Frankie & Benny’s kitchens will be serving up a new family-oriented menu featuring a ‘Feel Good’ range of healthier and lighter dishes after research it conducted suggested more than two million parents think lack of choice is an issue at UK restaurants.
Its study revealed that 2.2 million parents have consistently broken their diets at family restaurants due to insufficient choice, forcing them to eat something that wasn’t as healthy as they would have liked.
The stats show that this trend is rife throughout every region in the UK, with more than one in three parents in Scotland and the South of England breaking their diets, and more than one in five parents in London, the North, the Midlands, and the East of England.
The survey from YouGov also found that 12% of parents of children aged 18 and under have gone without any food when eating out with children. This suggests a lack of diet-friendly options are ruining what should be a happy occasion, according to the chain.
The new dishes that its product development team has created have been made with parents in mind, it said. All starters on the ‘Feel Good’ range are under 400 calories, and mains are under 650 calories.
The menu caters to a variety of modern diets, with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, high-protein and gluten-free options. It features 30 healthy dishes, including skinny chicken pizza, summer salad, and high protein Nashville skewers.
Oliver Hopkins, brand manager at Frankie & Benny’s, said the chain knows that it needs to cater to all audiences.
“We pride ourselves in offering something for that fussy teenager who turns their nose up at almost everything, the kid who just wants to tuck into a burger, and parents seeking to watch their calorie count. The Feel Good range expands our vegan, vegetarian and low-calorie options to cater to those preferences.”
12% of the British population now follow a meat-free diet, so Frankie & Benny’s has increased its vegan options sixfold. One in 10 people in the UK now avoids gluten altogether, with an increasing number of people choosing to cut it out of their diet due to intolerance, or for the health benefits associated. The Feel Good range has increased gluten-free options at Frankie & Benny’s by 55%.
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets like the Dukan diet, the Paleo diet, and the Keto diet have also taken the UK by storm in recent years. Frankie & Benny’s has responded by adding four high-protein options to the menu.