O’liva, a locally owned restaurant in the downtown area, joined ¡Por Vida!, a Metro Health healthy dining program. Owner Chef Chuck Hernandez, an organic caterer for more than 30 years, opened O’liva in 2015 to bring his fresh concepts to a sit-down restaurant environment in the historic Plaza de Armas building.
“My passion for cooking for health was ignited at an early age as I saw family members around me suffering from diseases related to poor diet,” said Chef Chuck, owner of O’liva. “Being a part of the ¡Por Vida! program demonstrates my commitment to using ingredients and cooking methods that support the health of individuals and the community.”
A ¡Por Vida! registered dietitian analyzed several ¡Por Vida! approved entrées and sides options to be offered by O’liva. All these food options follow the strict ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria where a meal can be no more than 700 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, 12 grams added sugar, and 750 mg of sodium (salt). ¡Por Vida!-approved items may not be fried or contain hydrogenated oils (trans-fat).
¡Por Vida! menu items available at O’liva include the O’liva Cobb Salad and the Portabellizo Enchilada. All ¡Por Vida!-approved items are listed on www.PorVidaSA.com, which is updated frequently as new options are added.
“Chef Chuck is a pillar of the San Antonio local food community and we are proud to have O’liva join the movement of restaurants offering and promoting healthy meal choices,” says Anna Macnak, chronic disease prevention dietitian with Metro Health.