This week, I attended a class our nutrition students are required to take called “Nutrition Organic Tutorial.”  The tutorial didn’t start until 7 p.m., so I decided to check out the new stir-fry restaurant on campus called Santo Bento, . I looked over the menu, and decided to order the salmon stir-fry. The gentleman who took my order informed me all foods were cooked in pure canola oil and contained no trans-fats. Although, many of our nutrition students would love to avoid chemistry…the students I would soon visit would be able to scientifically explain why canola oil should be included in our diets and why trans fats should be avoided. All of Santo Bento’s menu items contained an array of vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and peas and allowed you to choose from an assortment of proteins including lean choices such as shrimp, salmon, chicken, and tofu. The next tough choice was whether to put your veggies and protein on a salad, on Jasmine or brown rice, or on top of a bed of noodles.  The menu prices were quite reasonable and ranged from $5.99 to $6.99. I left feeling comfortably full and ready to engage in a discussion about the structure of trans fats!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.