The manager at Sandella’s Flatbread Café shares the
history of the restaurant and the importance of
maintaining healthy eating throughout
Steven Hischier, sophomore psychology
major at Franciscan University, has been the manager at
Sandella’s for a year now in Steubenville, Ohio. Hischier
said that 20 years ago, Michael J. Stimola wanted to open
up a small coffee and sandwich shop dedicated to his wife
and mother. He started the first restaurant in Redding,
Connecticut with the name “Sandella’s,” after his wife,
Sandy, and mother, Ellajane.
Flatbread was introduced in 1996, which
became a customer favorite and later led his business to
franchise. This famous flatbread is all natural and fat
free. It contains no cholesterol, artificial colors or
flavors. There are only four ingredients: flour, filtered
water, sea salt, and yeast. It became the only bread
offered at the shop; this still applies today. After
receiving much positive feedback, they decided to extend
their menu and used this bread with wraps, paninis,
quesadillas, rice bowls, and more.
Sandella’s has locations in 30
different states, plus Malta, Saudi Arabia, and United
Arab Emirates. For Franciscan students, there is a shop
conveniently placed at the bottom of the hill here on
campus. Although open to the public, the majority of the
customers are students and faculty. It is definitely a
healthier alternative when it comes to eating meals
Hischier said, “All of our ingredients
are hand-prepped. We cut our own peppers, tomatoes,
roasted red peppers, even the lettuce, but some of the
biggest things that we have changed over the years is that
we used to use regular bacon and now we use turkey bacon.
We use brown rice instead of white rice. We use fresh
ingredients, which just makes it all around better.”
What college students eat is so
important due to the amount of change and stress that they
are put under. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising
makes all the difference.
Hischier said, “College is the most
vital time to build healthy eating habits because it is
when you are left to your own devices. You need to build
your own habits and know what food groups you need. ...
This is a great formulating time.”
Taking advantage of having Sandella’s
as a meal option will further get college students on the
right path of healthy eating. The menu has a wide variety
and includes wraps, paninis, quesadillas, grilled
flatbreads, salads, rice bowls, and more. A personal
favorite is the chicken delicate panini, which comes with
grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese,
and pesto sauce.
Sandella’s has partnered with
HealthyDining “to offer dietitian-approved healthy menu
choices.” Its menu items are included in the Weight
Watchers food database as well. Steubenville’s location is
open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekdays and 8 a.m. to 7
p.m. on the weekends. For more information visit
Sandella’s Flatbread Café website: http://www.sandellas.com/.
I had a chance to
interview Steven Hischier, manager at Sandella's in
Steubenville. He is currently a sophomore Psychology major
at Franciscan University. He shared information about the
restaurant and the importance of maintaining healthy
eating throughout college.
Hurlburt has been living with type one
diabetes for 10 years now, but
the message she has to share is far from
giving up hope.
Courtney Hurlburt, sophomore theology and
catechetic major at Franciscan University,
was just nine years old when she was first
diagnosed with diabetes. With symptoms being
lethargy and rapid weight loss, her mom
decided to take her to get blood work done.
The doctor had two blood tests done,
noticing that her sugar was at an extreme
level of 800 mg/dL. She was then rushed to a
hospital in Toledo, an hour away from her
home in Sandusky, Ohio. Looking back now,
she said she did not even know what diabetes
was, but the thought of giving herself shots
Courtney said, “Good thing my mom worried from
the beginning because if we did not catch it
sooner, it could have been so much worse.”
sent home three days later but her parents
kept her out of school for another two weeks.
Courtney, in shock, did not fully comprehend
what her diabetes was going to entail. She was
going to have to start counting her intake of
carbohydrates, manage a new diet, and give
herself insulin shots.
returning to school, she and the school nurse
talked to her fourth-grade class about her new
diagnosis and answered any questions they had.
Even though her classmates knew what she was
dealing with, Courtney still got some
said, “I got asked if my insulin pump was a
video game or a cell phone. My gym teacher was
going to confiscate it, thinking it was my MP3
college last year, she was not very conscious
of her diet at first, due to her new lifestyle
and stress levels changing. It was difficult
to eat well-balanced meals, which led her
sugar level to strike up to 400 mg/dL.
Courtney was throwing up frequently and her
health was declining. After lowering her
carbohydrate intake, her health improved
it is difficult to stay away from certain
foods, she said that it just takes time to
adjust to sticking to a specific diet.
said, “Not eating pizza or Chinese food is a
tough one, but you just have to get used to
it. Cookies are my weakness, but all in
Ironically, she works at Mrs. Fields Cookies,
under her dad, who is the manager at the
factors are the only thing that gets her down
these days, especially since it puts her at a
higher risk for a heart attack, strokes,
kidney and liver failure, blindness,
Alzheimer’s disease, and organ failure. She
stresses that the right mentality is key in
order to stay positive and not let these
things affect her. She
said, “You have to do what you have to do in
order to stay alive,” when referring to giving
herself insulin shots.
“Take care of
yourself, don’t let diabetes be a limitation.
Live your life,” she continued. “In a weird
way, I am thankful for being diabetic. As much
as a struggle as it is, I would be a
completely different person. My sense of humor
would be different. My relationship with God
would be so different. My outlook on life
would be changed too. There is a gift that
comes out of my suffering."
Visit Courtney's blog here
to read more about her