INTRODUCING OUR NEW BUCKWHEAT BOWL!

It’s a delicious mix of buckwheat and yes, it’s gluten free and low FODMAP, harvested from a plant valued for its grain-like seeds. We add roasted cumin carrots & parsnips with lemon-tahini dressing.

Our low FODMAP Roasted Spiced Carrot & Parsnip Buckwheat Bowl

Our low FODMAP Roasted Spiced Carrot & Parsnip Buckwheat Bowl

ORIGIN: The dish comes to us from the Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern region and is packed with low FODMAP depth of flavor and nutrients, deliciously gluten-free. Ingredients include naturally sweet carrots and parsnips, as the cumin mixture gives a rounder flavor.  This cumin flavor is also gently reflected in the gluten-free buckwheat base. The Lemon-tahini dressing is like the cherry on top.

Our Buckwheat Bowl is high in protein and rich in Omega 3 & 6.


TRY A LOW FODMAP PESTO SAUCE FOR SUMMER & YOUR MEMORIAL DAY PLANS!

This is the same sauce we use in our low FODMAP Basil Pesto Spaghetti Squash.

A great pesto is simply one of the best tastes of summertime. For those of you staying away from garlic, you can still indulge! We use a garlic-infused oil for it’s flavor. Enjoy!
Takes about 10 minutes.

Yields
1.5 Cups
5 cups basil leaves
1 chives, bunch (~1 cup)
4 tablespoons garlic-infused olive oil
(make your own or buy some at the supermarket)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup parmesan
1/3 cup pine nuts
Salt

Directions:
1) Bring a large quart of salted water to boil. Place basil and chives in water for 10-15 seconds then remove them and place in a bowl of ice water.
2) Once the basil and chives are chilled, remove them from the water and squeeze out any excess water.
3) Place basil, chives, and remaining ingredients in blender. Mix on med-high speed until sauce is smooth and thick. Season with salt, as desired.


“AN EPICURED EXTRA”

Epicured's low FODMAP Strawberry-Rose Chia Seed Pudding

“EAT LIKE THE PROS…”

…with Stefani Pappas, RD.

“I never liked chia seed pudding until I tried Epicured’s version – it is delicious!”

“My practice is called Stef Health Tips and is located in Great Neck, NY. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and inspiring others to do the same. My approach encourages whole, natural, and real foods, but works with clients to incorporate their favorite foods into a balanced diet. I enjoy seeing my clients fall in love with a healthy lifestyle and become their very own nutrition expert!” Read more!


“WHAT ARE EPICURIANS EATING…”

Our Turkey Meatballs are now our top selling item. Take a look:

Low FODMAP Turkey Meatballs with Gluten-Free Basil Pomodoro Sauce & Grated Parmesan  Turkey Meatballs with Basil Pomodoro Sauce and Grated Parmesan

Low FODMAP Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice  Chicken Tikka Masala

Low FODMAP Three-Spice Turkey Chili  Three-Spice Turkey Chili

Low FODMAP Sesame Crusted Wild Salmon  Sesame Crusted Wild Salmon

Low FODMAP Baked Lasagna Bolognese   Baked Lasagna Bolognese


AND DON’T FORGET…

We have a lot coming in the next 8 weeks. Here’s a preview:

Za’atar Chicken with Tabboule
Summer Vegetable Lasagna
Morroccan Tajine
Updated Fruit Bowl
Iced Coffee

 

 

 

Our favorite Za’atar, thanks to Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boite. Credit: Thomas Schauer

NEW ARRIVALS AT EPICURED
Make room for Za’atar Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh

Enjoy a traditional Eastern Mediterranean savory low FODMAP dish that marries an herbal Za’atar blend of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme and sumac, over chicken, with a fresh tabbouleh salad. The chicken is richly marinated in lemon zest, lemon juice, sumac, parsley, garlic-infused olive oil, and black pepper, then grilled, and finely brushed with a layer of Za’atar, sourced from master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz. The zesty herbed chicken rests over a bed of gluten-free Quinoa Tabbouleh, a delicious combination of parsley, tomatoes, scallions, mint, quinoa, lemon, and olive oil. This perfect low FODMAP summer dish can be ordered for delivery today!


WANT TO KNOW WHAT OTHER “EPICUREANS” ARE BUYING?

Top 5 Most Popular Items!

 THREE SPICE TURKEY CHILI

 PULLED BBQ CHICKEN

 PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE ENERGY BITES

 CHICKEN HAWKER LETTUCE WRAPS

 CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

 


SAVE ROOM FOR COCONUT SHRIMP STEW!

This fresh and vibrant stew which combines French cuisine with a bit of Asian-inspired low FODMAP magic!

No thickening agents are used in this stew; it is thickened naturally with the fiber from the vegetables and coconut milk.


Our Nordic Ice Packs.

SUMMER PREP:
With the dog days of summer almost here…

We’re already adding extra ice packs to Epicured’s delivery boxes to protect against heat and keep your orders fresh & delicious!


SHARING CUSTOMER COMMENTS:

“The very best part (OF EPICURED) for me, as an accomplished cook, is that there are so many choices for more exotic fare, things I wouldn’t cook for myself. Epicured is a game changer for me: deliciously gluten-free, convenient and low FODMAP!

I love the Thai Green Curry, the Seared Lamb Medallions, the Pad Thai, The Chicken Lettuce Wraps and I always, always, order extra Turkey Chili as it freezes so well and is easy to thaw out if I know I’m going to have a busy day. And the two different kinds of Energy Bites are so delicious! They not only satiate my sweet tooth but they keep me full and are perfect to throw in my bag when I need to pack a snack.”

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Top-5 Reasons People Snack at Night

And how to avoid a night-time snack attack…

FROM CARENA LOWENTHAL, MS, RD, CHWC, a registered dietitian here at EPICURED. Carena is also a certified health & wellness coach, and herself an IBS-sufferer. She works as our Concierge Dietitian to make sure customers have an excellent experience using Epicured to manage digestive illnesses.

Let’s first explore the top reasons people snack at night:

  1. They didn’t eat enough all day because of lack of time, they “forgot,” they didn’t have access to food, etc. and by night they are starving!
  2. Their minds are in the habit of nighttime snacking and it’s a hard habit to break. People can be conditioned to sitting in front of the TV/computer/with a book/etc. with a snack. Often this type of eating is completely mindless eating. Their body gets used to having snacks at night, and the body craves what it is used to at a certain time. Foods high in sugar, salt and fat are usually the biggest culprits: ice cream, cheese, crackers, chips and dips, Chinese food, pizza, and fast foods/fried foods. The body is craving food, or a certain food, just like “Pavlov’s Dog”. The body wants what it thinks is coming.  By the way, the foods listed above are also not good for the GI system, especially with IBS.
  3. They are tired. When you are tired you get hungry, and because sugar acts as a quick source of energy, being tired can make you crave sugar. So, people go get a snack and feel like they have the extra energy to finish their project, their book, or make the extra updates to their social media outlets. What the body needs most is sleep, but they push the limits and burn the candle on both ends. Lack of adequate sleep is actually linked to obesity and many diseases like heart disease.
  4. It’s so emotional! It can be quite comforting to snack each night with a friend/spouse/kids and people don’t want to break that commitment/relationship or disappoint the other person. If you are lonely, food can be your companion. It can be a reward system to the self, such as “I dieted all day so I deserve it”, “I am so stressed out so it’s OK if I eat this just this once”, or “I’ll just eat this now and start the diet tomorrow”.

How to Avoid the Night Time Snack Attack:

  • Eat a balanced diet during the day. Eat 3 meals a day and plan for a healthy snack in the early evening to prevent cravings. Make sure your meals and snacks have some protein and/or healthy fat.
  • Break bad habits. Keep food in the kitchen, at the table, and at mealtimes. Do not allow yourself to bring food into the TV room or office. Break the sugar cycle by eliminating high sugar foods for 3 weeks. By then you will have kicked the “addiction” and be eating a healthier diet.
  • If you do have a snack, plan in advance what it will be and how big it will be. Something that takes longer to chew will have a longer acting effect in your belly and you will eat less. Things that have fiber, protein, healthy fats will help stabilize your blood sugar throughout the night.
  • Go to sleep. If you are really tired just turn off your mind, turn off the lights, and let your body rest and restore. Seal the meal. After dinner have a small dessert or snack and then brush your teeth (and floss), have a cup of herbal tea ready, and don’t have anything else. You are done.

EPICURED DELIVERY TIPS:

If you have an early delivery window, we don’t have to ring your buzzer – just notate in your delivery instructions to not disturb and to leave in your apartment’s vestibule if you don’t have a doorman.

Make sure if you have specific delivery instructions to include them when you checkout!

 

Tierra Salad with with Feta & Aioli Verde

NEW ADDITION TO THE EPICURED MENU

Tierra Salad is Back!!!

This fresh and beautiful low FODMAP dish features a fresh bed of spinach with a vibrant collection of greens & purples: herbed fennel slivers, purple cabbage, watermelon radishes, delicate zucchini ribbons, boiled purple potatoes, and blanched green beans.


Served with crumbled Feta and creamy Aioli Verde, you’ll find ribboned green squash and amazing Watermelon Radishes which add a seasonal tangy crunch and wonderful color.

Try our vegan Aioli Verde!

The light and creamy dressing is a flavorful blend of “vegenaise,” dijon, cilantro, vanilla oil, and ginger.


Fennel Slivers & Parsley bring you the perfect taste of Spring!

FUN FACT FROM THE EPICURED DIETITIANS!
DID YOU KNOW: parsley is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which is great for bone health.


ATTENTION: COLD BREW COFFEE IS COMING!!!

Coffee lovers! Next month, Epicured will offer a ready-made, cold brew that is dairy-free, low in calories, low in sugar, and of course, low FODMAP.

It has the perfect balance between great coffee flavor and creamy sweet almond milk. Very little sugar needed.  

 


INTRODUCING Martha McKittrick, RDN, CDE, CHWC

A registered dietitian with over 20 years experience and multiple specialty areas. In addition to begin an active member of the Epicured Clinical Network, Martha is on our menu development team where she reviews recipes for low FODMAP compliance.

Martha has always been a serious student of dietary issues: “About 5 years ago, I took a course on the Low FODMAP Diet & IBS by: Patsy Catsos and Kate Scarlata. It was a game changer for my nutrition practice. I remember counseling my first patient on the Low FODMAP diet. She had constipation and severe bloating for much of her life and was eating huge amounts of fiber in attempts to alleviate the constipation. Once we started the Low FODMAP elimination diet, her symptoms literally disappeared in a matter of 2 weeks.”

“The best part was when we did the reintroduction. We were clearly able to tell it was the polyols and oligosaccharide group that caused her symptoms. She wrote me a note saying “you literally changed my life! For the first time in twenty years I was IBS symptom-free all thanks to the nutritional program you made for me.”

AND THE STORY CONTINUED AT EPICURED Martha: “I’ve referred quite a few clients with IBS to Epicured and have gotten great feedback. Not only does it take the stress out of knowing what to eat, but I’ve heard only good things about the quality and taste of the food. I’ve even referred clients who don’t have GI issues, but who are just looking for a healthy meal delivery service.”

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FROM THE EVENT CALENDAR:

Epicured is sponsoring the 1st Annual Thought Leaders in GI Motility Symposium May 23rd! We were invited by two members of our clinical network: Bani Roland, MD from Lenox Hill Hospital & Michael Smith, MD from Mount Sinai to take part in the event. The whole team will be on-site serving snacks & smoothies.

The goal of the event is to address the paucity of available information available to internists, nurse practitioners, medical PAs, surgeons, and general gastroenterologists to effectively manage gastrointestinal motility disorders. The topics that will be presented make up a large percentage of the common complaints medical professionals face and are also a cause of significant morbidity and mortality. We aim with this conference to provide clinical pearls as well as updates on the latest diagnostic tools, therapeutic agents and research data available on a wide breadth of motility disorders.

LEARN MORE

 


FASCINATING REWIND

Chef Renee, Fitness Expert Don Saladino, and Gastroenterologist Ed Barbarito shared their insights and took questions on a host of dietary issues…