Food is a powerful influence on health and wellness, but regularly making the right choice can be challenging. Here at the Western Asset Management, we bring nutritious food to the table and provide opportunities for you to make the healthy choice at every meal.
Constellation features our company’s BeWell program at the Western Asset Management. BeWell was created to make it easier for you to choose well. Each BeWell menu option at the Western Asset Management will be identified by the blueberry icon. A small, yet powerful fruit, the blueberry is a perfect symbol for healthy eating and represents our company’s commitment to being small enough to care and big enough to make a difference. Our BeWell wellness approach also encourages positive behavior change through our promotions, wellness education programs, and partnerships.
Making The Healthy Choice
The Easy Choice
BeWell Eating Approach
The BeWell eating approach combines the latest in nutrition science and culinary trends to create a crave-worthy, nutritious menu choice. Instead of a calorie-driven or fat-driven diet mentality, BeWell focuses on high-quality, whole food ingredients aimed to satisfy and help you feel good too. Based on six highly regarded diet patterns recommended by healthcare professionals, including the popular Mediterranean diet, the BeWell eating pattern emphasizes plant-based foods while still incorporating lean meats.
BeWell identifies that for some, healthy means avoiding a food allergen or following special diet. Look for the following icons on the menu to meet your individual lifestyle and nutritional needs.
The BLUE circled icons designate food that contains the pictured icons.
Promoting Positive Behavior Change
BeWell recognizes promotions, wellness education opportunities, and partnerships may help influence positive behavior change. The following activities below are a part of our BeWell Wellness Approach to help you choose well when you dine with us.
- BeWell monthly specials
- BeWell recipe sampling
- National Health Month promotion
- Did You Know? promotion
- Wellness tips
- Quarterly BeWell newsletter
- Cooking demonstrations
- Local food sourcing
- Wellness committee partnership
Build a BeWell Plate
Looking to improve your physical and mental health? Build your plate the BeWell way whenever you eat. Follow these six diet guidelines while also being mindful of portion size and salt and limiting processed foods and trans-fat.
Emphasis plant-based, whole foods
Health benefits of a plant-based, whole food diet are plentiful – from decreasing risk of disease and cancer to managing weight. They also have a lower impact on the environment compared to animal and processed foods.
Examples: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, soy foods, herbs and spices.
Eat healthy fats
Gone are the days of low-fat diets. We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to stay healthy. The healthiest fats are omega 3 polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Avoid trans-fat. Examples: nuts, nut butters, seeds, salmon, tuna, avocados, flax and chia seeds, walnuts, avocado, or olives.
Add lean protein or plant-based protein
Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. While high-protein diets surge in popularity, most people get too much. Fill your plate with plant-based foods and add lean protein in 2 -3 oz portions. Or go veggie all the way and choose plant-based protein only.
Plant-based protein examples: tofu, tempeh, soybeans, legumes, lentils, nuts and seeds.
Lean protein examples: lean beef, lean lamb, veal, lean pork, bison, venison, poultry, fish, and eggs.
Limit added sugar
High-sugar intake is linked to several health concerns, including obesity, cavities, and heart disease. Common culprits of foods high in sugar are beverages, such as soda and sports, energy and fruit drinks, ice cream, grain-based desserts, cereals, and candy. To avoid sugar-laden foods, check food packages for added sugar and choose whole foods, including fruit, and water most often.
Fill-up on high fiber foods and add probiotic foods
Fiber is a nutrient all-star; it feeds good gut bacteria to keep you healthy, maintains digestion and weight, and stabilizes blood sugar. Probiotic food is a fermented food that naturally produces probiotics or a food with added probiotics and also maintains your health and digestion.
High fiber food examples: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Probiotic food examples: kefir, yogurt, miso, kimchi, kombucha, and tempeh.
And. . . drink water and get moving
Water is our source of life; make it your beverage of choice. Get moving; adapt a purposeful exercise routine to improve or maintain health. Aim for 150 minutes or more of exercise per week or 30 minutes per day.