This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of SUBWAY®. All opinions are my own.
We’ve all heard a colorful plate is a healthy plate. And by “colorful,” I mean a plate full of fruits and vegetables, not gummy snacks and cheese puffs. If your plate is full of browns and whites, not nearly enough vitamins and nutrients are entering your body. It’s a pretty simple rule of thumb. Colorful plate=good. Boring, colorless plate=bad.
According to a report published by the Milken Institute, it’s estimated if Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, approximately 39,900 deaths would be prevented from cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes. Additionally, $7.6 billion in medical costs could be saved annually.
Many businesses and organizations are working to increase the collective health conscience of America. SUBWAY® Restaurants have partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) during the +color campaign. The primary focus of this initiative is to educate the public about the positive health impacts of fruits and vegetables.
I’m a quasi-vegetarian who truly strives to be healthy on on levels. When it comes to my family, I work tirelessly to include fruits and vegetables in an many ways as possible. When we’re traveling, out running errands, or need a quick dinner before swim practice, our number one place to stop is SUBWAY®. If fact, even when considering ALL restaurants (high-end, fast food or otherwise), it’s always the top choice for my boys.
We can all find something we like at SUBWAY® and eat there so frequently, I have our family’s order memorized. For the boys, kids ham and cheese on white bread. For my husband, toasted Italian BMT with lettuce and tomato only. For me, six-inch veggie with provolone and pepper-jack cheeses, toasted, with one strip of mayo, oil and vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano, no olives or jalapenos. And if the boys eat all of their sandwich, they get a cookie. As you can see, we all look pretty happy with our food.
As part of the +color initiative, SUBWAY® will broaden their longstanding mission to offer healthy choices to customers. During 2017, you will see in-store promotion concerning the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. We dined at our local SUBWAY® this week and noticed a couple of educational posters hanging on the walls. These make great conversation starters when talking to children and adolescents about healthy choices and wellness in general. Future generations need to know just how significantly a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will impact their heart and many other aspects of their health.
AHA announced this campaign last fall during a press release which included the following statement, “SUBWAY® restaurants is inspired to join the American Heart Association on this exciting journey to encourage Americans to eat more vegetables and promote healthier eating,” said Lanette Kovachi, RDN, SUBWAY® restaurants Global Dietitian. “At SUBWAY® restaurants, Americans can choose from millions of our handcrafted sandwich combinations to create their own custom sandwich, which can offer up at least two extra servings of vegetables to their diet. Each of the six fresh vegetable varieties offered at SUBWAY® are a perfect compliment to the +color initiative.”
As a healthy mom, I’m excited that our favorite quick-meal restaurant is working to encourage healthier lives among Americans of all ages. It’s just another reason to continue eating at SUBWAY®.