Live Well Winona, Winona Health and select area restaurants will make it easier for people to choose healthy food while dining out.
The new Live Well, Eat Well program is a collaborative effort to help area restaurants revise menu favorites. The foods will meet specific health criteria by cutting the amount of fat, sugar and calories — but not the appeal.
“Live Well, Eat Well partners are committed to sharing the ingredients and nutritional information, so diners can make an informed choice,” said Winona Health Dietitian Anna Hudson. “That’s how we make the healthy choice the easy choice.”
The first restaurant to implement the Live Well, Eat Well program is Blooming Grounds, a local coffee house and eatery with locations downtown and in the Winona Mall. Blooming Grounds will introduce their Live Well, Eat Well menu on Saturday, May 14, to coincide with Winona’s Play Streets and Touch a Truck event sponsored by Winona Health Healthy Kids, Live Well Winona and Winona Main Street. All Eat Well, Live Well menu options will be $1 off on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15.
“I think there is a shift with people wanting to know more about what they’re eating,” said Amy Jo Marks, Blooming Grounds owner. “We want to be transparent with nutrition information to help people make healthier choices.”
Live Well, Eat Well options focus on healthy ingredients, delicious food and satisfying portions. Menu items are reviewed by a Winona Health dietitian. The Live Well, Eat Well logo next to menu items ensures that the selection meets the following criteria:
• 600 calories or fewer
• 35 percent or fewer calories from fat (or fewer than 15 grams of fat)
• 10 percent or fewer calories from saturated fat
• 100 mg or less cholesterol
• 800 mg or less of sodium
• 3 g or more of fiber
“If it’s not delicious, people won’t order it,” added Marks. “So our customers can be sure that menu items are staff tested and approved.”
Janneke Sobeck, Live Well Winona community wellness director, is looking forward to helping other area restaurants become Live Well, Eat Well partners. “Working with Winona Health’s nutrition experts, we make it as easy as possible to learn how to alter entrees to maintain the flavor while meeting the health criteria. Or, we can also offer options for new entrees to give customers more choices.”
Live Well, Eat Well restaurants will display the Live Well, Eat Well logo and indicate which of their menu items fit the specific nutrition criteria.
Look for the Live Well, Eat Well logo in participating restaurants. For more information about Live Well, Eat Well or about becoming a Live Well, Eat Well partner, visit LiveWellWinona.org or call 507-474-9825.