• 31Dec

    Today’s post is contributed by GMM Intern, Skye Estroff

    I don’t know about you, but I start hearing the phrase, “New Years Resolutions” and my head starts ringing, “here we go again…” The expression has positive intentions, but it’s almost too full of high hopes, which makes us feel defeated before January 1 even begins. It may be said every year, but now is the time to make a change! No more unlucky 13’s to get us down! I have just the tips to keep us on track throughout all of 2014, not just the first few motivated weeks:

    • Alert the media!Picture1 
      • I’m every bit an extrovert, so it comes as no shock that I will tell everyone around me my New Years Resolutions in detail. It may seem like a daunting task if you skew more toward the side of an introvert, but trust me it helps!       Getting your family and friends in the know about your goals can help give you the support you need when making positive changes in your life. Their encouragement (and sometimes nagging reminders) will help keep your goals on the forefront of your mind.
    • Eat some green in 2014!3923917868_f49fd3dc94_o
      • Cupcakes, juicing, and froyo fads may come and go but green will never go out of style. Green vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber, iron and calcium, which aid in GI, blood and bone health.  Keeping on top of your daily values of vegetables will get you on track with green (choosemyplate.com). It’s difficult to choose steamed broccoli over French fries no matter how health conscious you are, so I’m giving you a few creative options that are a lot more crave-able than the standard salad!
    • Drink more water!Water_drop_001
      • If this is the year we vow to be good to our bodies, then it’s the year we up our water intake. Water is a vital part of our health. It aids in kidney health, preventing dehydration and controlling calories by making us feel full faster. It’s recommended we drink about 8 cups daily, but you can never have too many! Try subbing one Coke a day for a glass of water and by the time 2015 hits you’ll be 15 pounds lighter.

    Never thought change could be this easy, did you? Keep it simple with these 3 tricks and you’ll be feeling better than ever in 2014!

    Green Recipes:

    1. GMM Holiday Spinach Dip- http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/health/holiday-spinach-dip
    2. Kraft Spinach Lasagna- http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/spinach-lasagna-51636.aspx

    Skye Estroff is a senior at University of Georgia studying Dietetics as well as Human Development and Family Science. She is an ambassador for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, an active member of the Student Dietetic Association and NEGDA, and shadows a Clinical Dietitian at Athens Regional Medical Center. She is now working as a Health Promotion Intern for Good Measure Meals. 

  • 24Dec

    Today’s post is contributed by GMM Intern Skye Estroff

    It’s hard to be good at everything. You juggle a job (or not), school (or not), family, friends, responsibilities, pets, bills, getting your car washed, not to mention all the holiday parties you’ve been attending…you name it- you’re doing it! There’s no time for you to improve your habits this time of year, right? Wrong! You don’t even have to change your routine to follow my healthy tips! Use these as a guide toward daily health, especially as we taper off from the hustle of the holidays and settle back into routine.  Eventually you can add your own ideas to the list if you ever find room in your busy schedule!

    • Don’t get hungry!k7036195
      • You may be too busy to keep on track with your favorite TV series, but I bet you’ve seen the newest Snickers commercial at least one time. (If not, here you go) It’s true; “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. In my case, I have an alter-ego of a ravenous bear so I know I can’t let my hunger get out of control. It’s important to eat nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day so you don’t get to the point of unrecognizable. Try some snacks mentioned below to keep your body happy all day long!
    • Stop the mindless eating!12969117-table-with-bowl-of-popcorn-cold-drink-dvd-discs-and-remote-control
      • We all have our bad habits, and eating an obscene amount of Chex Mix, pita chips, or (insert favorite snack name here) in front of the TV screen happens to be incredibly common. As much as we think an immeasurable amount to us is also immeasurable to our bodies internal calorie count, it’s not. These starchy snacks pack on the pounds just as well as any meal. Be aware of when and why you’re eating. Is it out of habit or are you starving for something substantial? Take a look at the recipes below if you need something nutritious to curb the hunger pains, but no more finishing those extra large Cheetos bags, please!
    • Cook like a champ!cooking-at-home
      • Time to whip out those dusty aprons and get cooking! The best way to stay healthy is to cook for yourself. This way you know everything going into your food, you can make it taste exactly as you like it and you can portion control! If you have a family, this is a great way to work together and pass down healthy skills. The physical health benefits are endless, but the most special benefit is for you and your family to connect and feel proud of your meals, which is something a drive thru dinner can never emulate.

    Healthy snack recipes (in case you need a place to start):

    1. GMM Mock Guac- http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/health/healthy-mock-gauc
    2. GMM Granola Bars- http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/health/gmm-granola-bars
    3. So Very Blessed Quinoa Pizza Bites- http://www.soveryblessed.com/2012/02/03/quinoa-pizza-bites-2/

    Skye Estroff is a senior at the University of Georgia studying Dietetics as well as Human Development and Family Science. She is an ambassador for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, an active member of the Student Dietetic Association and NEGDA, and regularly shadows a Clinical Dietitian at Athens Regional Medical Center.  She is now working as a Health Promotion Intern for Good Measure Meals. 

  • 17Dec

    This post is contributed by GMM Registered Dietitian and Chef, Catherine Izzo.

    I am definitely among the many that think “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I don’t feel this way just because that song is my officemate’s ring tone; there are so many things to love about this time of year! No matter what your religious beliefs may be, the lights, songs, and even the cold make this time of year so special. People’s smiles are warmer, there is a stronger feeling of community and most take joy in the traditions practiced for generations. Apple hearts for heart health

    Every year since I was a child, my parents, brothers and I would sit around the table, take ordinary ingredients like cookies, candy and frosting, then turn them into an edible neighborhood. We always put a lot of thought into our construction. Throughout the years there have been houses off of a cobblestone street, a quaint main street with garland and even a train placed on tracks made of pretzels! The hours spent on these projects every year were my favorite from the entire year. The creativity, laughter, and pride that I shared with my family always made me feel grateful and blessed.


    Working at Open Hand and Good Measure meals during this time of year has filled my heart with similar sentiments. As I write this, I hear the laughter of volunteers on the Open Hand packaging line. These very special people and so many others take time out of their busy holiday schedules to help us package and deliver healthy holiday meals to the chronically ill and the food insecure. I cannot help but be proud of the positive impact our company has on the community and my place within it.

    It is with the joy of the season that we wish you happiness and health throughout the holiday season and into the new year!

  • 10Dec

    Contributed by GMM Health Promotions Intern, Emily Mooney

    dsc_0134-51Let me introduce you to Ashley Ritchie, one of the brains behind Good Measure Meals’s delicious and healthy creations. 

    Ashley grew up in a small town outside of Columbus, Ohio. As a kid, Ashley’s mom regularly cooked healthy meals and used their family’s garden to inspire her in the kitchen. When Ashley left home for college, she learned that the college norm of eating out didn’t agree with her body. She realized nutrition has a big impact on how you feel, and a bad diet can negatively impact your life in more ways than one. Ashley decided then and there that she wanted to study Dietetics and make a difference in other people’s lives through healthy eating. 

    Ashley earned her B.S. degree in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and completed her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Tech in Arlington, Virginia. Yet, what sets Ashley apart is not her dietetics education, but her extensive culinary training. Ashley is a proud graduate of the National Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts in New York, a unique culinary school that places a strong emphasis on health and alternative cooking methods.

    It is this health-conscious culinaryAshley Ritchie, RD, talks about how to prepare leeks. training that continues to inspire and influence Ashley’s meal development strategies and ideas. At Good Measure Meals, Ashley is an important component of the Menu Development Team, which consists of three dietitians and two chefs. Together, they launch two new menus per year: a fall-winter menu and spring-summer set of options. The menu development process involves analyzing customer feedback from past meals, deciding which meals to bring back, nutrition analysis, and creating new recipes for each season. In addition to her work as a recipe developer, Ashley teaches cooking classes, as well as other nutrition classes and events for Good Measure Meals. She also manages the Good Measure Meals catering department.

    Achieve your goals with enthusiasm and excitement!Through her work for Good Measure Meals, and as a personal goal in life, Ashley hopes to inspire others to spend more time in their kitchens! She urges others to cook more than they normally do, whether that means preparing one dinner a week or preparing healthy lunches to eat at the office all week long. Motivating others to cook more introduces the use of fresh ingredients into their diet, as well as prompts them to think about using healthy substitutions for excess salt, butter, and heavy cream – the thing Good Measure Meals does best, thanks to her input! Ashley hopes to use her love of teaching and cooking to positively impact the lives of others. 


    Watch Ashley on Atlanta & Company tomorrow morning (12/11) at 11am to learn some healthy holiday tips!

    Emily Mooney is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She attended Elon University in Elon, North Carolina where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Dance. Following her graduation last year, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now works as a legal assistant at a small firm in Midtown. Emily is currently in the process of preparing to apply to graduate school to study Nutrition and ultimately become a registered dietitian. She has joined forces with Good Measure Meals in the interim to learn as much as she can from this fabulous team of GMM registered dietitians.

  • 03Dec

    Today’s post is contributed by GMM Registered Dietitian and Community Wellness Representative, Rachel Stroud

    Raise your hand if you hated Brussels sprouts as a kid.  How bout still as an adult?  You and the majority of adults everywhere!

    FallBrussWhat if the answer to liking Brussels sprouts was simple?  What if the world of delicious, colorful, tasty veggies could be open to you once again with just a few simple cooking tips?  Yes, it could be that easy.

    I can’t tell you how many people snarl and scrunch up their face when I suggest that more vegetables could be the key to accomplishing their health goals.  Instantly they see visions of mushy, olive green, overcooked side dishes, and feel the emotion of being forced to stay at the table until the dreaded [fill in your most hated vegetable] were gone.

    Most people are convinced they still dislike certain vegetables, even when they haven’t tried them since childhood.  Would you believe that your taste preferences may surprise you?  Like all other cells, tastebuds regenerate over time.  They change with age and the influence of the other foods we eat.  Believe it or not, you can train yourself to like things over time, especially when you recognize the positive benefits you get from these healthier choices.  Research shows us that it takes 20 times of trying something to develop a taste for it.  Sometimes even longer!  As you make choices toward healthy behaviors, you may be surprised at how your preferences follow.

    Other times, our preferences are influenced by our cooking methods.  This is the easiest fix!  If you’re boiling Brussels sprouts, no matter what you add, they’re still going to taste like mushy. boiled. Brussels sprouts.  If you grew up eating overcooked green beans, broccoli, or asparagus, you were justified in disliking them!

    Take some cues from GMM and let us teach you a couple of our favorite veggies cooking methods.

    st pattys broccoli1) Roasting – Roasting is when a food is exposed to dry heat over a prolonged period of time.  **This is my favorite way to cook any and all veggies.** Roasted carrots, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, you name it.

    Toss them lightly in olive oil and leave them in a 400-degree oven until they can be poked through with a fork.  Roasting initiates a caramelization process in veggies that pulls out their natural sugars, making them instantly sweeter and less bitter.  Have you tried roasted peppers vs raw?  Roasted potatoes vs boiled?  Roasted or caramelized onions? Have you noticed the sweetness that comes out after they’ve been roasted?  That’s why roasting is my favorite.  Just wait until you try GMM’s roasted Brussels sprouts. They’ll make lovers out of any hater.

    steamed-carrots2) Steaming – Steaming gives us the cooked, softened texture we like without stripping the veggies of their nutrients or natural moisture, like boiling typically does.  Steam your veggies with a steamer basket on the stovetop for 8-10 minutes, or by putting an inch of water into a medium sized bowl along with the veggies, and microwave for 2-3 minutes.  The process of steaming helps to breakdown the toughness of raw vegetables but maintain a significant part of the moisture.  It gives you control to cook them as much as you like, while preserving color and nutrients, whether you like them softer or more al dente.  Once steamed you can toss them in a little salt, or lightly sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top, like we do at GMM with our green beans or broccoli.

    Alright…now who’s willing to give veggies another shot?  New taste buds, new cooking methods, and almost a new year! 


    To learn more about re-doing your veggies, watch Rachel on Atlanta & Company tomorrow morning (12/4) at 11am!