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08/06/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Vitamin D

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As you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably already washing your hands, physical distancing, and wearing masks. You might also be making changes to support and strengthen your immune system. Although no single food or nutrient will protect against illness, eating a balanced diet with specific nutrients can help. Vitamin D is well known for its role in supporting bone health, but it also plays a role in immune function. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin as well as a hormone the...

08/03/20

From Our Dietitians: Trending Oils

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After decades of low-fat and no-fat hype, health experts agree that fats have an important place in the diet. After all, fat adds flavor, provides energy, helps you feel full, and promotes healthy neurological function. The three main types are saturated, unsaturated, and trans fat. Saturated and trans fats have tight bonds that make them solid at room temperature. Examples include butter, coconut oil, shortening, and bacon fat. Unsaturated fats have looser bonds, making them fluid at room temperature. Examples...

07/08/20

From Our Dietitians: Is Sea Salt Worth Its Salt?

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“Is sea salt healthier than table salt? If so, should we swap them in all our recipes?” We weren’t entirely sure how to answer this question from one of our communities, so we did what we do anytime we’re curious about a trending ingredient or nutrition topic — evidence-based research! We found that the main difference between sea salt and table salt is how they’re produced. Sea salt is made by evaporating water and minimally processed to retain trace...

06/30/20

Navigating Health and Wellness Trends

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There’s a ton of nutritional information and advice circulating out there, and it can be overwhelming and confusing to separate fact from fiction. Our Registered Dietitians are constantly evaluating the latest nutritional research, claims, and trends, and it helps to take a thoughtful, balanced approach. Here are some of the considerations when digesting nutritional information. Try practicing them the next time you hear about the hottest new trend! What’s being said? Take a look at the claims and benefits touted...

06/16/20

Food Additives from A-Z: B

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about food additives! Our previous post gave you an overview of common additives starting with A. Now, we’re moving on to a few starting with B. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) Commonly talked about together, BHA and BHT are both antioxidants used as food preservatives, primarily to keep oils in food from oxidizing and turning rancid. BHA is a white or yellow waxy solid with a faint aromatic scent, while BHT is...

06/02/20

From Our Kitchen: Baby Bella Mushroom Burger

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If your family is interested in trying more plant-based meals, make this vegetarian entrée. It’s a great alternative to animal protein-based burgers while providing a good source of B vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. And mushrooms are trending in 2020, after all! Servings: 4 burgers Prep time: 30 minutes, plus at least 2 hours for refrigeration Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 8 ounces mushrooms 2 teaspoons vegetable oil ½ cup diced onions 2 peeled, minced fresh garlic cloves 1 tablespoon...

05/26/20

Tips for Cooking as a Family

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As you’re spending more time at home, you’re likely in the kitchen more than ever before. While cooking may sometimes feel like another chore, it can also be a great opportunity! Use the time in the kitchen to bond with your family and reinforce math and science skills with your children. Cooking and eating are social activities and are much more enjoyable when shared with others. While you’re cooking, consider sharing stories about recipes that have been passed down and...

05/22/20

30 Years of Innovations: People

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As we celebrate the 30th birthday of SAGE Dining Services®, we’re taking a look back at how our programs have evolved throughout the years. In this blog series, we’re covering the different kinds of innovations that have made SAGE a company of firsts. We already reviewed our approach to food service management and the culinary experience as well as our unparalleled wellness education and food allergy accommodation. In this entry, we’re focusing on the people of SAGE and the training...

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