Good Eats for Heart Beats

Blue Lemon AHA Give back night

Blue Lemon give back night, Feb. 25th

Heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #5. Let’s do something about it.

On Feb. 25th from 6-9 pm, 15% of all proceeds from every Blue Lemon location will go to the American Heart Association. Let’s fight heart disease and stroke together!

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. At Blue Lemon, we support the missing of the AHA, and hope to make an impact in our communities. Accept the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

For Blue Lemon, 2017 is the year we spread feelings of love and joy to everyone we can. We know pretty much everyone has been influenced by heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular disease, so supporting the AHA is one way we support the community. We want healthy hearts, and we want better lives for people with heart disease. This give back night seemed especially appropriate for the month of February, it being a month where love is the focus, and also American Heart Month.

Why do we like the AHA? Because they’re doing some awesome things. The AHA is behind a lot of advancements in the field of heart disease, especially for women.

For example…

  • They are behind research discovering the differences in how heart disease affects men versus women. This understanding leads to better outcomes.
  • Their movement has helped millions more take ownership over their cardiovascular health.
  • Their research has helped save more than 670,000 women’s lives.

Awareness is key, and we feel honored to help spread the word. Learn about your heart health, your risk factors, and how to be healthier!

And lastly, show love to those around you, and help your family be heart-healthy.

Building Communities of Love

Anger seems to be the predominant feeling of 2017 so far, and we think that’s unfortunate. Even with all the terrible things happening all over the world, scary changes, and misty future, we believe there is a good reason show love every day. That’s one of our big goals moving forward into 2017: to build the love within our stores, with our awesome customers, and with the community.

Love is important in many aspects of our life, though romantic relationships seem to dominate any discussion about the “l” word. Sure that’s important, but we think communities, neighbors, employers, employees, friends and families can and should show love to eachother on a regular basis. It’s always a good time to come together!

Here are some things we think are important to love:

Love Your Job

Okay, we know this is really difficult sometimes. But we also believe that there are ways to love your work, whatever it may be. And it starts with showing love to those around you, and being considerate of their situation.

Love Your Food

Obviously this is important for us. Eating can be a bonding experience. Meals should be a place of love. If you don’t love your food, you might be missing out on some important experiences.

Love Yourself

We think this is related to the last one, about loving your food. Show love to yourself by putting nutritious food in your body. We think this can lead to treating yourself better in other aspects of your life. You deserve respect and love, especially from yourself!

Love Your Community

Eat local. Get to know local growers and support them. You’ll feel better about what you eat, and your body will be grateful. But beyond food, show love to neighbors, teachers, waiters, and whomever else you interact with in your community.

In an effort to spread the love, we’ve started a Valentine’s contest. Check out our Instagram.

Sneak Peak of New Farmington Location

Why We Chose Pepsi, and Why We Introduced Stubborn Soda

The idea for Blue Lemon came when a husband and wife looked at the restaurant industry and realized that it was lopsided. Eating should be able to fuel us without negative side effects, but restaurants of this nature are few and far between. Blue Lemon offers a menu full of alternatives to traditional restaurant meals, meals that often leave us feeling heavy, sluggish and unhealthy. In this vein, we’ve switched our beverage options to Pepsi and Pepsi’s new cane sugar soda called Stubborn, because it allows us to offer more low calorie and zero calorie options, and gives our guests an option to avoid high fructose corn syrup.

This came about not just because we want to provide healthier beverage options, but because we asked our guests, and they want the same thing! Soda consumption is actually on the decline among many age groups, as people learn more about the dangers of high sugar consumption and high fructose corn syrup, a common ingredient in soda.

stubborn-soda-logoWe decided on Pepsi because it has more options with fewer calories, and because Diet Pepsi will now no longer be made with aspartame. This is a recent change, as Pepsi is starting to realize that people are demanding something more from their soft drinks.

What is Stubborn Soda?

PepsiCo recently launched these beverages, which include six natural flavors with no high fructose corn syrup. Black cherry, tarragon, root beer, lemon berry acai, agave vanilla cream, orange hibiscus and pineapple are the flavors.

Stubborn Soda is sweetened with Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar, and we think it tastes awesome, and will compliment your meal well! These beverages are available now in all our locations.