Health

9feb/10

A delicious way to celebrate Heart Disease Awareness Month ♥

Nearly every American family has a member who is at risk for heart disease. According to esciencenews.com and sciencedaily.com, less than 10 percent of Americans are at low risk for heart disease, and according to preventingheartdisease.org heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

In honor of February being National Heart Disease Awareness month, we would like to increase heart disease awareness by letting you know some of our popular menu items are Heart Healthy, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. These dished include:

♥Bangkok Curry (small)

♥Pasta Fresca (small)

♥ Penne Rosa (small)

♥ Buttered Noodles (small)

For a heart healthy diet, the US Department of Health and Human Services suggests:

♥ 8-10% of the day’s total calories come from saturated fat

♥ 30% or less of the day’s total calories come from fat

♥ We should consume less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day

♥Limit sodium intake to 2400 milligrams a day

♥ Consume just enough calories to achieve or maintain a healthy weight and reduce your blood cholesterol level

Click here for more nutritional and allergy information.

22jan/10

Supplying accurate nutritional information. Isn’t that obvious?

Don’t know about you, but lately we’ve been hearing a lot about how restaurants and frozen meal companies are saying one thing on their nutritionals, and serving up a whole other ball game.

Check out any one of these articles to see what we’re talking about:

San Diego’s CBS affiliate ran a story this month about the issue, and the reporter gave us props for weighing all of our ingredients so the dishes are consistent in flavor and the nutritional information is correct. The reporter also talks about our menu, which features 16 main bowls with 400 calories or less.

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We provide our nutritional information in our restaurants and on our Web site. Something else we do that our guests tell us is helpful is provide recommendations if you are looking for a certain type of food. For instance if you are watching calories or sodium or looking for something vegetarian, we offer menu suggestions. You can check out this handy dandy nutrition guide in the Nutrition section of our blog.  

Let us reassure you that when you’re eating at Noodles, you are what you eat.

20jan/10

It doesn’t just have to be a New Year’s resolution

It’s pretty much all anyone is talking about right now- the great, over thought of, often broken, New Year’s resolution.

According to www.usa.gov, some of the top ten New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and save money. Managing all these resolutions on top of your day-to-day grind can be a challenge. We’d like to help ya out.

It’s no surprise the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight since 67% of American adults are either overweight or obese. We also know eating healthy while pleasing the rest of the family is a challenge. Your family needs meal options everyone can enjoy. So we’ve done our best to make it easier for you – and not just for the New Year. This is a year-round option!

• Nutritional information

Nutritional transparency is important to us.

Not only do we provide all of our nutritional information online and in our restaurants, we also give suggestions on what to eat if you are looking for a certain type of food. For instance, we make menu recommendations if you are watching calories or fat or looking for something vegetarian. You can check out our nutrition chart with this info in the Nutrition section of our blog.

• Everything is made to order

We’re picky too.

You can customize your bowl to your liking. Removing an ingredient or swapping one ingredient for another for taste or dietary preferences is welcome. Does your menu item come with mushrooms, but you don’t like mushrooms? That’s cool. Does your bowl come with macaroni pasta, but you’d like that with whole grain linguine? It’s fine! Just let us know at the register how you’d like to customize your meal.

• Something for everyone

We can please the whole family from kids to adults.

We’re a family-friendly restaurant. That means we have menu items that are simple enough for the child pallet, and complex enough to satisfy any foodie. The Buttered Noodles, Spaghetti & Meatballs and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese are great options for kids, while the Thai Curry Soup, Penne Rosa and Mushroom Stroganoff satisfy any adult craving. If you are looking for something more healthful, check out our menu options that are 400 calories or less in the Nutrition section of our blog.

• Lots of veggies

All fresh, never frozen.

A diet rich in vegetables contains beneficial antioxidants that help reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. These antioxidants are just some of the nutritional benefits of eating vegetable, and we have 14 different ones on our menu. So go on, add some color to your bowl.

• Easy on the wallet

No tip zone.

Not only is eating at Noodles 30-40% less than other sit down restaurants, you don’t have to leave a tip! And at $4-7 a bowl, what are you waiting for?

13nov/09

Kids swap candy for noodles

Crazy, huh? That kids would give up their candy for noodles? We didn’t even have to fight them for it. We just told parents that if they bring in their kids and some of their leftover Halloween candy, we’d give them a free, small bowl of noodles. And it was a hit. We think it’s cool that kids actually were excited to swap their candy for something healthier. At this point you might wondering or questioning how healthy noodles can be – in one word, very.

Did you know that 16 of our dishes are 400 calories or less? It’s the truth. We also have 14 fresh veggies on our menu, so add some broccoli to your kid’s Mac & Cheese next time. They might actually like it, and you’ll feel like a better parent. In fact, you can customize almost anything to your liking at Noodles. Add a protein. Make it more spicy. Make it less spicy. Sub Whole Grain Linguine. The list goes on. Okay, we’re done lecturing.

Now check out some photos from the event.

 

 

23oct/09

Teaching kids to love veggies. Yes, it can be done.

We have partnered with Slow Food Denver to support the development of youth gardens at elementary schools in Denver. There are already more than 20 school gardens in Denver Public Schools, and we want to help create more. It’s a great way for kids to get their hands dirty, literally, and learn where their food comes from.

On Oct. 10, we hosted a benefit day at a local Noodles in Denver to raise money for a garden at Smith Elementary School. The next weekend Noodles & Company, Smith Elementary and Slow Food Denver came together to build the garden. The kids will be ready to plant next spring.

Before

Before

Almost There

Almost There


Wow. We came a long way.

Wow. We came a long way.

In addition to getting gardens ready for the spring, we enjoyed the harvest with students at school Youth Farmer’s Markets. Kids sold their vegetables while we sautéed up and sampled Pasta Fresca featuring the garden goodness.

Tip—Kids love pasta. Parents want kids to eat their vegetables. Combine the two and everyone is happy.

Yum

Yum


Sharing the Past Fresca love.

Sharing the Past Fresca love.

Coming soon to schools near you….

13oct/09

Alan Culpepper talking shoes at Noodles’ health fair

Allan Culpepper, an American distance runner who finished 4th in the Boston Marathon in 2005, won the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and finished 12th at the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens, came to Noodles & Company’s annual health fair to talk about his shoe store called Solepepper Sports. After the health fair, he chowed down on some Spaghetti & Meatballs and Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine with the rest of the office.

Our own marathon runner, Noodles graphic designer, Lynn Jenner, was all smiles when he opted to take a photo with her. Jenner recently ran the St. George last Sunday and will be running Denver on Sunday.

According to coolrunning.com, carbohydrates are “the single most important fuel for the runner.”

Tell us:
How do you fuel up before an athletic challenge?

25sep/09

This is your food canned. This is your food fresh.

The Guardian’s online newspaper , put together a slide show called ‘Food advertising v reality.’ It compares photos of food taken for advertising purposes and compares it to what the food looks like after purchase. Which looks the best to you?

Burger King whopper

Arby’s beef ‘n’ cheddar sandwich

Pesto Cavatappi

Japanese Pan Noodles

Another one of our favorite photos from the slide show

2sep/09

Kids Eating Healthy? Believe it.

Eateries have been swapping out fried food for fresh, healthy veggies on their kids menus. What a novel concept. We couldn’t agree more.

“The Wall Street Journal” posted an article online yesterday about this trend. Check it out.

In July, Parents Magazine posted a list of its 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants. Healthy options were key. Noodles & Company came in at #3.

Comment below and let us know what you think about all of this.