Healthy Options at Lloyd’s

Healthy Options at Lloyd’s Chicago & Lloyd’s Express (LifeStart RD Approved Menu Items)

Lloyd’s Express:
Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Wrap

Lloyd’s Restaurant:
Kale and Apple Salad

Did You Know?   When you purchase a LifeStart RD Approved menu item, bring your receipt to the fitness center for a chance to win a monthly prize. Each month, a LifeStart fitness member and non-member will be selected at random from our raffle. Keep on the lookout for new menu items and fitness center prizes each month!


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Kale, a Superfood?

A kale plant has green or purple leaves and the central leaves do not form a head like a cabbage.

Flavor/Texture/Coloring:

Green/Purple/Black Varieties

Overall, however, the taste of kale can be surprisingly varied, from bitter or peppery to more plain and slightly sweet.

It is hardy and thrives in wintertime, and can survive in temperatures as low as -15 degrees. Kale can become sweeter after a heavy frost.

Preparation Notes:

Texture: Firm and crisp leaves
Flavor: Mildly bitter, slightly sweet

Suggested Preparations: Raw, steaming, braised

Boiling raw kale diminishes most of these nutrients except for vitamin K

 Health & Nutrition:

Kale is a concentrated source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Raw kale is composed of 84% water, 9% carbohydrates, 4% protein, and 1% fat.  In a 100 gram serving, raw kale provides 49 calories and is a rich source of vitamin Avitamin Cvitamin B6folate, and manganese. Kale is a good source of thiaminriboflavinpantothenic acidvitamin E and several dietary minerals, including ironcalciumpotassium, and phosphorus

Menu Options: –Kale and Apple salad – fresh kale, green apples, roasted chick peas, feta cheese, lemon vinaigrette $13.95 (grilled chicken $14.95, sautéed shrimp $17.95, blackened salmon $18.95)

Did you know? Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe. Kale as we know it today was first cultivated in the Mediterranean region over 2,000 years ago.