Archive for May, 2017

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Farm-to-table
Like many phrases dealing with nutrition, farm-to-table is at risk of being used incorrectly or in a misleading way. A lot of food is labeled as farm-to-table, but what does this really mean? According to definitions.net, farm-to-table refers to a movement concerned with producing food locally and delivering that food to local consumers. It is closely linked to the local food movement and touted as being healthier, better for communities, and part of safer food practices.

Despite these benefits, farm-to-table poses some challenges that are still being worked out by restaurants, farmers, and consumers. One main concern is price. Farm-to-table restaurants can be on the pricier side, which means they may be accessible to just a select segment of the population. Some school systems are addressing this issue and trying to work closely with farms to bring local produce into cafeterias, which makes farm-to-table an experience available to children across all socioeconomic levels. California schools began this in 2014 with a “California Thursdays” locally sourced menu one day of the week.  This is paired with educational programs to help children learn where they food comes from, which can set them up for healthier food habits for the rest of their lives.

Farm-to-table’s popularity will hopefully lead to an increased awareness of where food comes from, an appreciation for fresh produce, and increased access to healthy foods.

App of the Month

Farm Star Living

Farm Star Living gives fresh recipes, farm-to-table cooking tips, and helps support small farms.

May Newsletter

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Meal Kits

At the intersection of convenience and freshness, meal kits are springing up everywhere. Meal kits may vary in health, cost, and flavor, but one thing they all have in common is that it seems they’re here to stay. Here are some pros and cons to using meal kits:

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Meal kits have the advantage of being highly customizable; a person can pick a meal kit based on allergies, calorie count, and special diets. This makes it easy and fun to try new things while still meeting individual dietary needs. Another benefit to meal kits is how easy they are to use. No measuring or grocery store trips are required. Users simply open the box and follow the instructions. This helps users try new recipes, learn new cooking skills, and reduce food waste.

Cons
Despite all of the advantages of meal kits, there are still some things to consider before trying them. Cost is probably the main concern most people have when it comes to meal kits. They can cost around ten to fifteen dollars per person per meal. That can be expensive for large families or people on a budget. Also, meal kits can prevent people from learning useful food skills, such as meal planning, shopping on a budget, or creating recipes of their own.

Considering both the pros and the cons, meal kits are certainly worth looking into. Many meal kit companies are springing up and it is easy to find one to fit your specific needs. Many companies even give you a free trial so you can see how much you like it before buying.

App of the Month

Foodfully

Foodfully helps you track food purchases you’ve made so that you remember to use up food before it goes bad. It suggests recipes, helps you track spending, and most importantly, reduces food waste.

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