SA hospital offers healthy cafeteria fare

University Hospital joins MetroHealth’s ¡Por Vida! meal program

SAN ANTONIO - Hospital food is not known to garner many fans, but University Hospital’s latest offering is getting rave reviews for being delicious and healthy as well.

It’s now recognized by the Metropolitan Health District as a ¡Por Vida! restaurant by the Healthy Restaurants Coalition.

The meals are lower priced at $3.99, and are all less than 700 calories, have less than 750 milligrams of sodium, and have a maximum of 23 grams of total fat.

Cafeteria General Manager Rick Lamb says they will be offering many fish plates, as well as Hungarian Goulash and Napa Valley glazed salmon. 

“We have 35 dishes on a rotation, a different (one) for each day," he said.

 Monday was the first day the new ¡Por Vida! dish was on the cafeteria service line, and many chose it over burgers and fries. 

One of the takers was the vice president and chief medical officer of the hospital, Dr. Bryan Alsip. 

“We are very fortunate to have some cooks who really work with the ingredients they have and keep the calorie count low. That makes it a healthy option,” he said.

The ¡Por Vida! campaign was launched in 2009 to promote healthier food choices in restaurants and spread good nutrition within the community. 

There are already 15 partners, including traditional restaurants as well an unconventional food service venues.

For more information, please visit the ¡Por Vida! website.


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