October Kitchen - February 2022

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Did You Know Heart Disease Is Preventable? Help American Heart Month Save Lives

heart disease were half that. Over the past decade, the numbers have been rising at an incredibly worrying rate. Thankfully, there’s plenty you can do to greatly reduce your own risk of heart disease. For one, exercise can play a major role in helping circulate your blood and strengthening your heart to operate at maximum strength with minimal strain. Second, eating food with less than 600 milligrams of sodium per serving makes a huge difference as well! Third, I’ve talked previously about fats, but not all fats are made equal — eating good fats from olive oil or avocados will do so much more good for your body than hydrogenated fats found in processed foods. So long as you keep fat below 30% of the total calories, that’s all it takes to minimize your risk of heart disease through your diet.

Although the effects of COVID-19 have been profound on our country, there’s another No. 1 killer that’s lurking not-so-silently in our society: heart disease. Since 1930, coronary heart disease has been the leading cause of death for Americans. As a certified nutritionist, it pains me that heart disease has been pushed aside as an “inevitable” disease, when, in fact, heart disease is completely preventable for most people (unless you’re genetically prone). You might say, “Hey, Paul! How do we know heart disease isn’t getting better in the U.S.? Aren’t people drinking more coconut water?” Unfortunately, the numbers say otherwise. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that COVID-19 took over 801,000 Americans lives and 690,000 Americans died of heart disease. In 2010, deaths from

“At October Kitchen, one of our top-selling food categories is our heart-healthy dishes, which include a majority of what we prepare. We offer this healthy variety because I don’t want our customers to feel like they have to eat unhealthy food to enjoy their food.”

Guess what? Our new frozen meal packaging is here! With your feedback, labeling and packaging has been streamlined to become more functional and aesthetically pleasing. With doubled labeling sizes and stack-friendly packaging, it’ll be easier than ever to see what you have in your fridge during a busy day!

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CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOUR LITTLE SWEETHEARTS

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults. Let your kids know they are the most important loves in your life with these sweet, inexpensive ideas that the whole family can enjoy! Your children will remember these traditions for years to come. Make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. Guess what? Pink pancakes, pink milk, and even pink eggs are a thing! With strawberry milk, food coloring and strawberries in the pancakes, and food coloring in the eggs, you’ll have an effortless and special breakfast for the little ones. Tip: Set the table the night before after the kids go to bed to make serving Valentine’s Day breakfast easier the next morning. Create Valentine’s Day cards for each kid. Tell your children all of your favorite things about them with their own personalized cards. There are so many ways you can get crafty with construction paper and glitter. Your kids are sure to love getting mommy-made or daddy-made one- of-a-kind valentines. Bake Valentine’s Day goodies together. What’s better than baking with your little ones? If you are short on time, you can find premade dough, usually with a Valentine’s Day theme. Or, you can try out your skills with

heart-shaped cookie cutters and sprinkles. It can get messy, but it’s certainly worth it! Wrap up a small Valentine’s Day gift. Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day outfit, candy, a teddy bear, or a necklace, it doesn’t have to be big or costly! Your children will enjoy feeling the love, and they’ll be excited to get something new. Don’t forget to have fun with the wrapping! Most stores have Valentine’s Day gift bags and wrapping paper around this time of year.

Your baby valentines have stolen your heart — make sure they know it by spreading the love! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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prepare food for their clients and may not have the same training to do so. Also, caregivers often have intensive schedules and cooking puts a heavy burden on them. When it comes to providing food for clients, many caregivers have the same philosophy we do: When you really care about someone, how do you treat them? For us, we don’t want you to get addicted to our food. We want our food to nurture you, physically and even mentally (from the happiness of eating delicious food!). I hope you get a chance to spread awareness for American Heart Month. I believe a heart-first attitude is what will keep us happy, healthy and strong as Americans for many years to come, one meal at a time.

At October Kitchen, one of our top-selling food categories is our heart-healthy dishes, which include a majority of what we prepare. We offer this healthy variety because I don’t want our customers to feel like they have to eat unhealthy food to enjoy their food. I’m proud to serve healthy, delicious meals, especially to our seniors, whether they live at home or in assisted living facilities. We work closely with seniors and caretakers to ensure they receive the nutritionally valuable food they need. I can’t tell you how proud I am when I hear stories from clients about how they’ve gotten great

feedback from doctors, manage to lose weight and even stop taking one of their blood pressure prescription medications due to their healthy diet with October Kitchen. It’s also a huge blessing to work directly with caregivers who, without us, are often forced to

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As Determined by Food Experts and the Public 3 TOP RESTAURANTS IN CONNECTICUT It’s important to make food a regularly healthy event, but when you want a restaurant experience, there’s no harm in occasionally treating yourself to the very best. According to the Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA), here are some of the best restaurants in the state! Millwright’s 77 West St., Simsbury MillwrightsRestaurant.com (860) 651-5500 As the winner of the CRA’s Restaurant of the Year

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it makes you feel like you’re on vacation.” For the first time since being founded eight years ago, this getaway was honored as Restaurant of the Year in its region by the CRA. With no shortage of competition in New Haven’s thriving food scene, this impressive Mediterranean restaurant will wow you and your loved ones. Oyster Club 13 Water St., Mystic OysterClubCT.com (860) 415-9266 The Oyster Club’s secret weapon to winning the east region’s Restaurant of the Year award three times in a row is simple: trusting your team and sourcing food locally. They get a quarter of their produce from a local farm that owner Daniel Meiser partially owns. In traditional fashion, the restaurant also does its own preserving, dehydrating, curing and pickling in late summer and early fall. The menu changes daily, and dishes are prepared as fresh and new as they can make them. Give it a try! We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about these amazing local restaurants. Check them out sometime!

statewide award (twice!), you’re sure to enjoy dining at Millwright’s. Chef Tyler Anderson has an incredible team — the winner of Best Pastry Chef of the Year, Kristin Eddy, also works at Millwright’s. Anderson shared in an interview with Hartford Courant that “there’s nothing wrong with owning a hot dog stand, but I would have a hot dog stand if it was just me.” Their menu changes daily, but their refreshing take on American classics, such as chicken and dumplings made with smoked chicken and ricotta gnocchi, is sure to delight! Viron Rondo Osteria 1721 Highland Ave., Cheshire VironRondoOsteria.com (203) 439-2727 When you arrive at Viron Rondo Osteria, it feels like you’ve escaped Connecticut and landed somewhere else. Owner Viron Rondo says, “The interior reminds people of New York and the exterior reminds them of the Mediterranean. Guests’ first response is that

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Eating Heart-Friendly Can Add Years to Your Life

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Properly Organize Your Fridge

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3 Fridge Hacks TO BRING PEACE TO YOUR KITCHEN

Remove products from packaging. Individually wrapped products make packing lunches easy, but they can be a hassle to store in the fridge when kept inside bulky boxes. Instead, line up your yogurts, string cheese, hummus, juice boxes, sodas, and other

Invest in refrigerator bins. Storage bins for your fridge are all the rage right now, and there might be a reason for that.

We all have our favorite ways to organize, but there may be one thing you’re organizing completely incorrectly: your refrigerator. It’s not just about aesthetics! A properly organized fridge can prevent food from spoiling, help you find items faster, and allow you to store more. Try these tips for fridge success. Store produce properly. There are a lot of myths surrounding what you should or shouldn’t do to properly store your produce, but there are a few basics you can abide by. For starters, store your fruits and vegetables separately. Fruits emit a gas that can cause vegetables to spoil faster. Furthermore, store these products near the front of your fridge or in a place where you will regularly notice them. This will encourage you to use the products faster — and prevent you from forgetting about them.

individually wrapped products along the shelves of your fridge or in refrigerator bins. This will eliminate the clutter of the packaging from your fridge and provide more space. Pro Tip: For a more eco-friendly option, stop buying individually packaged items! Opt for bulk or larger products instead and measure out serving sizes into small glass or reusable containers. Arrange these like you would the other products!

Refrigerator bins are clear and rigid in shape, which means items store and organize easier in your fridge. You can fill one with yogurt, another with eggs, and a third with fruit without worrying how the shapes of these products will fit into your fridge space. This allows you to have more control over your refrigerator. If you want to get more out of your fridge, check out the manual! It will include proper ways to utilize your refrigerator storage and settings.

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