San Antonio's Healthy Menu Initiative
A Better Choice For Life!
¡Por Vida! is a restaurant recognition program that helps you make healthier food choices by identifying menu items that meet nutritional guidelines developed by the Healthy Restaurants Coalition. When you choose "¡Por Vida!", you make a better choice "For Life"!
The ¡Por Vida! Nutrition Meal Standards Include:
- ≤700 Total Calories
- ≤ 8 g Saturated Fat
- 0 g Trans-fat
- ≤ 12 Added Sugars
- ≤750 mg Sodium
- No Fried Food
The ¡Por Vida! Healthy Standard
Healthy menu criteria are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which suggests a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein.
¡Por Vida! registered dietitians look for nutrient dense foods with minimal saturated fats, trans-fats, and sodium that meet the ¡Por Vida! standards.
Just for Kids
Children come in all shapes and sizes, and calorie and nutrient needs vary drastically by age and size. Consider these healthy suggestions.
- Offer one or more servings of fruits and vegetables
- Serve a variety of non-fried entrée items
- Offer a variety of No Sugar Sweetened beverages
- Portion sizes should be child-appropriate
Water is the most natural, healthiest beverage adults and children can drink. Treat other fluids like dessert - an occasional treat, but not the main course.
Nutritional Criteria developed and supported by the South Texas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.