Say Hello to the Power Bowl
We’ve kicked off our Fall menu and one of its stars is the Chicken Cordon Bleu Power Bowl.
⚡ Our power bowls have extra protein to help you power through your day!
⚡ The Chicken Cordon Bleu Power Bowl has 3oz of shredded chicken breast plus 2oz of diced ham, jasmine rice, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, and spices all tumbled into one delicious, POWERFUL bowl!
⚡ Straight off the menu as-is, this bowl comes in at 40g of protein!
⚡ Feel free to modify it as low carb, keto, extra protein (taking it to 58g protein), or no added sodium.
⚡ We can also modify for Profile and even have family-sized portions.
⚡ “Le Cordon Bleu” is French for “The Blue Ribbon” and dates back to the 16th century relating to knights of the highest order. Over time, the blue ribbon has become a symbol of prestigious quality.
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Did you know you can make delicious peanut butter cookies 🍪 with only three ingredients? Coming in at 140 calories each, these are perfect for when you need to indulge a little, without going too far off track.
🥜 Here’s all you’ll need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 egg
🥜 Here’s what you do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all 3 ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
- Roll into 1” balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down to flatten slightly as these won’t change shape much during baking.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
🥜 This recipe makes 15 cookies at 140 calories and 5g of protein each!
What is Chimichurri?
One of our menu items from this week, Chimichurri Flank Steak with Rice and Peas, features a fantastic green sauce called chimichurri. Curious about what it is?
• Chimichurri is an Argentinean uncooked herb sauce that’s similar to pesto but without any cheese or nuts.
• It’s typically made from parsley, oregano, garlic, oil, vinegar, and bit of chili pepper.
• It can be used as a marinade or sauce to top steak, fish, chicken, lamb, eggs, rice, or pasta.
• It adds a bright, tangy taste to a variety of foods and increases the depth of flavors.
• There’s an alternative red version of chimichurri that’s much spicier and contains smoked paprika, dried red chili, and cayenne pepper.
5-Minute Snack Ideas
These can be scaled and swapped around and work for kids and adults. They’re easy to prepare with basic kitchen skills.
• Pretzel Sticks, Cheese, Avocado
Mini pretzel sticks can be used as utensils for the cubed cheese and diced avocado. Try Babybel cheese if you want to avoid having to slice it.
• Pretzel Sticks, Nut Butter, Berries
Swap out a couple of the items above and go with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) and strawberries or raspberries.
• Toast with Mashed Avocado and Fried Egg
The combo of fat and protein from this should be plenty to keep hungry kids or adults satisfied for a while.
• Toast with Jam
For an even quicker snack, add jam to toast made with whole grain bread.
• Yogurt with Jam/Fruit Puree
Stir jam or fruit puree into Greek yogurt and you can even top it with granola.
• Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Add peaches or tomatoes to cottage cheese and you’re ready to go.
Produce Storage Tips
The fruits and vegetables you buy don’t come with any instruction manuals and usually you don’t need one. But sometimes they can be a little tricky and you might be surprised at the best way to extend their shelf-life once you get home.
Room temperature works fine, but you can keep an apple for up to a month in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Wherever you store them, be sure to keep them away from other fruits like bananas and oranges as they emit a gas called ethylene that speeds up the ripening process.
Again room temperature is great, but you can actually move bananas to the fridge to slow or sometimes stop the ripening process and extend their shelf-life once they’re at the ripeness you prefer.
Berries are best when kept as cold as possible so definitely in the fridge. Also, be sure to avoid rinsing them until right before you eat them. The residual moisture from rinsing then storing can weaken their flavor and speed up decay.
Technically a Winter vegetable, broccoli is best kept cold with a damp paper towel wrapped around the crown and placed in your crisper drawer.
Definitely keep it in the fridge but oddly enough, celery does better wrapped in aluminum foil instead of the plastic it typically comes in. The plastic traps ethylene gas that speeds up the breakdown of the plant.
Why We Love Peaches
Aside from being delicious and a staple of Summer, peaches have a surprising amount of health benefits.
🍑 Low in Calories - A medium peach comes in right around 58 calories.
🍑 Digestion - That same medium peach will also provide 10% of your daily fiber you need. It can also feed the good bacteria in your gut as it contains prebiotics.
🍑 Immune System - 15% of your daily vitamin C can be found in a peach as well as 10% of your vitamin A. These both help produce immune cells and build strong barriers against germs. Peaches also have natural antimicrobial properties.
🍑 Skin Health - Beta carotene along with the previously mentioned vitamin C and A can help protect skin from sun damage and shift your skin tone to a warm, natural glow.
🍑 Eye Health - Two antioxidants found in peaches - lutein and zeaxanthin - can help protect your retina and lenses and have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Stay Hydrated With Food
Your body is about 65% water and uses it for countless processes so drinking plenty of water throughout the day is critical to your overall health. To help you achieve optimal hydration, we’ve listed some foods followed by their water content that will add to your water intake:
💧 Lettuce - 96%
💧 Cucumber - 95%
💧 Celery - 95%
💧 Zucchini - 94%
💧 Tomatoes - 94%
💧 Watermelon - 92%
💧 Strawberries - 91%
💧 Cantaloupe - 90%
💧 Peaches - 89%
💧 Oranges - 88%