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What are Healthy 100 Approved foods?

POSTED BY: Kayla Eubanks

What you put into your body makes a big difference into how you feel each day. And over the course of a lifetime, your nutrition plays a big role in your life expectancy. As part of the Healthy 100 movement, Florida Hospital wanted to ensure that the foods we were recommending to our community were healthy and supported our goal of making Central Florida one of the healthiest communities in the world.

Sherri Flynt, registered dietician at the Florida Hospital Center for Nutritional Excellence, was put to the test when asked to create Healthy 100 Approved food guidelines. She reviewed the guidelines developed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and other industry standards, then modified those guidelines to be even healthier.                                                                    

What does it mean when a meal is Healthy 100 Approved? It means the meal includes no more than

  • 35% of calories come from total fat (Exceptions: salmon, avocado, nuts & seeds, hummus, which are good fats)
  • 7-10% of total calories from saturated fat
  • 100mg of cholesterol
  • 3-4 teaspoons of sugar
  • 700 mg of sodium for an entrée or 300 mg for a side dish.

A Healthy 100 Approved meal also has at least 3-5 grams of fiber, uses whole grains (if possible), but does not use any trans-fat.

We are proud that all of the recipes and many of the foods you can eat in our hospital cafeterias meet these special Healthy 100 Approved guidelines. We are even more proud to announce local restaurants in Central Florida have joined us in this health movement by offering Healthy 100 Approved menu items in their business!

Here are a few of the local restaurants offering a Healthy 100 Approved menu item:

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cocina 214
  • The Taproom at Dubsdread
  • Healthy Bites Fitness Cuisine
  • Infusion Café
  • Nadia’s Café
  • Panera
  • Rangetsu
  • Savion’s Place
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Simply Divine Food Truck
  • Sushi House Orlando
  • RusTeak Restaurant
  • White Wolf Café
  • Yogurtiamo

A full, regularly updated list is available at

Look for the Healthy 100 Approved icon when you dine out to ensure that you’re giving your family the healthiest menu options.

If you are a chef and want to create a new dish (or even modify an existing one), we would love to work with you. Just email us at

Do you have a favorite go-to restaurant for a healthy meal? Comment below and we will reach out to them about joining the Healthy 100 Approved list!