Grab our April 2015 Calendar of Events & Sales at thePlate Boutique!

April is proving to be another exciting month at both of our retail store locations in Mt. Pleasant, MI & Grand Rapids, MI.

We’re kicking things off with a little spring cleaning and then hosting a few fun trunk shows at both store locations throughout the month. From custom made wine racks to cutting boards, its sure to be a great way to support local while buying great gifts for your favorite foodie… or yourself.. we won’t tell! :)

At the end of the month we’ll be wrappings things up with a omelet making class in Mt. Pleasant and be sure to attend one of our NEWLY launched lunch break demos throughout the month. Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese month? We’ll be showing you creative ways to make your favorite grilled cheese sandwich a little more flavorful and nourishing at each session. Recipes to be available at our inspiration stations all month long too!

To catch up on all the fun, download our calendar, print it out, and put it in a well-trafficked area… like your fridge! With so many great things going on, you really don’t want to miss anything!

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Go Green in the Kitchen with 3 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day in the kitchen by adding one of these amazing green gadgets to your inventory! And bonus – you’ll really go green as each of these products can help you minimize waste!

Stainless Steel Round Nesting Containers, set of 3 from thePlate Boutique

These stainless steel round nesting containers from UKonserve come in all sorts of colors, but today we’re going to highlight the moss trio! These green- and orange-lidded stainless steel containers are perfect for packing both kid and adult lunches. They won’t break, they won’t leak and they won’t leach. This means your food is safe. Plus, you also have the added benefit of reducing overall plastic use which in turn reduces plastic waste. We also tested the lids to make sure they were easy for little hands to remove at meal time, and they passed our test with flying colors.

Foam Pump from thePlate Boutique

Want to save a little green and use less soap? The Cuisipro foam pump comes in many colors – including green – and is ideal for reducing soap usage by up to 75%! And with easy to see markings for both soap and water, you’ll always have the perfect amount for a lathery, luxurious foam. 

Silicone Suction Lids, set of 3 from thePlate Boutique

Another great way to reduce saran wrap and plastic lid use is by investing in some silicone suction lids from Now Designs. These work by adhering to the top of your bowls so that you can easily store them without worry of spillage. During warm summer months, they can also keep pesky outdoor pests from getting to your delicious salads and casseroles.

This St. Patrick’s day go green in the kitchen! We’ll even let you save some green too! Today only, take 10% off all green products in our retail stores or online by using code “green10″ at checkout.

Think Water is Boring? We’ll Change Your Mind with these Flavored Water Recipes!

Staying hydrated is important! In fact, so important that our nutrition expert, Sarah Schuetz, RD highlights drinking more water as the one small actionable step you can take this month to start bettering your overall health.

But what if you don’t like water? Luckily, there are many ways to flavor up your drink naturally and beneficially with fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Related: Drink more water for a better grade

During our Ask the RD event yesterday, our newest nutrition expert Michelle Voss, RD also highlighted the importance of hydration and showed us just how easy and tasty it can be to flavor our water in this way. Here are the two recipes she had us all try:

Pineapple Orange Ginger Water
Orange Pineapple Ginger Water

 

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Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water

You can try both of these recipes at home by clicking on each picture.

Want even more options? Here are a few other fun and easy combinations:

Citrus Water. Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut rounds in half. Add to a jar and muddle; add ice and water.

Raspberry Lime Water. Quarter 1 lime. Squeeze into a jar, then throw in squeezed lime quarters. Add 1 cup raspberries. Muddle; add ice and water.

Pineapple Mint Water. Add a sprig of mint to the jar; muddle. Add 1 cup pineapple pieces and muddle; add ice and water to jar.

Blackberry Sage Water. Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add 1 cup blackberries and muddle; add ice and water.

Watermelon Rosemary Water. Add rosemary sprig to jar & muddle. Add 1 cup watermelon to jar and muddle; add ice and water.

Want even MORE ideas? Here’s a great round up from Brit.Co that we love! 20 Ways to Drink More Water Without Knowing It

Must Read Blog Posts from our Favorite Registered Dietitians to Read this Weekend

Looking for some great reads this weekend? I asked a few of my dietitian colleagues to share what they’re talking about over on their blogs this week and we’ve got everything from must-read kid nutrition tips to drool-worthy dessert recipes! Get ready for some major foodie-inspiration!

Must Read Blog List

Reads that make you think about what you or your family eat: 

Meal Prep Friday: National Nutrition Month Edition – Min from The Adventures of MJ and the Hungry Guy

Caution: This Food is Natural – Heather from The Nutty Nutritionist

Avoid Raising a Picky Eater – Jessa from In Wealth and Health

5 Ancient Grains You Need to Try - Caroline from Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN

7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge – Christa from Christa Mantey

12 Month Healthy Habits Challenge – Jamila from No Nonsense Nutritionist

Reads that inspire body confidence and acceptance: 

Too Fit for Pregnancy – Carissa from Fit 2 Flex

Reads that make you want to get moving: 

Fuel Fitness|Fitness Friday 12 - Jennifer from Nourished Simply

Reads that make you hungry for really awesome healthy foods:

Microwave Omelets and Scrambled Eggs – Alice from Cook it Quick!

How to Roast Chickpeas – Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean

Mediterranean Layer Dip – Jessica from Smart Nutrition

Panko Crusted Chicken Nuggets – Katie from Mom to Mom Nutrition

Italian Porcupine Meatballs with extra veggies! – Kristy from Chocolate Slopes

Lightened Up Shamrock Shake – Rebecca and Melanie from Be Truly Nourished

Flourless Apple Cinnamon Chickpea Cookies – Alexia from Hummusapien

Reads where you can win something at the end:

Year Twenty Eight (KIND Bars Giveway) – Dixya from Food, Pleasure & Health

Grab our March 2015 Calendar of Events & Sales at thePlate Boutique!

National Nutrition Month gives us lots of reasons to celebrate and we’re excited to give you reason to celebrate too! All March long we’ve got great events, classes, and deals just for you at our retail stores in Mt. Pleasant and Grand Rapids, MI. To make sure you are “in the know,” download our calendar, save it to your computer, and print it off to hang on your fridge.

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See you soon!