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Spring Clean Your Shopping List

A new season is here and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, and a greater variety of available produce. Spring is the season of new life; now is the perfect time to establish new habits as they pertain to dietary and lifestyle choices.

Taking advantage of Spring’s bounty supplies you with a boost of essential vitamins and minerals as well as heart healthy fiber. Including seasonal favorites such as asparagus, strawberries, spinach, and beets in your meals throughout the day add great taste and nutrition. While harsh winter weather calls for hearty, warm meals, spring fever begs for lighter fare prepared simply and deliciously. Utilizing fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, dill or rosemary and lots of citrus juice from lemons and limes adds a ton of flavor without relying heavily on oils, sugar, or salt.

Have you been wanting to adopt more of a plant based dietary pattern? Swapping meat with protein packed legumes including beans, lentils, and chickpeas reduces the amount of heart unhealthy saturated fat while increasing the amount of fiber and disease fighting antioxidants. To start you may consider “stretching” your meat by swapping out half the amount for plant based ingredients. For example, blending ground turkey or chicken with brown rice or quinoa and mixing ground beef with chopped mushrooms makes for flavorful, hearty dishes; especially when you add additional veggies to the mix including kale, spinach, or carrots!

As the temperatures rise, we may find ourselves reaching for cold, thirst quenching beverages. Reduce the amount of added sugar in your beverages by making your own infused waters. Lemon and lime wedges are classic, but use your creativity and experiment with different combinations such as blackberries, orange, and ginger or honeydew, cucumber, and mint. Alternatively, juicing fruits yourself or watering down juice with water or seltzer allows you to control the amount of added sugar.

Take inventory of your pantry and refrigerator. When shopping, look at the ingredient list. Try to purchase items that have the least amount of ingredients as possible. Keeping staples on hand such as whole grains, beans, nuts and nut butter, low fat dairy or plant based milks, frozen fruits and vegetables and wholesome snacks such as hummus, guacamole, and hard-boiled eggs makes it easy to consistently choose nourishing options. When possible, try purchasing fruits, vegetables, and dairy products from your local Spring Farmer’s Market to help enhance the health of our environment as well. Buying local means reduced carbon emissions, fresher produce, and a strengthened local workforce.

Lastly, celebrate Spring by heading outside! Soak up the sun and enjoy the flowers in bloom around you while you walk, bike, jog, garden, or any other outdoor activity that you enjoy!

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  • March 25, 2020

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What our clients are saying

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“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!!”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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 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.    ”

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