Healthy eating - it sounds boring doesn't it? Well let me share really good news with you - it can be delicious and it is really easy to do at Davanni's. (more...)
In a life before Pontillo's/Davanni's I worked with a chain of health food stores. I studied nutrition at the University of Mn. and wrote many articles on nutrition, vitamins, diets, etc. I have lived through just about every diet fad (and scare) there have been (including the Atkin's diet twice - the first time in the early 1970's). I remember when trans-fats were heralded by the medical community as the healthy alternative to saturated fats. In a nutshell, here's some of what I've learned.
If you want to eat and live healthy, the key is moderation and balance in everything. This applies to food, alcohol, stress... even exercise. (more...)
I'm sure you can think of news stories about some highly conditioned athlete (marathon runner, professional basketball or football player suddenly dropping dead). Yet, we all know the benefits of regular and moderate exercise. In fact, walking is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your physical and mental health. Recent studies have shown that a small amount of stress is probably healthy and even "bad things" like alcohol and coffee actually have health benefits in moderation. If most of what you eat is reasonably healthy, the occasional brownie, cookie or rice crispy treat won't hurt you at all.
Pizza has a reputation as being "junk food", a virtual "heart attack on a disk". Yet a British Medical Journal study recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that compared to individuals who did not eat pizza, those eating it at least once a week had a reduced risk of heart attack of about 40 percent. (more...)
For those eating pizza at least twice a week, heart attack risk appeared to be slashed by more than half. Another study of 8000 people in Milan, Italy (where else?) found that the people, who ate the most pizza, had the fewest cases of cancer.
So which is it, healthy or not? Well, like most things, it all depends on you and the choices you make - remember moderation and balance. Crusts loaded with sugar and shortening with tons of extra cheese and every type of meat that ever walked the earth (or crusts stuffed with cheese like some of our competitors) and you have enough saturated fats (bad cholesterol) and sodium to clog King Kong's arteries. Just 2 slices of Pizza Hut's Meat Lover's pizza contain 70% of your daily allowance of sodium and 116% of your saturated fat allowance. That's before you start dipping your crust in fake butter or ranch dressing.
Can you create an unhealthy pizza at Davanni's? Sure. But since we start healthier, it is a bit more difficult to turn a Davanni's pizza into a "death disk". We use very little salt and sugar in our dough (less than any of our competitors) and no shortening. Our tomato sauce starts with fresh tomatoes that are slow cooked to retain as much of the fresh tomato flavor and nutrients as possible. Done right, in moderation, Davanni's pizza can be a very healthy and nutritious part of your diet. Why?
Making Your Davanni's Pizza Even Healthier! (more...)
Call them subs, grinders, or hoagies; they are often grouped with other "fast foods" which we all know are unhealthy. Remember the movie "Supersize Me"? Well, our arch-rival Subway and their spokes-model Jerad have spent a ton of money trying to convince you that their subs are more healthy than McDonald's, which isn't much of a claim. (more...)
That's like saying a Big Mac is more nutritious than a ten pound candy bar or a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. I can pretty much guarantee you that eating Subway sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner will probably not result in weight loss, unless your current diet consists entirely of hamburgers, fries and donuts. The fact is that subs, hoagies or any other type of sandwich can be healthy or not so healthy depending on what goes into it. I can tell you that our hoagies are:
Subway advertises that some of their 6 inch sandwiches contain less than 6 grams of fat, but read the fine print... (more...)
To reach that level, you only get the meat and a dry bun - yum! A 6 inch chunk of styrofoam contains less than 6 grams of fat too. Our rolls have less shortening and sugar than theirs. Our meats are also much leaner. Our chicken breast, turkey breast, roast beef and pastrami are all oven roasted. Our chicken is 100% breast and not breaded or deep-fried. Our ham and Canadian bacon are naturally (not chemically) smoked. Our pepperoni and salami are "hard" (soft salami, cotto, etc. are much higher in fat) and naturally cured. Our mozzarella has been twice named "Best in the World". We only buy "clean label" products. Our meatballs and sausage contain no fillers. None of our deli meats contain any MSG or texturized soy protein. When it comes to the "meat of the subject", no one buys higher quality than we do, not even the delis at Byerly's and Lund's. The result is, you don't have to leave off all of the good stuff, to eat healthy and still be low fat.
Want low fat with great flavor? Choose from any of these amazing half hoagies: Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham, Pastrami, Chicken Breast, Southwestern Chicken or Veggie. Just order them with no mayo or oil. Because our rolls are healthier and our meats are leaner, you can still have the garlic spread and cheese and be around 10 grams of fat (RDA is 65 grams). Surprised that you can have roast beef and pastrami? That's because we use top cuts of meat that our 97% lean (our turkey breast is 98%).
In my opinion, calories have been over-emphasized. (more...)
Calories are necessary and provide the energy that your body needs to burn. It is not so much how many calories a food portion contains, but the food value of the calories you consume. Foods loaded with sugar are high in calories, but virtually devoid of nutritional value. At Davanni's, the calories in our pizzas and hoagies are packed with nutrients.