Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Green Plate Foods needs your votes!

Our President and Founder, Lisa Pounds, has been nominated as an expert panelist for SXSWedu focusing on healthy lunches in school cafeterias and the benefits of eating right for students, but we need your help to secure a spot at the conference! SXSWedu would be an amazing opportunity to share our mission with thousands of education industry experts, influencers and game changers in an attempt to continue bringing healthier options to students across the country.

Our panel, “The Cafeteria Conundrum: How Healthy is Helping,” is made up of passionate experts in healthy eating, living and school policy, featuring our own Lisa Pounds, Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray, nutritionist Marissa Lippert with Nourish Kitchen Table, and Dallas Morning News fitness and lifestyle writer, Leslie Barker.

Voting is easy – simply click here to create an account. When you’ve signed in, head on over to our panel page at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/35434 and click the thumbs up icon on the top left! You can also search for our panel on the main PanelPicker page by entering our title, “The Cafeteria Conundrum: How Healthy is Helping” into the search bar.

 Voting ends on September 5, so create an account, sign in, vote and help send us to SXSWedu! For more information on the panel and how to vote, visit our Facebook page. Thanks for helping us head to Austin!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lunch Bento Boxes

Why not switch up your child's lunchbox this school year? We've come up with 5 bento boxes to make lunch more fun!

  • Box 1
“Ants on a Log” – celery sticks filled with almond butter and topped with raisins
Turkey, apple slice and cheese roll-ups
Berry Medley

  • Box 2
PB&J Cutouts: PB&J sandwich cut into small round shapes using a cookie cutter, whole grain bread and almond butter
Melon balls

  • Box 3
Greek yogurt chicken salad with crackers
Broccoli and purple cauliflower tops
Kiwi and raspberry flowers

  • Box 4
Cucumber, carrot and avocado spring rolls
Oranges and strawberries
Cheese cubes & pretzels

  • Box 5
Cucumber and GPF hummus sandwiches – cut out in fun shapes using cookie cutters, with whole grain bread
Carrot and jicama sticks
Apple and pear slices

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hydrating Summer Treats

Beat the summer heat with some wonderfully hydrating and delicious treats! These three recipes were used in our segment with CultureMap Houston and are perfect for a day by the pool or just to cool down on a hot day!

Melon Salad with Mint Vinaigrette
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup simple syrup, recipe follows
2 cups watermelon balls
2 cups cantaloupe balls
2 cups honeydew balls
Simple Syrup:
½ cup water
1 cup sugar

In a blender, combine mint, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Blend until smooth.
Combine the melon balls with the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Simple Syrup:
In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar over a medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.
Take the pan off the heat and let the syrup cool.

Watermelon-Cantaloupe Basil Agua Fresca
15 cups chopped cantaloupe
7 cups chopped watermelon
¾ cup fresh lemon juice
¾ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Blend the cantaloupe and watermelon in a blender, working in batches if needed, until smooth.
Set a fine-mesh sieve that is lined with cheesecloth over a bowl and strain cantaloupe. Repeat this process and then pour into a pitcher.
Add lemon juice, basil and 2 cups cold water. Let steep at room temperature with ice.

GPF Blueberry Pistachio Trifle
24-36 Green Plate Foods Super Brownies
32 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 0% fat
1 pint Fresh Blueberries
1 cup Raw Pistachios
12 Green Plate Foods Blueberry Nubblers

Toast the pistachios in a small saute pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Chop the toasted pistachios and Nubblers and cut the brownies in half horizontally.
Stir the yogurt together and place in a piping bag with a small tip.
Compose the trifle by making a layer of cut brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl and then topping with the greek yogurt, chopped pistachios and blueberries.
Continue layering until you reach the top. The top layer should be garnished with the yogurt and chopped Blueberry Pistachio Nubblers.