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Shrimp Provide Balance Between Health Benefits and Flavor

Finding a meal that is simple, includes an abundance of health benefits and offers delicious flavors can be a challenge. With shrimp, individuals can receive this combination and much more. This protein option is packed full of flavor and plenty of health benefits. Don’t believe us? Check out the top four benefits of shrimp and why you should include them in your diet on a regular basis below (courtesy of Health.com).

 

1. Shrimp packs a punch…of protein. Three ounces of shrimp has 20 grams of protein with very little fat or carbs to boot. When you finish a good workout at the gym and need to find a way to feed those worn-out muscles, try something different and add shrimp to a leafy green or spinach salad.

2. Fighting shrimp are a real thing. Shrimp boosts your intake of zinc and selenium, activating enzymes that improve immune health, increase muscle metabolism health and build enzymes to fight cancer. Such a small addition can help improve overall health, and help ward off that cold you fear is coming on.

3. I Heart Shrimp! The omega-3 content in shrimp is important in cardiovascular and nervous system health. In addition to omega-3, shrimp are rich in omega-6, a great pair that is seen to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

4. The more the merrier. With only 7 calories per shrimp, more doesn’t mean your caloric intake will shoot through the roof. So you can enjoy more of these tasty treats without the guilt.

 

This month, your local Atlanta Bread menu features two new, bold shrimp dishes, giving you a taste of the coast from your local bakery café. Take a trip beachside this Spring with our new Shrimp Po’ Boy, explore the vibrant city of New Orleans with the bold flavors of our Creole Shrimp Caesar OR put a twist on one of our classic salads with shrimp as an add-ons.

Stop in to your local Atlanta Bread this month and try our new fresh, healthy shrimp offers. To find a location near you, visit: https://atlantabread.com/locations/. These dishes are here for a limited time only, so hurry in! Don’t have time to wait in line? Grab and go when you order ahead online or through our app.

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Loving Southern Comfort Food

Sometimes I just love the idea of eating some good southern comfort food. The warm, gooey goodness of mac-n-cheese or the creaminess of grits is so appealing. Born from a blending of African and European influences, southern food is the best of cultures wrapped together to create local food with distinct style.

The  origins

Much of what’s considered traditional southern food is derived from African slave culture where many foods were fried and ingredients like okra and black-eyed peas were widely used. Apparently though, fried chicken was brought over by Scottish settlers and has been perfected by many a southern cook ever since.

You may not be able to say that southern comfort fare is healthy food because it’s often known for the presence of fat and salt to help give it that “I must keep eating this” flavor. But one thing is for certain, it’s local food that truly evokes a sense of the community and of cooking with love.

Imagine where we’d be on a cold day, or when we weren’t feeling well, if we couldn’t have a bowl of chicken and dumplings or some biscuits and gravy?

Many traditionally southern dishes made use of local food that grows here, like collard, mustard or turnip greens or kale. As a predominantly farming economy, pork and chickens was often the meat of choice rather than beef. In many communities the most plentiful local food was squirrel, opossum, or rabbit. But southern cooking has come a long way.

The evolution

Sophisticated restaurants and modern, adventurous home chefs alike enjoy blending the best of culture in the south with unexpected ingredients to create dishes that still harken back to simpler times. Athens chef and Food and Wine magazine’s winner of Best New Chef 2002 – Hugh Achison – has been known to mix kimchi in to collard greens or serve Gulf Coast shrimp with smoky paprika vinaigrette, apples, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds.

As with many styles of cuisine, it’s about sticking with the local foods, a sense of the community and the best of culture and then adding a personal twist. With more and more people striving to eat healthy food, eliminating some of the fat, salt, or excess sugars can turn a traditional southern delight into less of a guilty pleasure. Though you can’t really mess with the recipes for fried green tomatoes, or fried chicken, you could create a healthier version for more frequent enjoyment. Here’s a list of 101 best southern food recipes you can try putting your own spin on!

Healthy Southern style

Yearning for a taste of the south without the fat and salt? Try Atlanta Bread’s soon to be released  Southern Harvest Salad – it boasts the best of local food influences while keeping it fresh and healthy. You can soon  place your order online for quick and easy pickup at www.atlantabread.com

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Cocktails From the Garden – Discovering Fresh Drinks You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Sometimes it’s nice just to have a good refreshing cocktail, especially in the dog days of summer. While it’s never a good idea to overindulge, sipping a lively concoction of your favorite spirit and mixers can be a great way to lead into an evening meal or to wind down after your day of work. But boy am I tired of the same old thing – I’d like to be enjoying new tastes and ideas. Good thing it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a cocktail from the garden.

An idea that will grow on you

What? Yes, you read that correctly – from the garden! With a bountiful harvest of herbs, fruits, and vegetables at hand there is a world of unusual drinks that can be made in summer. Whether you have a garden of your own, visit your neighborhood farmer’s market, or simply shop the organic section of your local grocery, you can pick up the fresh items that will give your summer cocktail a healthy feel.

Consider what often winds up in a Bloody Mary- vegetable juice and garnishes like olives, celery, green beans, even shrimp, but now think about lighter and fresher ingredients that add pizazz to the body of a regular cocktail.

It’s time to start enjoying new recipes for summer cocktails that have a little bonus and are beautiful too. No doubt that the creators of some popular beverages were inspired by their gardens and the plentiful foods grown in their area.

A harvest of possibilities

Let’s start by looking at a twist on a classic. Horse racing fans are keenly aware of the Mint Julep famously served at the Kentucky Derby. It’s a southern favorite that has mass appeal. But as we said, some people are inspired by nature’s gifts and like to make use of fresh ingredients. The Blackberry Mint Julep does just that. For this you muddle and strain blackberries and mint leaves, add sugar and bourbon and pour over ice. Garnish it with a blackberry and mint leaf and you have a chiller that will certainly have you chomping at the bit for more. That little extra fruit provides a sweet bonus.

If you’re more of a tequila fan and really crave a taste of summer, consider Bobby Flay’s Watermelon Tequila Cocktail. Your day isn’t complete until you’ve combined the sweetness of fresh, strained watermelon juice mixed with silver tequila. Add sugar syrup and blueberries along with mint and fresh lime juice and you’ve created a cocktail that’s light and refreshing.

Looking for more in your garden cocktail? A couple of New York chefs and their friend really hit the jackpot when they concocted the Porch Crawler. Created with several items from a rooftop garden, they muddled pitted cherries, mint leaves, and chiles. Then they topped with ice, rum, lemon juice and simple syrup and strained it into a glass. Club soda was poured in and the glass garnished with cherries and mint. I’ll bet they had as much fun creating it as they did drinking it.

Expanding the ingredient list

Some specialty cocktails call not only for “harvesting” fresh, healthy fruits and herbs but also for discovering less widely used spirits. Amp up the flavor and wow your guests with these drinks that call for Pisco, a white Peruvian Brandy made with mescal grapes or Lillett, an aromatized wine that is 85% Bordeaux region wines and 15% macerated liqueurs (mostly citrus).

There’s The Tabernacle Crush with muddled fresh peaches, basil leaves, and lemon juice that is strained, then stirred with Gin, Lillett, and simple syrup. You add ice and garnish with basil.

Cholo Fresco was created by Hans Hilbirg of “El Pisquirito” in Peru. For this one you’d muddle fresh mint leaves with sugar and lime juice and then strain into an ice-filled shaker. Add Pisco, melon liqueur, and cucumber juice. Shake and stir into a chilled glass. Try adding your own garnish of a slice of cucumber and a piece of honeydew melon.

You’ll notice most “garden” inspired cocktails require muddling. If you’ve never done it, this very brief video demonstrates the proper technique: http://www.marthastewart.com/976907/how-muddle-herbs-and-fruit

Get creative

What ideas do you have for adding some produce to your adult beverage? Sweet wine with muddled strawberries, club soda, and fresh basil or perhaps Vodka with ginger liqueur and mint? Try being inspired by what you see in the market and experiment with your spirit of choice – who knows, you may wind up creating a summer sensation.

Summer fresh is easy

If you don’t have the time or inclination to mix up one of these delicious drinks, visit an Atlanta Bread location that has bar service and add a healthy salad, sandwich, or other dish from our menu and really sink your teeth into garden fresh tastes.