Susan is a Sodium Reduction Specialist and Healthy Dining Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Eggcetera, Etc. is a relatively new breakfast and lunch spot in Framingham encouraging customers to create their own meal from a bevy of healthy building blocks. You start by picking up a frying pan, which acts as your tray, along with bowls to fill with ingredients for your culinary creation – omelet, salad, or stir fry.
You then make your way to the “farmstand,” Eggcetera, Etc.’s version of a salad bar, with 40+ different ingredient options. Grab a container of lettuce if you’re looking for a salad, or start to fill your bowl with mounds of veggies, lean proteins, and whatever else you’d like to add to your meal. Then bring it to the chef waiting at the grill to prepare a fresh-cooked meal! You can have any type of meal, any time of day, with any combination of their plentiful ingredients – there are enough options available to satisfy any and all of your cravings.
Owner Jessica Savin likes being a part of MetroWest Moves’ Healthy Dining program, not only because it helps promote her unique restaurant, but because she can steer customers towards the right choices more easily. “I like it because I can tell people what is good, what is healthy. If they want to know the exact calories, I can say, ‘here you go’ and show them the board [HD sign listing approved meals].” They have three meals designated as Healthy Dining Approved, listed on a display board next to the grill. “What we did, working with the MetroWest Moves nutritionist, was pick out a few things that are very healthy. Right now, we have omelets, a stir fry, and are working on a salad.
"Using the ingredient bowls also has an unintentional advantage: portion control. Jessica notes when customers are gathering ingredients, “They can make a mound of it, and we can use it all if they want, but it is not always necessary and we show people that. We have a 2 oz cup for your cheese – doesn’t look like a ton, but it is plenty."
Jessica also loves the influence her customers have on one another. “When we get a couple people coming in at once or especially families, you have people ordering different things – the kids may get a hot dog, the dad a sandwich, and the mom a salad. We can feed so many people at once. What is interesting is then they see what others are eating. They see the hot dog, but then see this delicious and healthy stir fry that comes out and they can’t believe how much is in there and want to try it next time.”
So stop by for the Eggcetera, Etc. experience and get creative with your healthy choices!
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