Monday, March 06, 2017
by Patty Johnson
SLCH | Employees and visitors to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital café soon will have even more healthful food options to choose from. Starting March 7, SLCH will offer Fred and Ricky’s plant-based foods for purchase in the café.
Fred and Ricky’s offers only low-fat, plant-based foods, made with no animal products or oils, and crafted in small batches.
Christine Thomas, SLCH café manager, says offering the plant-based foods is the result of customer requests and the café staff’s desire to provide healthier options for employees.
Thomas says she’s excited to offer the new food items. “Obviously, it offers more choices for customers looking for healthy options,” she says. “Also, Fred and Ricky’s is a local company, providing a sustainable product that’s good for you and good for our planet, right here at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.”
What is a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet?
According to the creators of Fred and Ricky’s, husband-and-wife team Kathleen Kimmell “Fred” Waidmann and Richard “Ricky” Waidmann, eating a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet doesn’t mean eating only vegetables, raw plants or bland foods. It does mean eating fruits, vegetables, root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots, whole grains, legumes like beans, peas and lentils — and items made with those ingredients. That includes hearty soups and stews, whole-grain pastas, breads, rice dishes, snacks, and salads. And those foods get much of their flavor from plants like garlic, onions, basil, peppers, curry, thyme, oregano, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, among others.
Eating a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet, the Waidmanns say, does mean excluding meat, including chicken and fish; dairy products such as milk, cheese and eggs; and highly refined foods like bleached flour, sugar and oils.
Fred and Ricky’s foods are fresh, 100 percent natural, preservative free and made from scratch in small batches. The company uses local and organic ingredients whenever possible, and many dishes are gluten-free.
The foods are sold in BPA-free, reusable and recyclable containers, and simply need to be heated.
At SLCH, options will include entrees, soups, sides, a few breakfast entrées and desserts. Prices will range from $2.49 for large cookies to $7.99 for entrées. A Fred and Ricky’s refrigerator will be reserved exclusively for these products — and customers can eat the items in the café or buy them and take them home.
Thomas says the items will suit a wide range of employees. “Customers are asking for healthier options,” she says. “And, of course, these items will appeal to vegans and vegetarians, and many of the items are gluten free. More importantly, they’re perfect for anyone who wants to eat better, consume more plant-based foods or just try new things.
“For example, the company offers a barbecue jackfruit sandwich that tastes similar to a pulled pork sandwich — minus all the bad stuff, like extra calories, sodium and cholesterol.”
Employees will be able to try some of the items before purchasing. Fred and Ricky’s will offer a free tasting March 7 and 8 outside the SLCH café entrance.
For more information, visit http://fredricky.com/.
Patty Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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3/10/2017 2:45 PM
I love Fred and Ricky's and I'm happy to have more vegan options on campus.
3/21/2017 1:44 PM
Will these be offered at off site places such as Children's Speciality Care Center?
7/1/2017 5:59 PM
Low fat is not necessarily healthy. There are good fats and bad fats. Omega 3s are good for us, such as coconut oil, which helps us lose weight. Omega 6s are not healthy such as canola oil which may be genetically engineered and are certainly cheaper. Carbs make us fat.; they need to be limited. Organic food is healthy. Foods sprayed with pesticides and GMOs make us sick. Organically raised animals provide healthy meat and eggs.