Think it’s impossible to eat healthy on the go? Think again! I had an exclusive chat with Subways’ registered dietitian and Jared himself to learn how Subway is committed to making healthy easy.
Disclosure: The following blog post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Subway.
Man, have I been busy! Last weekend I pounded the pavement of Atlanta Georgia at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). Try saying that 5 times fast! This conference is fast paced and chock-full of activity. I also get to see a lot of wonderful RD friends and meet many new amazing professionals. (More on this in an upcoming post.) I love it!!
I’m very grateful that this year I had the opportunity to attend some really cool events. One of my favorite opportunities, through the Fitfluential Ambassador program, was an exclusive breakfast sponsored by Subway.
It was a really small event (8 people total) that included their corporate dietitian, Lanette Kovachi, and Jared Fogle himself. We (myself and another RD friend Lauren Harris-Pincus) had total access to ask any question on our minds and we got the latest update on what Subway is doing to bring fresh, healthy and fast food to you.
Let me back up a minute to tell you about me and Subway and why I was interested in this special event. I've had sort of a long term relationship with Subway. In fact, I’ve been eating there since I was in elementary school. My family would go there after church on Sundays to pick up sandwiches and we’d eat them picnic style in our living room while watching a movie. (This was back in the day when the motif was maps of NYC. Anyone else remember that???) Fast forward to high school and I would frequently eat Subway before volleyball games, especially when I played weekend tournaments. Fast forward again to when I coached volleyball in grad school and Subway was our main go-to restaurant for team pre-game meals. Now, as a busy mom, Subway has become a restaurant our family can go to that makes healthy eating easy and quick.
Now, back to our breakfast.
First, I have tell you how much I enjoyed chatting with Jared. Y'all, he is the real deal. And what I mean is that he is authentic, sincere and real about healthy living.
It’s been 16 years since he first started loosing weight. 16 years! That’s a whole lot of time. He had such wise words to share about his experience with weight maintenance. He described his journey as a “true continual evolution” where you cannot live in the past. His approach to health is constantly changing as times goes on. He also confessed to having peaks and valleys - just like everyone else.
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to hear those words. It speaks to fact that healthy living can be challenging at times and requires new approaches from time to time. But, IT'S WORTH IT and it's totally do-able!
After realizing how genuine Jared is as a spokesperson for Subway, my interest in the restaurant's approach to healthy living (which is no secret) sky-rocketed. You don't have this kind of person representing your company unless you are serious about helping people.
Our conversation at the table shifted to talking about Subway and what they have done and continue to do to bring fresh, healthy food to people. Here is what I learned from Lanette and the other Subway team members:
- In a 6 inch sub there are 2 servings of vegetables! BOOM! Two down, only three (or more) to go for the day.
- There are 24 g of whole grains in their 9 Grain Wheat and Honey Oat bread per 6" sub. So, no, it's not just brown colored white bread.
- Since 2009, they've reduced sodium by 35% in their low fat sandwiches and 30% in all other sandwiches. But, their food remains delicious!
- Their product line is 100% partially hydrogenated oil free. Therefore, it's trans fat free.
- Subway is working on making all of their products "cleaner" and removing additives. They're almost caramel color free.
- Subway kids' meals have totally evolved. They include a mini sub, milk and fresh apple slices. Soda isn't even an option! Therefore, no more battles over that parents. I also love that their kids' meals are Star Wars themed right now. Um, can I have one please?
- Subway celebrates veggie diversity. I can't tell you how much I love this term. Among the many options of fresh toppings is avocado (seasonally). Avocado is personally one of the determinants of a restaurant I like. If there's avocado somewhere on the menu, there's a very strong correlation (from my experience) to being a healthy restaurant. Just sayin.
- Did you know you can have the bread scooped out to lower both total calories and carbs?!! This is a non-promoted option that anyone can request.
Wow! I didn't realize that Subway had been doing so much to continuously improve their food. Did you? I was really thankful that the Subway folks were completely transparent about what they are currently doing and the things the want to do to improve. It's a process for any company to work on improving ingredient lists and I think the most important first step is being open about that process.
Thank you Subway for sponsoring this event and being so open about what you're up to. I had fun visiting the Subway booth on the Expo floor as well. I picked up a sandwich for lunch and another pic with Fitfluential CEO Kelly Olexa, Jared, Lauren, and Subway RD Lanette Kovachi.
So if you are looking for a healthy, quick, affordable option for a meal on the go, consider Subway. My choice of sandwich is a 6" Black Forrest Ham and Cheese on Honey Oat bread with mustard, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, spinach, black olives, avocado, and bell peppers. What's your favorite Subway sandwich?