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    December 17, 2019

    December 2019 Corporate Newsletter


    Con-nec-tion: A relationship in which a person, thing or idea is linked or associated with something else.

    This is the time of year to reconnect with yourself, family and friends. It is also a useful time to evaluate your relationship with food. The diagram below only slightly resembles a turkey, but it actually represents a visual for where you might want to invest some of your thoughts on the topic of food. Read on for specific category suggestions and resources.

    • Evaluate if you are eating the best quality and quantity of foods to support your ideal body weight and health circumstances

    • Find ways to ensure that you feel pleasure with food

    • Consider meeting with a Registered Dietitian to support your wellness goals

    • Take time to savor your food experience

    • Eat slowly and mindfully (try a piece of chocolate and savor it)

    Your Family
    • Plant a garden or some herbs

    • Preserve your locally grown food (think canning or freezing)

    • Cook at home more often (try a crock pot or pressure cooker for busy lifestyles)

    • Create or continue traditions with food

    • Revive family recipes and slim them down as needed

    • Involve your children in the food experience in your home – shopping, preparation, cooking, baking and recipe selection are only a few of many ideas

    • Expand the dining experience to include quality food and quality ambiance (candles, cloth napkins, eating in the dining room)

    • Make time to prepare, eat and relax with friends and family a priority in your life

    Your Local Community
    • Buy local when possible

    • Shop at farmer’s markets

    • Buy local free-range animal protein

    • Ask for local food where you dine

    • Join a farm cooperative or local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm

    • Visit a “Pick Your Own” farm

    • Spend your food dollars in places that support local, sustainable and organic efforts

    • Websites that help locate sustainable food choices:

    • Eat foods in season in the region you live

    • Become an activist in your children’s school lunch programs Visit for information on creating gardens in your community

    National and Global Community
    • Become a member of the United States or International Slow Food organization. Learn more by visiting

    • Vote with your fork and for politicians that represent your food values

    • Get informed! Peruse podcasts or documentaries on global food awareness. Pick your sauce!

    • Support charities and organizations that work to relieve hunger. Visit the Feed Foundation to learn more


    Whether you choose to dine alone or together, enjoy the connection with healthy food and celebrate the season.


    1 10-ounce package frozen peas, defrosted
    1 garlic clove
    ½ cup grated parmesan
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
    ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
    1/3 cup olive oil

    8 ½ inch thick slices whole-grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day-old
    1/3 cup olive oil
    8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato diced

    For the pea pesto; pulse together the peas, garlic, parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

    For the crostini; preheat a stove top griddle or grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice. Top with tomato halves and serve.

    Source for recipe – Giada De Laurentiis.


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