Greenz Offers New Low Calorie Meal Options

On February 1, 2010, in Restaurant Review, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

As someone who started the new year with the goal to lose weight, I’m always looking for new ways to lower my calorie intake. That’s why I was excited when Greenz asked me to sample their new Wellness Program they launched this year. I realized back in 2003 when I ran my first marathon that managing your diet was the most important aspect to losing weight. In fact, I was running 20 miles a week at one point, but my less than stellar food choices had prevented me from losing even more weight than I did.

New Wellness Menu Guides

In addition to 400 calorie meal options, Greenz also created three Menu Guides to meet a variety of diet needs. These include a Gluten-Free, Point-Based, and Heart Healthy guide with a wide variety of choices to aid the customer. If only every restaurant made it dead simple to meet our weight loss goals and diet restrictions.

Greenz 400 Calorie Seafood Option

I personally opted for the 400 calorie Seafood option with Salmon. Dictating the portion size and calorie count is an easy way to ensure you don’t overeat. At the last minute, I added bacon to the salad as I figured that would help with flavor. However, I was surprised at how flavorful the salad actually was. I didn’t need the extra calories of the bacon at all. The mediterranean salad closely resembled a Greek salad in flavor and still featured olives and feta cheese.

The soup was a light broth with good flavor and I was surprised at how fresh the fruit cup was with grapes, strawberries and cantaloupe. My daughter even liked the soup which was a win. Overall it was a good choice. Of course with my sheer lack of control, I also finished the remainder of my daughter’s turkey club sandwich ruining the prospect of sticking to my target calorie count for the day.

Greenz an Early Adopter of Foursquare

Foursquare Check-in at Greenz Greenz Foursquare Special Offer for Mayor Foursquare Check in at Greenz

Greenz has become an early adopter of Foursquare to promote special offers for their current mayors. Their current special is a great deal too. Current mayors receive 50% of their entire ticket every time they visit. This is a great viral campaign for several reasons. First, Joe Flowers, the current mayor has a built-in incentive to return to this location. Second, anytime someone checks in on Foursquare their social networks are pinged. All their followers on Twitter and Facebook see this update, if so configured. Lastly, as an early adopter, they get to test out what works and what doesn’t in terms of driving consumer behavior. With the new Bravo announcement, Foursquare just became mainstream.

Conclusion

I applaud Greenz for introducing healthy meals and aiding the customer in making smart food choices. Additionally, they feature a build your own salad menu for ordering online that shows you the nutritional information in real time as you add or subtract items. Be careful as it’s pretty easy to go over your target calorie count. With free Wi-Fi this is also an ideal place for a working lunch as well. My only suggestion would be to print the access code on the receipt so customers don’t have to ask for it.

To see more pictures of the Greenz Addison location and my meal see my Flickr here.

 
  • http://www.eddybadrina.com/ Eddy Badrina

    Food looks yummy. I'll have to try it out sometime. Good review.

  • http://twitter.com/greenzsalads Greenz Restaurants

    You explained our program perfectly from a users point-of-view. We appreciate you taking the time to sample our offerings and are thrilled you had such a great experience. So many people want to take control of their food intake and eat a more healthy diet – but just don't know how and get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what there is to consider: calories, sodium, fats, vitamins, etc. We are trying to make it easy and affordable for you to have flavorful options that are healthy. Love the post!

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill

    Thankz Greenz! Glad you saw the post. I think your folks in the restaurant should continually push the 400 calorie meals and the Build your Own Salad option as well.

  • http://twitter.com/unhatched Joe Flowers

    Great post, Mike! I'm glad to see I'm not the only fan of the seafood boxed lunch – maybe we should get a lunchtime tweetup in the works when the weather's better and we can enjoy the patio.

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill

    Sounds like a plan Joe!

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  • stealingkitty

    I am new to the Addison Circle neighborhood, but have been using Four Square for a while. I love that Greenz is running specials for the Mayor. I think this community restuarants and businesses would be an excellent place to test how running these campaigns work as a whole as it appears a lot of its residence are social media influencers. Great post Mike.

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill

    Thanks for stopping by the Blog. I also keep a list of all active Foursquare specials for Addison here.

    http://pipes.yahoo.com/foursquaredallas/specials

  • http://stealingkitty.com StealingKitty

    I am new to the Addison Circle neighborhood, but have been using Four Square for a while. I love that Greenz is running specials for the Mayor. I think this community restuarants and businesses would be an excellent place to test how running these campaigns work as a whole as it appears a lot of its residence are social media influencers. Great post Mike.

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill

    Thanks for stopping by the Blog. I also keep a list of all active Foursquare specials for Addison here.

    http://pipes.yahoo.com/foursquaredallas/specials

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