[Disclosure: As you will clearly see stated below, Cabot Creamery is a client of mine. My trip to Vermont was fully paid for by Cabot. I was not asked to write this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for this post.]
But what many people don't know is that I devote just as much time to my longest standing online role as the CabotRD for Cabot Creamery. In fact, I started this crazy world of social media and online communications for Cabot years ago. They jumped into Twitter with two feet without a backwards glance while many companies were still trying to grasp "The Twitter."
Maybe it's their Vermont cooperative roots, the culture of adventure by everyone who works there, or just a belief that to make a difference you have to be different... but Cabot has always been a company that found new and innovative ways to work and work well. . You'd have a hard time meeting anyone associated with Cabot who doesn't believe in a well-rounded approach to health and wellness -- from community volunteerism to healthy eating to physical fitness. It's not about a slogan or marketing principle thought up in a board room. It's about real people who believe in doing good, giving back and living well.
And no place is that more true than with the #CabotFit Team.
Marlow -- Gluten Hates Me
Carolyn – All Day I Dream About Food
Katie – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Carissa- Fit 2 Flex
Joanne – Joanne Eats Well with Others
Kelly – Kelly the Culinarian
Kristina – Love & Zest
Deanna – Teaspoon of Spice
Amber – Fit Foodie Runs
Mary Simpson Creel
I had the privelege last year of helping launch the first #CabotFit Team. This year, I not only supported the formation of the group, but also attended the weekend with them in Vermont. (If this is a stepwise progression, I'm guessing that means next year I'm running? #HelpUsAll) I've been getting to know each of these women online now for months (Well, those I didn't already know). They are each unique in their approach to food, fitness, family and life in general. It was great to spend time with them in person and really experience them as the on-the-ground embodiment of Cabot's approach to health and wellness:
Eat well. Be physically active.
Very simple, really. Granted, there are numerous ways to stay active other than running a 10K, half marathon or marathon, but for now, we've committed to races that help us spread the word through running.
To read more about my time in Vermont for the #CabotFit weekend, click here.
And to enjoy a little taste of Cabot in your kitchen, check out one of my favorite ways I bring a little taste of Vermont home here in Georgia.
Lightened Cheddar Grits Casserole
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
2 tablespoons plain Cabot Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Cabot Alpine Legacy or Extra-Sharp Cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; gradually whisk in butter and grits. Reduce heat, and simmer, whisking frequently, 5 minutes or until grits are done. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in yogurt, dill, black pepper and egg. Pour into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with grated cheese.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until mixture is set. Serve warm.