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Our Least Favorite “Health” Food Claims


We’ve seen them all, those ridiculous “food claims” that those dastardly marketers have put on all of our product boxes. They’re misleading because they insist the food that you’re eating is healthier than it actually is, but the catch is they really aren’t. Consumer simply aren’t educated enough about the foods they’re eating to understand what these “food claims” actually mean!

That’s why were here to help! We’re going to give you a run-down on our least favorite claims and why you should avoid them!

1. Protein Claims: You’re going to want to look past the “Protein” label on any snack boxes and check the food labels on the back. Jennifer Van Allen at the Washington Post states, “An item is considered a “good” source of protein if it has 5 grams per serving. It is considered an “excellent” source if it has 10 grams per serving. Don’t just take the front of the box’s word for it!

2. All Natural Claims: If you really think about it, does something that is “all natural” really have to have a label on it? When was the last time you saw an apple with a sticker that said “all natural” on it? It seems as though the “all natural” label can be applied to almost anything!

3. Fat Free: This one’s our favorite! Eating “fat-free” foods makes us feel better about ourselves, right? We’ll Jane Mountain over at Grist has some good insight on the topic: “Fat is not the enemy and fat-free doesn’t mean it won’t make you fat. It probably contains sodium, sugars, and additives to make up for the flavor lost by excluding fat.” So definitely avoid that!

Even though we covered our three least favorite claims, there are so many more out there you need to keep an eye out for. Grist has the definitive article on what to avoid and how! Check them out!



Easy Tips for Organic Eating


So, now that we know eating organic is healthier, we figured we could share some easy tips on how to get started on your organic adventure? Searching for organic only products might seem like a hassle, but you can start eating the right foods with these easy steps:

  1. Eat Artisan Bistros. Were not trying to toot our own horn, but if you’re looking for something, quick, easy, and organic then you should try some of our frozen meals
  2. Sign up for Community Supported Agriculture! Joining a CSA is awesome for many reasons, but having access to cheaper, higher quality, and organic crops is HUGE! You can read more about CSA’s here.
  3. Incorporate Organic Foods Into Your Budget. So you may not be able to completely replace your diet with organic foods (right away), but you can slowly start to incorporate them into your meals and your budget! Eventually, you’ll become a pro at finding wallet friendly organic foods!
  4. Eat Artisan Bistro (Seriously)! What are you waiting for? We have tons of options to choose from that are perfect for the whole family. We know how selective your Home Advisory Board can be, and we have meals that can satisfy any cravings.

So, where are your keys? Lets get you to the nearest grocery store!



Study Shows Organic Food Is Healthier


shutterstock_126744203A major study in the UK has come up with conclusive evidence that shows organic vegetables are actually healthier than their non-organic counterparts! This is great news for our fans because a majority of our meals are made primarily with organic vegetables and meats!

But why should you care? We read through the study and found two great facts about the health benefits of organic foods!

Organic plants produce more antioxidants! In fact, these plants had about 18 – 69 percent higher concentrations of antioxidants. Also, they are grown with way  fewer pesticides than traditional crops! Organic foods can have about 10 – 100 times fewer pesticides! This is awesome news especially considering that pesticides have been linked to increased health risks. 

So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to start eating organic, start with us!



Your Planet’s Longevity: Turning Waste Into Gardens


We use a waste company at Artisan Bistro that has partnered with Green Wise Soil Technologies – a company that specializes in green waste and recycling. Our waste is sent to a recycling company that works with Green Wise to transform our organic waste into green gardening solutions to help improve the community. Green Wise also has a Green Education Program, that has developed a Mobile Landscape Demonstration Site (MLDS) that will be operational very soon. This MLDS will feature a wide range of soil amendments and compost materials in a living eco environment that demonstrates how these products can be used to nourish and grow plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits. To learn more visit:

Your Packaging Had A Previous Life! Reuse, Recycle, Renew Your Planet!

Did you know that the packaging your meals come in once had a previous life. Perhaps it was once a document or paper used to write a letter, but even before that your packaging came from a tree. That is why at Artisan Bistro we are not only committed to your health, but our planet’s longevity. We take extra steps to ensure that we continue doing our part to keep our planet green. Your meals are packed in non-toxic, BPA-Free trays and boxes made from recyclable materials, printed with soy ink. Feel free to recycle your trays again.

Whatever you do today. Eat Green & Live Green.



Why You Should Be Eating More Vegetables


We love vegetables, in fact, we love them so much that we’ve made it our mission to source high quality organic vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fruits for each of our meals. We understand that there are many health benefits you can take advantage of by simply incorporating more vegetables and researchers have our backs. Here are some of the health benefits of eating more than seven servings of veggies a day:

1. Eating seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables a day can help reduce your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent.

2. Eating seven or more portions of veggies can reduce your risk of death by cancer by about 25 percent.

3. Consuming seven or more portions of veggies each day can also reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 31 percent.

So, it’s safe to say that the more veggies you eat, the better off you are. However, when all is said and done, you’re the one preparing your own meals and you may not have the time to cook a veggie-filled dish. Thankfully, our meals only take minutes to cook making it easy to get a quick fix of gourmet veggies when you’re on the go!


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Thanksgiving Contest


Artisan Bistro wants to know what you’re thankful for this holiday season. Snap a picture of your favorite person, place or activity and submit it to the contest page before November 18. After uploading your photo encourage your friends and family to vote for your picture during the voting period of November 18 -26. The winner will receive 12 free Artisan Bistro meals of their choice!


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The Shocking Truth About Food Waste



When you sit down at the dinner table tonight, look at the meal on your plate. Next, I want you to take 40% (almost half) of the food on your plate and go throw it away in the garbage can. Just slide most of your freshly cooked meal that you worked so hard to prepare right into the trash.

Many of you might be thinking, “Why would I ever do that? It is such a waste of food.”

Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United States does each year. Nearly 40% of food each year in this county goes uneaten. That is an astonishing 20 pounds of food per person each month. With such a large about amount of food being wasted each month, reducing our food waste by just 15% we would be able to feed 25 more million Americans each year. That could potential end hunger in the United States.

By shopping responsibly we can all join in helping to reduce food waste in this county.

At The Food Collective we are trying to do our part in reducing food waste. Helen’s Kitchen and Artisan Bistro meals are carefully proportioned single-serving meals that can be stored in the freezer until they are ready to be eaten. They are a perfect solution to prevent food waste because they can stay fresh in the freezer instead of degenerating in a refrigerator or the open air.

Landfills full of rotten food products accounts for 16% of our country’s methane emissions. By being more responsible about our food waste, we can drastically improve our environment.

Not only are our meals helping to reduce waste, but our packaging is as well. The boxes and food trays that our entrées are served in are 100% recyclable. This helps reduce our company’s carbon footprint and makes for a cleaner environment.

Join us by playing your part in reducing food waste and your carbon footprint by shopping responsibly and recycling your products.  By checking expiration dates, saving and eating your leftovers and being a smart shopper can play a big part in helping end food waste in the United States.

Remember don’t fork over your food to the landfill.


Photo Credit:  Mark Turnauckas



Artisan Bistro Staying Gluten-Free on the Go


Each celiac and gluten sensitive individual knows that it is no easy task eating gluten-free all of the time. Unfortunately, many don’t have a choice, but to completely avoid gluten. This can be especially challenging on busy days or for someone who is constantly “on the go.”  Since picking up fast food, grabbing a quick sandwich or even eating a casual restaurant can often be out of the question for someone with gluten sensitivity, Artisan Bistro is proud to offer a solution to this problem.

All Artisan Bistro meals are gluten and soy free offering quick, easy and healthy meal solutions for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Whether you are “on the go” or in need of a fast meal at work, all you need to do to stay gluten-free is find a microwave.  Within a matter of minutes you will have a fully cooked gluten-free meal made with organic and all-natural ingredients that is of high Artisan quality.

Artisan Bistro takes pride in being able to say that our products have always contained less than 20 parts per million of gluten, which means we are categorized in the FDA’s new “gluten-free” labeling of containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

Our meals are an excellent way to stay happy, healthy and gluten-free when you’re on the go or in a time crunch. If you haven’t tried one of our high quality meals yet, you are missing out. They can change your life.



How To Read Package Labels



The labeling on food packaging is strictly enforced by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Food manufactures must be able to support the claims on each packaging or they will be penalized by the FDA and be forced to remove the labeling. While some labeling on the food packaging may be clear, others can be hard to interpret. So we put together a guide below on what each label exactly means.

Free-Range Certification

In order for packaging to have a free-range chicken label, the company must have purchased the chicken from a producer who is able to demonstrate that their chickens have free continuous access to the outdoors for more than half of their lives.

Grass-Fed Meat Label

To be able to display a grass-fed meat label, the USDA must approve the producer. The animals must be raised on a pasture or range where they can feed on a diet of grass and plants. These animals must not be fed grain or receive hormones or antibiotic treatments of any kind.

Gluten-Free Labeling

For a package to have the gluten-free labeling, the ingredients must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. The FDA chose 20 parts per million because most celiac could consume food with 20ppm of gluten without having any major symptoms.

Sustainable Seasfood

Wikipedia defines it as “Seafood that is either caught in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans.” Many products using sustainable seafood will be marked with a label on the box informing the consumer that the fish was caught wild using sustainable fishing tactics.

All Natural

To display the “all natural” means the mean contains no artificial ingredients or added colors and is only minimally processed.



5 Reasons To Eat Brown Rice



Rice is the most consumed food in the world, and it is a staple food in numerous countries around the world. Brown rice is the “unrefined” version of white rice meaning that brown rice still has the side hull and bran. When brown rice is polished into white rice it loses many key nutrients in the refining process. Brown rice is associated with a myriad of health benefits. Below are the top five reasons why you should make the switch to brown rice:

1.It’s high in fiber. Just one cup of brown rice gives you 14% of the daily recommended value for fiber. Studies have shown that fiber helps prevent colon cancer and can reduce the chances of heart disease.

2.It can help lower your cholesterol. The oil in brown rice helps to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (bad stuff) and helps increase the levels of HDL cholesterol (good stuff). Some studies show that it recedes bad cholesterol to up 7 percent.

3.Brown rice is packed with manganese and selenium. Just one cup of brown rice contains 88 percent of your daily recommend value manganese as well as 27 perfect of daily recommended value of selenium. Selenium helps fight off cancer and keeps your immune system running properly.

4.Brown rice is low on the glycemic index meaning that it won’t produce a rapid spike in your blood sugar as compared to white rice. This is especially beneficial to those with diabetes.

5.Brown rice is a great source of phytonutrients, which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients that are often founds in plants.


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