Recently, I wrote about New York State’s iChoose 600 plan to try to get people to choose meals with fewer than 600 calories, especially when they visit fast food restaurants. The idea is that the average adult needs about 2000 calories a day, which can be obtained by eating three 600 calorie meals and a small 200 calorie snack.
A new restaurant has taken this idea and improved on it. Energy Kitchen, which currently has 12 locations in New York and New Jersey (and another 78 in the works from Boston to Miami), doesn’t have any items on its menu that contain more than 500 calories. This new franchise restaurant concept is the brainchild of entrepreneur Mike Repole, who also brought us Vitaminwater, Smartwater, and Pirate’s Booty snacks.
Some big name celebrities have been spotted eating at Energy Kitchen, including Hugh Jackman (pictured above with Energy Kitchen takeout), Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, and Uma Thurman. Inc. Magazine named Energy Kitchen one of the Top 10 New Franchises for 2011.
The Energy Kitchen menu includes items like Banana Protein Muffins, Seared Tuna Salad, Tex Mex Bison Wraps, Asparagus Salad, and Protein Brownies.
Have you been to Energy Kitchen? How did you like it? Tell me in the comments.