Silicon Valley Deserves A Green Plate For Lunch

As told by Ritu Mehotra, Green Plate founder

It was a typical Monday morning in the grocery store. I was in a rush to make lunch for my husband and son before they went off to work and school, and I was struggling to find fresh and healthy ingredients on the store’s shelves.

As I perused the aisles, I realized the ready-to-eat food was mostly high in calories, frozen, or full of additives. Then I remembered a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report that had found nearly half of all chickens they tested have absorbed inorganic arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. That report begged the question: what other questionable things are lurking in all our diets?

Standing there in that grocery store, surrounded by faux food, I regretted not paying better attention to my and my family’s diet sooner. But they say it’s never too late to change.

As a recent cancer survivor, I’ve learned to appreciate every day — and truly value my health. And when it comes to health, food really matters.

I made a decision that day in the grocery store — a decision that’s become my mission: to deliver lunches so completely natural that my customers will never return to eating foods that can lead to unhealthy and unhappy lifestyles. I’ve named this mission “Green Plate” and launched it in America’s innovation hub: Silicon Valley.

And yet, the Silicon Valley lifestyle isn’t always compatible with healthy, balanced eating. Tech workers and other professionals often don’t have time for a healthy midday meal. Takeout and corporate catering are popular options, but they only solve to convenience problem. You can’t control for calorie count, ingredients or sourcing. And that’s the problem Green Plate solves with our promise of no additives, no artificial flavors or colors, locally-sourced ingredients and over 70% organic ingredients.

I’ve solved my grocery store dilemma with an accessible, healthy and affordable weekday lunch — and hopefully solved it for all of you, too. Because Green Plate isn’t just my company; it’s my way of giving back to the community and, hopefully, changing lives.

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