Why Work with a Dietitian?

(We’re pleased to feature another guest blog from Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT and owner of A to Zinc Nutrition! We’ve worked with Kari on a regular basis to offer nutrition classes here at Quarks and we value her expertise & commitment to health coaching).

Why Work With a Dietitian?

I was recently visiting with a group of people following one of our delicious classes at Quarks when another person outside the group piqued an interest in what I was sharing.  When I was finished, she approached me and said, “You’re a dietitian, and you do all THAT?”  She explained further that when she heard the title dietitian, she immediately thought ‘weight loss’. A dietitian does so much more than coach people on weight loss; in fact, that’s only a small portion of what I do.

What exactly is a dietitian?  Simply, a dietitian is an expert on diet and nutrition.  Truly, no other medical profession understands food and nutrients, and their impact on health the way we do.  In some ways, we are much like a doctor when we are assessing our patients.  We try to understand their symptoms, lifestyle, goals, and more.  The biggest difference is that our recommendations come in the form of foods to avoid, foods to eat, or nutrients to target instead of pharmaceuticals.

In my opinion, every symptom or disease has nutrition implications.  While food may not always be the cause of a person’s health complications or the only solution, nutrition specific to each individual does offer health support and improvement in every case.  I might even argue that a dietitian is the first person you should see when you have health complications, not your last resort when nothing else works.  The more you optimize your health with food and nutrients, the less likely you will have to take multiple or large quantities of medications.

My patients see results; food and nutrients are my only weapons but they are so powerful!  It thrills me when a patient who has been suffering from multiple gastrointestinal symptoms for years tells me she feels confident, full of energy, and overall great – with no intestinal pain or embarrassing social situations.  Another scenario that excites me is the patient who has suffered from debilitating migraines – again usually for years.  They suffer to the extent that most often they are missing a substantial number of days from work or school.  After 30 days of following my guidelines, they can have as much as 95% resolution of migraine headaches.  They have their life back.

Food and nutrients, unlike medications, target the source of the problem in the body causing problems.  With the right tools, your body is a living miracle in healing itself.  A dietitian helps in finding the right tools for each person to heal his or her body.

What if you have nothing ‘wrong’ with you?  You can still benefit from visiting a dietitian if you have health or athletic optimization goals, or just general health and nutrition questions.  There are many sources of information on the market that may give you misguided information.  And even if it’s not entirely misguided, it’s not necessarily individualized and specific to you.

Is your interest piqued?  No matter your health conditions, goals, or lifestyle, a dietitian can offer you unique and individual insight into improving your health and reaching your goals through the power of food and nutrition.

(For more information, contact Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT.  Visit www.AtoZincNutrition.com).

(*This article reflects the opinions of the writer and may or may not accurately represent the perspective of Quarks American Bento and its’owners).

Are We Over-Complicating Nutrition? Pt. 2

(This week on the blog we’re continuing with Part 2 of a fantastic guest blog by Helen Sanders! You can read Part 1 here. Helen is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Their goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. They pride themselves on making sure their actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.

Do We Need Supplements?

As mentioned in Part 1 of this blog post, if you’re an athlete or a hardcore gym warrior, you may use supplements to boost your results and help you to reach your goals.

Also, there are occasions where supplements may be needed. Especially if you are deficient in certain nutrients and can’t replenish them with food sources.

For example, a number of people have significantly low levels of omega 3 fatty acids. These are incredibly important for both physical and mental health and can only be obtained through our diets, primarily from fresh fish. But, if the thought of eating an 8 oz cod turns your stomach, you may benefit from fish oil supplements.

Similarly, many people, especially those with food allergies or restrictive diets can benefit from multivitamin supplements in order to fill the gaps in their diet.

What is important to remember is supplements are not an excuse for a poor diet. You can’t take a multivitamin and expect to be nutritionally sound yet never let a fruit or vegetable graze your lips.

Moreover, most normal people who have a healthy, balanced diet (without any dietary restrictions) and who regularly exercise (at a general level and are not training for the World’s Strongest Man competition) don’t really need supplements.

If you are just a general gym goer who works out a few times a week to stay healthy and in shape, you certainly don’t need to over complicate your nutrition with pre and post workout shakes, BCAAs and thermogenic fat burners.

Final Thoughts

1). When it comes to everyday nutrition, don’t over complicate things, just keep it simple.

2). A colorful plate of fresh, whole foods, lots of water and maybe a multivitamin is enough to give your body the fuel it needs to keep you strong and healthy.

3). If you feel you may need extra help with your nutrition or are worried you may be lacking in certain nutrients, you can always speak to your physician who can advise you of any supplements you may need.

Thank you, Helen, for sharing your insights and perspectives with us! Here at Quarks we’re proud to offer you the cleanest, healthiest, freshest option in all of Central Minnesota.

Quick. Clean. Quarks.

(*This article reflects the opinions of the writer and may or may not accurately represent the perspective of Quarks American Bento and its’owners).

Are We Over-Complicating Nutrition? Pt. 1

(We’re pleased to feature another guest blogger in a two-part feature this week and next! Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Their goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. They pride themselves on making sure their actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.)

Are We Over-Complicating Nutrition?

Health, fitness and nutrition are big money-making topics these days. With a booming supplement market, paid diet plans and even special teas for weight loss, nutrition comes under a lot more in depth discussions than it did 30 years ago.

Every single day, hundreds of high authority articles are written and read which go in depth about many different aspects of nutrition and what we should be putting into our bodies.

Polyunsaturated fats vs. trans fats, animal protein vs. plant protein, what vitamins should you take, what amino acids do you need – these incredibly in depth and often scientific discussions are put out there for us to consider.

Of course, if you’re a competitive athlete or maybe a bodybuilder, you may need to consider your diet down to the smallest micronutrient and how each aspect of your diet affects your physiology, because you’re sculpting your body to perfection and more importantly, you probably have the time to do this as it is your main focus.

But what about Joe Average? Are we over complicating nutrition?

The Nutrition of The Past

Recently I was doing some research and watched a clip online of some old school 70s bodybuilders, including the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. These guys were in prime athletic condition, absolute Greek Adonises. But they are sitting there talking and eating steaks. hamburgers minus the bun and omelets made from whole eggs. There was no egg whites only, spirulina super green smoothies or supplement stacks. They went on that old fashioned, tried and tested notion of eat wholesome, real food and workout.

Although science advances with every year that passes and it is important to remember that change is a good thing, we possibly shouldn’t get caught up in the hype of the newest supplement.

The Right Nutrition For an Everyday Diet

We know by now that yes, nutrition is incredibly important.

The food we put into our bodies is the fuel that allows numerous bodily processes to happen. We need essential nutrients to do everything from make our hair grow to firing up the neurotransmitters in our brains.

Unfortunately deficiencies in essential nutrients, most notably certain vitamins and minerals and healthy fats are common throughout the US.  They can cause detrimental side effects that lead to a whole host of health issues and chronic diseases.

However, that isn’t because John Smith takes 15 supplements a day at the perfectly right time and manages his food intake down to the finest macronutrient, it’s because the food that the majority of Americans are eating is filled with empty calories that offer no significant nutrition whatsoever.

If John Smith instead ate a balanced diet made up of whole foods, which offered him essential vitamins and minerals, a good dose of protein and some whole grains, then his diet would most likely be nutritionally sound.

Of course, you may need to take a closer look at the individual nutrients you are consuming on some occasions.

For example, if you were anemic, you would need to monitor your iron intake. Similarly, if you were trying to lose weight, you may want to monitor and increase your protein intake in order to promote satiety and encourage fat loss while maintaining lean muscle mass.

But generally speaking, a diet filled with real food is enough without over complicating nutrition.

Come back next week to read the wrap-up of “Are We Over-Complicating Nutrition?”

(*This article reflects the opinions of the writer and may or may not accurately represent the perspective of Quarks American Bento and its’owners).

Guest Blog: The Quarks Effect // Suzy Contusion

(We’re wrapping up our current blog series, “The Quarks Effect” (for now) and we’ve saved one of the best for last! Erica Karger-Gatzow, aka Suzy Contusion, of the S.C.A.R. Dolls shares how clean eating not only impacts her as a derby doll but also as a great teammate)!

I love going to restaurants. There is something supremely satisfying about having your meal prepared for you and, maybe even better, not having to wash dishes afterward! However, I rarely eat out because the meals are often a splurge on my wallet and on my stomach. But after eating at Quarks I feel awesome- I love eating all the fresh food. Quarks never makes me feel weighed down and lazy, but instead feel like I could deadlift a bus. I know a meal at Quarks will be SUPER healthy and definitely never wimpy.

When I eat healthy, it makes the other healthy choices in my life easier to make. Eating healthier motivates me to work out, which makes it easier for me to prioritize sleep. Rested and energized, I am able to show appreciation to my loved ones and have a good attitude. I feel great and it reinforces the desire to eat healthy. Of course, the opposite is just as true; unhealthy eating makes me feel lazy, which makes it easier to avoid sleep, and so on. Quarks is an easy, healthy choice and makes all the other healthier choices in my life more manageable.


The first rule you learn in roller derby is, “Find a buddy”. You are always a stronger blocker when you are near someone, when you help one another. Helping each other goes beyond the game, too. The women on the league are close friends, not because we sit around and gab over martini’s at lunch. It’s because we’re busy running our not-for-profit league and we’re living our lives at the same time. When I step out of my car at practice, I remind myself that I need to set all my other stuff aside and be there for my team. I look people in the eyes and smile, I ask about their week, I find new skaters to partner with, I encourage others, and I take responsibility. If I’m doing that, my teammates are more likely to do that, too.

The same applies to each skater’s healthy behaviors. Our healthy choices are contagious. As a S.C.A.R. Doll, if you see a skater working hard or making healthy choices, it makes you want to be better. If we can be that for one another and leave practice feeling stronger, I think we’re more prepared to face the rest of our life challenges. If we do that for each other at practice, it’s got to show a difference with our families, in our neighborhoods, and where we work. Being healthy just becomes the norm. It’s what we do.


Headshot by Steve Diamond Elements

All action photos by SnapChad

(We love what you do, S.C.A.R. Dolls! The way you support our community and show how women can be strong, powerful, and athletic is so amazing. Thank you for helping truly make St. Cloud a greater place! The Dolls Home Team Championship Show is coming up May 6th at the River’s Edge Convention Center! Get your tickets – before they’re sold out!)

Guest Blog: The Quarks Effect Series // Lucille Guinta-Bates

My name is Lucille and I am a 50-year-old college professor.  I’m also a dancer.  I studied ballet as a young girl and then modern and jazz dance in college but life became complicated so I took a 25-year hiatus from dance. Two years ago, I dusted off my pointe shoes and got back to work.

Healthy eating has always been important to me. During my 20s, 30s, and 40s I did remain physically active. However, during that time I dealt with some very stressful life situations and I set aside many of my healthier eating habits. My weight crept up from 140 lbs., which was my college weight, to a high of 185.  About 8 years ago I joined a health club and managed to knock off 10 lbs., but then I plateaued at 175 for a long time. Two years ago, my passion for dance reignited, and I got serious about physical conditioning.  Weight loss wasn’t my primary objective. I am a body positive person and I learned to love my self just as I looked.

I began running and training for 5Ks, drastically reducing my processed sugar and flour intake and then increasing my protein and fiber consumption.  Over about a 16 month period my weight gradually decreased, and I became stronger and stronger. I am now back to 140 lbs. I believe I’m even more physically fit than I was in college. In addition, my cholesterol and trygicerides drastically lowered.  For several years, my MD wanted me to take statins and I refused.  It turned out that a healthy lifestyle was exactly what I needed to fix my problem.

When I discovered Quarks, I found a perfect match for my new lifestyle. Quarks is tasty and very satisfying for me. It’s a perfect light dinner before an evening of dance class and rehearsal after a day of college teaching.  Once you give up fast food and junk food, healthy foods like tuna, avocado, almonds, and veggies become tasty and satisfying.  I generally prepare all my own food at home, but when I’m too busy to find that time Quarks is the perfect substitute and I am happy to have them as part of my #50andfabulous life!

If you want to come and dance with me, I teach Adult Beginning Ballet every Monday at 4:30pm at Revolver Studios. I also coordinate a community dance collective called Gotta Dance. We hold community classes on most Saturdays at StudioJeff in St. Cloud. In addition, I am performing April 28th in the Minnesota Dance Ensemble’s production of Carmen at the Paramount Theatre.  I believe that everyone has the right to dance no matter your body size, shape, age, or ability.  There is no “cut off.”  Come join us!

(Want some more of the fun, fearless, and fabulous women like the ones we’ve been featuring? Then you’ll LOVE our upcoming blog from Suzy Contusion, one of Central Minnesota’s very own Scar Dolls! Don’t miss her blog this coming Friday and their roller derby home bout on May 6th at the River’s Edge Convention Center!)

Guest Blog: The Quarks Effect // Sarah Drake

(Sarah Drake is the founder of herARTS in Action, a nonprofit organization that locally uses art as a tool for social change and in Burkina Faso helps to provide access to health, education and employment by starting with a water and sanitation project. Through Sarah Drake LLC, she contracts for teaching artist residencies, project/program management, social media and website design. Sarah is a graduate of SCSU with a Master’s of Science in Social Responsibility.)

 

Do you have career/academic goals? What about wellness goals? Do you have a plan to keep you healthy enough to reach your goals?

I’m a mom, an artist, a business owner, the founder of a nonprofit, a board member, and my list continues on, as it does for many of us. I often put other people first – and this can be to my detriment sometimes. I’m a helper and a do-er. I have a business plan. I have goals for the water project I founded with herARTS in Action. I have plans for things I want to do with my daughter and things I want to do once she graduates. However, I didn’t have a plan for my health and wellbeing. I have multiple medical issues (fibromyalgia, degenerative disease in my spine, spinal stenosis, hypothyroidism, food allergies and many other things, including chronic pain). These were great excuses for why I gained weight, why my pain prevented me from doing certain things. My injuries contradict each other and an exercise that works well for one flared up the other, which prevented me from working out and doing a lot of meal prep.

That was my mentality at least. I thought it had to be hard and a lot of work. I heard people talk about meal planning, eating clean food, drinking plenty of water, creating exercise plans, but I was too busy and had too much pain for that. I was doing great things in my art, in my volunteering – both in the community and abroad, but I was helping from an empty cup and I was struggling physically.

In 2011, I went to the west African country of Burkina Faso. I was there as an artist and was forever changed by the people, experiences and inspiration there. Unfortunately, I got sick and ended up in the hospital, yet I saw it as a blessing because I learned about the serious issue facing Burkinabes and the lack of access to clean water and secure sanitation. Through my illness, a passion for access to art and water was born.

Passion also became purpose, plus my guilt of having more than and caring about the well-being of Burkinabes became a risk of my own health. Two trips to Burkina Faso equaled two hospital stays. My family told me not to go anymore because my health was too important. This fire of determination burned inside me though, and I kept trying to find ways to make my artwork successful, which would then fund the water project, and I tried to be healthy. At least that’s what I told myself that I was doing.

The last couple of years have been really difficult health wise. My pain has made it that I can’t paint. Something that was so important to who I was, to the water project, and then, suddenly, it was gone. It was impossible for me not to create, so I found alternatives. Turns out I can do paper collage and enjoy it more than painting! The persistence I had to find a medium that wouldn’t cause me more pain was slowly becoming channeled into my health.

 

During my most recent trip to Burkina Faso in Fall 2016, I noticed that my pain dramatically decreased while I was there. A major part of this was do to higher temperatures and higher air pressure, but I also observed that the food I was eating had no chemicals and was from farm to table. When I returned back to MN, I decided to focus on manageable steps for my health.  At first I was all, “I can’t do that! I can’t eat that! I can’t afford that!” That didn’t mentally set me up for success, though. Something I learned in Burkina Faso was that you can make the best of everything and you have the choice to be grateful. So, I changed my mindset to, “What can I do? What do I have access to in order to be successful?” I started to think about my eating as being relative to my passions and purpose. I know that I need to be healthy to do them and enjoy them, so now I focus on clean eating, drinking a lot of water and being active.

Each day looks different, but I do the best I can. On days when I’m not at my best and can’t prepare my own food or I’m running all over town for work, Quarks American Bento is my go-to because not only does it help me achieve my clean eating goals, it’s portable, and it tastes great, too!

(Wow – what an incredible story, Sarah! We’re certainly impressed! If you’d like to help make a difference in the lives of the people in Burkina Faso, you can click here to help partner with her ARTS in Action. Next week, on our blog, the incredible inspiration continues with the passion, power, and plies of Lucille Guinta-Bates).

Guest Blog: The Quarks Effect // Cliff Robbins

(For the past several weeks we’ve been bringing you the voices of various local business owners and entrepreneurs, each sharing their perspective on how clean eating fuels their passions and powers their lives. We’re continuing our series with some new faces [who’ve been to some incredible places] this month – from derby to Tiebele, you won’t want to miss the ride!)

This week on our blog, we’re pleased to feature the talents and ideas of Cliff Robbins, founder of Cohlab Digital Marketing. Cohlab understands the needs of small businesses and works at maximizing their impact through online marketing and SEO web & mobile design.

Cohlab is a google partner – this means they have maximum capability for helping you acheive all your SEO needs, ranking & reputation management, and for handling all your Google needs.  Cohlab focuses on all the web details so small business owner can concentrate on running their businesses – something that’s so important in today’s culture!

Focus is a big deal – and loss of focus can mean loss of momentum, loss of potential revenue, loss of passion. But, as you’ve already read in one of our previous blogs, keeping focused as an entrepreneur or small business owner can be incredibly difficult. Today Cliff shares one of his keys to keeping a sharp focus:

(Thanks Cliff for such a great way to visually communicate the benefits of clean eating! We love the creativity generated in our community! From a vblog this week to the vibrant artistry of Sarah Drake on next week’s blog, we’re committed to showing you how clean eating is impacting our Central MN region).

 

Guest Blog: “The Quarks Effect” Series // Tami Huberty

(We’re so excited to share with you the story of Tami Huberty, local owner of MOTR/female entrepreneur/running mom – read and be inspired!)


Three years ago in April my family and I changed our eating habits. In general, we ate fairly well, mostly homemade meals and we didn’t eat out much. But then, in April 2014, I was introduced to “clean eating” and learned that there are certain foods that are better for you than others.  I started to clean out my pantry and replace “unhealthy” foods with healthier options.

I started with oils – tossed vegetable and canola oil into the garbage and bought olive oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil to cook and bake with instead. I then used up all the packaged foods – stovetop, pasta roni, hamburger helper, etc. I buy very little packaged foods now and if I do they don’t have additives, preservatives, or dyes in them. I learned to read food & nutrition labels and understand what I was putting into my body and the bodies of my family. I also started to “clean up” old family favorites, such as replacing sugar with stevia, honey or pure maple syrup or find recipes that are “clean.”

After changing our eating habits, I learned to meal plan, which made healthy eating so much easier. If I don’t have a menu planned for the week, I set myself up for failure and choose less healthy options. However, I’m not perfect and I do still like to have the occasional piece of cake or slice of pizza. In general we follow the 80/20 rule:  80% of my food is from whole foods (fruits, veggies, protein) and the other 20% is from other options. Eating healthier is a lifestyle, not a diet. Although, I must say that as my food choices changed and I started to eat clean foods my body felt better. I definitely had more energy!

About 8 months after cleaning up my foods, I bought a Moms on the Run franchise and began the St. Cloud Area Moms on the Run. We started our first 18 week spring/summer season in April 2015. This was a natural transition for me since I’ve always enjoyed running; but once I cleaned up my foods, I felt better than I had ever felt in the past. Running became much easier for me due to eating clean foods. I was a casual runner doing a 5K here or there, but after cleaning up my foods, I began to run more seriously because it felt good and became easier. Just this past year I completed my first marathon in May and ran another one in October. My joy and excitement for running increased and much of it had to do with the fact that I felt better due to putting more nutritious foods into my body.

I love coaching ladies to learn to run and to increase their speed and endurance through our signature 18 week season that begins at the end of each April. If you’re interested in learning how to start a running program, click here! I’m really excited to start my 3rd year of coaching. I’ve enjoyed over the past few years being a part of the lives of ladies that have ran very little, if at all. It’s so rewarding to help someone go from walking to fully running 5Ks and longer distances! Many of those who have ran in the past with Moms on the Run continue to love running, making it a part of their weekly routine.  Along with coaching others to run, I enjoy introducing them to clean eating and teaching them about healthier food options than the typical boxed,prepared, or fast foods. I am extremely excited that Quarks came to St Cloud. There is finally a healthy, nutritious fast food option in St Cloud that I can recommend to others!

Guest Blog: “The Quarks Effect” Series // Daniel Marver

(This week we’re pumped to feature Daniel Marver, the brains & energy behind the brand new All-Star Nutrition here in central Minnesota).

Being an entrepreneur, let me share with you something I’ve come to realize. The one thing they don’t teach you in school (but they probably should!) is how hard it is to manage all aspects of your life when you own your own business. There are a lot of great articles that give advice on how to do this, such as this one from Entrepreneur and this one from Forbes. But information is just information until you actually apply it.

Having just recently opened All-Star Nutrition here in Waite Park, I can tell you that my life has been in non-stop grind mode, as I try to get all of the pieces in motion. My days here at All-Star Nutrition start at 7am and they end at 10pm – all 7 days/week. Not joking. In getting a new business off the ground, everything revolves around work.

I greatly value health & nutrition, and really try to practice what I preach when it comes to being healthy and keeping my body in shape. When I found out about Quarks meal delivery service, I was hooked. They allow you to choose all of the elements of your meal, and then they take it one step further by packaging and delivering for easy refridgeration and re-heating purposes.

Eating clean is essential for long-lasting and sustainable energy throughout a grueling day. Quarks uses good, slow digesting carb sources such as quinoa and brown rice, which are great for helping power me through my day. I also really like the sushi grade tuna they offer. I am from the west coast originally so this is something I am really accustomed to eating. When I get home after a long day of work the last thing I want to worry about is having to cook for the week.  Thanks to Quarks, meal planning and prep is one less thing I have on my plate!

(Thanks, Dan! We value being able to cross-promote with All-Star Nutrition and to keep you fueled in your entrepreneurial pursuits! Next week on the blog we’re featuring another incredible female entrepreneur and local fitness fanatic, Tami Huberty, from Moms on the Run!)

Guest Blog: “The Quarks Effect” Series // Donna Roerick

(This week’s blog is guest written by Donna Roerick, CNC, CNHP. Donna is a Traditional Naturopath who combines her expertise in nutritional counseling with Dr. Mark’s skills as a chiropractor to provide wholistic care for anyone who comes to Advantage Chiropractic).

It’s March and it’s time to check in with those wonderful New Year’s Resolutions! Did you make a resolution for “healthy eating” and somehow get derailed? Advantage Chiropractic and Quark’s American Bento will help you get back on track.

Here’s how we do that: For my nutrition clients at Advantage Chiropractic, we rediscover the reason we set this goal in the first place.  Was it realistic and attainable?  Yes, but when it only affects us personally it becomes less important.  The goals for the family or business might take priority and so we forget or forgo our own needs.   There are many ways that eating healthy or unhealthy will affect not only you, but also will affect your business and ultimately your family life.   When our clients realize their health affects everyone around them, this usually reinforces their desire for the goal of a healthy lifestyle. At Advantage Chiropractic we focus on a healthy nervous system, and Dr. Mark does his best work on your spine to release any nerve interference.

But what happens when you leave our office?  Are you feeding that nerve with whole nutrient dense foods while it heals, or are you stressing out that nerve by eating processed food causing your adjustment to not last? A healthy “whole” you is important to everyone you come in contact with.  If you become sick, will a family member have to care for you?  Will they have to take time off of work?  Will this affect the family financially?  Clean eating, like options available at Quarks, not only helps to keep a person from getting sick, but also helps a person to recover faster if something does happen. Healthy choices also affect a person’s work performance.  Not only will a person need fewer sick days, but their team will benefit from everyone being present.

When your body has the right nutrients from colorful vegetables and lean protein sources, stress levels are reduced and productivity increases. Can you imagine going into an important meeting with brain fog simply because you ate the wrong food choices at lunch?  Is there any excuse for this happen? Especially when we have Quarks American Bento right down the street? Yes, sometimes it is time consuming to plan and prep for a healthy lunch every day of the week.  But if you struggle with that, Quarks can do all of the prepping for you! Nothing but wonderful, nutrient dense flavorful options at your fingertips!

And if you’re a business professional, wouldn’t it be a treat to bring a potential client to a place that serves a fast, flavorful, healthy lunch or dinner?  People who care about themselves will care about others and your clients will see this, too. At Quarks, you don’t need to choose between healthy, flavorful or satisfying.  When you eat a meal there, you get all this and more!

We all need to realize our personal health choices do affect the rest of our community as well.  Advantage Chiropractic and Dr. Mark Roerick are excited about partnerships like ours with Quark’s American Bento.  We’re building a better community together  – one great health decision at a time.

(Quarks is pleased to partner with many local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and health practitioners – like Advantage Chiropractic – to truly make St. Cloud GREATER).