‘Healthy Eating on the Fly Award’ for Newark Airport’s Plant-Based Thyme Restaurant

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NEWS RELEASE January 13, 2017
‘Healthy Eating on the Fly Award’ for Newark Airport’s Plant-Based Thyme Restaurant
Veggie Trend Is Soaring at Airports, says ‘Airport Food Review’ Doctors Group

NEWARK, N.J.—Thyme, a new plant-based restaurant located in United’s Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, earns the “Healthy Eating on the Fly Award” from the Physicians Committee, a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors prescribing a healthful diet as a first-line approach to help patients treat and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

“Thyme restaurant receives the ‘Healthy Eating on the Fly Award’ for taking healthy, plant-based dining to new heights at Newark Airport,” says Karen Smith, R.D., senior dietitian for the Physicians Committee. “Thyme’s opening demonstrates the soaring demand for nutrient-dense, fiber-packed, plant-based options at airports across the country.”

Thyme’s menu features dishes brimming with colorful, carotenoid-rich vegetables, including Grilled Orange Carrot, Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sunchoke Ratatouille, and Mushroom Tacos served on a bed of leafy greens.

The menu integrates legumes into entrées and side dishes. Beans naturally stabilize blood sugar, while a diet rich in beans, lentils, peas, leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, grains further reduces type 2 diabetes risk.

Newark Airport came in second place in the Physicians Committee’s 2015 Airport Food Review, which included a guide to plant-based options at Newark Airport. The report found that 71 percent of restaurants at the nation’s 30 busiest airports offer at least one high-fiber, plant-based meal option—a 25 percent increase from 2001.

The Physicians Committee’s most recent Airport Food Review ranks food at airports serving winter recreation areas.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.