Now At 7-Eleven Hawai'i
The Keto Diet
Edna Ching | June 1, 2020
For those on the Keto Diet, 7-Eleven Hawaii may not be top of mind. But when hungry and with little time, one might consider 7-Eleven Hawaii as a viable option. One day Keto expert, Dr. Jodi Nishida of The Keto Prescription, decided to go to the nearest 7-Eleven store for a bite to eat while rushing to get errands completed. After looking around for a few minutes, she left the store empty handed. She shared her story with a close friend who just happened to know Greg Hanna, CEO of 7-Eleven Hawaii. That exchange led to a unique and valuable partnership.
It didn’t take long for 7-Eleven Hawaii’s Fresh Food Team to meet with Dr. Nishida. Senior Category Manager of Fresh Foods Debbie Lee Soon was the point person for 7-Eleven Hawaii. Debbie spent a few months experimenting with various keto friendly recipes with Dr. Nishida as her consultant. Debbie also had a family resource. Her daughter had been on the diet for quite some time. So, Debbie also applied what she learned from her daughter into the product development process.
When asked about her goals with the Keto project Debbie responded, “My ultimate goal was to make items that taste really good so everyone will like it, even people who are not doing keto.” After months of researching and revising recipes, 7-Eleven Hawaii rolled out three items that are keto-approved by Dr. Nishida. This group of items was introduced on June 2 in all 64 neighborhood stores and more will be introduced in the near future. Because Hawaii has such a high rate of prediabetes and diabetes as well, the goal is to provide convenience for multiple patient populations.
The first is an entrée composed of a baked chicken thigh seasoned with salt and vinegar. The chicken is paired with a mix of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and butternut squash. The second and third options are salads. One is a mixture of broccoli, bacon, red onions, cheese and a sour cream and ranch dressing. The other is a Greek Salad that has tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, olives, feta cheese and lettuce served with house-made oil and vinegar-based dressing. All these items have a common theme – low carb, moderate protein, high healthy fat.
As Debbie worked with Dr. Nishida on these fresh food items, she pointed out that while there are no keto friendly fresh food items there are packaged snacks and beverages that are keto approved. If you need a quick low carb snack or refreshment, 7-Eleven Hawaii is a viable option. There’s jerky, nuts, cheese, pickles, hard-boiled eggs and more!
To learn more about the ketogenic diet, you can reach out to Dr. Nishida. Her website is www.TheKetoPrescription.com and she and her medical team have a keto-based clinic in Honolulu. You can also find her on Facebook at Jodi Nishida or on Instagram @theketoprescription for videos and other recommendations regarding the keto lifestyle.