We created BeWell to make it easier for you to choose well. First, our BeWell eating approach combines the latest in nutrition science and culinary trends to create a crave-worthy, nutritious menu choice. Second, our BeWell wellness approach encourages positive behavior change through our promotions, wellness education programs, and partnerships.
BeWell Wellness Approach
The following activities may be offered to help you choose well when you dine with us.
- BeWell monthly specials, rewards program, & recipe sampling
- National Health Month & BeWell Did You Know? promotions
- Access to a registered dietitian
- Wellness campaigns, tips & quarterly BeWell newsletter
- Cooking demonstrations & wellness presentations
- Local food sourcing
- Wellness committee & fitness center partnership
BeWell Menu Options
Science tells us certain food choices, especially plant-based foods, positively influences our health. Instead of a calorie-driven or fat-driven diet mentality, BeWell focuses on offering high-quality, whole food ingredients aimed to satisfy and help you feel good too. BeWell recipes will also often be plant-forward, moving animal protein off the center of the plate and emphasizing plant-based foods by covering most of the plate.
BeWell recipes must meet three of the following five categories:
Contain a plant-based, whole food(s)
Contain a healthy fat(s)
Contain a lean protein or plant-based protein
Have limited added sugar
Contain a high fiber food or a probiotic food
BeWell Eating Approach
Need a health boost?
Eat the BeWell way!
Emphasize Plant-Based Whole Foods
Health benefits of a plant-based, whole food diet are plentiful – from decreasing risk of disease and cancer to managing weight. They also have a lower impact on the environment compared to animal and processed foods. Examples: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, soy foods, herbs and spices.
Eat Healthy Fats
Gone are the days of low-fat diets. We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to stay healthy, except for trans-fat. The healthiest fats are omega 3 polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Examples: nuts, nut butters, seeds, salmon, tuna, avocados, and flax and chia seeds, walnut, avocado, or olive oil.
Add Lean Protein or Plant-Based Protein
Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. While high-protein diets surge in popularity, most people get too much. Fill your plate with plant-based foods and add lean protein in 2-3 oz portions. Or go veggie all the way and choose plant-based protein only. Plant-based protein examples: tofu, tempeh, soybeans, legumes, lentils, nuts and seeds. Lean protein examples:
lean beef, lean lamb, veal, lean pork, bison, venison, poultry, fish, and eggs.
Limit Added Sugar
High-sugar intake is linked to obesity, cavities, and heart disease. Common culprits of foods high in added sugar are beverages, such as soda and sports, energy and fruit drinks, ice cream, grain-based desserts, cereals, and candy. To avoid sugar-laden foods, check food packages for added sugar and choose whole foods, including fruit, and water most often.
Fill-Up on High Fiber Foods and Add Probiotic Foods
Fiber is a nutrient all-star; it feeds good gut bacteria to keep you healthy, maintains digestion and weight, and stabilizes blood sugar. Examples: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Probiotic food is a fermented food that naturally produces probiotics or a food with added probiotics and also maintains your health and digestion. Examples: kefir, yogurt, miso, kimchi, kombucha, and tempeh.
And… Drink Water and Get Moving
Water is our source of life; make it your beverage of choice. Get moving; adapt a purposeful exercise routine to improve or maintain health. Aim for 150 minutes or more of exercise per week or 30 minutes per day
Our BeWell recipes will always:
Be trans-fat free
Use minimally-processed ingredients
Be mindful of added sodium and portion size
How do I find a BeWell option?
Look for the blueberry icon on the menu or at point-of-service.
- Answer general food, nutrition, special diet,and wellness-related questions
- Provide personalized nutrition recommendations based on desired goals
- Guide healthy dining choices