Win a Big Green Egg from Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Beef!

Sweepstakes alert! Enter to win the ultimate Summer Grill package from Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Beef! Four lucky people will win a Big Green Egg, a kamodo style cooker that will allow you to be master of the grill all summer long! For a lucky 800 others, you could win a Red Gold Summer Grilling Tote Bag.

Red Gold Tomatoes
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Enter for your chance to win! Be sure to also check out all the amazing Grill-worthy recipes created by Red Gold Tomatoes, Chef JJ, and Laura’s Lean Beef.

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DIY Map Coasters

Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? This past weekend, we made a great gift for dad at thePlate Boutique and you can make it too! So roll up your sleeves, clean off your tabletop, and get ready to make some DIY map coasters with us!

Here’s what you need:

2 ceramic tiles (slightly larger than 4×4″)
Maps of your favorite state
Glue
Mod-Podge
Scissors
Paper cutter
Cork

Directions:

1. Take your maps and cut into 4×4″ squares. Start by cutting the map into more manageable sections and removing the areas you may not want to use. For example, if your map has a lot of blue space, a map key, or any additional information that might not look so great on a coaster. Then use scissors to cut remaining sections into squares or use a paper cutter for more even edging.

Michigan Maps

2. Put the map pieces aside and grab your cork. You can buy self-adhesive cork pieces to place on each corner of the bottom of each tile or you can buy sheets of cork and cut into 1/2″ – 1″ squares. If you choose the latter, apply glue to the bottom corner of each tile and place cork pieces on top. Press down and make sure each piece is securely fashioned.

3. Flip your tiles over and apply a layer of Mod Podge. As soon as its been applied, place a 4×4″ map square on top. Let sit for about 15 minutes.

4. Begin applying layers of Mod Podge to your tiles. I like to do 3 layers, but you can do as many or as little as you’d like. Let each layer dry for about 15-20 minutes in between each coat.

Making Tile Coasters

5. Viola! You have some pretty awesome and unique coasters that show your state pride!

Set of Michigan Coasters

Don’t have time to make your own coasters? No worries! You can always buy Michigan-inspired coasters from us at both our retail store locations!

Get Your Protein Fix In With These Handy Tips

I’ve been on a MAJOR protein kick lately. Ever since I got back from my Nutrition Adventure with the Beef Council in Kansas City, it seems like I’ve been seeing protein-related research and conversation popping up EVERYWHERE! Bottom line: protein is important, your body needs it, you should be incorporating it into every meal and snack you have.

Salmon

Why? Well, there are actually many reasons why you want to make sure you get optimal protein levels. Its a required nutrient for many of your body’s functions. It may also be a crucial component for weight management. Just like fiber and fat, it would appear protein can make your meals feel a little more satisfying, thus allowing you to better eat within your means.

So where can you find protein?

Protein is actually pretty abundant in our food supply, but if you’re really looking to amp up your protein, you may want to make sure at least one of these foods makes its way into each meal:

Lean Meats
Seafood
Low-fat Dairy
Beans
Nuts & Seeds (nut & seed butters too!)
Eggs
Soy

Need some more ideas? Check out my latest article in the Morning Sun!

Also, if you are a research nerd like me, here are a few articles and studies you may particularly enjoy highlighting some of the new research on protein. Enjoy!

High Protein Snacking – Today’s Dietitian

The Role of Protein in in Weight Loss and Maintenance – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Defining Meal Requirements for Protein to Optimize Metabolic Roles of Amino Acids – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Protein and Healthy Aging – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

How do you add protein to your day? We’d love to hear your suggestions and share them with our readers!

Must See Monday: New Dreamfarm Kitchen Tools & Great Seasonal Sales this Week!

We just added a few new items to thePlate Boutique online and slashed the prices on a few of our more seasonal items. Need a little help finding them on our site? That’s what Must See Monday is all about!

New this week… Dreamfarm Supoons, Mini Supoons & Garjects!

Dreamfarm is hands-down one of our most favorite kitchen tool lines. Not only do they offer sleek, modern design, but each item we’ve tried is really well designed. For the first time ever, our customers can now get two of our favorites – the Supoon and the Supoon mini – not only at our brick and mortar locations, but online as well! These spoons are AMAZING! Find out why here >> Our Favorite Cooking Spoons Are Back. We’ve also restocked a few other Dreamfarm items as well this week; including the Smood (avocado/potato masher), and the Teafu (tea infuser).

Mini Supoon from thePlate Boutique

Supoon from thePlate Boutique

Garject Lite from thePlate Boutique

On Sale this week… Melon Cutters, Cherry Pitters, and Eclipse Teapots  We’re also celebrating summer and ensuring that you have the right tools on hand to eat healthy all season long! Make cherries and melons an easy part of your day by keeping one of our handy cutter or pitter tools nearby.

Cherry/Olive Pitter from thePlate Boutique

GripEZ Melon Cutter from thePlate Boutique

And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Our teapots are a perfect addition to your kitchen if you are a loose leaf tea fanatic. Or if you invite friends over who are. And yes, you can cold brew your tea in this handy pot.

Eclipse Tea Pot from thePlate Boutique   

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Win a Year’s Supply of Jem Raw Organic!

If you love nut butters, you’ll love JEM Raw Organic! Stone ground to perfection, these nut butters are smooth and indulgent! Each flavor is unique too – inspired by different super foods that are sure to make your taste buds tingle!

Jem Recipe Contest
credit: Jem Raw Organics

If you love a good nut butter as much as I do, you’ll be super excited to hear that JEM Raw Organic is giving away a 12 month supply to one lucky person!

To enter, you’ll need to create a recipe featuring one of the nut butters, photograph it, and post it on JEM’s Google+ page. For the full details, visit the JEM Raw Organic website.

Thanks JEM Raw Organics for sharing this great offer with us!