Dad of Divas' Reviews: Families Eating on the Go: Healthy Fast Food Option - Organic, Natural Ingredients

Friday, July 9, 2010

Families Eating on the Go: Healthy Fast Food Option - Organic, Natural Ingredients

Often times, parents find themselves on line at a drive-thru instead of the kitchen; eating on the go is more prevalent than ever. The downside to this alternative lifestyle is that most fast food restaurants and chains do not offer healthy children’s meals and instead opt for higher calorie, fat-filled options that can be offered at a lower cost, with a faster production rate.

Investment banker-turned-restaurateur David Kostman has taken note of this deficiency and created a market to meet the needs of health-seeking consumers in a sector dominated by unhealthy options. The menu at Nanoosh ( provides organic and natural ingredients such as: grilled chicken, tomato, cucumber, lemon, quinoa, cilantro, garlic, red pepper, cranberries, onions and lentils.

Rumored in the industry that big name fast food restaurants are looking to incorporate hummus on their menu to appeal to more healthy-oriented consumers, David Kostman and Nanoosh are ahead of the game.

Grill Marinated Natural Chicken Breast or Ground Beef in pita with hummus
Side of Quinoa or Mediterranean Salad
Organic Lemonade

Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Chicken Nuggets
Side of fries
Soft Drink

Benefits of Nanoosh’s Healthy, Organic Ingredients:

Hummus: Hummus, one of the world’s oldest foods, is a natural food that can be a part of virtually any diet. The chickpea, the main ingredient in the hummus, is an excellent source of fiber that digests slowly and keeps blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly. Chickpeas also contain minerals that help the body detoxify, as well as iron and manganese, which are essential for healthy blood and high energy. Chickpeas themselves are relatively low in fat, but the presence of olive oil boosts the fat content in hummus. Olive oil, however, is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type that is actually heart healthy. In recent studies, Hummus has also been shown to naturally raise serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood.

Quinoa: Quinoa is a complete protein grain with all nine essential amino acids which are required as building blocks for muscles, as well as being a great source of manganese, magnesium and iron. It is considered an easy to digest grain and a powerful antioxidant with tremendous health benefits.

Lentils: Lentils are packed with nutrients, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and folic acid. Lentils are a low calorie, low fat, and cholesterol free food. Soluble fiber in lentils acts as a scrub brush, cleaning the digestive system. This type of fiber also decreases serum glucose and cholesterol, and decreases insulin requirements for people with diabetes.

Whole Grains: Consumption of whole grains, like the one used in the whole wheat wrap, was found to be associated with lower fasting insulin concentrations when compared to those associated with the consumption of refined grains.
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