Why Sue Sheff?

Why Sue Sheff?

Delivering all the ingredients and step by step directions ought to be a part of a personal relationship. We want our customers to feel a connection to Sue Sheff. We imagine her to be that aunt who was a really good cook. Sue is a name from a previous generation. It is a name that comes from an era of home cooking, a time when people gathered together in a kitchen to chat and share about their day. 

A Boy Named Sam

A Boy Named Sam

All is well with our new grandson. Mom and Dad were great and though Sam didn’t make it easy, (he was a few days late) and wasn’t sure even then, he finally gave in and decided to join us. We were in awe.

It has been 24 years since our first grandson was born and 14 years since the most recent grandson. Each has such unique gifts and each has inspired us in different ways. 

Meeting Sam reminded us of why we do what we do every day. We work to make the world around us a little better for him and his generation. The way we do that at Sue’s is to:

·      Make cooking more convenient     

o   Cooking is one of the more beautiful forms that human generosity takes”, Michael Pollan

o   “One of the reasons people commonly give for not eating healthy is ‘I don’t have time,’ ” says Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD

o   By providing everything you need to cook a great meal (premeasured and labeled), delivering it to your door, with step by step directions, Sue Sheff makes it hard to make cooking more convenient.

·      Broaden tastes

o   Thank you for expanding our taste pallet”, a regular Sue Sheff customer.

o   Home Cookingwith a Modern Twist - Black Drum with Citrus Bagna Cauda, Pan Roasted Veggies and Quinoa

o   While steak and potatoes makes a great dinner – it also lacks a little of the spice we need to keep life an adventure.

·      Provide nutritious options

o   Working with the dietician from Por Vida of The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has provided guidelines we work to achieve with many of our meals.

o    Even the ones outside their stringent standards are well-balanced meals by most nutritionist’s guidelines.

o   Research shows that eating at home means eating better quality nutrition. Period.  

o   We want to be an active part of Sam’s future.

·      Support “Community”

o   At least half of what comes in your box for each meal has been sourced locally.

o   Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.

o   We have learned from, shared frustrations and gotten great products from our local partners – even when we have to pay a little more for something locally produced, we do because it supports our beliefs.

o   If you have questions or concerns we are just an email or phone call away. If something is missing or unclear from your dinner kit we will make it right.

Our hope for Sam is that he is will grow up in a family and community that will instill within him a sense of belonging and value; that he will be healthy and confident to take risks in his life. 

Tomatoes – A Real Superfood

Tomatoes – A Real Superfood

Tomatoes fresh from the vine are a favorite at farmers markets this time of year.  And they should be. They are abundant and super versatile. Sometimes a tomato is just there – a bland tasting little bit of red food on your plate. A fresh tomato, on the other hand can be so satisfying and tasty.  In describing a tomato Emily Spicer (San Antonio Express News) said in her review of Sue's dinner kit, “fresh veggies – really fresh with a tomato that actually tasted like a tomato!”

And while the taste may be fantastic, let’s not forget about the health benefits of tomatoes. Though there is no legal or medical definition, “superfoods” are nutrient powerhouses and tomatoes are definitely one of the superfoods. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don't. Without listing all of the benefits or all the vitamins and minerals, we’ll just share five of the benefits of eating tomatoes.

1.      Improves vision: Vitamin A, present in tomatoes, helps to improve your eyesight as well as prevent night-blindness and macular degeneration.

2.      Helps fight cancer: According to studies, tomatoes contain large amounts of the antioxidant lycopene, that is effective in lowering the risk of cancer, especially lung, stomach and prostrate cancers.

3.      Maintaining blood health: Research suggests that a single tomato can provide about 40% of the daily vitamin C requirement and also contains vitamin A, potassium, and iron that is essential for maintaining normal blood health. Vitamin K, which is controls bleeding and blood clotting, tomatoes help in blood circulation.

4.      Reduces risk of heart disease: The lycopene in tomatoes can protect you against cardiovascular diseases. Consuming tomatoes regularly helps decrease the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood, reducing the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.

5.      Good for digestion: Eating tomatoes daily can keep your digestive system healthy as it prevents both, constipation and diarrhea. It also prevents jaundice and effectively removes toxins from the body.

Nutritional Value of Tomatoes

The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a an excellent source of manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorous. They also contain protein and dietary fiber, as well as a number of organic compounds like lycopene that also contribute to the overall health benefits that tomatoes can confer to our health!

Interestingly studies show that cooking increases the antioxidants and lycopene present in tomatoes. Sue Sheff helps you get your tomato "superfood" fix with several of her offerings this time of year. 

From: www.organicfacts.net

From: www.organicfacts.net

 

Sugar and Fiber, the Meal Kit Power Combo

Sugar and Fiber, the Meal Kit Power Combo

We like sugar. We’re pretty sure you like sugar too. Unfortunately, we all learn at an early age that sugar isn’t good for us. Not only that, but new studies are currently being done which hint that sugar may be worse than we thought. Even knowing that, we know sugar isn't going away, but here at Sue Sheff we think we have some information to help you make healthier choices.

How Sugar Works

First, all types of sugar, fructose or sucrose, are absorbed by the body very quickly, increasing your blood sugar and giving you lots of energy. You don't even need to finish your frappuccino before you've done your taxes for the year and cleaned the whole house, right? However, if that blood sugar isn't used it goes to the liver where it gets processed into fat triglyceride and is delivered to your tissue for storage (and we all know how that turns out).

How Fiber Makes Sugar Better

Fiber is this amazing thing we don't think about much, but we bet you will now. When adequate natural fiber exists, it slows down the sugar. So instead of getting that big punch of energy, which you probably didn't use, and makes your liver produce more fat cells, fiber slows down the sugar absorption and your blood sugar rises gradually over a longer period of time. This slower rise means your cells will use that energy provided, meaning it doesn't get turned into fat.

The Sugar to Fiber Ratio

So, you want to know how much fiber you need to cancel out that ½ pint of Blue Bell, right? This is a situation where nature has it down. The more sugar is in something, the more fiber naturally occurs. This is why you can comfortably bite into an apple, and why sugar cane is....well, a stick. Foods in their natural state, and doctors, tell us we should look to have a ratio of sugar to fiber of about 1:1. Can it still be tasty? You Bet! For example, meals like Sue Sheff's Garlic Shrimp with Summer Squash and Chile de Arbol has a ratio of two grams of sugar to three grams of fiber and our Summer Chill Chili has a ration of better than two to one - fiber to sugar.

How Sue Helps

Sue Sheff wants to help in two ways with weekly dinners in a box.

Summer Chill Chili

Summer Chill Chili

·      We work with Por Vida to reduce added sugars in many of our meals. You can look each week and see clearly labeled which meals meet Por Vida guidelines on added sugars. Don't worry, we don't sacrifice flavor.

·      We send you whole grains, fruits and vegetables each week to help boost your fiber to so you can reach that 20-35 grams of fiber each day recommended by doctors.

Sugar is tasty, and sugar isn't our enemy. We just need to make sure we always invite sugar's best friend, fiber, to the party too for a long, healthy lifestyle.