Tasty menu includes features lean proteins, light sauces and other Healthy Dining choices
Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, rQ! Barbecue in Shorewood, IL, is dishing up flavorful barbecue with a fresher and healthier perspective.
Already known as innovators of fresh, healthy barbecue options, rQ! Barbecue now offers menu choices recommended by Healthy Dining’s dietitians that meet specific nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.
“Light, fresh options have always been a hallmark of rQ! Barbecue, and eating healthy at rQ! is now even easier, thanks to our new partnership with Healthy Dining,” said Ron Rupp, founder and owner of rQ! Barbecue. “Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians have evaluated the nutrition content of some of our menu items and given their stamp of approval, and we’re thrilled to offer our guests delicious choices that meet Healthy Dining’s rigorous standards.”
Here is a sample of rQ! Barbecue’s dietitian-recommended menu options featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com:
Salmon Salad – Salmon, tomato, lettuce, onion, walnuts, cranberries, and avocado.
Smoked Salmon Sandwich – Smoked Salmon with light barbecue sauce, served on a wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
Pulled Chicken Sandwich – Pulled chicken breast with light barbecue sauce, served on a wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
Turkey Breast Wrap – Pulled turkey breast in light barbecue sauce with lettuce and tomato, wrapped in a tortilla.
“We are so excited to be featuring rQ! Barbecue on HealthyDiningFinder.com!” said Ilana Lemberger, R.D., nutrition project manager for Healthy Dining. “Their menu offers a variety of delicious and nutritious barbecue options, such as white meat chicken, a light barbecue sauce, and protein-packed salads.”
For a complete list of participating restaurants nationwide, visit HealthyDiningFinder.com.
Healthy Dining provides Americans with digital tools and resources to find the best restaurant choices for their dietary goals and healthy lifestyles. President and founder Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, launched Healthy Dining by combining the brainpower and creativity of chefs, restaurateurs, health experts, registered dietitians and communication strategists. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, the Healthy Dining Program has grown to become the most powerful restaurant industry nutrition initiative in the nation. Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com, enables millions of nutrition-conscious restaurant diners, as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other nutrition-related conditions, to easily find dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining choices served at restaurants coast to coast. The site is publicized by influential partners including the American Heart Association, Produce for Better Health, the Whole Grains Council and many others dedicated to supporting healthier eating. Additionally, Healthy Dining has been selected by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a variety of restaurant nutrition-related research projects. For more information, please contact Deborah Lawrence, Deb@HealthyDiningFinder.com, 760.809.2622.
Barbecue is many things to many people. Coming from Kansas City, where barbecue is an essential part of the culture, Ron and JoAnn Rupp knew all of the things that barbecue could be. While it is first and foremost a style of cooking and one of the healthiest ways to prepare delicious cuts of meat, it is also a place for friends and family to gather, a way to support your local sports team, a celebration, a competition, and most importantly, a part of the community. Considering their love of barbecue and their more than 40 years combined experience in the restaurant and ingredient industries, it seemed fated that Ron and JoAnn would establish rQ! Barbecue. Ron has long been a master of the barbecue pit, making his own rubs and sauces, while JoAnn has always had a passion for healthy cooking and fresh ingredients. Their visions came together to create a neighborhood restaurant offering delicious, craveable comfort food that can also be a light, fresh, healthy meal to be enjoyed any day of the week.