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Schools - August 25, 2010

Priory students explore local healthful food options

by Michael Abramson

Finding healthful, affordable and palatable foods in local restaurants is a "serious need" for local teens (and others), say three Woodside Priory students, who decided to help with a new website.

For their senior project at the Priory, the private college preparatory school in Portola Valley, students Alex Peyser, Jeff Souders and Sahil Khanna reviewed 12 local eateries to find out which offered both healthful food and affordable prices.

"We learned that you will never find healthy food served at the same price and quantity as McDonald's, but relatively cheap and healthy restaurants do exist and eating at these restaurants is worth the few extra dollars," Sahil said.

The website Fast2healthy.webs.com was created to publish their findings.

Here are some comments from the website.

• Alice's Restaurant, at 17288 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside, is described simply as "phenomenal." Most of the food is under $10 and is served in "large portions." The restaurant offers "a diverse variety of foods," such as "waffles, cheeseburgers, and breakfast burritos." While that might not usually be viewed as healthful, Alice's says it serves "locally grown, grass fed meat," avoids "high fructose corn syrup," and uses "rice oil instead of cooking oil."

• The Plantation Deli Cafe, at 3536 Alameda De Las Pulgas in West Menlo Park, is "a friendly place with fast service," and "makes a mean sandwich." While "the food is good and fresh ... there is no particular attempt to use organic or locally grown foods." The average price of sandwiches is under $10.

• If you are looking for a healthful dessert option (often tough to find), The Mix, at 3536 Alameda De Las Pulgas in West Menlo Park, offers "strictly natural and organic yogurt." While The Mix is "slightly expensive" (a small yogurt costs about $4 and a large one around $6), the frozen yogurt is "delicious" and "worth the price," the students say.

Go to fast2healthy.webs.com to see the full reviews of the restaurants they visited.

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