Harvey’s has a new Health Check Certified Menu (certified by the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation). As you can probably guess, the menu is NOT based on their fries, regular burgers and hot dogs. The new certified menu IS based on their grilled chicken sandwich, salads, veggie burger and L’il Original Burger.
I am a regular patron of Harvey’s restaurants. In fact, so is my whole family. So much so, that we have an inside joke that Harvey’s is “our family restaurant”. The first thing my family members from the US want to know when they come back to visit Canada, is the location of the nearest Harvey’s. We should probably own shares in the company, lol.
So will this new Health Check Certified Menu make a difference for me and what I eat at Harvey’s? Not for me. I already try to make “healthier” choices when I eat there. I always choose a L’il Original burger. I LOAD it with veggies, to the point where people literally ask me “where’s the beef?” (“nod” to Wendy’s). Since I’m a huge french fry hound (admittedly my favourite food!), I never opt for the salad at Harvey’s. Instead I satisfy my french fry craving with a “kids” size portion of fries.
My Aunt and I have an ongoing conversation about fast food and how bad it really is for you. Both of us agree, good choices and moderation are key to eating healthier at a fast food restaurant (and at home for that matter!). Do you really need that GINORMOUS soft drink to go with your meal? Do you really need that triple burger loaded with cheese, bacon, fried onions and loaded with sauce? Do you really need the extra huge poutine? Have you ever consider how healthy Pizza can actually be for you? A pizza loaded with veggies, some cheese and one meat item easily covers all the basic food groups. It all depends on how you choose to dress it up…AND how many pieces you choose to eat. Load your pizza with extra cheese, 3 kinds of meats and extra meat sauce, eat 3 slices, and your healthy pizza turns into feast full of fat and calories. Fast food doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. It’s all about the choices YOU make when you visit a fast food restaurant.
Kudos to Harvey’s for helping us to make healthier choices. At the very least it should make all of us stop and think about what we are putting into our bodies when we visit our favourite fast food restaurants.
What do YOU think of Harvey’s new Health Check Certified Menu? Will it make a difference in what you choose to order when you visit Harvey’s?