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7-Eleven, Tony Horton collaborate on healthier options

Celebrity health and fitness expert Tony Horton has

Celebrity health and fitness expert Tony Horton has teamed with 7‑Eleven to offer an array of healthy, nutritious food options and cold-pressed juices to the convenience store chain's "on-the-go" customers. (Credit: 7-Eleven)

Coming soon to the refrigerated aisle: Cold-pressed juices, quinoa salad, spicy black bean hummus. Images of Whole Foods may come to mind, but instead picture none other than the home of the Big Gulp soda — 7-Eleven.

The convenience chain is trying out new, “nutritionally balanced” inventory for its “on-the-go” customers with the help of fitness guru, P90X creator Tony Horton. Previously only available by direct home delivery, Tony Horton Kitchen is now working with 7-Eleven to develop a line of sandwiches, salads and juices, which debut in 104 stores in Los Angeles area this week.

“Tony Horton is one of the biggest names in the world of health and fitness,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s senior director of Innovation, in a news release. “His passion for reaching people and improving their quality of life inspired us at 7‑Eleven to offer our guests fresh, upscale selections.”


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The new offerings, coming in at an average of 360 calories, include:

Sandwiches

Grilled chicken with blueberry mustard on a whole grain sub

Stacked roasted turkey breast on a whole grain flat bun

Wraps

Golden roasted turkey breast with chipotle black bean hummus

Spicy black bean hummus and vegetables

Salads

Spicy quinoa with chimichurri dressing

Curried chicken with pomegranate raita dressing

Cold-pressed juices

Apple, celery, beet, ginger, parsley, spinach, lemon

Celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, lime, lemon, wheat grass, clover sprouts

The items, priced from $4.75 to $6.50 for food items and $4.99 for juice, are made of all-natural ingredients by the same FDA- and USDA-certified commissary that prepares other fresh foods for California-based 7-Eleven stores.

Horton said the products he helped develop are in line with his goal to improve the health of individuals, and with this collaboration, maybe even “America’s health.”

“My programs like P90X and now P90 are making it easier for folks to get fit,” Horton said in the release. “These healthy THK options at 7‑Eleven stores will fulfill the other crucial piece of the equation, which is healthy food and juices. Exercise is fitness, and nutritious food IS health!"

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