• 27Jul

    Hope Lodge Dining Room

    Good Measure Meals was proud to provide dinner (or breakfast for dinner in this case) with the American Cancer Society’s Executive Leadership Council to approximately 70 cancer survivors and their families on Wednesday, July 18 at the American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge in Atlanta.

    Guests enjoyed Broccoli Cauliflower Frittatas, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Apple Sausage, and Apple Quinoa Bread with Vanilla Yogurt – all from GMM’s menu, along with an educational handout on the cancer fighting benefits of many foods on the menu – including broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes.

    Before dinner, GMM was honored to be a part of the weekly graduation ceremony for guests of the Hope Lodge who have finished treatment.  Three guests were honored and given tokens from their journey as graduation presents.

    The Hope Lodge offers many of the comforts of home for those going through cancer treatment who live more than 40 miles away from their treatment center.  Their treatment must require a 3-day or longer stay in the area, patients must be able to care for themselves, and are allowed one adult guest to stay with them in their room.

    Learn more about the American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge.

  • 25Jul

    JUST in case you’ve missed the buzz, we’ve registered our very own Open Hand/Good Measure Meals team for this year’s KP Corporate 5K Run/Walk!

    Best part? Team membership is not limited to OH/GMM staff! Friends, family, acquaintences, non-acquaintences (and their brothers) are all greatly welcomed to participate in this 5K, which will take place through the streets of Downtown Atlanta on the evening of September 13th. We’re hoping for a big turnout for our team this year, so head over to the registration page and multi-task the sign-up process while you finish reading about the PARTIES THAT ARE HAPPENING TODAY AND TOMORROW!

    Why parties, you ask? Because another perk of signing up for the KP Corporate 5K Run/Walk is the free 8-week training program happening through Phidippides of Atlanta/Sandy Springs. The kick-off party for the 8 weeks of training begins this afternoon at 6:15 p.m. at Phidippides Sandy Springs, and there will be another kick-off tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Phidippides in Ansley Mall. Check out the details below from Phidippides’ weekly e-mail update.

    For tomorrow’s event at Ansley Mall, our Good Measure Meals team will be out in force offering samples of our famed breakfast breads to the athletes and providing FREE body composition analyses with our Tanita Scale. We’ve just installed a GMM cooler at Discount Nutrition, one of our newest pick-up locations located right next to Phidippides, so we are excited to celebrate our new partnership through this event!

    Come join the fun, and don’t forget to join our team!

    Philip, Ashley, and Bryan hope to see YOU at the 5K!

    More information about the free 8-week Training Program and Wednesday and Thursday runs/walks from the Phidippides stores starting this week (via Phidippides):

    There will be Pace Group Leaders for all three sessions (Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) so everyone is invited – beginner to experienced. Many of you have already signed up for one or all of these so we are looking forward to seeing a big crowd.

    Saturday mornings – Kickoff was Saturday, July 21, 7:30 AM, at Phidippides-Ansley Mall.

    Wednesdays – These meet-ups are ongoing but there will be pace groups for the KP event participants. Meet at 6:15 PM, Phidippides-Sandy Springs. Stay for Jeff’s Galloway’s clinic: Running 101: Getting Started at 7 PM.

    Thursdays – These are also ongoing meet-ups and will also have pace groups. Meet at 6:30 PM, Phidippides-Ansley Mall. Stay for Jeff’s clinic: Running 101: Getting Started at 7 PM.

    Come to four of any of these training sessions at Phidippides during the 8 weeks and be eligible for a free Brooks technical shirt! RSVP here to reserve your spot in any of these sessions.

    And dont’ forget that there are Complimentary Workouts from LA Fitness for all registered KP 5K participants from August 15-September 12. This applies at all Metro Atlanta locations for all classes and facilities. You will need your registration confirmation email and a photo ID for your first visit. For any questions, contact info@kpcorporaterunwalk.com or 404-843-8727.

     

  • 23Jul

    If you’ve been on GMM for a few months, you have likely had our Creamy Dried Fig and Kamut Breakfast Cereal with Almonds aside Turkey Sausage Links that’s on the menu this Wednesday for breakfast.

    As one of nine dietitians on staff, I’m a little obsessive about tasting every meal, but this one escaped me somehow.  (For complete transparency, I’m not the dietitian who oversees the menu and develops recipes – so this can happen).

    Either way, tasting the Fig and Kamut cereal is on my to do list this week as 1) I feel the need to have eaten every meal on the menu and 2) I have no idea what Kamut is.

    You may not be so sure either, so here’s what I’ve learned so far…

    Kamut is the product name for an ancient relative of duram wheat called Khorasan wheat.  This grain kernals are larger than modern-day wheat and is known for its rich, sweet, nutty flavor.

    Kamut can be found in products such as breads, cereals, pastas, beer, cookies, and crackers and the grain kernels can be milled into flour.  Here at GMM, we are using Kamut as a breakfast cereal as an alternative to oatmeal.

    Considered a whole grain, Kamut is high in protein (6 grams per ½ cup) and fiber (5 grams per ½ cup).  Looking for more selenium in your diet?  Kamut is an excellent choice and is also rich in magnesium and zinc.

    Want to give it a try in your own kitchen?  Our chefs at GMM have inspired me to do so, so I went to the web to find out how to do this.

    Where to start?

    1. Find a recipe online.  As our recipes at GMM are proprietary, I can’t share the recipe for breakfast cereal; however, Kamut makes a great pilaf-style dish at dinner (instead of rice or couscous).  I think I’m going to try this Kamut Pilaf with Cashews and Apricots recipe from Whole Foods.
    2. Purchase Kamut kernals at your local market.   Whole Foods is probably a great place to start.  When in doubt, call the store manager at your local market to see if it’s available.
    3. Store Kamut in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, just as you would rice.
    4. Soak Kamut in water overnight (or 8 hours).
    5. When ready to prepare, place 3 parts water (or broth) to 1 part Kamut in a large pot.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer.  Simmer for 30-60 minutes.

    From what I have read so far, cooking time will vary, depending on if and how long you pre-soak the Kamut.  The only way to find out is DIY – do it yourself.  And I plan to give it a shot very soon.

    In the meantime, I’m off with a spoon in hand to taste our own GMM Kamut cereal.  Stay tuned.

  • 05Jul
    Strawberries with Blueberries Dipped in White Chocolate

    Growing up, I remember flipping through the pages of my mom’s Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping magazines, looking for inspiration for an original dessert for the holidays throughout the year.

    I remember the first time (many years ago) that I spotted an impressive 4th of July creation in a Cool Whip ad.  It was a dessert in the design of the American flag made from red Jell-O, whipped topping, pound cake and berries to create a 9 x 13 American flag (not exactly to scale, but impressive to me nonetheless).  I accepted the creative food challenge and made it many times while I was a teenager.

    Fast forward 20 years and my fascination with red, white and blue concoctions for our patriotic holidays still fascinates me.  This year, my creative juices came up with white chocolate dipped strawberries topped with blueberries all on a toothpick (see above).

    The outcome?  They tasted delicious, but unfortunately, the chocolate didn’t quite withstand the hot outdoors despite a cooler, and quickly ended up back in the refrigerator.  They were festive, just not practical for cookout! 

    Need some inspiration for Labor Day or next year’s 4th of July?  Check out these red and blue ideas from our own Good Measure Meals menu!  (Unfortunately, our recipes are proprietary information so we are sharing similar ones to try!)

    1.  If you like GMM’s Fruitwood Chicken Salad with nuts, dried blueberries & cherries, try a variation with this Curried Chicken Salad.

    2.  If you like GMM’ sWhole Grain Blueberry Pancakes topped with Vanilla Greek Yogurt (add raspberries or strawberries for a punch of red!), try these Whole Wheat Berry Pancakes With Maple Cinnamon Yogurt (leave out the maple syrup if it’s too sweet).

    3.  If you like GMM’s Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait topped with Blueberries, Granola and Pecans (add red berries), try Honeyed Greek Yogurt with Berries & Granola.

    And if these ideas don’t satisfy, try these recommendations from our own dietitians:

    1.  Berry Blue Salad

    2.  Grilled Chicken with Red & Blue Salsa

    3.  Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Salad