BEHIND THE PLATE
Chick-fil-A's Big Move Into New York City

While “cleaning up” the corporate image is a major part of this movement, Chick-fil-A menus will be “cleaned up,” as well. The alternative markets that have risen up in New York City over the last few years are comprised mostly of millennials who are taking the food they eat very seriously. In order to appeal to this younger demographic, a shift in the chicken-fried delicacies which are so popular in the south was deemed necessary by the executives of this company. Over the past 12 years, over 1,000 grilled chicken recipes were developed and tested in order to bring nutrition into the picture, and strides have even been taken to ensure that all chicken which is sold is antibiotic-free. Development even stretched so far as to removing artificial ingredients from sandwich buns and high fructose corn syrup from all dressings and sauces. Cathy states that creating food for the millennial market is different from the older boomer market because for the boomers, the food was just a product. He states that for millennials, it’s about local sourcing, worker rights, and product quality. “It’s not just a product story anymore — but the whole story.” Playing into this, the company’s official website currently features a nutrition calculator, health information, and links to the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Chick-fil-A Cows (#EatMorChikin #ProtektCowz).

HAPPENINGS
Trader Joe's Ex-President's Innovative Approach to Food Waste

If there is one thing New Yorkers think about more than real estate, it is food; and now Trader Joe's ex-President, Doug Rauch, is adding some more food for thought.

Thowing out perfectly yummy food is a sad, sad occurance to behold, and it happens all the time. Ever work in the food industry? At the end of the day, it is the heartbreaking duty of closing employees to dispose of leftovers (and often, they are bounteous). This isn't just our opinion, dear readers, it is a fact that one-third of the world's food goes to waste every year. In the U.S., nearly 40% of our food gets thrown out either at the farm, grocery store, or in our own homes.

DAILY BITES
Get Healthy This Spring!

Sparkling ICE: Way better than any soda, Sparkling ICE gives you the same refreshing vibe, minus all the sugar and calories...minus all calories actually. This lightly carbonated drink has zero calories and uses Splenda for sweetener. It also contains plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, not to mention it comes in a variety of delicious flavors, such as Peach Nectarine, Crisp Apple, and Orange Mango. This thirst-quenching drink is available at a variety of retailers like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Sam's Club for $1.19-$1.29.

DAILY BITES
Health Products You Never Knew You Craved

Being healthy is...always a thing. It's hard at the start but once you've got a routine going along with daily bites that compliment your taste buds, you're all set! Sure, we all love to binge on pizza and beer, but the best trend of all this year is about eating right. It's time to kick obesity to the curb and we've rounded up some of the healthiest and tastiest ways to do it!

Health Warrior Chia Bars: This small snack bar will change your life. Chia Bars are 100% natural, nutrient-rich and are about 100 calories each. They are packed with the ultimate superfood you've never heard of called Chia. Believe it or not, chia seeds have more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, more protein than tofu, more calcium than milk, and more magnesium than broccoli. The vegan, dairy and soy-free bars come in multiple flavors, including Acai Berry, Coconut, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. You can purchase a box of chia bars here for $23.50.

DAILY BITES
10 Super Foods To A Super Bod

Every year, millions of Americans spend crazy amounts of cash on diet pills and products that claim to slim you down. If you're ready to rock a great summer body, take a different approach while grocery shopping and try these healthy foods that promote weight loss!

Eggs

A simple and easy ingredient for anyone planning on shedding some extra pounds. Eggs have tons of protein which will keep you fuller for longer! Other research has shown that protein may prevent spikes in blood sugar which can cause food cravings.

DAILY BITES
Earth Matters: Lower East Side's Tasty Local Grocer

Earth Matters has been around for 11 years in the Lower East Side on Ludlow Street. Even though many chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have been opening up in across the city, places like this, thankfully, still survive.

Earth Matters is both a health food store and eatery. Their retail section consists of produce from big suppliers, along with some of the farmers in the area. They also sell products like tea, coconut water, bulk nuts, skin care materials and assorted supplements. Their refrigerators also stock ready-made meals like “Better than Pasta” kelp noodles or macrobiotic dumplings. With such a wide assortment of interesting food, Mimi, the owner, suggests for newcomers to try out their raw desserts, especially the raw cinnamon roll.

BEST OF
From Ew to Mmm: 5 Cooking Classes for the Culinary Impaired

So you weren’t born to cook—not everyone is that lucky. If this sends your boyfriend running, he was probably wrong for you anyway. A good man is patient and will wait for the vast improvement in your cooking after you take these classes. They do not guarantee miracles but you’ll definitely extended your personal menu with some delightful additions.

Rebecca Goldfarb’s mentality for culinary classes stemmed from the idea that cooking, as well as eating, should be a social experience. Cooking should not seem like a job but a time to share, enjoy the people you know and love, and just have fun. The Social Table is located in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan and offers both private and public classes, which tend to sell out fast. There is currently a waiting list in place.

RESTAURANT 101
Souen Soho: Asian Food and Earthy Grains

From the outside, Souen Soho appears quite subtle, nestled into a small area at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Prince Street with bicycles parked all around the ramps. Inside, however, the restaurant feels very roomy, even being furnished with such small tables. The best place to sit is in the back towards MacDougal Street, as it offers a peaceful view of neighborhood apartments, rather than the passing traffic on Prince Street or Sixth Avenue. Once seated, the many potted plants and vines placed around the restaurant present an earthy feel even within the Downtown Manhattan setting.

DAILY BITES
Sushisamba Shapes Up Their Menu with Superfood

Sushisamba is known for their delicious fare and innovative menu. This month, the restaurant introduces the launch of a new hand roll, the first-ever quinoa temaki at all locations. Quinoa is a superfood native to Peru and is used in place of white or brown rice, making a healthier and more exciting sushi. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, fights free radicals, supplies amino acids, and is gluten-free.

The temaki trio gives you the option of Sweet Chili Tuna (scallion, $8), Shishito (cilantro, spicy mayo, red onion, $8) and Yasai (avocado, snow pea shoot, sweet potato tempura, sweet soy, $7). In addition to this exclusive temaki trio, guests may also choose from a selection of traditional maki and sushi combinations to be made at quinoa hand rolls, including spicy tuna, eel and avocado, and more. The new quinoa hand rolls are so tasty that you'll forget you're eating healthy!

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National Fast Food Day