Announcing a New Partnership!
Friday January 22nd, 2016
We’ve been busy behind the scenes for the past few months preparing for a HUGE 2016! So far in January, we’ve experienced record growth fueled by the 4-5 Tastings we’ve been doing per week at new and existing drop-off spots. Interest in health and wellness always skyrocket during this time of year, which is great, but we would like to see that excitement throughout the year. Your health deserves that excitement throughout the year! Starting last week, we partnered with a local certified health and nutrition coach, Kati Kenfield. Kati is going to be helping with promotion, menu development, blogging, nutrition coaching, and she’ll also be developing an informational Health and Nutrition Seminar.
I am please to introduce Kati to all of you. Here is her story, in own words:
How Red Robin’s Turkey Burger made me a Health Coach
I’ve always been a bit of a health nut. The flat, greasy, cheesy, deep fried foods at restaurants honestly never really appeal to me - mostly because of the way they make me feel like I might die! When I decide to be “naughty,” it better be worth it. I always say - life is too short for crappy coffee, bad chocolate, mediocre burgers and bland cookies. If I’m going to have any of these things (plus others) it’s going to be high quality, real and delicious, and I am going to savor it!
So, one evening a few years ago, when dining out at the fine establishment called Red Robin as requested by our friends, I knew that having one of their mass produced, half plastic, processed hamburgers was definitely not worth it for me. Chain restaurants are never my 1st choice. The menu overflowed with burger choices, chicken fingers, and sugary ice-burg lettuce salads. Thus, I made the confident, sound decision to go with the healthier option of a Turkey Burger. And it was on a whole-wheat bun!?!!? YES! Success! No mediocre hamburger for me. Rather, I’ll go with the mediocre Turkey Burger - totally more worth it because at least it will be lower in those bad for me (saturated) fats.
I felt good about this.
Until I felt my gut yelling at me an hour later.
Discouraged and curious, I went to Red Robin’s website to see if they had any of their nutrition content up online. Not only did they, but it actually is a pretty sweet system! You can manipulate each item on their menu by adding/subtracting toppings and sides to create the exact meal you want with the exact type of nutrition content you are going (or not going) for. Cool! Good for you Red Robin! I respect that. Keepin’ your consumers responsible and informed. Love it.
I scrolled through the options and found my Turkey Burger. Up popped the nutrition info I was so curious about. I paused. I paused again. I read and re-read again.
No. No way. I must have clicked on the wrong item. Nope… item is correct! I was dumbfounded - my innocent little turkey burger on a whole-wheat bun had 36 grams of fat!?!?! Half of which is saturated fat?!?! Whaaaaaat? How in the world do you cram that much fat into a turkey burger? What is really in that thing?
I felt gross. I felt dumb. I felt tricked! I went on a rampage through the nutrition content of other items on their menu. How about their standard hamburger? Wait…for real? The hamburger on a white bun is BETTER FOR YOU than the turkey burger on a whole wheat bun!?!?! I sat back in awe. Five grams less fat and far less sodium.
My frustration turned to anger as I realized what this meant not only for me, but also for consumers. What if someone was trying to lose weight and went with the more “responsible” option of a Turkey Burger at Red Robin as opposed to the hamburger that they so desired? Who wouldn’t assume that turkey is better for them than beef?!?! Turkey = lean, beef = saturated fat. Right?
As if these individuals don’t have enough other hard choices to make during the day, how would they feel if they realized that the responsible decision they just made wasn’t so responsible after all? Not okay.
This was, and is, pure evil in my mind.
The next few days my mind raced as I thought about all the implications that this meant. I really have no idea what restaurants are putting in my food do I? And not like it really matters to me. I have no health issues; I’m not trying to lose weight. What about for the people whose health depends on it? My whole outlook on dining out, and food in general, changed that day.
Now, when I do dine out, I do my best to support local, sustainable and high quality food restaurants. Not only is the food 10x more delicious and clean (no more tummy booms!) but also I’m actually saving money this way even though the meals might be more expensive than Red Robin-esque restaurants. Quality over quantity is my mantra.
Still to this day my blood boils thinking about the trickery that is involved in the food manufacturing business. Eating food should not be a mystery to solve. Food should nourish us, give us energy and not be full of secret fat and sugar daemons. It should be real, whole and nourishing. Unfortunately, however, this is not easy to come by in our mass-manufactured, money driven food production world.
That is why I am here!
I’m here to shine the light on how delicious, enlightening and fulfilling real food can be. I’m here to shine the light on Eating Primal and their goal to bring great, clean food to those who may find themselves eating at one too many “Red Robins” during their week!
Together we will bring you great food, nutrition and exercise tips and a healthier, happier life.