Monday, September 9, 2013

Food Matters Breakfast Inspiration and Healthy Donuts

This summer I met with Tricia Williams the founder of Food Matters. We share a handful of clients and a similar sensibility when it comes to nutrition. Tricia came to the Foodtrainers’ office and covered my desk with the most amazing array of dishes for us to sample (my job is rough sometimes). She had already thought of each question I lobbed her way. More importantly, with Tricia’s cooking background she has incredibly creative ways of preparing food that’s so far from “diet food” she could convert anyone, yes anyone.

First, can you tell readers a little bit about Food Matters? Who seeks out your services? Is it on ongoing basis or pre or post events? Food Matters is a highly customized meal delivery service. First, I take a look at clients’ health history and health goals along with their food preferences and then design a menu specifically for them. We deliver to a lot of celebrities when they are getting ready for roles but also cater to individuals with very specific health conditions. We see clients with cancer, thyroid concerns, fertility issues, sleep problems etc. In this case we use the kitchen as pharmacy.

We have investigated many meal services but you seem to have dotted all your healthy i’s. I love that everything is gluten free but it’s also well sourced, can you elaborate? Everything we use is organic and local as much as possible. We don't use gluten, dairy, refined sugar or grain of any kind. All the seafood we use is wild and the animal proteins are pasture raised. All the food comes package in tiffins and pyrex so there is no heavy metal or plastic contamination of the food, and no garbage!We cook in alkaline water and even bottle it for clients.  We also focus on the glycemic index of all our meals and snacks. We try to keep our clients blood sugar balanced all day.

Wow that's impressive and something I aspire to with my own cooking (although I'm not there yet with alkaline water). I loved everything I've tasted from FM but was blown away by your take on breakfast. It tends to be a grain fest for many people, what are some of your ideas for mixing it up?
Ditch the grain flours. Explore some paleo based breakfast recipes. I love almond flour and chia seeds. They make great pancake ingredients. As far as gadgets. I love my vitablender and also my donut maker from Target.

Your food is so beautifully presented, even berries in the little bento box look so appealing. I think we blow off presentation when it’s for ourselves- what should we think about? People eat with their eyes first.  At FM we want people to fall in love with healthy eating . Try to use as much color as possible, this will encourage a variety of veggies on your plate.
Any breakfast foods you feel everyone should swear off?
Processed packaged cereals,  I love telling kids that there’s no fruit in Froot Loops!
I'm with you on cold cereal, they are a "break up food" in my book (LBT). What do you have for breakfast? During the week I’ll make a smoothies with seasonal fruit, almond milk, chia and brown rice protein.  On the weekends I cook a lot with my family. This weekend we made peach and almond meal pancakes with blueberries. Sometimes I prefer savory porridges like oatmeal with spinach, onion and shiitakes!
Savory oatmeal, love it. And finally, I’ve been dreaming of serving your donuts to ski guests in Vermont (and pretty much everyone I know), can you spill the breakfast beans?
Combine all ingredients (specific recipe coming later today) in donut maker.
How can our readers reach you?
Via email, the website or twitter
Readers, what do you have for breakfast? Have you experimented with almond or quinoa flour? Do you like the idea of a healthy donut? Have you ever done a meal delivery service?


  1. These photos look beautiful!! love "kitchen as pharmacy" Never experimented w/ quinoa flour and almond meal but photos/post are inspiring!! plus, would never say no to a healthy donut!

  2. There are so many good ideas to try to here. The donuts sound amazing...

  3. um they are, more like a banana bread/not greasy but so exciting to have a healthy version.

  4. start experimenting Joanna and circle back.

  5. Healthy Donuts? Yes please! How about a healthy apple fritter?? Those were my favorite as a kid! Everything looks delicious on the Food Matters website. Although I enjoy cooking, there are definitely nights I would love having a health meal delivered to me!

  6. Everything looks so good! Does Tricia have a cookbook? On a slightly related note about breakfast, I have been obsessed with your mint/avo smoothie for the past month or so. So good, and an interesting change for a typical "grain fest" person :) I actually find it keeps me full longer!

  7. Really inspiring. Everything looks so good! Makes me want to get in my kitchen. Does Tricia have a cookbook? On a slightly related breakfast note I have been obsessed with your mint/avo smoothie for the past month or so. A nice change for a typically "grain fest" person, and I find it actually keeps me full longer!

  8. No cookbook yet for Tricia but they are on social media more and more and I'm sure recipe postings etc. Yay so glad you like the Thin Minty. Many people have a grain fest bf past but maybe you're now turning over a less grainy leaf?

  9. would you believe I never had anything in the donut family growing up? Had my first one at sleepaway camp. So I've been fritter-free too. I'm with you EA love cooking/knowing exactly what I'm eating but a night without clean up is good too.