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All Foods Fit: Exploring All the Reasons We Eat

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SAGE’s nutrition philosophy is All Foods Fit. This means that there are no “good” or “bad” foods because we eat many different foods for many different reasons. Food supports our physical, social, emotional, mental, and cultural well-being — which support our overall health. We want to honor and celebrate those reasons! Food keeps us nutritionally balanced, provides the opportunity to explore other cultures and flavors, and allows us to create long-lasting memories and enjoy the dining experience. Below, we’ve highlighted...


Serve It Safely: Our Approach to Food Allergies

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Did you know, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 1 in 13 children in the United States has at least one food allergy? In the schools SAGE serves, 1 in 11 students has been diagnosed with a food allergy. To keep our guests with food allergies safe, we’ve developed a comprehensive allergen safety program called Serve It Safely. Our program begins with menu design. Managers team up with our Registered Dietitians and work closely with each venue to...


Up Your Game with Performance Spotlight®

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Does your athlete want to add an extra edge to their game? Fueling properly is a strategy athletes can use to optimize their performance. Leading professional organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recognize that adequate nutrition can maximize gains in speed, strength, and agility. It can also shorten the recovery period, provide nutrients that support overall health, and reduce the risk of injury and illness. SAGE recognizes athletes have special nutritional needs to perform their best. Performance Spotlight®...


2022 Food Trends

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As we welcome the new year, SAGE Executive Chef Rob Coutu shares food trends you might see popping up on menus in 2022. Chili crunch: Chili crunch has taken the lead in the world of global condiments. Loaded with Szechuan chili flakes, crispy garlic, shallots, sesame seeds, and other spices, this fiery condiment could be replacing the crushed pepper shakers you see in pizza restaurants. People are using this on everything from pasta and dumplings to eggs and ice cream...


December Religious and Cultural Holidays

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December is a month marked by observance and celebration by several religions and cultures. In recognition of these holidays, we’re highlighting the customs and traditional foods of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Yule. Hanukkah This year the Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins in November and ends in December. Hanukkah is an eight-day winter festival of lights, observed through nightly menorah candle lighting, special blessings, songs, and prayer. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after driving out Greek...


Celebrating the Holidays with Food

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With the holiday season right around the corner, we can’t wait to make and eat delicious holiday food! Whether you’re preparing a family recipe or sitting down to enjoy a meal with loved ones, food is central to the culture and tradition that surround holiday celebrations. We asked our Dietitians — VP of Food and Nutrition Lesley Vogel and Registered Dietitians Amy Ryan, Teresa Miller, and Taylor Chan — about their families’ food traditions and what recipes they’re most excited...


Understanding Social Media’s Impact of Dieting

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It’s a well-known fact that social media is a popular resource to learn about the latest trends and fads. Unfortunately, it often promotes misinformation about food and nutrition. Social media platforms provide a wealth of diet information that’s largely unregulated, often contradictory, and usually promoted by noncredentialed individuals. Because of the U.S. diet and weight loss market — which, as Research and Markets reported, reached an industry record of $78 billion in 2019 — dieting has become a cultural...


A Brief History of Slow Cooking

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While the technique of low-and-slow cooking has been around since the 18th century, the slow cooker appliance as we know it today was developed in the 1930s by Jewish inventor Irving Nachumsohn. In eastern Europe during the Sabbath, families often prepared cholent, a traditional Jewish stew made of meat, beans, and vegetables and cooked slowly at a low temperature. However, the Jewish community was prohibited from cooking because of the Sabbath, so they would bring pots of stew to a...


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