Winter in Season Produce

brussel sproutsBrussels Sprouts

Known for their ability to enhance DNA repair in cells and help block the continued growth of cancer cells, Brussels sprouts are one powerful member of the cabbage family. Best cooked by steaming, roasting, or boiling, and combined with a variety of spices and dressings, these vegetables make a fabulous base for casseroles and salads or work as a hearty side dish.



Beets were orginally seashore plants with thin roots.  After centuries of cultivation, globe-shaped beets began appearing in the 1500s.  They are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas).  They can be roasted, steamed or broiled in a variety of recipes.

sweet potatoSweet Potatoes

One baked, medium-sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A, 37% of your vitamin C, and some calcium, potassium, and iron too. What’s more, they also deliver 4 grams of dietary fiber—16% of the daily value—and absolutely zip in terms of fat. All this at just 105 calories!  Sweet potatoes don’t have to take a long time to prepare. Cutting them into 1/2-inch slices and Healthy Steaming them for just 7 minutes not only brings out their great flavor but helps to maximize their nutritional value. And you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves for extra flavor and nutrition.


Containing a powerhouse supply loads of nutrients for little calories, studies suggest consuming broccoli can decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. You can steam broccoli as a quick dinner side, add it to a salad or mix it into a casserole.



This leafy vegetable is related to cabbage family (which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and collards). At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full), Vitamins A, C, and K.  Eat raw in salads or include Kale in soups and casseroles.


Also called celery root, it isn’t actually the root of common celery, it’s a different vegetable. A very good source of vitamin K (a 100 g root provides about 34% of recommended daily intake) and some essential minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Celariac can be mashed in dishes, used as a spread, made into noodles and chopped for soups & stews.


Originally grown in Asia, hundreds of varieties are still cultivated.  While we may associate citrus with summer, these fruits (clementines, kiwi, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, pears, etc.) are at their ripest and juiciest in the colder months. Well known for containing Vitamin C, they also contain compounds called flavonoids, which may have anticancer properties.  Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease.  Eat these alone or include them in salads, smoothies, and as a garnish.

Check out many more recipes for the above in season produce on our Pinterest Board, In Season Fall/Winter Produce.


Friday Face-Off on the Blue Ribbon Basketball Court

This past Fabulous Friday on the BRT basketball court, Nick Schwartz, Account Manager, and Whit Smith, Senior Carrier Manager, faced off one last time before Whit took a four month leave of absence for continued training with the National Guard.  The below flyer was posted all over our two story office space so that NO ONE would miss the play off.

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This final “Face-off” was a nod to Nick and Whit’s playful rivalry and history of 1 on 1s on the BRT basketball court.

Back in September 2014, when Nick, an IU graduate, joined BRT, he was working on the same operations team as Whit, a Purdue graduate.  A friendly rivalry ensued.

One day back in late 2014, when both Nick and Whit had some down time, they started shooting around on our half court.  It quickly turned into a competitive 1 on 1 in which Whit succeeded in outscoring Nick.  Nick wasn’t having that and therefor called a rematch on Whit’s birthday in February 2015.  It was a huge, fun company wide spectator event and Nick won!

So, on Friday February 12th, a couple days after Whit’s birthday, on his last day before taking a 4 month leave of absence for continued training with the National Guard, Whit and Nick face off one more time.

IMG_2575IMG_2574Prior to the game, we listened to the National Anthem sung by Lady Gaga from 2016’s Super Bowl, as the guys stood at attention in front of our BRT flags.




It was an aggressive game and both guys gave his all.

But Whit finished strong, winning 11-9!


You can view more pictures of the playoff game on our Facebook page and you can watch the game in it’s entirety here.



Blue Ribbon Adds A High Service Logistics Team

High Service Logistics is the ability of Blue Ribbon Transport to constantly, consistently anticipate and exceed our valued customer’s expectations.  We provide the “WOW Experience”.  High Service Logistics isn’t easy but it distinguishes us from our competition.  We’re confident we have the people, technology and relationships to back it up.

“Customer service isn’t about telling people how awesome you are, it’s about creating stories that do the talking for you.” (more…)

Super Bowl Potluck & NFL Gear Friday

Whenever we have a lunch pitch-in, BRT employees do not go hungry.  This past Friday, in preparation for Superbowl Sunday, we had a potluck pitch-in and our employees were encouraged to wear their NFL gear to the office.

Is it any surprise that many wore Colts gear.  (Some of us still root for our “our man” Peyton).

Here’s a few snaps of the feast:

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Who’s hungry?