Domino's Pizza and Other Healthy Dining Options
Just as travelers have begun craving locally grown and organic meal options, along comes HealthyDiningFinder.com, a Web site designed to help folks locate restaurants with menu items that are low in calories, trans fats and all other horrible things, and high in fiber and other stuff that's nutritional. The site, launched in March, lists 50,000 dining locations across the U.S. Folks on the road can punch in a zip code or name of a city and the healthy choice restaurant options appear.
When I checked out the healthy lunch possibilities within 10 miles of my downtown Washington, D.C., office, Domino's Pizza, Burger King and Arby's were among the listings. While the vanilla milk shakes and fries at Burger King and Domino's pepperoni 12-incher may do the trick for a hearty appetite, I confess I have never thought of them as particularly beneficial for my belly or cholesterol count.
So I rang up Erica Bohm, a spokesperson for California-based Healthy Dining Finder, to ask: What gives here?
Any restaurant can sign up, she said. The restaurant must serve several items that meet certain health-oriented criteria, she added. Dishes must contain either lean proteins, fruits or vegetables or whole grains. Entrees should not exceed 750 calories, 25 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat, she continued. Lower levels are required for appetizers.
The Web site lists the healthy choice options available at the restaurants listed. Burger King lists the Tendergrill chicken garden salad at 300 calories, among other items. Domino's list is topped by two slices of thin crust pizza with two or three veggies toppings at 280 calories.
To join, the restaurants pay a fee, which, according to Bohm, is used to pay for the costs of keeping up the Web site. "It's mostly chains listed at the moment," she added. "But in the future we expect that more individual restaurants will join."
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