Celebrating National Vegetarian Month - CulinArt Group

Eat Well Blog

Celebrating National Vegetarian Month

Happy October! It’s time to celebrate National Vegetarian Month and discuss the many benefits of a plant based diet. While there are many misconceptions about this dietary pattern, vegetarianism benefits one’s health and our environment. When planned properly, vegetarian meals and snacks supply adequate amounts of protein and heart healthy fats along with an abundance of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, plant based foods including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables contain phytochemicals; compounds that that have been found to have a large role in reducing the risk of cancer. During this month, enjoy the health benefits and great flavors by building your own plant-powered vegetarian bowl.

  • Protein: One of the myths surrounding a vegetarian diet is that it lacks protein or doesn’t supply us with the proper amount we need. However, legumes including beans and lentils as well as whole grain quinoa provide plenty of protein. Additionally, bowls can be topped with other sources of protein including grilled tofu, a dollop of hummus, or, for lacto-ovo vegetarians, a hard-boiled egg or cheese.
  • Healthy fats: Plant based fats provide rich flavor, protect our heart health, and allows our body to absorb certain vitamins including vitamin D. Dress your bowl with olive oil or a savory peanut sauce. Sliced avocado adds a touch of creaminess, Vegetarian sources of fat provide us with essential omega-3 fatty acids which are needed for brain and heart health; sprinkle in walnuts or chia seeds for a nutritious crunch.
  • Carbohydrates: providing filling fiber and long lasting energy, brown rice, barley, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta balance the bowl with nourishing, whole grain goodness. If choosing to keep the bowl grain free, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, beans and other legumes are great alternatives.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: richly colored fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals that help to maintain our bodies structures and functions as well as phytochemicals that confer additional health benefits such as increased immunity. Iron, similar to protein is a nutrient that is often thought of as lacking in a vegetarian diet. Aside from the iron found in legumes, quinoa, nuts and seeds, dark green leafy vegetable especially kale and spinach are good sources. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron from these source so be sure to incorporate broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, or a squeeze of lemon or lime juice into the bowl.
  • 0
  • October 1, 2019

SUBSCRIBE TO THE CULINART EAT WELL BLOG

What our clients are saying

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

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

“I just wanted to express my thanks and give two thumbs up for the updates to our lunch menu. My selections have been quite tasty—corned beef Reuben, jambalaya—and I appreciate that, too! I am looking forward to trying some new items in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work!”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“I just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“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!!”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

Connect With Us

Want to find out what CulinArt can offer you? Connect with us today
to understand how our solutions can accommodate your unique needs.

Connect
X

Connect With Us

    I am a*


    Submit