When running a restaurant, your customers deserve the very best, and that includes fresh and healthy ingredients. Not only will it have your customers coming back for more, but it increases your persona as a restaurant that cares about its diners.
In fact, according to Food News Feed:
Terms like fresh, antibiotic-free, made-from-scratch, and organic increasingly appear on menus of full-service restaurants, from white tablecloth settings to family-style diners. These labels denote a certain aesthetic for many consumers: a higher quality, healthier restaurant. For restaurants, the use of these elevated ingredients and techniques underscores the credibility and value of their menu.
People who dine out want authentic, real food items that are healthier. One of the reasons some millenials are not eating out anymore is due to wanting healthier alternatives. And in a world where many restaurants use shortcuts, it is important for those who want to succeed to have the right ingredients – ones that are healthy, tasty, and natural.
Here is why you need to use Integrity ingredients in your restaurant.
What Are Integrity Ingredients?
Integrity ingredients are food items that perform certain actions: functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you.
Think about the freshest ingredients, the ones that are organic, ingredients that give you sustenance in a nourishing way but still taste amazing.
For example, in our Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom, we use one of the most expensive spices in the world. Why cardamom? Well for one, the taste is phenomenal but there’s more to it than that. Cardamom has a wealth of health benefits and medicinal uses. These include them being used to fight teeth and gum infections, digestive disorders, eyelid inflammation, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Pretty amazing, huh?
Chia seeds are another ingredient that is the perfect fit when you are looking for something that is tasty, good for you, and an integrity ingredient. Here are just a few of the health benefits of this tasty little seed:
- Low calories but packed with a ton of nutrients
- They’re loaded with antioxidants
- The carbs are mostly fiber
- They’re full of protein
- They may help with weight loss due to the amount of fiber and protein content
- They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Chia seeds may actually lower your risk of heart disease
- They high in nutrients that are beneficial for the bones
- They may lower your blood sugar
- They may decrease chronic inflammation
Korintje cinnamon is another ingredient we love. It’s cinnamon just amplified! It is found in Indonesia and is ground from cassia bark. It has a milder taste and perfect for baking due to its less strong flavor profile. You still get all the yummy taste from cinnamon but without it overpowering your palate.
These are just a few examples of why we call our nut butters Betsey’s Best. We ensure that every ingredient is good for you, organic, and super craveable!
Why Choose Integrity Ingredients For Your Restaurant
Running a restaurant is difficult. Not only do you have to know how to manage your money and your employees, but you have to provide food that customers will return for.
According to Marker 32:
Food can be enhanced in ways that are not necessarily the most natural or healthy. Food that is stored for long periods of time in the freezer are likely to have preservatives in them to maintain their appearance of being fresh. This harms the taste of the food and is not as healthy as going with naturally fresh food.
Additives are another thing to consider. A meal can be enhanced with tons of spices, salt, and pepper to help hide the lack of taste in dishes. This limits the chef’s ability, though, to create a naturally tasty meal with the core ingredients at hand.
The end result of a great restaurant meal stems from a chef that is creative and has the ability to work with ingredients that are of high quality. This allows them to use their creativity to create food that restaurants are going to be proud to serve and guests are going to crave. It is up to the restaurant, though, to get the chefs the ingredients they need to make it all a success.
It’s true. Your diners can tell when the food is not natural or the ingredients are sub-par. But having ingredients that are carefully chosen add something special to all of your dishes. Imagine that spice that delights your taste buds like the cumin or saffron. There are even rare spices that add something unique to everything you serve.
But spices aren’t the only thing to consider. Every ingredient you choose should be natural, tasty, locally sourced (when available), and quality. For example, it may be a tad more expensive to choose organic milk for your food instead of plan homogenized milk but the taste is extraordinary. Instead of using regular beef, use grass fed beef. The taste and the fact that customers will love it and come back for more way outweighs the added cost.
At the very least, sourcing organic ingredients for your restaurant is a good thing. It gives you clout, brings in discerning customers, and allows you to stand out from restaurants who don’t.
Think about it, do you want to eat frozen fish when you can have locally sourced fresh fish? Would you rather have vegetable oils full of GMOs or a natural oil that creates iconic dishes? Natural, organic, sustainable, and fresh are keywords that bring in customers and keep them coming back.
Imagine making a Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter or Pork Tenderloin with Seed Butter Quinoa Stuffing. Those are just a few of the tasty and mouth-watering dishes that are organic yet totally tasty. It’s all up to you to serve the best but we guarantee your diners will love it.