Nutrition

Scientific research shows that the food we eat is key to our health…and it’s especially true for people dieting, training and those with chronic conditions.

What is Culinary Medicine?

The value of eating healthy for your particular condition or health and fitness goals has taken on such significance that an entirely new academic discipline has been created in the last 35 years called culinary medicine.

Academic Discipline

The value of eating healthy for your particular condition or health and fitness goals has taken on such significance that an entirely new academic discipline has been created in the last 35 years called culinary medicine.
As defined by Population Health Management, culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine. Think of it as “meals working with you and not against you.”

Defined

As defined by Population Health Management, culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine. Think of it as “meals working with you and not against you.”
Healthy Meals Supreme takes the science of culinary medicine seriously because we want our meals to help our customers achieve the best possible health results.

Solution

Healthy Meals Supreme takes the science of culinary medicine seriously because we want our meals to help our customers achieve the best possible health results.

NutritionalPedia

HMS Solution

  • There are three important steps we take to incorporate culinary medicine:

    1. The recipes of the meals and the design of the meal programs were created and/or overseen by culinary medicine experts:

    • Healthy Meals Supreme company founder Joe Martinez, who is also a registered pharmacist, diabetic educator and culinary medicine specialist
    • WACS certified Global Master Chef Karl Guggenmos, a senior culinary advisor who also sits on Healthy Meals Supreme’s scientific advisory board.

    Note: Chef Guggenmos consulted on the culinary medicine program established at the Goldring Center of Culinary Medicine at Tulane University Medical School. This program was adopted by more than 35 medical schools across the United States.

    2.  All 80+ of our meals are custom designed to follow the nutritional recommendations of the relevant health organizations.

    3. Our healthy meals follow the food and nutritional recommendations of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets

    4. Our meals are freshly prepared by our own in house chefs and not frozen.

Nutritional Guidelines for 4 Chronic Conditions:

  • The American Diabetes Association® reviews the latest research looking at what is safe and works well for people at risk or living with diabetes. Studies show there are many different eating patterns that can be helpful in managing diabetes. In the long run, the eating pattern that you can follow and sustain that meets your own diabetes goals will be the best option for you.  

    Eating patterns include: Mediterranean, Vegetarian/Vegan, Low Carbohydrate, or DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets.

    Choose a plan that you are likely to follow long-term that fits your diabetes goals and personal needs. Think about your likes and dislikes and how a change to your eating will affect your day to day life with family and friends as well as your personal weight loss goals. Budget also plays a part in choosing the right healthy eating plan that will meet your needs. 

    • There is not a “one size fits all” eating pattern for people with diabetes. 
    • Many different eating patterns are reasonable for managing diabetes.
  • The American Heart Association® recommends to eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.  You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have minerals, protein, whole grains and other nutrients but are lower in calories. They may help you control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Eat an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes:  a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils.

    Limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you choose to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.  One of the diets that fits this pattern is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan.

    Most healthy eating patterns can be adapted based on calorie requirements and personal and cultural food preferences.

  • The National Kidney Foundation®  diet and nutrition guidelines are an important part of living well with kidney disease.  As your kidney disease progresses, your dietary needs will likely change as well. Be sure to talk with your healthcare practitioner about your individual nutrition needs.

    Most patients in the early stages of kidney disease need to limit the amount of sodium in their diet.  Some patients may be told to limit protein in their diet as well. The DASH diet is often recommended for patients with kidney disease. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific nutrition needs.  

  • As per the Alzheimer’s Association, proper nutrition is the key to a healthy body and strong mind.  Poor nutrition may increase behavioral symptoms and cause weight loss and people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

    The basic nutrition and meal tips below can help the person dealing with dementia and their caregiver, too.

    • Look to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods; including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods.
    • Exercise caution with foods that contain high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol.  Some fat is necessary for health. So which fatty foods are good and not good?  Decrease the fats that are bad for heart health, such as butter, solid shortening, lard and fatty cuts of meats.
    • Reduce the amount of refined sugars in your diet. These are often found in processed foods, and lack vitamins, minerals and fiber. Sometimes in the later-stages of Alzheimer’s, loss of appetite may become an issue and adding sugar to foods may encourage eating.
    • Limit foods with high sodium and season any foods with less salt.  You can use less salt by using spices or herbs to season food as an alternative.

Nutritional Guidelines for General Health Interests

  • It is best when 40% of your calories come from carbs (4 calories/gram), 30% from fat (9 calories/gram) and 30% from protein (4 calories/gram).  Here are three reasons why:

    1. This balanced 40-30-30 nutrition plan promotes a slow glycemic response, which helps keep your blood sugar levels in a normal range. It may even keep you from having those “hangry” outbursts!
    2. Because it’s designed for slow, controlled digestion, it helps satisfy your hunger with steady, sustained energy that lasts long after your last bite.
    3. And to complete the trifecta of this nutritional superstar, the quality protein supports muscle recovery and your active, on-the-go lifestyle, so you get the most out of every day.
  • The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as one of the healthiest and most delicious ways to eat. Eating a Mediterranean diet can help your heart stay healthy and reduce your risk of obesity. The core concept behind this healthy diet is to eat like the people who live in the Mediterranean region.

    Fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, legumes and fish and enjoy moderate amounts of red wine. 

  • The original intention of the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) was to help lower high blood pressure (or hypertension), which research shows it does well.

    But even if you don’t have high blood pressure, you might benefit from trying the DASH Diet, as research also shows it promotes weight loss and combats diabetes, all while being easy to follow and nutritious.

    The focus of the DASH Diet is more about what you can eat, rather than cutting foods out (like many trendy diets do these days). The basic idea is to load up on fruits and veggies, choose whole grains over refined, include calcium-rich low-fat dairy items, and eat modest amounts of lean meat and fish.

    Eat a foundation of 1000 calories/day plus snacks, mid-morning, mid-afternoon and evening.

Density Diet Nutritional Recommendations

  • Calorie-dense foods, also called energy-dense foods, contain high levels of calories per serving.

    Although some may be sources of nutrients, they need only to contain many calories in relation to volume to be considered calorie-dense.

    Some of these foods contain “empty calories,” in that they provide energy from calories without other significant nutritional value.

    Calorie-dense foods have their place in some diets, particularly those of people who must gain weight or maintain weight in spite of very active energy schedules.

    However, most healthy people should proceed with caution and consul their healthcare professional about calorie-dense foods and beverages.

  • Nutrient-dense foods contain high levels of nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, but with few calories.

    These foods provide the most bang for your nutritional buck.

    They are high-quality and generally are minimally processed.

    Nutrient-dense foods play an important role in most diets, offering a variety of important properties per serving.

Meal Plan Nutritional Information Daily Averages

Simply Healthy

  • Simply Healthy Meal Plan Week 1 - Daily Averages

    TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total975319.402916414311234214226528
    Breakfast284113.50355341431404101625
    Lunch326102.8027485284349561823
    Dinner365103026634894937553037
  • Simply Healthy Meal Plan Week 2 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbsFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total97929802818716081093015237331
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch34082021575014246692733
    Dinner411133030565794235683134
  • Simply Healthy Meal Plan Week 3 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carbs (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total98931903023015801013712187733
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch32093025735493437572737
    Dinner395102024725604139443437
  • Simply Healthy Meal Plan Week 4 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total99731803022416311043712267833
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch29293028855572531382841
    Dinner4761330276654654416113532

Fitness

  • Fitness Meal Plan Week 1 Daily Averages
    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total1005321003020714321244214206928
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch35092023574284953672124
    Dinner380113026655325038563236
  • Fitness Meal Plan Week 2 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total1075361003015414371204116237329
    Breakfast22972027354623046391527
    Lunch372113027624534240772932
    Dinner474184036575224836773027
  • Fitness Meal Plan Week 3 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total9993390312001547993613197733
    Breakfast269103035504212737481728
    Lunch31082025815713035572941
    Dinner420143032695554237453131
  • Fitness Meal Plan Week 4 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total9793180292111492973610257835
    Breakfast22672027364382641381732
    Lunch29893027995022531282941
    Dinner455163033765534636593331

Diet / Weight Loss

  • Diet / Weight Loss Meal Plan Week 1 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Carb CalFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Protein Cal
    Total980341203222315351133813186929
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch326103027485284349561823
    Dinner380125029905364431443540
  • Diet / Weight Loss Meal Plan Week 2 - Daily Averages

    Meal PlanCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Fat CalCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Carb CalFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Protein Cal
    Total970311003121316191053915197131
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch342103027555314042772531
    Dinner399134030855604035663133
  • Diet / Weight Loss Meal Plan Week 3 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from fatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Carb CalFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Protein Cal
    Total97735100332411632893412197633
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch32093027855923033473040
    Dinner383143033725693333443034
  • Meal TypeCaloriesFat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Calories from FatCholesterol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carbohydrates (g)% Calories from CarbohydratesDietary Fiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Calories from Protein
    Total9463611034241181884339257233
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch29293028855572531382841
    Dinner4251950418473334294112930

Alzheimers/Dementia

  • Alzheimers / Dementia Meal Plan for Week 1

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total100030702813913201304217236929
    Breakfast267920313538430405111829
    Lunch348113030564634244652125
    Dinner384101024484735843673034
  • Recipe NameCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholesterol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total103034902914914711174117247129
    Breakfast22972027354623046391527
    Lunch342103027555314042772531
    Dinner459174034584784836783129
  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatChol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total98633903122114361003712227131
    Breakfast2731030357043429384101727
    Lunch30282026924622833472840
    Dinner411153033605404340352627
  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatChol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total98633903122114361003712227131
    Breakfast2731030357043429384101727
    Lunch30282026924622833472840
    Dinner411153033605404340352627

Diabetes

  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Satu Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total974331003120815171174014206829
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch326103027485284349561823
    Dinner374113026755184835563339
  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total1045371003218615811133916207029
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch342103027555314042772531
    Dinner474184036575224836773027
  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total98835100332381586923412197633
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch32093027855923033473040
    Dinner393143033695233635453032
  • Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total9523390322381684923510257333
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch29293028855572531382841
    Dinner4311640358059941354103030

Geriatric

  • Geriatric Meal Plan Week 1 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total97631902916713021224215196629
    Breakfast26293031483503245581424
    Lunch348113030564634244652125
    Dinner365103026634894937553137
  • Geriatric Meal Plan Week 2 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total101833902915115501144217237029
    Breakfast22972027354623046391527
    Lunch342103027555314042772531
    Dinner447174034605564535773030
  • Geriatric Meal Plan Week 3 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatChol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total999351003222614171064012206628
    Breakfast268114035834003043481321
    Lunch320103028834773337472736
    Dinner411153033605404340352627
  • Geriatric Meal Plan Week 4 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from Carb Fiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total9663290312221475973611247332
    Breakfast22483032634822540281528
    Lunch288103032964832228352740
    Dinner4531430306451050405103029

Heart

  • Heart Meal Plan Week 1 Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total95427602612613461304616246328
    Breakfast269820282934734475121625
    Lunch326103027485284349561823
    Dinner35991023484715341572936
  • Heart Meal Plan Week 2 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total100131802919815641124115227230
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch34082021575014246692733
    Dinner432153032685354436673031
  • Heart Meal Plan Week 3 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total100833903021115121023712207633
    Breakfast269103035504212737481728
    Lunch320103029955202932482939
    Dinner419123028675714641443031
  • Heart Meal Plan Week 4 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total97431803122215951013711257332
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch29293028855572531382841
    Dinner4531430306451050405103029

Kidney

  • Kidney Meal Plan Week 1 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total989341003219416041104114196527
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch326103027485284349561823
    Dinner389123028616054138563034
  • Kidney Meal Plan Week 2 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total1000351103218516701073916196929
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch329103030435763740862430
    Dinner442165033685664537673030
  • Kidney Meal Plan Week 3 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total98235100332281602943513197132
    Breakfast274124040854712635471626
    Lunch32093025735493437572737
    Dinner387153035715823533452832
  • Kidney Meal Plan Week 4 - Daily Averages

    Meal TypeCalFat (g)Sat Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)% Cal from FatCholest (mg)Sodium (mg)Carb (g)% Cal from CarbFiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)% Cal from Protein
    Total102734903123018071083811297431
    Breakfast22983034735282539261527
    Lunch31293028905982833392939
    Dinner4861740326768155435143025