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Spicing Things Up: Full of Health Benefits and Flavor

We’ve  turned up the spice level a notch.

Red Peanut Chicken and Vegetable Curry, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese Spread, Tandori Chicken with Indian Style Potatoes, Crab Cake Sandwich with Jalapeno Aioli — all of these meals have a little something in common. In a word…spice!

And if you’re a current customer, you may have noticed that these new additions to the new 2013 spring/summer menu are slightly spicier in flavor than our previous menus have featured. The Good Measure Meals menu development team thought long and hard about introducing spicier flavors to the new menu, since we normally play it very safe when it comes to heat. Typically, it’s simply easier for you to add the amount of heat that suits your taste with ingredients like hot sauce than it is to tone down the heat. But there were some compelling reasons why we spiced things up a bit:

1) Customer requests: You asked for it. Yes, our GMM customers strongly influence our seasonal menus, and many of you have let us know that you’d be up for a little more spice. This information is very valuable to new menu development, and we use it extensively to help shape each new launch — including decisions on whether to add flavor through the use of spices and heat.

Chipotle Sliced Flank Steak with brown rice and pigeon peas, and a side of southwestern corn with poblanos and red pepper

Chipotle Sliced Flank Steak with brown rice and pigeon peas, and a side of southwestern corn with poblanos and red pepper

Since the launch of the new menu, we have been closely monitoring customer feedback, and continue to make some adjustments to the spice level in certain meals. We will also take into consideration your feedback when making decisions about new recipes being developed for the 2013 fall/winter menu, which launches in October. So keep in mind that there are several ways for you to provide us your feedback – perhaps the easiest is through the weekly electronic survey that allows you to rate the meals and provide your open-ended feedback.

2) Add flavor without adding salt: Our chefs and dietitians collaborate to create menus that are not only delicious, but also incorporate a wide variety of healthy ingredients that follow nutrition recommendations promoted by the US Dietary Guidelines and the American Diabetes Association. These guidelines place importance on reducing daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) and further reducing intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. What is one way to add flavor without adding salt? Increase herbs and spices!

3) Add antioxidants: Yes, spices contain disease-preventing antioxidants, and some are nutritional powerhouses. By consuming antioxidant-rich foods, it’s believed the body obtains protective benefits ranging from the fending off of age-related wrinkles to the prevention of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Want to learn more about the health benefits of spices? Check out these articles from Today’s Dietitian and WebMD.

We hope that you are enjoying these new additions to the menu. Please take a few minutes and let us know what you think, by emailing our customer service department

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