Iowans could use some help with “active living and healthy eating.”
Only 27.1% of adult Iowans have a healthy body weight, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s June 2022 Healthy Iowans: Iowa’s State Health Assessment report. And while the federal 2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults and adolescents eat 2½ to 4 cups of vegetables and 1½ to 2½ cups of fruit daily, Healthy Iowans revealed that 22.7% of adult Iowans eat less than one vegetable per day and 40.4% eat less that one fruit per day.
Fast-food restaurants offer little help in the way of healthy food options. But Clayton Farms Salads — the Midwest’s first salad and smoothie drive-through and indoor farm — seeks to change that.
With greens grown 10 feet away, serving ‘world’s freshest salads’
Clayton Farms Salads opened March 31 at 2435 Grand Ave. in Ames, and by the time I was able to visit in mid-May, had already served 10,000 salads and smoothies. By the time this column is released, it will likely have surpassed 15,000.
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“What’s exciting about this is you have a college town of mid-60,000s (Ames),” said Clayton Mooney, co-founder of Clayton Farms and Clayton Farms Salads. “And all of a sudden we can bring the world’s freshest salads to individuals and get the city thinking more about healthy fast food, which in my opinion today doesn’t really exist.”
As customers drive to place their order, pay and pick up, they can view rows of lettuce and microgreens, growing in trays, through the former Fazoli restaurant windows. The restaurant has been converted