March 25th is Pecan Day – What do you Know About Them?

 

Pecans are a wonderful addition to any salad, dessert, or snack rotation. They are celebrated on March 25th, but what is there to celebrate about a nut? With lots of versatility for use and tons of health benefits, this delicious nut has a lot to say for itself.

Not Completely Nuts

The pecan is not technically a nut, which may come as a surprise to many. It is technically a “drupe,” a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced by the tissue of the flower, and the part known as the nut develops within and contains the seed. Pecans are a member of the hickory family.

Many Different Types

There is not just one type of pecan. In fact, over 500 different varieties of pecans exist. Many of the types were named after Native American tribes or the person who discovered the type. Even with all of these variations of pecans, only a handful of types are the kind that we think of when we think of pecans. The most popular varieties of pecans are Stuart, Desirable, Moreland, Cape Fear and natives (wild seedling types). The main distinctions are size and taste; some have more of a bitter flavor profile than others. Some varieties of pecans also have thicker shells, while others have such thin shells that they can easily be shelled by hand.

How To Find Pecans

crispers-sampleAny grocery store carries pecans, either in the produce or snack aisle, and sometimes both. They can also be purchased online through growers. Fresh pecans can even be found at local farmer’s markets when they are in season.

Pecans are best with unbroken shells and an even brown color across its hull, firm with an even mocha color within. They don’t need refrigeration and remain edible for an indefinite period of time, whether in the shell or outside of the shell.

Don’t forget, Crispers includes candied pecans on its signature Summer Salad, and also on the chicken salad. If you’re a pecan lover, then you don’t want to miss out on either one of these.

A Versatile Ingredient

The pecan can be added to hundreds of dishes, both savory and sweet. In salads, they lend a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor. They are often found in chicken salads. They can be used in baking, in muffins, cakes, and bread. They have an almost limitless amount of uses in cooking. They’re a fantastic garnish atop cakes and muffins, or as a topping on cereal, cookies, ice cream, puddings, and yogurts.

A Healthy Snack

The low sodium content in pecans makes them a wonderful snack that can replace other salty and sugary snacks. They also don’t have a high sugar content, although they are delicious sprinkled with something sweet. They are natural, so they don’t have any fillers or food coloring, or other less healthy additives. They may be candied, spiced, or roasted for a delicious treat. They are loaded with nutritious value, with antioxidants to help fight unhealthy products of the body. They are also very filling, so they will not leave you hungry.

An American Product

Pecans grow on pecan trees, which grow plentifully across more than half of the United States. They grow well in other countries as well. As long as the trees are well-hydrated, with good soil surrounding their roots, they can produce an almost unlimited supply of pecans. They are best protected from insect infestations so that they can produce the most and best fruit.

Good For The Body

Pecans have several different health benefits. They lower cholesterol naturally and are full of antioxidants that help with cell regeneration. They lower the risk for heart disease and help promote weight loss. They are chock full of 19 vitamins and minerals, making them a worthy addition to your diet. With the vast amount of ways pecans can be introduced into your diet, it’s not hard to add these benefits and more into your food intake.

A Delicious Pie

The most famous use of pecans is in pecan pies. This wildly popular dessert is sweet, crunchy, and as delicious as it gets. Whether you are looking for an easy recipe, a star of your family’s Thanksgiving dinner, or a delicious Christmas dessert, this treat that originated in the American south has no shortage of recipes available online. The main ingredients of a pecan pie are pecans, eggs, sugar, butter, and flour, and all of these together create one of the most delicious desserts a person can enjoy.

With all of these amazing facts about pecans, it’s a wonder that they aren’t a more popular delicacy.

Disclaimer:

The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

 

Surviving a Low Sodium Diet While Enjoying Your Food

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When you need to cut down on your salt intake, it can seem completely daunting to cut out the most popular spice. It gives lots of flavor to food, and it can seem impossible to enjoy eating without it. However, we assure you that it can be a completely doable task and that you can even still enjoy delicious, low-sodium meals.

No Pressure, Except Lower Blood Pressure

Heeding a salt-free diet doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never experience a tasty meal again, but it can legitimately save your life. Salt, aka sodium chloride, is a leading diet cause in high blood pressure, and the easiest to reduce. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease. The dietary salt reduction isn’t the only way to lower blood pressure—exercise, an all-around more balanced diet, and a lack of a genetic predisposition are all risk-lowering as well. However, exercise is difficult for many, and genetic risk is out of our hands. Eating a balanced diet is a great start, and cutting sodium is a fantastic first step.

Low Salt Assault

Low Sodium DietMany people have an all-or-nothing mentality that seems to translate “low sodium diet” to cutting out salt completely. However, sodium does have its place in our diet. It is a great source of iodine, an essential nutrient that is lacking in many Americans’ diets, and of course, it’s an equally great source of flavor as well. As long as there is a balance, salt does not have to be completely eradicated from your diet. A good doctor should tell you how much sodium is best for your personal intake. You may be prescribed a 2-gram sodium diet, which is really no more than a hair under the typical intake.

More good news: the sooner you start your low-sodium diet, the sooner you will acclimate to it. That’s right; you can get used to the lack of sodium in your diet, the same way you became used to salty foods in the first place. Salt is an acquired taste, after all, and no-salt should be no different!

Here are some ways to cut the sodium and still look forward to mealtime.

  • Understand how much salt you need

One level teaspoon of salt is 2,300 mg of sodium. If you have been prescribed 2 grams of sodium per day in your diet, you’ll need slightly less than this across your day. The recommendation for sodium intake for adults prescribed by the USDA is 1500mg (about 2/3 teaspoon) for young adults, 1300mg (a little over ½ teaspoon) for adults 50-70 years old, and 1200 mg/day (a smidge over ½ teaspoon) for people 71 years and older. The average American eats 4,000mg of salt a day!

  • Keep reading the labels

One easy and essential way to lowering your sodium intake is to read those nutrition labels and choose options with lower sodium. This is easier for processed foods, which tend to be very high in sodium, to begin with.

  • Eat fresh foods

Because processed foods are higher in sodium, the easiest way to truly control your salt intake is by buying fresh foods—produce (fruits and vegetables), meats, grains, and anything else you cook with. You can then know exactly how much sodium is going into your food because you are measuring and adding it yourself. This gives you the absolute most control over your own diet—and how much flavor goes into it, salt or no salt.

  • Replacement

best catering services and prices in LakelandNot all spices are high in sodium. There are many delicious herbs and spices replacement to give your food a whole new level of complex and scrumptious flavors that you never knew possible when you were tethered to salt. Onions, garlic, ginger, and oregano have strong, zesty flavors that can amp up your flavor profile and make you forgot you ever even liked salt, to begin with. Be aware that some seasonings found at your grocery store can contain salt, so it’s best to use single-ingredient seasonings.

  • Make it count!

If you do add salt to your food, make sure you put it where you want it the most. Seasoning meats or vegetables with salt is fine, but if you stick to your doctor’s recommendations (which we strongly advise), you’ll want to divide the deliciousness effectively.

There are many ways to enjoy your meals with a low-sodium diet, and we are more than happy to assist you in your dietary needs with the best catering services and prices in Lakeland.

Disclaimer:

The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

 

How to Throw a Healthy Catered Corporate Lunch

Summer Salad

When you’re throwing a corporate lunch there are a few things that you will need to make sure of, one of which is that the meal you’re providing is healthy. We’re not talking about healthy as in ‘uncontaminated’ because that is actually a given. What we are talking about, however, is making sure that it has all the right nutrition. Are you responsible for the diets of others? No, but having your employees in the best possible shape is always a plus. Whatever your reason happens to be, you’re here, seeking advice, and for that we commend you. That being said, call our Winter Park Catering Company to cater you next event.,

Fat – It’s not All It’s Made out to Be

CrispersFat gets a bad rap, it really, really does. Here’s the problem: yes, too much of it can be a bad thing, but it’s actually an important element in your nutrition. If you’re going to have a healthy diet, then you’re going to have fat. It has a number of different uses within the body including:

  • Insulation – It helps to maintain your body temperature
  • Padding – It cushions your organs so that they’re protected from trauma

If you want to maintain a healthy fat level, it is recommended that you keep your consumption down to about 20 to 25% of your daily calories. If you want to remain healthy, try to derive your fat from unsaturated examples like nut butter, seeds, olive oil, and avocado.

Take in the Protein

Protein, like fat, is intended to serve many different purposes, but generally, it helps with the following:

  • Maintains Ph Balance Within the Body
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • Allow Body to Remain Flexible

Some of the most popular foods include fish, eggs, milk products, nuts, etc. Ideally, you would want to eat 46-50 grams of protein each day.

Vitamins – More than a Morning Routine

You’re always hearing that you need vitamins to grow, and there are 13 in total. They are split into two categories:

Fat Soluble: A, D, E, and K

Water Soluble: C, B, B6, B12, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid

The necessary intake of each vitamin is going to differ significantly depending upon your body type, but you should always make sure that you’re consuming each of these on a daily basis in order to remain healthy. For extended information on this, we strongly recommend that you see a nutritionist.

All the Minerals

Minerals are much like vitamins in that your body needs them for growth and development, and also like vitamins; they are split into two different classes:

Major Minerals: Sodium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sulphur, Chloride

Trace Minerals: Copper, Fluoride, Zinc, Iron, Chromium, Selenium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Iodine

Unlike the other items in our list, we can’t tell you just how much you are going to need, as it varies depending upon the mineral.

Now that you’ve had a pretty extensive education in vitamins, minerals, and fats, we’d like to point out that right here on our website we list some of the best healthy items on our menu (http://www.crispers.com/eating-healthy/) and for your convenience; we’re going to list them below:

  • Healthy Catered Corporate LunchLarge SuperFood Salad with fat-free raspberry dressing
  • Garden Salad with Honey Lime dressing paired with a bowl of Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
  • A large Caribbean Chicken Salad, dipping your salad in the dressing rather than pouring it on saves calories
  • Half Turkey Cranwich on a warm brioche roll paired with a cup of Butternut Squash Soup
  • Half a Reuben Sandwich on marble rye paired with a small Garden Salad with fat-free Italian dressing
  • Half Bistro Veggie Sandwich on multi-grain artisan bread paired with a side of fresh seasonal fruit
  • Half a Chicken Pecan Salad Sandwich on white artisan bread paired with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Soup Trio

Now that you know what you’re looking for in a healthy meal, you can use our healthy eating menu along with our nutrition menu to craft the perfect corporate lunch. As one of the premier catering services, we’re pleased to bring you the most nutritious food and the best catering solutions.

Disclaimer:

The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

 

It’s Time for a Spring Picnic – Three Dishes You Should Bring

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Summer SaladSpring is a time for laughter and fun, but do you know what else it’s time for? Picnics! That’s right, you can have picnics again!

You can sit under the warm sun and enjoy the company of good friends, good fun, and most importantly good food, and you might even consider hiring an Orlando Catering company like us to make the event complete, but here’s an important question: what should you bring to  your picnic? We have three suggestions that you’re going to absolutely love.

Orlando Caterers Recommend Going Cold

You probably have a ton of ideas but there ARE a few things that we would strongly recommend staying away from. Hot foods, for example, are something to stay away from on a picnic. Sure you might love them, but they might not STAY hot on the commute to your picnic area unless you use our exclusive catering service.

Another thing we’d recommend staying away from during a picnic is soup unless you’re having a formal sit down meal in the middle of the park. So what does that leave you? It leaves you with all of our cold cuts, salads, and amazing signature sandwiches, salads, and wraps!  You really can’t go wrong here.

Check Out our Fresh Salad

You really can’t go wrong bringing salad to a picnic and if you take a moment to browse our menu, you’re going to find that we have some amazing choices, including the Thai Chicken salad that brings shitake mushrooms, red onion, red pepper, basil, cucumbers, sesame seeds, toasted almond, lo mein noodles a top of summer mix with a spicy peanut dressing to tie it all together   Seriously, you can’t go wrong with that, unless you want to take it up a notch by going with the Summer salad which bring smoked turkey, Mandarin oranges, apples, red onion, crumbled Gorgonzola, candied pecans a top of summer mix with herb citrus dressing to the table, or picnic blanket.

There are ton of other salads to choose from on the menu and as one of the premiere  we’re more than happy to bring it to you. Check out the Greek, Chef, or other fresh salads, but make sure you’re leaving room for an entrée.

Sandwiches & Wraps  – The Ultimate Entrée

If you’re having trouble deciding what kind of sandwich or wrap  to bring with you on your picnic, may we suggest going the classic route? Take for example our classic sandwich – a delectable culinary achievement that affords you the opportunity to choose between corned beef, ham, turkey, seasoned chicken, or even roast beef. This is a sandwich of your design and comes with all of the trappings including cheese, tomato, mayo, lettuce on the bread or wrap of your choice.

If that doesn’t seem to be quite your speed, then don’t forget to try the Crispers ALT, which features avocado as the star of the show. Against a backdrop of mayo, cheddar, lettuce and tomato, the ALT really does bring excellence to the picnic, and honestly, avocado is a superfood – you should have it in your diet anyway!

Don’t Forget Dessert

Cookies - CripsersWe would be remiss if we didn’t recommend taking a good dessert along with you and we’re aiming to deliver – literally. would not recommend promoting milk shakes or items with ice cream.

Instead we could say: We offer a variety of large cookies as well as our signature nibbler, bite size cookies baked fresh every day. Included in our nibbler platters we have brownies and Crispers Crispie treats that are handmade each morning.

You can either pick up your Spring feast, or you can ask us to, either way, Spring is an amazing time for a picnic, and it’s about time you ate some healthy food. After all, it pays to get the year started off right, doesn’t it?

 

3 tips from a Crispers’ Chef/Registered Dietitian on keeping your New Year’s resolutions

Research suggests that while nearly half of us make annual New Year’s resolutions, less than 10 percent of us will actually achieve our goals by the end of the year. Hardly encouraging to say the least. With all of the enthusiasm a new year brings, what makes it so difficult for us to stay on task?

While I’m no psychologist, I can share with you my experience as a registered dietitian working with clients to meet their health and wellness goals. Here’s what I’ve seen: Read More

Holiday Party Tips From Crispers

Do you love to entertain but sometimes find it hard to jCrispers Saladsuggle the day-to-day demands and throw in something fun like a holiday party with friends and family? During the holiday season though, make it a priority to do just that …even though finding the time to plan, shop, prepare and cook the food, and THEN decorate the table seems impossible. Look for timesavers to help get the job done. We have a few party tips we think might help you in throwing your next party.

When planning a menu try to focus on the main dish. Some go-to’s are a roasted turkey, pork loin or fried chicken.

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