Start 2019 On A Healthy NoteCover Story
January 6, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
With the turn of the calendar, Zippy’s Restaurants is committed to helping local residents who have made New Year’s resolutions to improve their health be successful by providing better dining choices.
Zippy’s has crafted some healthier menu and substitution options that were recommended by experts at American Diabetes Association of Hawaii and National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, and most of these “Live Well” options are available daily on the regular fast food and restaurant menus.
For example, diners can ask for gravy or sauces on the side and use them sparingly, swap two scoops of white rice for a scoop of brown rice and substitute tossed greens for macaroni salad.
In addition to eating better with the healthy choices available, diners and their families can show support for American Diabetes Association of Hawaii through the Live Well campaign that runs through Jan. 31. First, pick up a delicious Korean Chicken Salad for just $10.35 at the fast food counter and $11.95 in the restaurant — as a reminder, the Live Well option can be ordered with sauce on the side. A portion of the proceeds from each Korean Chicken Salad sold will benefit American Diabetes Association of Hawaii, and guests may purchase a cut-out marker for $1 each from restaurant servers, and can also donate to designated boxes at each Zippy’s location.
“We know that people want to eat healthier, but still want the convenience and familiarity that only Zippy’s can provide,” says Jeanine Mamiya-Kalahiki, marketing manager at Zippy’s Restaurants. “While we’ve had various different healthier menus before, we thought that our customers would appreciate a way to order the dishes that they know and love in a way that is healthier, rather than ordering from a completely separate menu.”
Through the Live Well approach, diners can order their favorite Zippy’s items and make minor modifications that go a long way toward living a better life. For instance, Mini Chili & Chicken Plate ($7.45 fast food, $8.75 restaurant) and Mini Korean Chicken ($7.90 fast food, $9.25 restaurant) are traditionally served with white rice and macaroni salad, but now can be ordered with a scoop of brown rice and tossed greens.
Even the iconic Zippy’s Regular Chili Rice ($4.90 fast food) can be enjoyed as a Live Well option. Diners can swap out the white rice for a scoop of brown rice, and can also order the vegetarian version of Zippy’s chili.
Breakfast fans can also enjoy healthier meals at Zippy’s with protein-packed choices such as the flavorful Portuguese Omelette Sandwich ($2.90 fast food) or French Toast Combo ($9.50 restaurant only), which is served with a choice of eggs any way and one’s selection of Spam, bacon, Portuguese sausage, link sausage or corned beef hash — with a Live Well order, the French toast can be enjoyed without powdered sugar , with butter on the side and a light drizzle of syrup.
Hearty entrees including Chinatown Steamed Asian Sea Bass ($18.45 restaurant only) and Oxtail Soup ($19.45 fast food and restaurant) are accompanied by two scoops of white rice as the standard preparation of these local favorites, but through the Live Well approach, diners can substitute a scoop of brown rice as a better starch alternative.
“Zippy’s Restaurants feels it is important to strengthen the communities we serve by supporting charitable organizations like the ADA (American Diabetes Association),” says Mamiya-Kalahiki. “Beyond money, we provide them with a platform to educate our customers and create awareness of how they serve our communities. We are committed to the needs of our youth and families, and that is shown through our support of community programs statewide.”
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