Nutritional Criteria

Eat Fit: By the Numbers

Besides being delicious, Eat Fit items meet the nutrition guidelines of the Ochsner Eat Fit team, and are centered on lean proteins, vegetables, plant-based fats, and whole grains, with no white carbs, minimal added sugar and animal fats.

Appetizer, Soups, Side Salad

  • Less than 300 calories
  • Less than 400 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 grams white refined carbs and trans fat
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar

 


Entree or Entree Salad

  • Less than 600 calories
  • Less than 800 mg sodium
  • Less than 8 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 grams white refined carbs and trans fat
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar
  • 20+ grams protein

Breakfast

  • Less than 300 calories
  • Less than 400 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 white, refined carbs and trans fats
  • 15+ grams protein + fiber + fat

Snacks

  • Less than 250 calories
  • Less than 300 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 grams white refined carbs and trans fat
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar
  • 10+ grams protein + fiber +fat*

Juices

  • At least 75% vegetable base
  • No sugar added

Smoothies

  • Less than 300 calories
  • Less than 400 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 white refined carbs and trans fats
  • 20+ grams protein
  • Preferably no fruit juices (even 100%)
    • Maximum allowed is 2 ounces

Cocktails, Desserts, Sides and Coffee

  • Less than 150 calories
  • Less than 300 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 grams white refined carbs and trans fats
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar

Eat Fit KIDS

  • Less than 400 calories
  • Less than 600 mg sodium
  • Less than 5 grams animal-based saturated fat
  • 0 g white refined carbs and trans fats
  • Less than 5 grams added sugar
  • 20+ grams protein, 1 cup vegetable
    • Whole grain, whole fruit or non-fat dairy also encouraged

 

*Although foods like hard-boiled eggs and snack-size cheese exceed 10% calories from animal saturated fat, they are rich in other nutrients and therefore are Eat Fit-approved as a standalone snack.

Eat Fit Restaurant Tips

Our general formula for an Eat Fit meal is a lean protein with a salad and/or a non-starchy veggie.

Splitting an entrée can be a good option as long as you’re still getting enough protein. But  don’t think that you’re in the clear if you order “just an appetizer.” Apps can top 1,000 calories!

Ask for your dressings and sauces on the side and extra veggies in place of starches. 

If you’re looking to treat yourself, try to limit that treat to one “extra” – think cocktail, bread, starchy side, or splitting a dessert.

When it comes to alcohol, keep things simple with beer, wine, a martini, or any other mixed drink with a low-sugar mixer.