Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

February, 2020

NUTS ARE TASTY AND GOOD FOR YOU—Some nuts are especially high in monounsaturated fats, which are the type our bodies need for good health.  Just 12 Brazil nuts have 9 grams of protein, 5 of fiber and lots of the good fats.  One ounce of sunflower seeds has 5.5 grams of protein, 3 of fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals.  They are especially high in Vitamin E and the mineral selenium, both of which are antioxidants that protect our cells from damage.  Add almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts to the list of good nuts, but be sure they are minimally processed and don’t have flavor coatings or other additives.

DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA—It’s one of the most common reasons for hospital admission and it can be deadly, even for young adults.  It contributed to the death of ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff on his 34th birthday.  Pneumonia has killed 35 times more people than the flu in Kansas and Missouri since last fall.  People with asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart conditions are more at risk.  The symptoms are similar to cold and flu, but last longer.  Chest pain and shortness of breath are red flags.  Consider getting preventive vaccinations if you are in an at-risk category.

WEATHER AFFECTS TOMATO SUPPLY—Heavy rain and flooding in some parts of Mexico and hot weather at a critical time in Florida has reduced the supply, quality and price of tomatoes.  Many growers are picking them early to put product on the market, so they take longer to ripen when they arrive at grocery stores and food preparers like us.  Cold weather at a critical time in Florida has decimated the supply of zucchini and squash.  This is just another reminder that nearly everything we eat has to be grown and shipped to us from somewhere, and what happens there affects us here.

REMINDER: NEW MENUS FOR A NEW SEMESTER—As noted in our last newsletter, we have updated menus for the spring semester.  It’ll have more vegetarian options, more salads and more choices.  Thanks for your suggestions on food selections and ways to improve our service.  They are implemented whenever possible.

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  Than ks to all our supporters who helped elect us as Columbia’s Best Caterer.   In addition to preparing meals for MU students, we also cater weddings and other special events.  See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  Your comments are always welcome—just put them in our suggestion box.

2019 Reader's Choice Awards

This year, it was an honor to even be nominated, let alone win! But we did it! Thanks to all of our wonderful clients and supporters who voted for us, we were named the 2019 Reader's Choice Awards winner for Catering.

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Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

November, 2019

4-POINTS SELECTED AS COLUMBIA’S BEST!!—Thanks to our on-campus and off-campus customers, we have been notified that our company was selected as Columbia’s Best Caterer.  We are humbled because your support is what made this possible.   4-Points will continue to provide you with the high-quality food selections and service that allowed us to receive this honor.  At the same time, we are committed to continually upgrading and improving everything we do to satisfy our clients.  Tell us what you think of the new video on our Facebook page.

SOME FOOD PRODUCTS IN SHORT SUPPLY—One of our suppliers has notified us that some produce growers have been hammered by harsh weather conditions.  High temperatures this summer on the West Coast affected broccoli, cauliflower, peas, melons and lettuce.  Early freezing temperatures hit Idaho recently, which may reduce the potato crop by 20-30%.  This also mean higher prices and lower quality as growers struggle to meet food supply demands.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET—One-fourth of the bones in the body are located in your feet, which are a complex network of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and skin.  Sore, blistered feet make every block walked seem like a mile.  To avoid this, alternate footwear a couple of times a week.  Toenail and skin care are two of the most important parts of foot care.  Proper fit is critical, so people that use their feet a lot should get professional help when selecting footwear.  Sore feet will change your walking stride, which can lead to knee and/or hip problems.  All this is especially important for people who engage in sports or fitness activities.  Doing research on foot care and footwear selection is worth the effort.

THE BIG RESET—It was conceived as a way to save energy, but that hasn’t happened according to some studies.  We habitually call it Daylight Savings Time, but it’s more correct to say “Saving”.  The clock adjustment occurs at an odd time—2:00 a.m.  Know why?  It was selected as the least most disruptive hour, when most people are asleep and most bars/restaurants are closed.  DST traditionally ended the last Sunday in October, but the candy industry lobbied hard to have it moved back.  They were successful 2007, so it was moved to the first Sunday in November.  Parents can now feel less anxious about giving Halloween trick or treaters additional time to fill their bags since daylight lasts longer in the evening.

4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.   We also cater weddings and other special events.  See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  Your comments are always welcome—just put them in our suggestion box.

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Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

August/September, 2019


WELCOME TO THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR—The staff of 4 Points Catering will be dedicated to providing you with nourishing meals and other services while you are on campus.  We are a locally-owned company that also caters weddings and other special events.  Returning house residents will see changes and upgrades from last semester.  We have several new recipes we think you’ll like using fresh instead of dried herbs.  Chefs coats will give us an appearance upgrade as well.  Check us out at 4PointsCatering.com or our Facebook page.  We always welcome comments or suggestions.  Individualized service is one of the things that make us better than other catering companies.  For additional information, contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.


POWERFUL PROTEIN—After water, 100,000 different types of proteins combine to make a group that is the second most plentiful substance in the body.  It grows, maintains and replaces tissues.  Muscle, organs and the immune system are mostly made of protein.  The word is derived from the Greek word proteios, meaning "primary" or “holding first place.”  Complete (or whole) proteins are those that contain all nine of the essential amino acids.  The best sources for complete proteins are eggs, poultry, fish, beef, milk, unpolished rice, brown rice, white rice, peanuts and peas.  Vegetarians should eat a wide variety of protein sources to insure that they get all of the needed amino acids.  Protein should be consumed somewhat equally throughout the day to help avoid fatigue.


BEWARE OF THE BINGE—Ask anyone to name things college students have a reputation for, and near the top of the list will be drinking alcohol.  Well, it’s deserved.  Studies show that 4 out of 5 residents of fraternities and sororities are binge drinkers—defined as consuming five or more drinks within two hours.  There’s probably not much harm in that on rare occasions, as long as you don’t drive or do other stupid stuff while under the influence.  Doing it regularly throughout the year is another matter.  That’s not good for any of your body’s systems, and it’s even suspected of damaging the cells that line your arteries.


“I CAN’T”, or “I DON’T”—This is a good topic in consideration of the one above.  A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research titled “I Don’t vs. I Can’t: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior”, half of a group was trained to say “I Can’t” and the other half was trained to say “I Don’t” when offered a temptation.  The “I Don’t” group was 61 percent successful in refusing, but the “I Can’t” group was just 36 percent successful.  Saying “I Don’t” makes it a personal choice, whereas saying “I Can’t” is imbedded in the brain as an external rule.  Make an “I Don’t” list and keep it somewhere visible for added effectiveness.