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The Top 9 Superfoods

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Superfoods are the superheroes of the food world as they are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease. Here are 9 of our favorite superfoods with the health benefits they offer. Add these to your product offerings and your customers will thank you!

Dried Plums – Prunes
Prunes might convey an old-fashioned image of your Grandma peddling “nature’s candy”, but they are actually a great superfood to incorporate into your diet. They’re packed with polyphenols, plant chemicals that have been shown to boost bone density by stimulating your bone-building cells and can be an effective preventative measure against osteoporosis. They’re naturally sweet and fat free, while also being high in potassium and fiber.

Walnuts
Walnuts are one of the most true superfoods out there. They’re loaded with essential Omega-3s that can help reduce the potential for heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and clinical depression. They are also an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, protein, and phosphorus, as well as the antioxidant selenium.
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Meet the Tropical Team: Crissy

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In our monthly feature, Meet the Tropical Team, we’ll introduce you to some of the people who make Tropical such a wonderful company. This month meet Crissy, who is a Senior Sales Associate out of our Orlando office.

NAME:
Crissy Schaad-Gibson

HOMETOWN:
Saint Cloud, FL

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT TROPICAL?
11 years

A TYPICAL DAY AT TROPICAL CONSISTS OF:
Everyday at Tropical is a little different. Typically, I talk to a variety of people, whether on the phone or at our pickup window. I assist existing customers with placing orders, suggestions for their locations, problem resolutions and gather needed information for new customers.

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WORKING AT TROPICAL?
I love the people I work with and my customers. Our Orlando OC has become a family!

FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCTS:
Sweet Caroline and Sweet Heat.

IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM TROPICAL SNACK MIX, THE INGREDIENTS WOULD BE:
Butter toffee peanuts, salted cashews and praline pecans

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I’m a busy body (soccer mom/dance mom) so I’m on the go most of the time, but when time permits, my family and I like crafting, playing games and fishing.

Interested in joining the Tropical team? Contact us at our Careers page.

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Tropical National Sales Awards

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Honoring the Best of the Best
Tropical Foods honored our sales teams from all Tropical locations at this year’s National Sales & Marketing Conference in Charlotte, NC. This includes over 75 people from our six operating centers (Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Memphis, Orlando and Washington D.C.). In addition to a 2-day conference, there were big winners honored at our awards dinner. This year’s winners were:

  • Rookie of the Year: Jennifer Lewis, Orlando
  • Sales Associate of the Year: Renae Varhol, Orlando
  • Territory Manager of the Year: TJ Flaherty, Washington D.C.
  • Operating Center of the Year: Orlando
  • Treasure Chest – Most Keys: The team of Diana McGinty & Renae Varhol and the team of Michelle Benz, John Tuosto, Evelyn Madera & Christine Coombe
  • Treasure Chest – Mystery Key Winner: The team of Michelle Benz, John Tuosto, Evelyn Madera & Christine Coombe

As always, thanks to our customers for being a huge reason why Tropical is such a great place to work. We’re looking forward to another big year at Tropical Foods!

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Top 5 Ways to Increase Fiber Intake

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Snacking is a necessary part of any healthy diet plan, but it’s important to limit your fat and sugar content and instead opt for high fiber snacks to keep you satisfied. Snacks that are a good source of fiber are a great way to make sure your metabolism is working all of the time, even between meals.

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that’s found in plant foods. Eating fiber has been shown to help keep your digestive system running smoothly, support heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and help maintain blood sugar levels. Increasing your fiber can also aid in weight loss because meals containing fiber are digested more slowly and can help make you feel full longer.  25-30 grams of fiber per day is the recommended daily serving amount.

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Zucchini Noodles with Walnut Pesto Sauce

At our 2016 Tropical Foods National Sales Meeting, our team got the chance to learn more from Chef Jenny Brulé about the raw food trend. Chef Jenny also did a demo and tasting of some raw recipes, with this zoodles with pesto sauce being a huge favorite. Enjoy!

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RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 large zucchinis
3 fat garlic cloves
1/2 -3/4 cup raw walnuts
4-6 cups fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (or 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1+ cups cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

RECIPE PREPARATION
Cut zucchini into zoodles using a spiralizer. Place the spiralized zucchini in a colander and toss with salt until coated. Place colander in a shallow bowl for 20 – 30 minutes while zoodles release their moisture, then pat dry with paper towels.
Turn on the food processor and drop the garlic down the feeder tube, to mince. Stop the motor and add in all other ingredients. Purée until relatively smooth. Thin with water and taste– season with salt if desired.
Store in refrigerator until ready to use on zoodles. You could also mix the pesto sauce with quinoa or rice, as a sandwich spread or to top cooked chicken. Never cook pesto, it is used to finish dishes.

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