Exchange helps Yokota community start 2022 off right with Better-For-You Meal, snack options

Exchange helps Yokota community start 2022 off right with Better-For-You Meal, snack options

by Vincent Lesesne
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Yokota Air Base – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is helping Airmen and Guardians and their families make their New Year’s resolutions a reality by offering a variety of better-for-you meal and snack options at Yokota.

“Helping Warfighters and their families lead a BE FIT lifestyle is critical to the Exchange’s mission of enhancing force readiness and resiliency,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Julia Woods. “Whether in the food court or on the go, the Exchange makes it easy for members of the Yokota community to make the right choices for their nutritional needs and lifestyle.”

As a partner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Operation Live Well initiative, the Exchange is dedicated to nourishing Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families with better-for-you options at Exchange restaurants and Express convenience stores.

All Yokota Exchange restaurants offer better-for-you options:

  • Burger King’s beef patties are made from 100% beef with no fillers or preservatives. In September 2021, Burger King banned 120 colors, flavors and preservatives from artificial sources from all menu items served in its restaurants.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen diners can choose from more than 20 items with less than 350 calories.
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks offers items with 150 calories or fewer including grilled chicken, steak and garden salads, as well as a selection of cheesesteaks with less than 500 calories.
  • Nearly three-fourths of Taco Bell menu items are less than 500 calories. Diners can reduce calories and fat by up to 25% by ordering almost any menu item “Fresco style,” replacing ingredients such as mayo-based sauces, cheeses and reduced-fat sour cream with fresh diced tomatoes. Taco Bell is an American Vegetarian Association-certified quick-serve restaurant, allowing diners to use any of Taco Bell’s more than 30 AVA-certified ingredients to make nearly 1 million unique vegetarian combinations and nearly 1,000 vegetarian breakfast combinations. AVA-certified menu items with 500 calories or less include the bean burrito, cheese quesadilla and Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito.
  • Subway offers more than a dozen sandwiches with 350 calories or less including turkey breast, oven-roasted chicken, Veggie Delight and Black Forest ham.
  • Shoppers on the go can also make informed meal and snack choices. At Yokota’s Express stores, better-for-you options are easy to spot thanks to Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle shelf tags. The Yokota Exchange and Express locations carry BE FIT-approved items including:
  • Fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Trail mix and nuts
  • Tuna
  • Grass-fed meat snacks and jerky
  • Veggie chips
  • Bottled water

Shoppers can learn more about the Exchange’s better-for-you offerings—including online nutritional guides for Exchange restaurants, highlights from the Exchange’s Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle selection and more—at the website.

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