PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES), a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant group, today kicks off national Mediterranean Diet Month with a new collection of Snack Boxes, new Quinoa Salad, a “Zoës for a Year” Facebook giveaway, along with an email and social media campaign providing tips and inspiration for Living Mediterranean. As a leader in Mediterranean cuisine, Zoës Kitchen is committed to elevating awareness and benefits of the region’s approach to nutrition and living by offering fresh, better-for-you dining options inspired by the countries and flavors of the Mediterranean.
Zoës Kitchen guests can now enjoy three NEW menu snack box offerings, each under 445 calories:
- Modern Mediterranean Snack Box: (Gluten free) grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, original hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes. A post-workout refuel option that’s high in protein with 36 grams.
- Hummus Duo & Veggies Snack Box: (Gluten free) original hummus, pesto hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes. A tasty vegetarian option that is only 390 calories and makes a great afternoon snack.
- Balanced Bites Snack Box: grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, pasta salad and mixed fruit. Great for kids on-the-go!
“There is a growing demand for convenient snacking options that satisfy hunger as well as nutritional needs,” said Kevin Miles, CEO and President at Zoës Kitchen. “Whether it’s an afternoon snack at the office or a quick bite between school and soccer practice, snack boxes in addition to our Fresh-Take Tubs, are wholesome, fresh, on-the-go solutions that are perfect for our guests’ busy lifestyles.”
Zoës NEW Quinoa Salad incorporates quinoa mixed with carrots, cabbage, green onion, red peppers, tomatoes, and celery, sprinkled with feta and tossed with a zesty lemon vinaigrette. In combination, the ingredients bring forth crisp, fresh vegetable textures, colors and herbs that leave guests feeling satisfied with a hearty salad that has bursts of citrus notes. Quinoa is an ancient, superfood grain that is gluten-free and is a great source of iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium. The new salad is hearty enough to be eaten on its own or with one of Zoës Kitchen’s protein choices – chicken, steak, salmon or shrimp.
The Zoës Kitchen menu is inspired by the Mediterranean food philosophy, which promotes consumption of ingredients including olive oil, nutrient-rich legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, moderate consumption of lean proteins, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), and moderate wine consumption. In addition to feeling great, studies on the Mediterranean diet report compelling functional benefits including reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer and high blood pressure. The diet has also shown to increase longevity of life and to serve as a successful strategy for healthy weight loss. Zoës’ month-long celebration will promote connecting with friends, staying active, and enjoying simple ingredients that fuel a healthy life, ultimately encouraging our guests to feel their best by making choices that reflect Mediterranean living.
In conjunction with National Mediterranean Diet Month, Zoës Kitchen is hosting a “Zoës for a Year” giveaway, the Official Rules of which can be located at www.facebook.com/zoeskitchen. A Mediterranean tip of the day will be shared on the Zoës Kitchen Twitter page throughout the month of May. Email subscribers will receive a series of emails, including kicking each week off with a Mediterranean Monday feature that will highlight motivational Mediterranean lifestyle and diet tips, as well as quick and easy recipes that take the hassle out of making dinner by utilizing our Fresh-Take Tubs (Hummus, Chicken Salad, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad and Marinated Slaw). Our guests can join Zoë-mail by visiting http://zoeskitchen.com/zoemail.
About Zoës Kitchen
Founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant group serving a distinct menu of made-from-scratch, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with Southern hospitality. With 214 locations in 20 states across the United States, Zoës Kitchen delivers goodness to its guests by sharing simple, tasty and fresh Mediterranean meals that inspire guests to lead a balanced lifestyle and feel their best from the inside out. For more information, please visit www.zoeskitchen.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or follow #livemediterranean.