5 Points Local, a restaurant and yoga studio in the 5 Points Neighborhood on North Flores Street, joined ¡Por Vida!, a Metro Health healthy dining program. 5 Points Local will offer ¡Por Vida! meals from their gluten-free kitchen with a menu of offerings that highlight locally-sourced ingredients.
“We welcome 5 Points Local to San Antonio’s healthy dining community,” says Anna Macnak, Metro Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Dietitian. “The 5 Points neighborhood has higher health disparities and chronic disease rates than the Bexar county average, making the significance of the availability of affordable, healthy options here even more important.”
A ¡Por Vida! registered dietitian analyzed several ¡Por Vida! approved entrées and sides options to be offered by 5 Points Local. All these food options follow the strict ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria where a meal can be no more than 700 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, zero grams of trans fat, 12 grams added sugar, and 750 mg of sodium. ¡Por Vida!-approved items may not be fried.
¡Por Vida! menu items available at 5 Point Local include: 5 Points Granola, the Shroom Bowl (mushrooms in a creamy cashew sauce over spaghetti squash), and the Karma Bowl (quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, and black beans). All ¡Por Vida!-approved items are marked with the ¡Por Vida! logo for easy recognition.
“At 5 Points Local we are committed to offering delicious and locally-sourced meals at affordable prices”, says Abby Johnson, manager of 5 Points Local. “Being part of the ¡Por Vida! program is a way to further demonstrate the high importance we place on building partnerships with local organizations to improve the health of the community.”
¡Por Vida! launched in 2009 by The Healthy Restaurants Coalition, a partnership between the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the San Antonio Restaurant Association and the South Texas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to promote healthier food choices in restaurants and spread good nutrition within the community.
¡Por Vida!’s 21 partners include restaurants such as Papouli’s Greek Grill, Luby’s, D.R. Healthy Catering, Delicious Tamales, The Egg and I, Cocina Heritage, Catalyst Catering, Estela’s Mexican Restaurant, Zedric’s Fit with Flavor, Corner Bakery, Powerhouse Bakery, and McDonald’s. Business partners include WT Café, UTSA Roadrunner Café, Valero, Baptist Health System, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, University Hospital, New Forest Estates, and Morning Side Ministries Retirement Community resident dining facility. Click here for a map of all ¡Por Vida!’ locations.