• 25Jun

    What’s the first thing a person thinks about when he or she thinks about summer?

    Vacation. True.

    And you know what’s right up there on the summertime “must do” list? Good Measure Meals. Surprised? Well here’s a little logic to help with the word-association whenever someone mentions summertime again.

    1) When’s the one time in the entire year that you really want to look good? Hint: Skirts, dresses, tank tops…bathing suits… Exactly. Summer. Get that arm flab outta here.

    2) Looking good is not magic. It takes a lot of focus and planning. But what is actually magical is that Good Measure Meals does a lot of the focus and planning work for you. GMM can’t make you exercise, but it can take ALL of the guesswork out of what you should be eating each day to help you reach your best Summertime shape.Time to Get Fit for the Summer!

    - We have well-balanced and portion-controlled meals that are designed to meet specific nutritional guidelines from meal to meal and from day to day.

    - Since we organize by calorie count, you can keep better track of your progress toward weight loss (or weight gain, if you’re trying to build muscle like our summer fitness expert, Thomas Murphy) than you could by yourself.

    3) The summer variety on our menus keeps your taste buds interested with all your favorite dishes of the season. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich; Carolina Style BBQ Pulled Chicken with Chow Chow relish, Field Peas, and Banana Pudding; Crab Cake Sandwich with Jalapeno Aioli Spread; Cilantro Lime Shrimp over Quinoa and Black Bean Salad; Vegetarian and Beef Fajitas with Onions, Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers; Southern Style Oven “Fried” Chicken with BBQ Beans and Collard Greens, fresh green salads and so so so much more!

    PGMM Spring/Summer 2013 Mealslus, our meals are easily portable for all your summer travels to the pool, beach, mountains, lake (OK maybe that’s us projecting OUR ideal summer vacation schedule).

    4) Speaking of traveling, Good Measure Meals is super flexible for your summer schedule. If you can’t pack your meals in a cooler and take them with you (ideal scenario, obviously), just give us a call before 4 p.m. on Thursdays to put your deliveries on hold for the next week while you scurry over to Europe or to Cancun or to the Hamptons, or wherever else all you awesome world-traveling jet-setters choose to summer. We’ll just set you a restart date so that directly upon your return home, you can expect to resume picking up your meals and extend the mental vacation by not worrying about meal planning for the next long while.

    Summer is upon us, and we can’t wait…especially since Good Measure Meals is here to help make this the best season yet!

  • 18Jun

    Contributed by Ashley Ritchie, GMM Registered Dietitian, Culinary Specialist, and Community Nutrition Educator

    Red Peanut Chicken and Vegetable Curry, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese Spread, Tandori Chicken with Indian Style Potatoes, Crab Cake Sandwich with Jalapeno Aioli — all of these meals have a little something in common. In a word…spice!

    Spices!And if you’re a current customer, you may have noticed that these new additions to the new 2013 spring/summer menu are slightly spicier in flavor than our previous menus have featured. The Good Measure Meals menu development team thought long and hard about introducing spicier flavors to the new menu, since we normally play it very safe when it comes to heat. Typically, it’s simply easier for you to add the amount of heat that suits your taste with ingredients like hot sauce than it is to tone down the heat. But there were some compelling reasons why we spiced things up a bit:

    1) Customer requests: You asked for it. Yes, our GMM customers strongly influence our seasonal menus, and many of you have let us know that you’d be up for a little more spice. This information is very valuable to new menu development, and we use it extensively to help shape each new launch — including decisions on whether to add flavor through the use of spices and heat.

    Chipotle Sliced Flank Steak with brown rice and pigeon peas, and a side of southwestern corn with poblanos and red pepper

    Chipotle Sliced Flank Steak with brown rice and pigeon peas, and a side of southwestern corn with poblanos and red pepper

    2) Add flavor without adding salt: Our chefs and dietitians collaborate to create menus that are not only delicious, but also incorporate a wide variety of healthy ingredients that follow nutrition recommendations promoted by the US Dietary Guidelines and the American Diabetes Association. These guidelines place importance on reducing daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) and further reducing intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. What is one way to add flavor without adding salt? Increase herbs and spices!

    3) Add antioxidants: Yes, spices contain disease-preventing antioxidants, and some are nutritional powerhouses. By consuming antioxidant-rich foods, it’s believed the body obtains protective benefits ranging from the fending off of age-related wrinkles to the prevention of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

    Want to learn more about the health benefits of spices? Check out these articles from Today’s Dietitian and WebMD.

    We hope that you are enjoying these new additions to the menu. Please take a few minutes and let us know what you think, by emailing our customer service department customerservice@goodmeasuremeals.com.

  • 10Jun

    Contributed by Good Measure Meals Chef and Registered Dietitian, Catherine Izzo

    When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for summer to start. Because school was out, I got an opportunity to spend most of my days outside riding my bike, swimming, and playing in my grandmother’s garden. My grandmother knew all the secrets to a successful garden. She could tell you which plants needed coffee grounds or egg shells and how much water each plant needed and how often. Her hard work and dedication paid off, because not only was her garden always lush and beautiful, the flavor of her produce was so delicious that every meal seemed gourmet.

    Cherry TomatoesAs both a dietitian and chef, I have carried my respect and love for seasonal and local produce into the meals that I create for Good Measure Meals and Open Hand. When we are planning the menus, we always think of what foods will be in season; when we are considering vendors, we prefer those who are local. The end result is nutritionally packed healthy fresh meals.

    This week is no exception, keep an eye out for these meals that include produce that is in season right now. This week’s breakfast is packed with seasonal fruit including Strawberry Compote and Blueberry Pancakes. Every week of the cycle, we feature different fresh salads at lunch. This week features roasted turkey over mixed greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes and onion with house-made Greek dressing. One of my personal favorite sauces that we make is in this Sunday’s lunch: Arugula Pesto, which is a flavorful blending of arugula, basil, walnuts, lemon and olive oil. Mixed Berries

    We are so happy and proud to present all of our customers with the best possible benefits of the season’s produce. Bon Appétit!

  • 04Jun

    Contributed by Charlotte Hayes, Good Measure Meals’ Senior Director of Program and Policy Development

         Schools are out and the long Memorial Day weekend is over.  This week is the first seemingly ordinary week in a while.  Unless you are one of the lucky ones heading off for a summer vacation, things may seem pretty run of the mill to you too. I came to discover though, that this is not just an ordinary week!

          I live in one of those areas that Atlanta sprawled into during the 50’s and 60’s.  You know – no sidewalks and neighborhood streets that dump into cut-through roads which are treacherous if you are a pedestrian.   You jump into the car to do just about everything – including heading to a fast food drive-through to pick up dinner.  Yep, typical type of development which has encouraged lifestyle patterns that have contributed to our Nation’s growing girth and declining health.

         Yet, extraordinary things have been happening where I live, and in many pockets of Metro-Atlanta. In recent years, paths and parkways have been laid.  I can now walk or bicycle to my community farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. None of this was possible a couple of years ago because neither sidewalks and bike lanes nor a farmer’s market were part of my neighborhood experience. Better yet this year, we have our first neighborhood community garden.  My family had good fortune. We have a plot!  Along with neighbors and friends, old and new, we are growing some amazing bounty.

    My family’s raised bed in our neighborhood community garden.

    My family’s raised bed in our neighborhood community garden.

    Community Health Awareness     This is getting to why this week is not just an ordinary week. It is Community Health Improvement Week, which is all about highlighting activities that protect and improve the health of communities like yours and mine.  All of the enhancements in my community are aimed at improving nutrition, physical activity and health.

         At Good Measure Meals™ we too are committed to improving the health of our GMM community.  Our goals are to:

    • Promote optimal health by making the healthy choice the easy choice,
    • Protect health by ensuring that fresh,  health promoting foods are featured in great tasting, nutrient-rich meals,
    • Provide a broad menu of nutrition and self-management support services to enable success for those who want to prevent or better manage chronic health conditions,
    • Work with our many collaborative partners throughout Atlanta to ensure that extraordinary improvements continue to happen to advance the health and wellness of everyone living in our fantastic city.

         Now you know what we’re doing at GMM to promote health, not just this week, but every week.  You also know the great things that are going on in my local community to positively impact the health of those of us who live there.

        I would like to hear your stories about community health improvements.  What health promoting activities are you involved in? And what else is happening in your local neighborhood or community to make it a healthier place to live and be?