|Bruce Sterman of Manhattan Chili Co.|
Next time you’re in New York and need a healthy lunch, try a bowl at Manhattan Chili Co., a quick-service food counter in Grand Central Station. The restaurant offers at least two fairly healthful chilis.
A one-cup serving of Totally Vegetable has 160 calories, 1 gram of fat, 8 grams of fiber and 7 of protein. On the Weight Watchers Points Plus system, that’s 4 points.
A serving of the Red Lentil has 130 calories, .5 grams of fat, 6 of fiber and 5 of protein. It works out to 3 Weight Watchers points.
Some of the fiber comes from the fact that the chili is thickened with parsnip and butternut squash.
Both are pretty high in sodium, however with 690 mg and 720 mg respectively. The latter is about half the sodium a person over 50 should consume in an entire day.
“It is what it is,” said owner Bruce Sterman. “We are not a low-salt product.” He pleaded for understanding. In his 21 years of operating restaurants in Greenwich Village and Times Square, he said he’d tried to reduce the sodium. But the customers complained the chilis tasted too bland.
If New York isn’t on your travel schedule, Sterman says his products are sold in some Whole Foods stores.