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With the childhood obesity rate increasing, two innovators in the restaurant industry are doing their part to help decrease this problem. Chef Mike Watson and Managing Partner Aaron Bush from fast-casual restaurant, Green Bean in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, offer healthy alternatives that will not only make kids happy, but their parents as well. In addition to being delicious, every item on the menu is gluten-free, nut-free and non-GMO.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the CDC. Green Bean is dedicated to making this number smaller and creating a new kind of fast casual restaurant that is also good for the community. Chef Mike and Aaron know what it’s like to be a busy parent, as they both have children of their own. Trying to find time to fit in a meal for the kids that is not only nutritious, but fast, isn’t always easy to find.

One of Green Beans most popular items is the “griller” which includes pineapple, asparagus, fresh mozzarella, blistered tomatoes, mixed greens, and spicy mango sauce. The menu item comes with a choice of protein (steak, chicken, or portobello mushroom) and can be served as a wrap, panini, or salad. Children can choose from delicious kids meal items such as a chicken & mozzarella wrap and grilled cheese with Vermont cheddar – both gluten free of course!

Green Bean is making a difference in the Lincoln Park community one meal at a time. The easy–to-follow menu and delicious options provide a great alternative to the typical fast casual restaurant. Taking a stand to fight childhood obesity, Chef Mike and Aaron are devoted to changing their community and providing options to parents.


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