Are you interested in participating in the Informed Dining program but do not have nutrition information for your menu items? Are you unsure how to standardize a recipe? If your food service establishment has one to four locations, with at least one location in BC, and uses the same menu at each location, you may be eligible for Nutrition Information Support to help your business implement the Informed Dining program.
Nutrition Information Support
1. Recipe Standardization Module
The Recipe Standardization Module is an online learning tool for food service operators. The lessons within the module will teach you how to standardize your recipes and provide enough detail so that a dietitian consultant can complete a nutrient analysis of your menu items. The module will guide you through the 10 steps involved in creating a standardized recipe. Watch the video above to learn more, or click here to register for the module.
2. Nutrient Analysis
A dietitian consultant will work with you to complete a nutrient analysis for your standard menu items. They are trained to account for factors such as cooking and processing losses to ensure your nutrition information is as accurate as possible. You must have standardized recipes to use this service. The recipes must be accurate, detailed, legible and preferably be provided as an electronic document.
3. Recipe Reformulation
After you have reviewed the nutrient analysis of your menu items, you may want to modify some recipes to lower the calorie or sodium content. The dietitian consultants can review your recipes and make suggestions. You will need to test and standardize the revised recipes before a follow-up nutrient analysis can be completed. You can also call 8-1-1 or send an email to HealthLink BC to speak to a dietitian if you have questions regarding recipe reformulation.
4. Graphic Design of Nutrition Information
One of the requirements of the Informed Dining program is to provide your guests with nutrition information at or before the point of ordering. You can present your nutrition information in the form of a brochure, poster or supplemental menu. Whichever option you choose, our program staff can help you format your nutrition information according to the Informed Dining program graphic standards.
Click here to view the complete Guide to Nutrition Information Support
To apply for Nutrition Information Support, complete the following steps:
- Submit an Expression of Interest form. Ensure that you check the box "Check here if you plan on submitting an application for Nutrition Information Support". The Informed Dining program administrator will contact you to discuss the next steps in the process.
- Submit a Nutrition Information Support Application
a) If you qualify to receive support, go to Step 3.
b) If you do not qualify for Nutrition Information Support, you can choose to participate by doing your own nutrient analysis. See the Guide to Nutrient Analysis for details.
c) If you are eligible but do not wish to proceed, you can reapply at a later date.
- Complete the free online Recipe Standardization Module.
a) Submit the Certificate of Completion to the program administrator once the module is completed.