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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.