Taking a healthy direction at Fletcher Prince
As you know, we hold monthly Network-and-Lunch events throughout the Washington, DC area. These events are a great way to meet new people, share what you’re working on, and ask questions in an informal, friendly and affordable way. Anyone is welcome to come to these events.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the nutrition values for the menu items for our upcoming Network-and-Lunch event. I was shocked at what I saw! One appetizer alone was more than 2,000 calories: the entire recommended daily allowance. There is almost nothing on the menu that would be considered a healthy lunch choice, and very few vegetarian options at all.
Since we’re all trying to eat more healthfully, our August lunch is now taking place at Silver Diner, where you can splurge or select low fat, low calorie options. We thought it was the most responsible thing to do: to give people the choice of eating healthfully. There are plenty of vegetarian options, too.
We’re examining our Lunch and Network restaurant choices for the rest of the year now. Most of the places selected do offer healthy choices, but not all of them. We will definitely change the plans for those restaurants, so please visit http://fletcherprince.eventbrite.com to see the updates to the new locations.
Here’s our new criteria for Network-and-Lunch locations:
- Fun, affordable (under $15 for lunch, not counting tip).
- Can support a group and lively conversation (not too noisy).
- At least a few low calorie lunch options (600 calories or less).
- At least a few vegetarian lunch options.
- Accessible: close to Metro or free parking.
We select a variety of locations throughout the DC area. If you have favorite restaurants to suggest, please leave a note in the comments!
- Dining Out and Eating Healthfully: Not An Oxymoron (health.usnews.com)
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight (draggarwal.org)
- Healthy Eating While Eating Out (benefitsfromhealthyeating.wordpress.com)
- The Trick to Eating Healthy When You’re Eating Out, Beyond Common Sense (lifehacker.com)