Don Juanz is proud to announce its certification and endorsement of Eat Fit Shreveport by Ochsner Health System with support by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundations and LSU Health Shreveport. Both Don Juanz restaurants (in Shreveport and Bossier City) meet nutritional criteria designated by Ochsner Health System, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundations and LSU Health Shreveport.

“Based on Shreveport-Bossier City’s national ranking by active.com and wallethub.com as the second most obese city in the nation (for the second year in a row), Ochsner Eat Fit and Don Juanz were designed to help those who want to help themselves,” said Don O’Byrne, owner of Don Juanz. “Over the years, we’ve always known that what we were serving was healthy. We source organic, local, certified raised & grown food sources from responsible vendors with sustainable practices. All of our seafood is wild-caught by registered U.S. fleets. In fact, we’ve had several success stories from our guests that followed ‘my personal diet plan’ and lost large quantities of weight and have kept it off by eating grilled seafood and lean meat tacos on our gluten-free corn tortillas. Eating clean doesn’t mean you compromise great taste. Our food is not only wholesome, fresh & healthy, but, it also tastes great!”

Currently, Don Juanz is the only restaurant north of I-10 in Louisiana to receive this distinguished certification. To become Eat Fit certified, O’Byrne was interviewed, had the premises of his restaurants inspected and his documented recipe booklets examined by Ochsner Eat Fit registered dieticians, nutritionists and executive staff.

Molly Kimball (left) & Savannah Latimer of Eat Fit.

Eat Fit was created in 2013 by Molly Kimball, registered dietitian with Ochsner Fitness Center, New Orleans. She collaborated with iconic restaurants in the New Orleans region to create Ochsner Eat Fit, a program encouraging chefs to offer nutritious and delicious meals for those who want to eat clean, watch their weight, control their cholesterol, manage a gluten-free diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since this aligned with O’Byrne’s personal lifestyle and his menu for his restaurants, it was a no brainer to become certified.

“I’ve always attributed my ‘personal diet plan’ as something I do as a lifestyle choice. In the past, when asked by our guests how to lose weight & eat clean, I always gave them my standard disclaimer first — that I wasn’t a nutritionist or a dietician but gave insight as how I handle my daily caloric intake. Now, eating healthy has been made easier by simply walking into Don Juanz and choosing one of our menu items highlighted by the orange Eat Fit seal. You can download the Eat Fit app & review all of our nutritional information and rest assured you’ve made the right decision,” he said.

Don Juanz has maintained nutritious and delicious meals since 2006 made with only the highest quality ingredients. Guests desiring to eat clean, manage diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and maintain a gluten-free diet can now make the healthy choice an easy choice. Don Juanz has 13 Eat Fit Certified menu items to choose from. Eight of those 13 choices are their signature tacos.

Visit EatFitShreveport.com and download the Eat Fit app for full nutritional facts.