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Healthy Living: Your Diet is important!


In my last blog, I talked about the importance of a well rounded fitness routine as part of your healthy lifestyle.  While, in my opinion, it is one of the most important aspects of weight loss and or a healthy lifestyle, so is your diet. “If you are working out 3 to 5 times a week and still not getting the results that you want, why not focus on something that you do 3 to 5 times a day?!”, as my work colleague and fellow ‘healthy living’ advocate said to me in a conversation we had earlier this week; “ If you are working out, but still not losing the weight like you want to, it’s all in what you’re eating”.

Regardless of what YOUR metabolism is, you can still take steps to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not always easy in today’s world, but you can control your portion sizes, or eat the healthy alternatives almost every fast food joint there is has on their menus. The food industry trend has been to move towards providing healthier foods, so take advantage of what is available. Even if “I” have a pretty decent metabolism, I still can’t go out and eat whatever I want.  I am no nutritionist, but eating healthy is common sense.  Stay away as much as you can from fried foods, try baking or even grilling as a healthier alternative. Watch out for foods and or snacks that are full of sugar.

Try eating more fruits and vegetables or even nuts as snacks, as opposed to crackers or cookies.  By eating healthier snacks, you are also fueling your body better and avoiding extra calories (especially if you’re in a weight loss battle) that your body doesn’t need as well as helping boost your metabolism! You can even consult your physician on the right type of diet for you.  Consult your local dietitian or nutritionist for more healthy tips that may better fit your dietary needs!



Healthy Living: Soy Sauce


Some foods that you many not think have gluten just might have it. For example, soy sauce is a sneaky source of gluten but it is so good on stir-fry. Look for tamari, which is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.

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Inside the Store: July


You know that July is here by how you determine the best parking spot. The best parking spot is determined by shade instead of distance. The July heat is in full swing.

Fact about July:

According to the Gregorian calendar, July is the seventh month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fifth month and it was called ‘Quintilis’, meaning ‘fifth’. Julius Caesar gave the month 31 days in 46 B.C. The Roman senate named it ‘Julius’ (July) in honor of Caesar.

During July, when there isn’t much rain, the grass often loses its greenness. Some flowers are abundant in July, because they strive in the heat. Also, insects are abundant as well – life is striving in July!

Be sure and check our floral departments for indoor or outdoor plants to bring beauty and life to your summer. We have staff members that can help you pick out the right plants for you and give you tips on how to take care of the plant you choose. The water lily is the flower for the month of July.

One of the biggest dilemmas in our summer cookout is controlling the insects. The pesky ants and flies being our challenge in making sure we can enjoy our outdoor activities. We suggest treating any area for ants before the cookout and to control the flies and mosquitoes. We offer many varieties to help control the pests in your life.

July is national Hot Dog month and according to the national hot dog and sausage council. Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of “meat” in record numbers this summer.  The council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten in America between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The July 4th weekend being the biggest hot dog event of the year.   How do you top off your hot dog? 

My favorite is the Oscar Mayer premium Jalapeño and cheddar frank, topped with Food Club mustard, onions, home grown tomato slices and instead of relish, I use Mt. Olive diced Jalapeno peppers. I use tortillas instead of buns to cut back on the bread. Heat the tortillas up right on the grill and add a slice of cheese, wrap the hot dog and enjoy. My favorite summer time drink with hot dogs is our Red Diamond sweet tea. Great for taking to any picnic and we offer in sugar free, regular and decaf.

Top off your cookout with one of our Goldenbrook ice creams. The flavor of the month is Watermelon.

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Dine In: Dinner at home


Eating dinner together at home on Friday evenings is such a great way to reconnect with your family after a hectic week. With some planning and input from your family you can get everyone involved and prepare a nutritious homemade dinner together at home. When you regularly sit down for a meal with your children you can learn so much about what is happening in their lives and discuss other things that are going on in the world around us. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had dinner together almost every night.

We talked about our day, made lots of jokes, picked on each other and sometimes laughed so hard that one or more of us almost got choked. Oh, the memories! These and other memories like this from my childhood and the times we spent around the dinner table made a lasting impression on me as I am sure they will in your family as well as you share meals and share life together.

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Healthy Living: Having Support


Diabetes is a difficult disease to live with, therefore you need support.  Support is a crucial component in any challenge in life that you are dealing with. If you do not have a good support system the likelihood of you being successful is slim. Talk to your family member about your plans and eating habits to improve your health. If everyone joins on the bandwagon on a healthier lifestyle not only will it help you excel but it will also benefit your family. If you do not have support within your family, do some research on local diabetes group or mention it to a friend they may know someone dealing with diabetes that needs support as well.

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Mixin’ it up with hamburgers


 

Stuffed Hamburger

Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and 1/2 Tbs Lawry’s 25% Less Sodium Seasoned Salt. Form four bowls from the ground meat; reserve some meat to make a top for the bowls. In each meat bowl, add 2 Tbs 2% cheddar cheese and 1 slice of turkey bacon crumbles. Divide 1/4 cup chopped onions into each bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 

Pizza Burger

Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef), 1/4 cup pizza sauce, 1/4 cup turkey pepperoni, 1 Tbs oregano, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 tsp Lawry’s Garlic Salt. Form ground meat into hamburger patties and cook until desire doneness. Serves 4.

 

Blue Cheese Burger

In a small bowl combine 1 tsp McCormick Black Pepper, 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, 1/4 cup chopped chives and 2 cloves of garlic. Take 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and form four bowls, reserve some meat to make a top for the bowl. Place the blue cheese mixture into each meat bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 

Teriyaki Burger

In a medium bowl, mix together 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, 2 Tbs pineapple juice and 1 Tbs Grill Mates Hawaiian Luau Marinade. Add 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) to teriyaki sauce mixture and marinate overnight. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 



Shop the Sale: Russet Potatoes


Do you love eating fries with your hamburger or sandwich? We all know that fries are not the most nutritious food, but we love them so much. Have you thought about baking homemade fries instead of buying deep fried French fries? It’s very simple, preheat your oven to 350°F, cut up some russet potatoes, add a little seasoning and oil, and then toss them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Russet potatoes are on sale at Brookshire’s, so pick up a 5 lb bag and enjoy some fries!

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Healthy Living: Proper Meat Thawing


How do you thaw your meats? Do you place them in the refrigerator, in a sink with water or just lay it out on the counter?  The best way to thaw your frozen meat is to just place it in the refrigerator. When you leave your meat on the counter, it goes through the temperature danger zone, where bacteria rapidly multiply. Your other option, if you do not thaw in the refrigerator, is to keep the meat under cold running water. The important thing here is that the water is constantly running and that its cold.  When having meat in a meal that needs to be thawed, just plan ahead.



Product Talk: Glory Greens


Every Sunday after church, my family gets together for dinner.  We fix a variety of food, but my all time favorite meal is baked chicken, greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread.  Normally my mom fixes the meals, but I had the desire to cook a couple of weeks ago, so what did I cook?  My favorite meal…   When my mom cooks greens, she gets the fresh one from the produce department, where she has to clean them, cut them and cook them until they are tender.  I wasn’t about to do all of that, so I made a trip to my nearby Brookshire’s, where I found Glory Greens.  I poured the cans of preseasoned greens into a pot and let them cook for about 15-30 minutes and Viola, they were done and they were umm-umm good!!  We invited some friends over, and my Greens were a hit.  They could not believe how delicious they were…  I chuckled and said Glory greens don’t need any help…  



Dine-In: Refrigerated Pasta


I have never really been a big fan of pasta, when we would have spaghetti growing up I would always opt out for a sandwich. One day I was at an Italian restaurant and my friend wanted me to try her dish. When I would go to Italian food restaurants, I would always just get a salad because I really did not like pasta; well I thought I did not like it.  So I tried her dish, it was tortellini and oh it was so good. I had noticed in the grocery store that they had refrigerated tortellini and other pastas. After a month of eyeing this pasta, I finally tried it and loved it.  Now when I want some pasta, I just run to the store, grab some refrigerated pasta, like tortellini or ravioli, and either pesto or Alfredo sauce and enjoy.  It’s quick, economical, and delicious.

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