Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) The broad concept refresh launched three years ago at the iconic, 50-plus year Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouse brands included a culinary revitalization that modernized the menu with more relevant offerings including several healthier options. Today, that promise to deliver an enhanced menu around quality ingredients has landed several menu items on Healthy Dining Finder’s list of recommended selections. Menu items and meals featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com are handpicked by a team of registered dietitians and meet strict nutrition criteria.
“Recognizing several years ago that many of our guests were looking to incorporate healthier food and dining choices into their lifestyles, we embarked on a menu refresh that would satisfy those needs while still offering flavor, quality and affordability,” said Tom Sacco, CEO, Homestyle Dining, which owns, operates and franchises the Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouse brands. “We are delighted to be recognized by such a credible organization as Healthy Dining, and we will continue to evaluate our menu so we can add even more Healthy Dining options very soon.”
Healthy Dining Finder’s recommendations on the food bars at Ponderosa and Bonanza are: one cup of Caesar Salad, one piece of Herb Baked Chicken, one-half cup of fresh strawberries, and one cup of Italian pasta salad. According to Healthy Dining, the meal is well-rounded with vegetables, a lean protein and fruit.
Also on Healthy Dining’s list are Grilled Salmon with Baked Potato, which features a meal of grilled, heart-healthy salmon served with a baked potato with whipped spread, and a fresh garden salad. Those looking for healthier options will also enjoy the Grilled Chicken and Baked Potato. This meal includes a tender, grilled chicken breast served with a baked potato with whipped spread and sour cream, and a garden salad. As noted on HealthyDiningFinder.com, lean protein such as chicken helps to satisfy hunger to support a healthy weight.
Additional dietitian-recommended menu items at both Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses can be found online at www.ponderosasteakhouses.com and www.bonanzasteakhouses.com, or on the Healthy Dining Finder website, www.HealthyDiningFinder.com.
About Healthy Dining
It is Healthy Dining’s passion to contribute to a healthier America – in a delicious way! Healthy Dining’s signature web and mobile site, HealthyDiningFinder.com, is the only search engine and inspirational source of its kind providing personalized dining-out recommendations validated by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians. HealthyDiningFinder.com enables millions of diet- and nutrition-conscious restaurant diners as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions to easily find Healthy Dining choices served at restaurants coast to coast. HealthyDiningFinder.com also features a Kids LiveWell platform, a program developed in partnership with the National Restaurant Association to help parents find restaurants offering healthier fare for children.
About Homestyle Dining LLC
Dallas, Texas-based Homestyle Dining LLC owns, operates and franchises family-focused restaurants throughout the United States and internationally under the Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonanza Steakhouse brands, where guests enjoy flame-grilled steaks and entrees along with a high-quality buffet featuring an endless selection of salads, soups, appetizers, vegetables, and desserts at affordable prices. A new restaurant concept, Bonanza Steak & BBQ, recently opened in Seymour, Indiana, is a full service, casual dining concept celebrating Bonanza’s American steakhouse heritage with its modernized menu including new authentic, Southern-style BBQ offerings, and an interior redesign around a butcher house theme. Plans call for 100 franchised locations in the next five years. For more information about Bonanza Steakhouses, visit www.bonanzasteakhouses.com.