Community Partner Spotlight: Jason’s Deli

Jason’s Deli, located at 321 South Veterans Parkway in Normal, offers a wide variety of options from salads all the way to a monster corned beef and pastrami sandwich. They also offer a wide gluten sensitive menu or low sodium menu, healthy kids meals, and desserts. The food they serve contains no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial trans fats, colors or flavors, and no processed MSG. They leave out all the bad stuff, filling you with wholesome ingredients that fuel your body.

“Our mission is to make every customer happy. Our core values are highest quality food served safely, out of this world hospitality, highest personal standards, a great place to work, and a healthy growing company,” shared Wesley Donovan, Managing Partner of Jason’s Deli in Normal. “We at Jason’s Deli want to make every customer feel as though they are sitting down at a table in their own home to eat. We understand how tough it can be sometimes to find the right nutritional diet that fits our busy lifestyles. We appreciate customers trusting us with that decision.”

Quality, delicious ingredients? Check. Great service and atmosphere? Double Check.

“We strive to be more than just a restaurant. We want to be somewhere that you get excited to take the family on a night out, an option that you know you can fit in on your short lunch break, or a friendly option to take the friend you haven’t seen in years to sit down and catch up,” Wesley added.

A look at their menu shows plenty of options. We tapped Jessica Schauls, Four Seasons Health Club Fitness Center Manager, who also has a background in nutrition, for her picks for healthy, nutritious meals. Bonus: All three options are under 500 calories, filling and delicious!

When picking a healthy lunch option, pick a meal that will keep you full for a while, but not so heavy that you can’t stay awake at your desk. That’s the worst and is what tends to make you reach for the carb loaded, processed snack around 3pm or something filled with caffeine that disrupts your sleep. You want to choose something that helps you stay alert and focused! Look for a balance of macronutrients: lean protein, smart carbohydrates, healthy fats, and colorful vegetables for a variety of micronutrients (which supply you with essential nutrients for proper body functions). Here are some great options at Jason’s Deli that check all the boxes!

Nutty Mixed Up Salad – With or without chicken (for the non-meat eaters), it’s a great option, especially if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. The dried cranberries and raisins will satisfy the craving, along with some fiber-rich apples and grapes. Nuts, feta, and pumpkin seeds provide healthy fats for good brain function and keeping you fuller, longer.

Salmon Pacifica Salad – This is a great option if you’ve worked out today! This salad is packed with protein to rebuild muscle and potassium, an electrolyte lost through perspiration, from avocados (more than bananas!). Feel good about this option even more because of the variety of color added with all the veggies thrown in: cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and peppers. Plus, the cucumber-dill vinaigrette is not only packed with flavor but helps keep calorie intake low. Vinaigrettes tend to be lower in calorie than cream-based dressings like ranch or blue cheese.

Mediterranean Wrap – You’re at a deli… you have to get some deli meat! This wrap has turkey breast and hummus for protein, veggies, and an organic wheat wrap for some plant-based goodness. Add some wonderful kalamata olives for flavor and as a heart-healthy fat. There is a reason the Mediterranean diet is so good for you and this wrap is a good example of the reasons why!

If you have a craving that simply won‘t be satisfied unless you get that Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup for example (that’s what I’m craving right now with this colder weather!), that’s okay! It comes in at 950 calories. For most inactive individuals, that can be about half or more of an appropriate calorie intake for a single day. But if that’s all that will satisfy the food craving you are having, split it up. Have half now and the other half later for a snack, dinner or lunch the next day.

We at Four Seasons Health Club are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Jason’s Deli and extend our thanks to Wesley and his wonderful staff for their support of our community and events!

“Four Seasons is more than just a gym,” said Wesley. “It’s a place to take the whole family. Being a community partner with Four Seasons means so much to us because of the family aspect that it provides. It’s not just somewhere that you go to work out. It’s where you and your family can share precious moments. We have always been proud to partner with Four Seasons and will continue year in and year out because we know that you share the same love for the community and your staff as we do.”

We’re proud to partner with you too, Wesley!

For information on becoming a Corporate Partner or Sponsor of Four Seasons Association, contact our Community Outreach Specialist, Melody Tria, at today!