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Balance Your Bowls

So, we actually don’t mean for you to “balance your bowls” on your shelves or in your cabinets. This month we are all about balance as it relates to nutrition. November is National Diabetes Month; a time dedicated to the education and awareness of a condition that affects millions of Americans.

In the past, diabetic diets we’re very restrictive and focused on eliminating sugar to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. However, we now know that all foods fit and balancing carbohydrates, protein, and fats in daily meals and snacks is key to preventing spikes and sudden drops in glucose. A flavorful bowl is the perfect way to incorporate all the components of a balanced meal that promotes steady energy and proper diabetes management.

Begin to build your bowl with a base of fueling carbohydrates. The fiber found in whole grains including brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, and oats promote steady energy. As compared to refined grains like white rice, pasta, and bread which have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals, whole grains are more slowly digested and gradually increase glucose levels. Skip the sugar crash and choose to make half your grains whole. Additionally, legumes such as beans and lentils are a high fiber alternative to whole grains. Packed with iron and plant powered protein, legumes can be featured in a variety of bowls from Mediterranean to Indian inspired.

Add protein to the carbohydrate source and begin to balance out the bowl. Protein, aside from maintaining muscle mass and other structures in the body, promotes satiety and does not cause sudden spikes in blood sugar. When choosing a source of protein opt for lean choices, or those that are not high in heart unhealthy saturated fats. Simply prepared chicken breast, turkey, and lean cuts of beef (anything with loin or round in their name) are a carnivore’s top choices. Fish such as shrimp, tuna, or salmon are protein powerhouses and don’t forget plant sources including soy products such as tofu and tempeh or legumes and nuts.

Finally, fats add filling flavor to your balanced bowl. Pick plant sources of fats that have been found to have positive impacts on heart health Drizzle the bowl with olive oil or top it with creamy avocado slices. Sprinkle chia seeds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds to add crunch and a dose of heart healthy Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Fatty fish including tuna, salmon, and sardines are also rich sources of Omega 3.

Don’t forget to add color, vitamins, minerals, and additional fiber by mixing in brightly colored vegetables and fruits.

How will you fill and balance your bowls this month?

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  • November 4, 2019



What our clients are saying

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“Thank you for all the accommodations for food intolerances and allergies.  I continue to hear positive comments about the quality of the food and the options. Please pass along our thanks and gratitude to your whole team!!!!”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

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