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Kids Nutrition: It’s a Problem

About 17 percent of children and teenagers are obese, and more than 30 percent are either overweight or obese, according to stateofobesity.org.

People point to a variety of causes, but the standard American diet lies directly in the middle of the problem. Junk food, candy, and sugary sodas abound for cheap enough costs that kids easily consume them. Even in schools, menu options aren’t especially healthy, and vending machines wreck the nutrition balance.

Parents want their children to eat better, but food labels are confusing, and nutrition recommendations seem to keep changing all the time. What are parents supposed to do to keep their children safe from the lasting consequences of obesity?

The Good News

Food labels are about to get an upgrade, according to the FDA. Importantly, added sugars will be listed on food labels, and important items will be bolded.

Read more: http://healthy-magazines.com/food-label-upgrade/

Secondly, good food doesn’t have to be hard to find and eat. More and more food producers and restaurants are understanding that Americans want to eat better. Blue Lemon is one of those restaurants!

How Blue Lemon Can Help

We believe your kids deserve better than chicken nuggets, from a nutritional perspective. We provide baked crispy tenders. We also provide other options that kids love, that won’t add to their waistlines.

And we know healthy food can sometimes be more expensive, so we’ve lowered the prices of the kids menu.

Healthy foods kids love at Blue Lemon:

  • Baked crispy chicken tenders
  • Smoothies
  • Whole grain oatmeal
  • Raspberry chicken salad
  • Vegetable and hummus sandwich

Source: stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview

In Review: Blue Lemon Service Projects

We strive to be actively involved in the community, and not just be providing clean and elegant eating. Here are some of the projects we’ve been involved in.

MarketStar Cares

While it may come as a surprise to some, there are many children in Utah who don’t have enough to eat. We have a problem with that! Good food is the foundation for a good life. 

Marketstar’s charity arm, called Marketstar Cares, organizes food pantries for kids in need. For a recent Marketstar Cares event, we provided the food for 300 volunteers.

Global Day of Service Project

Global Days of Service is a nationwide initiative to serve lives and communities. During the month of April, service projects across the nation helped thousands of communities, and Blue Lemon participated in one here in Utah! 

Clean Up at Fort Buenaventura in Ogden City 

Fort Buenaventura was established along the banks of the Weber River by a fur trapper in the mid 1800s, and has a rich history. The fort was the beginning of the city of Ogden. Now Fort Buenaventura is a state park.

With help from donations from Nicholas and Stoneground Bakery, Blue Lemon donated the catering for a clean up project for the fort.   

New menu items and special offers

Blue Lemon rolling out new menu items and special offers for the summer months

You can count on fresh, stupendous food every time you come to Blue Lemon. But we thought it was about time to twist up the menu. Don’t worry, your favorites are still there, but we’ve got some new delights for your taste buds.

New menu items (May, June, July, Aug): 

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

$4.50 for a bowl, $2 for a cup. It’s an affordable, clean option that will leave you feeling good. Citrus for the summer!

Jalapeño Lime Glazed Salmon

We filet our salmon in the restaurant, and glaze it with our scratch-made jalapeño lime sauce. Then the dish is topped with corn and tomato relish, sliced avocado and charred jalapeños. On the side you get house rice and grilled asparagus.

Also, check out some other changes we’ve made for summer:

  • Lowered price of kids menu.
  • Sandwiches now come with side fries or salad (purchased separately before).
  • Now have a half and half combo with soup and sandwich.
  • Baked fries: Others have sweet potato fries but are still frying them. We don’t have fryers or microwaves – only convection oven and bake to order. Same with kids’ chicken fingers.
  • New on the menu: veggie and hummus sandwich.  A vegetarian gem, this is made with scratch-made hummus, sautéed peppers and onions, sliced crisp cucumber, green leaf lettuce and lemon pesto aioloi. It comes on white ciabatta or sprouted wheat bread.

Limited Offer for May:

Come try our special, the braised beef smothered burrito.

Limited Offer for May/June:

$2 off Tuesdays special (minimum purchase $10)

Blue Lemon: A Green Story

Since the early beginnings of Blue Lemon, we’ve known that the restaurant wouldn’t be a success if the environmental footprint was too big. For this reason, we’ve put a lot of resources towards the right chairs, cups and more, to make sure that people can visit our restaurant knowing that the world around them isn’t harmed.

Sandy and Ogden Chairs

Consumer waste keeps piling up into dumps and as litter, and Blue Lemon is fighting it, as are their customers who support the restaurant. Our chairs in Sandy and Ogden are made from up-cycled consumer waste. Each chair is made out of 111 recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and glass fiber (65% bottles and 35% glass fiber).
And these chairs aren’t cheap and flimsy. They are well crafted, sturdy, and stylish. We, and the makers of the chairs, believe that sustainability is reasonable and good for the future, and should be implemented into the restaurant world. Reusing the goods that manufacturers have already produced is one way Blue Lemon is making a difference.

What is PET?

PET is possibly the most common plastic on earth, because there are billions of plastic bottles used every year. While recycling PET is important, it is often turned into more disposable plastic that still eventually ends in landfills. The chairs we use, called 111 Navy, take PET out of landfills because they are chairs that people will keep and use for years.

What to Look For In Catering Services

Food is a big part of everyone’s life. Great food can transform a good event into an awesome one.

But you already know that! You also probably know that a bad catering service can wreck a happy occasion. Here is a guide to choosing a catering service that you’ll be happy with.

1. The Food Is Most Important, Of Course

As you look around, you’ll probably find lots of people willing to cater your event, from your next door neighbor to some stranger with a warehouse kitchen. You might even be tempted to just call someone and order without knowing anything about the food, because the price is good. This is a risky decision. Better to use a company that you are familiar with, and whose food you know you like.

2. Service

When people look for a caterer, they often look for good customer service as well as flexibility and creativity. A good caterer should be able to walk you through a number of sample menus that fit your price range. You should be able to personalize your event to your liking, and to fit the occasion. Don’t forget timing, either. It doesn’t matter how good the price is and how yummy the food is if it doesn’t get there on time.

3. Presentation

Of course, this doesn’t matter to everyone. But when your food comes in unsightly bins and boxes, with plastic plates and dinnerware, it sends a message some don’t actually want to send. If you have to spend a lot of time presenting the food differently, it takes away from the time-saving offered by catering as a whole.

Blue Lemon Catering

We cater events of all sizes and can work with all needs and budgets for any event. Our dedicated catering department is always happy to collaborate with you for small lunches to large dinners!

There’s nothing quite like good food to bring people together. We know that, which is why we provide quality service and, of course, delicious food. Let us cater your next event; weddings, corporate events, family parties, and much more.

For catering, call 801.997.9933