Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Million Dollar Idea?

I hope so.

And while it doesn't belong to me, certainly I've thought about doing just what Mark Bakker, an Edmonton electrician did - set up a healthy fast food restaurant.

Now I'm not just talking about serving healthy foods.

I'm also talking about providing point of purchase, smack on the menu calorie counts for all foods sold, and of course using foods that themselves have more evidence for health.

Mark's restaurant takes many fast food staples and improves upon the intrinsic quality of their ingredients while trimming away their calories.

While not every item's terrifically low in calories (and Mark, you really need to work on lower calorie kid options), none are left up to the imagination.

Take a gander at their menu by clicking here.

If you live in Edmonton, why not pop on by. It's called Healthfare and it's located at 10865 - 23 Avenue, and if you want to read more about it, click here (maybe he'll sell you a franchise).

Good luck Mark!

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  1. Mmmm...sounds good! I would eat there if I lived in Edmonton. The food sounds fresh and tasty, and the calorie listing helps one make an informed decision. The only thing I would add is the fat grams beside the calories. And maybe the grams of fibre. But that totally fits on a menu board! Why are other fast food restaurants resisting? (Er...other than the health scare it would give their customers!).

  2. I work on behalf of the California Center for Public Health Policy that's been working tirelessly over the last year to get California restaurants to post calorie counts on their menu boards and it's been quite a fight! It's so nice to see a restaurant owner who realizes what a great idea this is and isn't afraid of letting his customers know what they're eating.

    Visit to see what a McDonald's menu board looks like with calorie labeling.

    Cheers Mark and best of luck!

  3. Anonymous3:13 pm

    As a vegan, the only main course I could eat here would be House Greens... and at only 234 calories, that wouldn't keep me going for very long.

    I think the thing that concerns me the most, though, is all the coffee drinks. If it was just plain coffee, okay. But he's got coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, which can be quite high in both fat and calories. And yet, these are some of the only things on the menu WITHOUT a calorie count.

  4. Thea Moss2:30 pm

    I'm the Community Liaison Coordinator for the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, part of the Weight Wise initiative in Edmonton.
    In a couple of weeks I'll be heading over to HealthFare for lunch with 3 of our pediatric Dietitians. Apart from tasting the food and learning more, we hope to meet with Bakker and do some advocating for the improvement of the children's menu! An easy improvement that could be made is to let parents know that everything on the main menu is available in smaller portions. Kids have discerning taste buds too!
    I'll keep you posted...

  5. That's great Thea!

    Keep us posted (and feel free to post a review in the comments here).


  6. Anonymous6:13 pm

    I'm moving to Edmonton in 3 months, and I hope to visit this establishment. I'm also letting other friends in Edmonton know about it. Good luck, Mark.