Known for signature American — which is not often healthful — fare, Bob Evans restaurants are now serving a Fit from the Farm menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Bob Evans serving up Fit from the Farm menu

Courtesy Bob Evans

Bob Evans is now serving a Fit from the Farm menu as a lower calorie option for its restaurant customers at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Columbus, Ohio-based chain of more than 550 restaurants launched the produce-heavy menu early in the year and is offering it at all its restaurants.
 
“Without compromising home-style tastes, this new menu provides plenty of options for our guests,” said Mary Custick, Bob Evans senior vice president of marketing, in a news release. “Balanced eating is an everyday part of life.”
 
Among the new menu options are:
 

  • pancakes topped with fresh bananas, blueberries or strawberries;


  • fresh fruit cup;


  • fresh fruit plate with yogurt or cottage cheese;


  • fruit and yogurt crepe with bananas, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries when in season;


  • veggie omelet with fresh baby spinach, onions and diced tomatoes;


  • Apple-Cranberry Spinach Salad with fresh apples, dried cranberries, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette;


  • Chicken, Spinach & Tomato Pasta;


  • Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup;


  • Farm Festival Bean Soup;


  • steamed broccoli florets;


  • plain baked potato; and


  • fresh garden salad

 
All of the menu items have fewer than 650 calories, less than 35% of which are from fat, and750 milligrams of sodium. Nutrition information is listed next to the items on the menu.
 
With a full-day menu, customers could eat all three meals in a day off the Bob Evans Fit from the Farm menu and stay within 2,000 calories, Custick said in the release.
 
The new menu also brings attention to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s www.mypyramid.gov by mentioning the site in an info box on its menu, reminding consumers that the USDA’s program can make caloric recommendations based on age, gender and activity level.