When it comes to fast-casual dining, kids’ tastes are going global. Thirty-six percent of U.S. parents ¹ with kids under the age of 18 say their children enjoy international food. Whether they’re watching celebrity chefs use unusual ingredients on TV cooking shows, or eating from a more culturally diverse menu in the school cafeteria, more kids are willing to try – and enjoy – new cuisines, and that’s good news if you own a healthy fast food business like Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill™.
Not a Kids’ Menu — a “Kid Friendly” Menu
Fast-casual dining is a go-to option for many busy families and fast food can be an important part of weekly meal planning. However, it can be hard to find fast-casual menus that offer healthy choices to satisfy parents and kids alike. Until recently, it wasn’t unusual for the typical kids’ menu to be a parking lot for high-calorie foods packed with sodium, and sweet desserts, exactly the opposite of what defines a healthy fast food business.
Today, many fast-casual restaurants are taking a new tact by replacing kids’ menus with regular menu options in smaller kid-friendly portions. They’re offering flavorful, colorful vegetables, customizable meals with lots of choices of healthy toppings, and other creative ways to make good food more fun; it turns out that appealing food for kids doesn’t have to be heavily processed or overly sweet after all.
Samurai Sam’s Offers Healthier Kid-Friendly Japanese Cuisine
The traditional Japanese diet includes large amounts of fish and vegetables, is not highly processed, and contains little sugar – all hallmarks of healthy eating. That’s why Samurai Sam’s has always been a deliciously different healthful alternative to other healthy fast food businesses. Our menu is packed with fresh wok-stirred vegetables, steamed rice, wok-seared lean proteins including chicken, salmon, and shrimp, as well as tasty salads and light side dishes that everyone can enjoy.
Parents feel good about ordering any of our dishes, knowing that when it comes to preparing and consuming nutritious food, grilled or steamed beats fried every time. And because Japanese meals typically consist of small portions of fresh seasonal ingredients that are naturally kid-friendly, it’s easy for us to modify our famous steamed rice and noodle bowls to deliver the same great taste, just kid-sized.
We know that when parents seek out healthy fast food for themselves, it’s natural to want healthier choices for their kids, too. Our philosophy at Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill has always been simple: we’re in the healthy fast food business, which means we use only the highest-quality ingredients to provide a fast, fresh, healthy dining experience every time. Our food is always made to order, so it can be customized any way our customers want to satisfy any sized appetite!
If you’re considering owning a healthy fast food business, contact Samurai Sam’s today to learn more about how our Japanese fast casual franchise stands out from typical fast casual restaurant brands.
- Tory. “Kids Meals Go Upscale in Quick Service.” QSR magazine, January 14, 2019.