Here’s everything you need to know about our new packaging…

What is a Bento Box?Epicured's low FODMAP Sesame Crusted Wild Salmon in Bento Box

Bento Box is the term we at Epicured lovingly use to refer to the new box that your low FODMAP healthy meals arrive in. Up to 8 Bento boxes can fit inside your delivery box.

Why did we make this change?

We made this change so all our healthy meals and snacks would be “grab-n-go.” All of our low FODMAP dishes are now in one convenient package which you can take to work, the park, wherever you want to enjoy Epicured.

Epicured's low FODMAP Sesame Crusted Wild Salmon in Bento Box

What goes into a Bento Box?

All Bento Boxes include your low FODMAP entrée, its accompanying side items and a Menu Card.

What is on the Menu Card?

The Menu Card has all the information you could ever need or want on the low FODMAP menu item you’re about to enjoy (Reheat Instructions, Ingredients, Nutritional Information). We offer full transparency on using only the freshest gluten-free ingredients around.

What is a Snack Box?

Snack boxes will include all items that you ordered that are not our low FODMAP entrées. All the necessary information from our Menu Cards can be found on the snack’s meal labels.

Why is the dish title and expiration date on the side of the box (via the label)?

You can stack the boxes in your fridge and still see the dish titles and expiration dates.

Are the box and its contents recyclable?

YES!

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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.

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FASCINATING REWIND

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

Seared Lamb Medallions. Credit: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured

NEW DISHES ARRIVE AT EPICURED!!

The Seared Lamb Medallions in delivery packaging.

In time for Easter and Passover, our low FODMAP Seared Lamb Medallions dish bring together tradition and diversity. Lamb is the perfect intersection of American, Mediterranean and Eastern European cultures. A wholesome, healthy and hearty meal, the lamb medallions are brushed with Mint Pesto, plated on a bed of Ratatouille, and served with a side of gluten-free Chive Mashed Potatoes.

Our Chef Chris & Chef Renee have even been able to add a hint of garlic using our house-made garlic-infused oil while keeping the dish low FODMAP. Of course, the mashed potatoes are dairy and lactose free.

Enjoy a liberating main course!


Zucchini “Spaghetti” Bolognese. Credit: Ben Fink Productions

If you love pasta… and who doesn’t… our Zucchini “Spaghetti” is the way to enjoy a great pasta experience without the carbs, gluten, FODMAPs or the food coma. Zucchini is easy to digest and worry free of complex carbs which are found in traditional pastas, grains and legumes.

We serve the gluten-free Zucchini with a choice of bolognese or pomodoro sauces… slow roasting our ripe tomatoes and using fresh basil, low FODMAP garlic-infused oil, herbs and spices.

Enjoy!!


 EPICURED’S TOP SNACKS!
Great snacks are essential to help you stay on track with your low FODMAP plan and we have an awesome assortment!

 

Chef @renee2c and Coach @donsaladino talking Energy Bites! With this new Epicured snack, low FODMAP & Gluten-free is just the beginning. These little Energy Bites are all-natural, raw, vegan, high protein and high fiber. They also have that perfect mix of healthy and decadent. – They’re great fuel for pre-workout. They’re also not bad when you’re sitting on the couch. 😀 – Tune in to our live feed TODAY at 3pm for more from these guys. – #foodasmedicine #getepicured #foodprescribedforyourlife #lowfodmap #fodmap #glutenfree #glutenfreenyc #selfcare #guthealth #ibs #crohns #celiac #colitis #antiinflammatory #dietitianapproved #dietitian #registereddietitian #nutritionist #gastroenterology #integrativemedicine #functionalmedicine #nongmo #nopreservatives #naturalfood

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INTRODUCING OUR CONCIERGE PROGRAM!

Epicured started using a new concierge program to help us connect more quickly and effectively with patients who can benefit from our low FODMAP & gluten-free meal service.

Here’s how it works:
Your practice sends us a very simple form via fax. The form is HIPAA compliant and goes directly to our team of concierge dietitians. They will follow up directly to help your patient understand the Epicured service and provide a helping hand.

What this means for you:
Well, you are a clinician, you are busy, you believe in Food as Medicine, or at least that the right foods can help you feel better. Complicated diets can be hard to comply with, but we’re here to make it simple. Not to mention, after your patients get delicious, feel-good meals from Michelin-star chefs delivered to their homes, you will be the hero!

CONGRATULATIONS TO EPICURED’S FITNESS AND WELLNESS EXPERT DON SALADINO!

“Muscle & Fitness” Magazine: March 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that Don Saladino, “trainer to the stars” and EPICURED Advisory Board member graces the cover of “Muscle and Fitness” this month!

We definitely can’t promise you Epicured will get you into Saladino shape, but we’re proud that our prepared meals are Don’s way of “cheating clean.”

Want to learn more?

Read: “Fitness Expert Don Saladino Joins the Epicured Team”
Follow: @donsaladino on Instagram


MEET OUR CLIENTS!

Drew and his Hawker Lettuce Wraps!

Drew Powell plays Solomon Grundy in the superhero drama “Gotham” on FOX. Powell got in shape for his Gotham role by training with Don Saladino, and is two weeks into his Epicured experience. Let’s check in!

EPICURED: Drew, welcome to Epicured! How is week #2 going?

Drew Powell: Thanks so much… I have to say, I am feeling GREAT as I head into the middle of Week 2. I was anticipating being hungry while on this “Epicured Challenge”(as I’m calling it) but honestly, I have been SO satisfied with everything. The food tastes great and is easy to prepare and the snacks help for when I’m jonesing in between meals.

 


EPICURED POP QUIZ!

What’s our most popular dish?

Is it…

Truffled Mac & Cheese

Three-Spice Turkey Chili

Pad Thai with Shrimp

The answer, in a moment…


EPICURED IN THE NEWS
We Were Highlighted in “The Observer!” Here’s a Taste:

On any given night as friends and family gather to break bread, it’s predictable that at least one person sitting at the table will announce a dietary restriction.
“Bread?”
“No thanks, I’m gluten-free.”
“Pasta?”
“None for me. I have I.B.S.”
“Cheese?”
“Sorry, I’m vegan.”

With two in every five people in the U.S. afflicted by a GI disorder such as I.B.S., Crohn’s, colitis, celiac, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, answering the question “What’s for dinner?” has never been more complicated.

Enter Richard Bennett and Renee Cherkezian, the cofounders of Epicured, a New York-based health care company that designs and delivers gourmet food solutions for people with chronic disease. But unlike other services, Epicured offers digestion-friendly, non-G.M.O. menus free of hormones, preservatives and antibiotics and gluten. All their meals features foods on the F.O.D.M.A.P. diet—a protocol developed at Monash University that has been clinically shown to have a positive impact on people who suffer from I.B.S.—and 25 percent of Epicured’s menu is diabetic-friendly. But if you’re envisioning a Blue Apron-like situation where everything is D.I.Y., you’re wrong. Epicured comes prepared. It’s like seamless—but where every choice suits your dietary needs…


BACK TO THE EPICURED POP QUIZ!
Our most popular dish… Did you guess?

It’s our Three-Spice Turkey Chili!

Epicured’s low FODMAP Three-Spice Turkey Chili

A few of our secrets…

  • We use turkey from Koch’s Turkey Farm in PA. It’s certified humane, organic, and non-GMO. They have an all-natural feed mill to cut out any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, animal by-products.
  • Of course, chili typically contains onions, but not ours! We avoid using onions because they contain oligosaccharides that are not easily digested by people with IBS. Instead use the green tops of scallions, in order to provide that crisp onion bite without the hard-to-digest sugars!
  • We provide cheddar as a garnish for our turkey chili. Cheddar is an aged cheese. That means it has undergone an aging process where the lactose sugars have been converted to a much easier digested lactic acid.

Haven’t tried it yet?

EPICURED ADDS FAIRFIELD COUNTY DELIVERY SERVICE

EPICURED is announcing a third expansion of its home delivery service. Following New York, Long Island, Westchester, and Northern New Jersey, Epicured will now be available to the 950,000 residents of Fairfield County Connecticut.

Residents of Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury and Greenwich will now be able to receive fresh deliveries of low FODMAP & gluten-free food. Ordering can be done online by going at epicured.com or by phone.

FROM EPICURED CEO RICHARD BENNETT:

The U.S. consumer is getting smarter about food choices all the time, but we still have a long way to go., and the promise of a healthy life depends on us getting there. Our goal is to continually make Epicured available to those in need of dietary relief.”


AND ALL THIS COMES IN TIME TO ENJOY EPICURED’S NEW WINTER MENU WITH 6 NEW LOW FODMAP DISHES INCLUDING TASTY ENERGY BITES, SMOOTHIES, TURKEY MEATBALLS, AND AN AWESOME TORTILLA SOUP!

Country Cinnamon Oatmeal with Maple-Glazed Pecans. PHOTO: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured

Your EPICURED DAY begins with a delicious way to fuel up! Our oatmeal has a sweet creamy flavor with sweet crunchy pecans. It’s the result of using light coconut milk with cinnamon. And we only use Country Choice Gluten Free USDA Organic Oats. With more than 19 vitamins and minerals the dish is rich in antioxidants and high in fiber. Rich in magnesium it has many anti-inflammatory benefits.

Epicured’s new low FODMAP Tortilla Soup. PHOTO: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured.

Our Tortilla Soup has what you love (and probably miss) about Mexican Food… A variety of flavors, colors and textures… a bit of smokey chili flavor in a red tomato base, off set by sweet yellow corn and bright chopped cilantro. This dish is low FODMAP safe! We’ve chosen specific ingredients in measured quantities that abide by LOW FODMAP guidelines.

Turkey Meatballs with Basil & Pomodoro Sauce. Photo: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured.

Turkey Meatballs – the healthy “go-to” winter dish. Comforting, low FODMAP, and nutritious… high in protein and low in carbs. Our turkey is amazing, certified humane, certified organic and certified non-GMO. The turkeys are fed with an all-natural mill, no synthetic herbicides/pesticides or animal by-products.


FEEL GREAT ALL DAY WITH OUR NEW SNACKS!

New Epicured Energy Bites. PHOTO: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured.

Finally an energy bite that is truly nutritious! Try our Cranberry Almond or Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bites. The guilt-free, low FODMAP alternative to chips/pretzels & muffins.

Epicured smoothies – now available in mini 8oz bottles. PHOTO: Ben Fink Productions for Epicured.

Two of our newest smoothies… Dragon Fruit Antioxidant with dragon fruits raspberries, strawberries and blueberries mixed into creamy coconut milk, vanilla hemp milk, ginger juice and maple syrup. AND a Coco Berry Smoothie, with tropical creamy coconut milk meets the power blend of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries & pineapple with pure maple syrup and fresh ginger juice.

Epicured’s low FODMAP Super Trail Mix

You’ll never find a better tasting or healthier trail mix! With Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pecans, Coconut flakes and Napa Valley wine raisins. A unique blend of delicious and healthy.

CabernayZyns on the vine. Courtesy of Wine Rayzyns.

Can we brag about our Raisins please?

Wine Rayzyns are hand-harvested in California at their peak and then specially dried on the vine with their nutty, crunchy seeds intact. A small portion of each wine grame’s edible stem is left on each raisin acting as nature’s cork, locking in and preserving the amazing flavor, nutrients, antioxidants and health benefits.

 

Some of our favorites! Photo: Ben Fink Productions

For those of you keeping count that means EPICURED is now offering 35 delectable low FODMAP dishes including breakfast, snacks and sides. Something for everyone!

 


FITNESS EXPERT DON SALADINO JOINS EPICURED!

Don gets some cooking pointers from Epicured Executive Chef Chris Cortez.

FINALLY…Nationally known “trainer to the stars” and wellness expert Don Saladino has joined EPICURED’s Advisory Board and will also serve as a brand ambassador for the service.

Don is regularly featured in mens health magazines and media and he famously created the “suit up” workout regimen to train actors playing superheroes. His client list is filled with professional athletes and celebrities, including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, and more.

Don serves as a brand ambassador for other top health brands: Garden of Life organic supplements, Fitner mobile platform, and Greyson Clothiers. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Don Monti Memorial Research Cancer Foundation.

SALADINO SAYS:

“I always tell my clients that the food they put into their bodies matters more than anything we do in the gym, so having a food delivery partner like Epicured really enhances what I’m able to accomplish with clients.”

Don will collaborate with Epicured chefs on new recipes and products, and, more importantly, he will collaborate closely with Chef Renee & Chef Chris to educate on how health, nutrition, fitness, and cooking all come together.

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