We all know most fast food isn’t healthy.
A recent report showed the majority of restaurants in York County serve fast food, which isn’t helping our nation’s rising obesity rate or any of our efforts to adopt or maintain a healthier lifestyle.
But here’s a breath of fresh air. Pita Pita — a franchise that prides itself as an “alternative to fast food” — will open April 25 at Queensgate Plaza in York Township. According to Pita Pit’s website, it targets the health-conscious consumer and aims to quickly serve food that’s healthy and fresh.
According to a York Daily Record article, Brad Alexander will run the York County location, which is his fourth Pita Pit. After opening his Lancaster location three years ago, Alexander said he got many requests to open one in York.
Pita Pit features light Lebanese-style pitas filled with lean meats, vegetarian options, fresh vegetables and exotic toppings, such as Babaganoush.
Menu selections include Chicken Caesar, Gyro, Falafel and Spicy Black Bean pitas, among others. Meat-filled Pitas range from 300 to 560 calories. Veggie pitas range from 200 to 400 calories. However, those calorie counts don’t include toppings or cheeses, so take a look at the nutrition breakdown if you’d like to know.
Take note: Some of the selections contain a lot of sodium, up to 1870 milligrams. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams a day — or 1,500 milligrams for those 51 and older, or those who have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. If you’re watching sodium, opt for the Hummus pita, which has 590 milligrams, not including cheese or toppings.
Overall, it seems Pita Pit will provide our community with a healthier alternative to typical fast-food chains, and that sounds good to us.
Have you eaten at Pita Pit? What did you think? Thumbs up or down?