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Diabetes-Friendly Meal Debuts at Salad Creations with Sugar Free VitaZest Water During National Diabetes Month

New menu alternative is approved by dietitians at the Diabetes Research Institute

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Salad Creations, VITAZEST(R) Water and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation have teamed up to create a diabetes-friendly, create-your-own-salad meal that is available in Salad Creations restaurants around the country. While Salad Creations is already a fresh alternative to fast-food, the new diabetes-friendly menu takes the concept one step further by identifying the food options that are lower in carbs, sugar, sodium, fat and calories. Featured menu items were selected and approved by dietitians at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a recognized world leader in cure-focused research.

"This menu is a good option for people with diabetes because the choices are high in fiber and are nutrient-dense, which means the foods provide good nutritional value without excess calories," stated Elizabeth Capo, a dietitian at the DRI. "We also made sure that the portions were sensible and that the ingredients were fresh and all-natural."

Customers can top off the meal with a vitamin and fruit enriched water by VitaZest. Exotic and tropical choices like Kiwi Strawberry, Passion Fruit and Pomegranate, among others, are certain to whet appetites.

"Millions of people are suffering with diabetes. We are happy that we could team up with VitaZest and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation to provide a valuable service and educational tool for our customers," stated Jeff Levine, founder and CEO of Salad Creations. "Not all people with diabetes have the benefit of discussing meal plans with a dietitian. The diabetes-friendly meal just alleviates any guess work."

Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate. In this country alone, nearly 24 million children and adults have diabetes, and an additional 57 million have pre-diabetes. Studies show that a combination of exercising and eating right leads to good health, and small changes in diet can make a big impact. For those already affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is committed to finding a cure, and leads the world in bringing promising treatments to patients in the safest and fastest way possible. To learn more about the DRI's life-saving work, visit

The new menu is available at Salad Creations restaurants now and will continue to be available throughout the year at most locations. For more information or to find the nearest location, visit

About Salad Creations

Salad Creations is a national franchise offering a fresh alternative of quality made-to-order salads for today's healthy lifestyle. Salad Creations was recently named the number one salad franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine's "2008 Franchise 500" ranking. In addition, Salad Creations was also listed among the top 50 brands in Franchise Business Review's "2008 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards." Headquartered in Margate, FL, Salad Creations has more than 50 locations open across the United States, Brazil, Trinidad and Kuwait. For more information, visit Salad Creations.

About VitaZest VitaZest is a delicious blend of fruit, vitamins and water and comes in nine delicious flavors including: Pomegranate, Kiwi Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Blueberry, Pineapple Mango and Green Tea. VitaZest contains all natural fruit flavors and natural coloring. VitaZest also contains significant levels of the Recommended Daily Allowance of 10 vitamins and minerals. Just as important as what VITAZSET has is what it doesn't have--no carbs, no calories, no sugar, no preservatives and no caffeine.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation

The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the DRI with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure.

Media Contact:

Lauren Schreier / DRI Foundation

954.964.4040 /

Chad Cohen / Salad Creations

954.893.9150 ext. 13

SOURCE Diabetes Research Institute
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