The wait is over: FDA issues final menu labeling regulations

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The FDA's 395-page document includes menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pizza, a ruling applauded by the restaurant industry.

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Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

Customization, versatility driving the Asian food segment

Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.

In times of doubt, think outside the nutritional box

If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells.

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

Health focus driving children's menu options

Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.

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Salata adds vegan proteins

Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.

PHresh opening first 'iKitchen' in Orlando

The new concept will feature a menu designed to follow American Heart Association guidelines, a small footprint and self-service kiosks.

Chipotle Cultivate Foundation awards $500,000 grant to the International Rescue Committee

The IRC's MicroProducer Academy helps refugee farmers adapt existing agricultural skills to an urban American environment and marketplace while improving their access to locally-grown foods.

MOOYAH snags spot on HealthyDiningFinder.com

Salads, turkey and vegetarian options land the better burger chain on HealthyDiningFinder.com.

Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands

New research from the Culinary Visions Panel found that restaurant consumers now want more than just good food, value and service when they dine out. They're also more likely to choose an establishment that treats their employees well and supports...

Kye's opens in Santa Monica, California

Kye's will introduce its signature item, the KyeRito, which feature wraps made of options like nori or romain rather than the typical flatbread or tortilla.

Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt add Muscle Builder Max

Muscle Builder Max is now available at all Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt locations for a limited time. This smoothie is made with nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, peanut butter with Omega 3, banana, strawberries and whey protein. “For guests seeking...

Jamba Juice offering free smoothies to kids on Halloween

Participating Jamba Juice locations will give away a free 9.5 oz Jamba Kids smoothie to all children ages 8 and younger on Halloween.

Erik's DeliCafé featured on Healthy Dining website

Erik's DeliCafé is now featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com.

Slapfish adds 'Little Sharks Menu' for kids

Slapfish is introducing a "Little Sharks Menu" for kids under 12 at its Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach locations in Southern California.

Genghis Grill featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com

The stir fry chain also released a video testimonial series on YouTube featuring athletes and their favorite Genghis Grill dishes.

Pressed Juicery juices up fall menu, adds new units

Pressed Juicery announced several additional to its fall menu, and several new units opening this year in Northern and Southern California.

Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.

Juice It Up! refreshes menu

Updates include new menu items and new menu boards system-wide.

Jersey Mike's CEO signs pledge to encourage a healthy workplace

Jersey Mike's Subs's CEO/Founder Peter Cancro has signed the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity CEO Pledge as part of its commitment to promoting healthful living in the workplace. According to a news release, Jersey Mike's is the first company...

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Get the facts on restaurant nutrition. Consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy lifestyles and you need to know the difference between what they say they want and what they'll actually order.