• 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.

  • 16Nov

    This is me posing next to a giant carrot at the food and nutrition expo. There were over 400 venders showcasing the latest in nutrition products.

    I attended the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo last week. It was held in Boston. This conference is the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts – more than 10,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health care professionals and industry leaders attend the annual meeting – and address key issues affecting the health of all Americans. The annual conference features more than 100 research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations. It was really an amazing event!

    I had the opportunity to hear many educational sessions that covered the hottest topics in nutrition including obesity, the green revolution in food, the science of spices and herbs, new sodium guidelines and culinary trends. It was fun and inspirational to attend several cooking demos highlighting a huge variety of healthful foods. I also walked the expo floor and got a look at over 400 companies featuring new, innovative products and services related to nutrition. It was a really great experience.

    Have you heard of Anthony Bourdain? He gave the most entertaining session by far! If you don’t know Anthony Bourdain – check him out! He is a chef and author of Kitchen Confidential and is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit Travel Channel TV show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He gave an enlightening and entertaining presentation on how cultures from around the world are hanging on to their authentic cuisine and ingredients and the positive results on the communication between cultures. It was very interesting indeed!

    Anthony Bourdain presented the closing session entitled "How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Globalization"

    I also attended a very informative session on the latest research related to spices and herbs and how they can help improve health. The speakers presented several studies on exciting new findings related to the potential protective benefits of spices and herbs which are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. The session included a culinary demonstration which inspired me to want to incorporate these healthful and flavorful spices and herbs into more Good Measure Meals recipes. Gotta love an extra boost of flavor combined with extra health benefits! I will be writing a new blog post very soon highlighting some of these health promoting spices and herbs. Tell me – what are your favorite spice and herb flavorings?