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Food Management Magazine Ranks Guest Services, Inc. as the #1 Company To Watch in 2017

Guest Services experienced a surge in new business across its markets over the past year, highlighted by major contract wins with the National Park Service, Florida State Parks, Missouri State Parks, and a ski and golf resort in the Upper Midwest. Growth was augmented by the acquisition of Boston Outdoor Recreation, a marketer of non-motorized watersports services. The company also increased its market share in the senior living segment via new partnerships in Tennessee, Florida and the Pacific Northwest.

Those successes served to kick off centennial year celebrations throughout 2017 for the firm, which was founded in 1917.

In 2016, Guest Services introduced a series of national brands such as Starbucks, Five Guys, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Red Mango in several of its accounts and added a series of new proprietary concepts. These include Local Roots (allergen-free, locally sourced, organic cuisine), Qi Bao (pho and stir-fry), Wedge (display and made-to-order sandwiches), Borders (self-serve regional and international cuisine), Pigs ‘n Pickles (barbecue), Green Works (tossed-to-order salads), Cracking the Coconut (curries), Olives (pizza, calzones, strombolis and pasta), Tejas (Mexican) and Nature’s Table (salad bar).

In 2017, Guest Services plans to roll out an enhanced nutritional program led by Corporate Nutritionist Judy Caplan, who previously served as founding director of nutrition services at Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa and has also been a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Enjoy Healthy Fats from Oils, Seeds and Nuts

Healthy fats are essential for your health and help you maintain a healthy weight, decrease your risk of developing diabetes, and improve brain function. Some healthy options include avocado, olive oil, raw seeds, nuts, and nut butters. Below are some easy and tasty ways to include healthy fats in your diet:

  • Get your daily dose of Vitamin E, fiber, and essential minerals with raw almonds, cashews, dry roasted peanuts, and walnuts.
  • To limit cravings for sweets, enjoy a handful of nuts instead.
  • Use olive oil based salad dressings to incorporate Omega-3 oils for a healthy heart and brain.
  • Trail mix with yogurt and fresh fruit is a great way to include nuts in your diet. You can also enjoy a KIND Bar for an afternoon snack.

What’s your favorite healthy fat? Use #LocalRoots to join the conversation!

Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Judy Caplan, our corporate nutritionist, stressed the importance of a plant-based diet and how it can help prevent chronic disease. She recommends eating as much fresh produce as possible, particularly produce that is highly pigmented. Sometimes it may seem difficult to eat healthy when you have a busy schedule, so here is how Caplan recommends eating healthy on the go:

  • Eat fresh fruits and veggies for snacks at work and home.
  • Apples, oranges, dried fruits, and whole melons travel well, and the first three are very easy to eat on the go. Additionally, cherries, peaches, and grapes can be very fragrant and delicious when in season.
  • Cherry tomatoes are a simple, healthy snack or addition to a sandwich.
  • Celery with peanut butter is the perfect midday pick-me-up—after all, who doesn’t love peanut butter?
  • Microwave a potato and top it with reduced-fat cheddar and salsa to add some vibrancy to your day.
  • Pick up a Naked Juice for a quick lunch or snack.
  • Spaghetti squash is a high volume, low-calorie food that is excellent with veggie laden sauces.

Are you incorporating fruits and veggies in your diet? Don’t forget to use #LocalRoots to join the conversation.