If you’re a Unite for HER Alum or a new member to HER community, you likely know Michele and I – as your Culinary Nutrition Team – are all about educating our community about the benefit of eating more wholesome, plant-based foods. But as we always say at our Wellness Days, this does not mean we all have to become vegetarian or vegan. Many of us will continue to make animal-based protein choices alongside nourishing foods, like vegetables, whole grains, seed, beans and lentils. After all, nutrition and wellness are NOT one size fits all! We are all about helping each of you find ways to make upgrades and healthy shifts in ways that work for your lifestyle.
As you know, Unite for HER partners with amazing companies to be an example and help our Community choose the highest quality products and services, for example ACURE and Sun Basket. Well, we are now pleased to introduce to you our newest partner, Rastelli’s. Rastelli’s is a family-owned company based in South Jersey. Starting as a one-room butcher shop in 1976, they now bring high quality animal proteins to consumers nationwide. All their proteins are antibiotic, steroid, and hormone-free.
As their charity partner, Rastelli’s is offering a “get one, give one” to our Metastatic community. For anyone who spends $200 on Rastelli’s products, they will donate a box valued at $100 to those with metastatic breast or ovarian cancer, and recurrent ovarian cancer. Each box will contain 1 whole organic chicken, 2.5 lbs. of organic chicken drumsticks, 4 filets of sustainable Faroe Island salmon and 2 lbs. of wild-caught shrimp. Talk about quality!
We can all make healthier animal protein choices, and you can be sure that Rastelli’s can help with this! Here are our tips:
- Start by identifying the one or two foods that you (and your family, if there are others in the household) eat most often. For instance, is your household big on eggs? Do you prepare fish a couple times per week or serve up chicken most often?
- Then set the intention to buy better quality products of these foods whenever possible. For example, if there is a sale on organic chicken – grab it! If wild caught or sustainably sourced fish and shellfish are available at your local grocer (both fresh and frozen items), choose those over other offerings.
- Finally, set the intention to make that high quality protein go further by serving smaller portions. Not only do you get more bang for your buck, but you open up your plate for more wholesome, delicious plant-based food. It’s truly a win-win!
We understand making these upgrades may not be a regular buying habit for most of us, as grocery purchases depend on so many variables, including regional availability and cost. So instead, simply do your best when you can!
NOTE: We do recommend choosing leaner animal proteins most of the time (think poultry, fish and eggs) and choose red meat (including pork) no more than once per week as it contains higher amounts of saturated fat. Let’s do all we can to protect your heart!