Monday, May 16, 2016

Buy Food and Grow Food with Chick-fil-A

Buy Food and Grow Food with Chick-fil-A
Written By Renee Arbia

You may have noticed we are spending a lot of time at Chick-fil-A this year, and that is because I am on the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel. It has been a lot of fun testing out new foods and seeing what is happening at our local Chick-fil-A restaurants.
 Growing up in the northern part of the country Chick-fil-A has been new to me since I moved down to the south and I did not know much about it. It was not until I became a mom that I started going so frequently. A good friend of ours took us and we instantly fell in love. Chick-fil-A is no ordinary fast food restaurant. Food is made fresh, with real ingredients and is brought to your table where you wait and look at their fresh flowers. Many have play places for kids to play in. 

They also have great family events all the time. I think one of our favorite things is that they let your kids decide if they want to keep their toy in their meal or trade it in for an ice cream cone. It has been so funny for us to watch Xavier make this decision. After all it is a big decision for a four year old, toy or ice cream? He will examine the unopened toy or sometimes book and decide if it is more important than the ice cream. Most of the time he cannot pass up the ice cream, he loves going to the counter and asking for it all by his self. My husband and I are addicted to the spicy chicken sandwich. It is by far the best spicy chicken sandwich I have ever had and I love their new frosted lemonade.

For springtime Chick-fil-A has brought in a few new dishes with a super food kale side salad, frosted coffee and a spicy southwest salad. I admit I am not one to order salads at fast food places. I have a hard time passing on their spicy chicken sandwich. However, I was in the mood for the salad as I do like salads and I was intrigued to try the spicy southwest salad. My husband got the frosted coffee, (I cannot drink coffee, though I did steal a couple yummy sips) and he loved it. 

The spicy southwest salad is a very big and fresh salad filled with all sorts of delicious delights from corn and beans to shredded spicy chicken. There are a variety of salad dressings you can choose. I asked the cashier for a recommendation on the dressing and she recommended the creamy salsa dressing, which did not disappoint. I love this salad; it was a huge, fresh and flavorful salad that thoroughly filled this seven month pregnant woman’s hungry belly much to my surprise. It was a big hit and I plan on ordering it again and again.

Chick-fil-A has some awesome plastic containers that we frequently upcycle into other food or toy containers in our household. Xavier usually chooses fruit with his meal and I always take the small plastic box home to store snacks in for later use. The spicy southwest salad container is a big plastic container with a lid with some small holes in it. I could not just throw this container away. We are in the midst of our heavy gardening season. Our vegetable garden is in full bloom and we are getting our seeds and seedlings ready to be planted in June for our summer garden. I decided the Chick-fil-A spicy southwest salad container would make an excellent seedling starter container, especially since the lid already has some strategically placed holes in it. We simply filled it with soil and seeds, watered it, left it in the sun and our seedlings took off and are now ready to be planted! We are already in the midst of starting some more.

I simply love that Chick-fil-A is not just another fast food restaurant it is an experience that you can have with your family. You can get affordable, yummy, healthy food and some great containers to keep as souvenirs. Be sure to check out the new Spicy Southwest Salad, frosted coffee, kale side salad or frosted lemonade at the Chick-fil-A near you!

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