Today, the fast food industry is expanding into every meal, snack and beverage and breakfast (famously, the most important) is no exception. Undoubtedly the busiest time of every person’s day, breakfasts are more about grabbing and going, than savoring and enjoying.
In fact, according to Gawker, “NPD Group VP Harry Balzer, [notes] that the average time spent eating breakfast is 13 minutes.” We understand that go-go-go lifestyle, and we too have very little time in the morning. But instead of sacrificing your health for that McCafe Deluxe Breakfast (which clocks in at over 1,000 calories), find something that doesn’t compromise your health and takes less time than the drive-thru.
Kids need breakfast even more than adults do too. Studies show that children need about one-quarter of their daily nutrition at breakfast to keep their energy and attention high; however, just filling their bellies is not enough! Doctors say that children’s ideal breakfast should be high in carbohydrates and low in fat. But what’s a parent to do when there aren’t any nutrition labels on those fast food bags?
One of our favorites here at GFMS are the breakfast burritos; they only require one hand but are chock full of wholesome and satisfying ingredients you know. Good in the car, on the train or at your desk, it’s a breakfast you can feel good about and all for less time than it takes to cruise up to that take-out window. And with our new varieties, including Garden Veggie, Southwestern and Chicken Apple Sausage, there’s a burrito for everyone in your family.
What’s your favorite on-the-go food?
- Team GFMS
Over the past few years, the egg white trend has grown bigger and bigger. Today, you hear more orders for “egg white omelets” than just “omelets”. The standard egg sandwich has become the “egg white only” sandwich.
We all think we know why choosing the egg-white option is “healthier”. Egg whites have fewer calories, and the yolks contain fat and cholesterol… but does that make eggs yolks “unhealthy”? According to recent studies, perhaps not!
Let’s get down to the facts:
Egg whites are…
Egg yolks are…
When you are counting calories, selecting an egg white breakfast sandwich is a smart decision, at only 16 calories per egg, you can get a lot of protein for not a lot of calories! But if you are looking for a well-balanced breakfast, choosing the whole egg option will greatly benefit your health. A recent study by the Journal of Nutrition concluded the benefits of eating whole eggs now outweigh the drawbacks because of evidence that they increase a heart-protective, “good” cholesterol called HDL. So feel free to bring yolks back to the breakfast table!
Here at Good Food Made Simple, we offer whole egg and egg white patty options because we see the benefits of both. Our egg patties are all natural, packed with protein and nutrients, and are ready in 80 seconds. Eating a well-balanced breakfast has never been so simple.
So whatever type of egg you fancy, just make sure it’s a wholesome pick for you.
- Team GFMS
Summer is finally here, and that means that means pool dates, BBQs, and time to relax with your family. A time of year when a Tuesday can feel like a Sunday, without the backpack rush and homework shenanigans.
With a little bit more time on our hands in the morning, why not bring the kids into the kitchen for breakfast. Set up a workstation, bring out the chefs hats and aprons, and make putting breakfast together a fun activity for the whole family. After all, studies show that kids who cook are hungrier for healthy food choices, and who wouldn’t want that?
Here at Good Food Made Simple, we can’t wait for leisurely summer mornings. So here are our top 3 oatmeal recipes to shake things up for summer. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
1. Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal: The classic sandwich turned into a spoon-worthy meal. Swirl in a spoonful of your favorite natural peanut butter (avoid any with added ingredients such as hydrogenated oils or HFCS), and preserves for a new take on an old favorite. (Potato chips optional!)
2. Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal: Nothing says summer like strawberries. Throw a handful of sliced strawberries in a bowl of our oats and top with vanilla soymilk or some vanilla Greek yogurt for a fresh twist on an old staple.
3. Protein Power Banana Whipped Oatmeal: For the long summer days when you need a little extra oomph. When you’re ¾ through cooking your oats, whip in a spoonful of cottage cheese and a half of a banana for a smooth and fluffy texture that gives you a pep in your step. (Trust us, you can’t taste the cottage cheese!)
What’s your favorite Oatmeal add-in? We’d love to hear!
Special Father’s Day Post | Interview with George Gavris
This Father’s Day, Good Food Made Simple wanted to bring their home closer to yours. What better way to honor dads than to introduce you to one of our own: Co-founder, George Gavris! This father of two is no ordinary one at that, and on this special day, we had a few questions for the dad of GFMS!
Some dad’s like fishing, some like golf; but this year, what are you hoping to do with your family?
“As chance would have it, I’ll actually be camping out with my kids on Saturday and Sunday. Our town has a dad’s event centered around the camping event, so it’s not exactly like I’ll be alone. But, for a couple of 6-year olds (yes, I have twins), it’s a great deal of fun!”
Have you ever gotten any wise words from your father and what advice have you passed on to your kids?
“I’ve definitely gotten ‘words’ from my father. One can debate whether there was wisdom conveyed (Haha). Of course, you can’t help but learn from your parents and, in particular, my dad certainly offered a lot of guidance. I’m still learning to heed it.”
If you had to give up one chore this Father’s Day, which one are you giving up?
“That’s a tough one…I actually like puttering around the yard, so I don’t consider anything outside a chore. And, I do like grocery shopping since I’m always interested in seeing what’s new.”
Do you and your family have any special traditions that you still carry out?
“My wife is big on traditions…particularly around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. On the eve before Christmas, she’ll spend a good part of the day putting together a fish stew or bacalao. I think it brings back a lot of fond memories…and our kids really enjoy it, too.”
Children never fail to make anyone laugh; what was the funniest thing any of your kids have said to you growing up?
“Most of things are just funny to us. I’m not sure that we have any budding comedians. However, my son and daughter are highly verbal and we’re routinely stunned at the thoughts and observations they share. At some level, they cut to the point much more quickly than most…so, the wheels are constantly turning!”
We all know, breakfast-in-bed is coined for mothers, but why is that?! What meal are you looking forward to the most this year?
“Yes, for Mother’s Day, that was the request, or should I say, one of the requests. For my wife, I think the breakfast-in-bed occasion is based on being served…which I totally get. It’s certainly not about the food. For me, meal-wise, I’m continually in search of good Italian and Mexican food. The former is very easy to find, particularly in Boston. Mexican food, truly authentic, is still very difficult to come by.”
What was your proudest moment of being a dad?
“I think the first time I really heard the words “that’s my dad,” it made me feel really special.”
It’s the weekend and you have nothing on your agenda, where can we find you?
“If my kids are otherwise entertained, I’d be on my bike. For me, it just helps clear my head and gets me completely relaxed.”
If trying to get your child to eat breakfast in the morning is an uphill battle, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 8-12% of school-aged kids skip breakfast, and by the time the kids enter adolescence, as many as 20-30% completely give up the morning meal. Fueling your kids for the day ahead is imperative, and it’s worth the extra effort to make sure it’s a healthy one.
But we all know it’s not that easy. While there’s no exact formula, but here are 5 Good Food Made Simple family-tested-tips:
Bottom line: Set standards, give them ownership, and have a back-up plan!
Do you have any helpful tips? We’d love to hear! Share on Facebook or post below.
Frozen Foods: Where did we go wrong?
According to the American Frozen Food Institute, the average American eats 72 frozen meals a year [source: Alexander]. In 2010, the New York Times published an article stating that Americans consume 31% more packaged foods than fresh food.
And yet, despite the fact that consumption and production are on the rise, consumers everywhere are being urged to avoid the frozen food aisles, and favor the ‘periphery’ (fresh produce), instead. In fact, much of America’s obesity epidemic is being blamed on the rise of ‘convenience’ foods, including frozen meals.
But are they really all that bad?
As a company that produces frozen foods, uses wholesome nutrients, and above all else, eats the products ourselves, we believe it’s not the case. Of course, there are frozen foods that aren’t good for you. A lot of them. Which is why we, at Good Food Made Simple, believe that frozen foods need to undergo a transformation, and we want to be a part of it. With brands like Amy’s, Annie’s and Alexia, we’ve got more than a fighting chance. Our goal is to recreate the notion of ‘frozen’ as bad, and even more that [gasp], it can be a part of our daily diet.
Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at the statistics. Apples to apples, (or should we say, oatmeal to oatmeal). Good Food Made Simple’s 100% whole grain unsweetened oatmeal. Slowly simmered and flash frozen, it’s all the goodness of homemade oatmeal, without the messy pots and time over the stove. With 3 ingredients, (whole grain steel cut oats, filtered water, and sea salt), it’s everything we want in oatmeal and nothing we don’t. 3 minutes in the microwave, topped with your own choice of fruit or nuts, it’s the perfect ‘I have 5 minutes to eat and be out the door’, breakfast. Or in our case, the perfect ‘bring to the office and eat out of a mug’ treat.
For the sake of comparison, let’s look at Starbucks “Perfect” Oatmeal. If you look at just the nutrition facts, the two are comparable with Mccann’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal. In fact, Good Food Made Simple’s Original contains an extra gram of fiber (while Starbucks has an added half gram of saturated fat). But that’s only half the story. What about ingredients? While our original steel cut contains only three ingredients, Starbucks boasts 13 different ingredients! We don’t know about you, but we don’t need any guar gum in our oats. Fresh or not.
What does all of this mean? Well, it means you need to look at your ingredients. Just because something is ‘fresh’ or ‘frozen’ doesn’t mean it’s better or worse. It’s what’s inside that counts.
Question: Do you eat frozen foods?
Posted on October 22, 2011 by George Gavris, Good Food Made Simple
We know that mornings can get a little hectic, but that shouldn’t mean sending the little ones out the door without some good brain food. It’s time to kick the sugar – laden cereals and bars to the curb, and instead give your kids (and you) something to cheer about. Here’s an idea that will fill your kids tummies and turn breakfast into an artistic adventure!
All you will need:
· Good Food Made Simple All Natural frozen Whole Egg Patty
· Fun cookie cutters (maybe hearts for a Valentine’s Day theme)
· Multi-grain bread
· A thin slice of cheese
· Ten minutes of your morning
From there it is quite simple: Pop the egg patties in the microwave for 90 seconds as the bread is in the toaster. Then let your kids have fun cutting silly shapes out of the egg patties and the toast and voila, you’ve got a heart (or whatever cutter you chose) shaped breakfast on the go!
Starting your kids off their day with a high-quality protein like that found in eggs will leave the little ones with 3 hours of energy and improved memory recall timing, according to the Incredible Egg. And remember our All Natural Whole Egg Patties [Link to product page] are equivalent to one large egg, plus we threw some extra egg whites in there.
What did you make with your breakfast sandwich? Send us a picture and we’ll send you a coupon!
Posted on October 22, 2011 by George Gavris, Good Food Made Simple
According to a research from the University of Surrey, “there is no link between eggs and high cholesterol.” In fact eggs are a highly recommended healthy breakfast food. It is a nutrient-dense food, with an invaluable source of protein, such a high quality that scientists frequently use it as the gold standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods. 
Often there is some kernel of truth to every myth, so why have so many Americans shied away from this healthy breakfast choice? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared that eggs have been found to be 14% lower in cholesterol than previously recorded studies. The average amount of cholesterol in a large egg is 185mg. Experts are not denying that this is a substantial amount of cholesterol, however it has been proven that adults can eat eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. In fact, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood stream. Instead, watch out for foods high in saturated and trans fats; these have a much larger effect on blood cholesterol levels.
Let’s take a look at egg nutrition facts: 6 grams of protein will keep you full and energized. Thirteen essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants boost energy levels. This all at a very low calorie count – only 70 calories!  So crack open an egg and enjoy. And for those of you looking for a healthy breakfast on the go try Good Food Made Simple All Natural Egg Patties. It’s the real deal – 100% egg, in 3 minutes, without the clean up.
 Byrne, Katie. “10 Health Myths Debunked.” Evening Herald Newspaper | Ireland’s Evening News Paper | Dublin & National News – Herald.ie. Evening Herald Newspaper, 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 24 Aug. 2011. .
 “Egg Nutrition and Heart Disease: Eggs aren’t the dietary demons they’re cracked up to be” Harvard Health Publications, 2006, Harvard Medical, 24 Aug. 2011 http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/egg-nutrition www.incredibleegg.org