply strain into a highball glass and top with soda water.

2. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve!

Creamy cherry smoothie

 

Red cherry smoothie

Recipe

  • cherries, pitted

  • vanilla yoghurt

  • orange juice

  • ice cubes

 

Direction

1. Place the cherries, yoghurt and juice into a blender with ice cubes and blend until smooth

2. Pour into glasses or a serving jug.

To add more nutrients to your mocktails you could prepare a variety of fruits to garnish the glass, such as mango, peach, pineapple, melon or berries. This is also a great way of enhancing their presentation by adding a lovely decorative touch.

By adding mocktails to your bar menu, you may well need to stock up on a range of bar tools, so visit the Bonzer website (link to website) now for more information.

You can also create a wide range of healthy juices for your customers with our range of Omega Juicers. These are long lasting, designed to withstand the rigours of regular everyday use and would be the perfect addition to your venue. See our range here.

January can be a depressing month. People are saving their money, eating less  and drinking less which can have an immediate effect on your takings. By providing cost effective, healthy and tasty dishes, you can overcome this stumbling block and get more guests through the door than usual during that difficult first quarter of the new year. These dishes are just an example of the possibilities available to you, so get creative and start developing a healthy and inspiring new year food and mocktail menu to combat the new year blues and help your  customers through ‘Dry January’.

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