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Healthy Living: Safety and Fun in the sun

Summer is here!  There are several things to remember to make your day in the sun a safe and happy one.

  •         Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day (10 am and 4 pm)
  •         ALWAYS wear sunscreen (15 SPF or higher)
  •         Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun
  •         Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, face, and neck
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Healthy Living: NuVal

NuVal is finally here!  As you have seen in our stores, the nutritional scoring system that was developed by a scientific expert panel led by Dr. David Katz of Yale was officially launched in our stores on Wednesday, June 16th.  NuVal puts all of the nutritional information and ingredients of an item into a very complicated formula and produces a score between 1 and 100.  The higher the score, the more nutritional the item is for you.  The score is located on the shelf tag in front of the item.  In my last blog, I talked about blueberries.  As I said, blueberries are in season now and make a great snack…..and they are very healthy!  They are one of the few items that score 100!

One thing to remember – some categories may not seem to score very high.  For example, cheese scores between 3 and 35 with an average of 21.  You shouldn’t necessarily stop eating cheese; just choose one of the more healthy varieties.  The two highest rated categories are fruits and vegetables, with an average rating of 96.  I guess mom was right when she said I should eat all of my vegetables!

For more information about NuVal, please visit their website at or ask one of your local Brookshire partners.  We would be happy to help you understand the program and answer any questions that you might have.

Product Talk: McCormick Perfect Pinches

Have you seen McCormick Perfect Pinches in the store? There are 18 different seasonings; from Caribbean Jerk Seasoning to a Vegetable Seasoning. Whatever cuisine you are cooking there is a seasoning for you. If you are worried about your sodium intake, McCormick is also offering 5 salt free varieties of the seasonings. You can add these seasoning to a meal and avoid extra salting at the table. There is a Parmesan Herb Seasoning that would be great on chicken or on toasted bread.

Dine In: Vegetable Topped Sandwich

When summer comes around, you always just want a light lunch. You want a lunch that is nothing heavy, just something light and refreshing. Sandwiches are always great in the summer but bread, meat, and cheese can get really old really quick. Making different kinds of sandwiches will help with this, like adding different vegetables to your sandwich. You can grill or sauté vegetables to add to your sandwich.

Vegetable Topped Sandwich
Serves: 2
Prep time: 15 minutes

4 slices pumpernickel bread
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup onion, sliced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cucumber, sliced
4 slices turkey breast

Toast bread.  In a foil packet, add bell pepper, onion, garlic and olive oil. Add foil packet to the grill for 5 minutes. Once vegetables are tender, take bread and add grilled vegetables, meat and other vegetables.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 328, Fat: 20g (Saturated Fat 3g), Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 537mg, Carbohydrates: 30g, Fiber: 11g, Protein: 13g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician


Family Matters: Homemade Ice Cream

So I took the family to my parents this weekend for a family cookout. My Dad and brothers took care of the grilling, my Mom made the side dishes and I was in charge of bringing the desert. I wanted to make something fun…homemade ice cream would be perfect!

I mixed up all the ingredients at home the night before and poured into a jug. So, all I had to bring with me was the jug with the mixture, rock salt, ice and the electric ice cream maker. The ice cream was a hit and so simple to make!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream:

2 cups half & half
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Wisk together all ingredients until well blended. Pour into ice cream maker and process according till it is soft frozen.


The perfect deal for your grill

Grilled corn is an easy, fun way to brighten up your cookout. Start with Food Club Corn On The Cob and rub ears with Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Margarine. Add any seasonings that sound yummy. Wrap each ear in foil and place on the grill. Rotate each ear a few times to heat all sides. Be careful of steam when opening the foil. ENJOY!

Summer Salads

Fiesta Salad with chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves 8



1 lime, juiced

2 Tbs olive oil

2 Tbs orange juice

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1 Tbs pimentos

3 cups corn

1 cup avocado, diced

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup tomato, diced

1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup 2% cheese, cubed



In a shake top jar, combine first 6 ingredients. Mix well. Add pimentos, corn, avocado, red onion, tomato, bell pepper, and cheese. Drizzle lime vinaigrette mixture over the salad.


Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 147, Fat: 9 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 4 g


© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.


Cucumber Salad with beef


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves 8



2 cucumbers, quartered then sliced

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup celery, diced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup green bell peper, diced

2/3 cup Italian dressing



In a large bowl, combine vegetables and Italian dressing; make sure all vegetable are coated with dressing. 


Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 89, Fat: 6 g (1g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 13 mg, Sodium: 15 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g 


© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 


Italian Salad with pork

Prep Time: 15 minutes · Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves 8



1 cup uncooked wild rice

1 cup green beans

4 large tomatoes

1/4 cup mozzarella

1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese

1/2 cup black olives

1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1 (16 oz) jar artichoke hearts, drained

2 Tbs olive oil

2 Tbs red wine vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp celery seed

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp Italian seasoning



In a saucepan, cook rice as instructed on package. Blanch green beans. In a large salad bowl, combine tomatoes, cheese, olives, bell pepper and artichoke hearts. Add rice and green beans to salad. In a jar with a top, combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard and Italian seasoning. Shake to mix well and drizzle over salad. 


Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 192, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 201 mg, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 8 g


© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.


Shop the Sale: Hormel Pork Baby Back Ribs

As a father and a grandfather, I’m looking forward to Father’s Day coming up this Sunday.  My family makes sure I get lots of extra attention on my special day.  Typically our family enjoys a big Father’s Day dinner at home after church on Sunday afternoon. 

The menu is carefully chosen with my tastes in mind and everyone else is eager to make my meal special.  But when it comes to cooking the meat, the job of grilling outdoors is still Dad’s job no matter what day it is.  

So, for Father’s Day this year I’m glad to see Brookshire’s is featuring Hormel pork baby back ribs on the front page of the ad.  I love baby back ribs!!!  Unfortunately for years I settled on paying sky-high “restaurant prices” when I wanted to enjoy ribs because I was afraid to try my own hand at grilling them at home.  But all that has changed now that I found a great recipe our family really likes.  

Why not try cooking your own baby back ribs this year?  If you need a recipe, there are several to choose from on the website.  And this week’s ad special on ribs will make your Father’s Day even more special.

Healthy Living: Fresh Produce

When on a gluten-free diet, you know that the simpler the food the better. When you pick up a process food, there are so many different ingredients it makes your head spin, you start to wonder does this mean it has gluten in it, then you start feeling defeated, and think I just can not do this gluten-free diet. Well guess what? I have a quick fix for you. Go to the fresh produce section! 

Look around do you see any label; anything that has stabilizers or modified starches? No! Fresh produce is where you should start spending most of your time in the store. In fresh produce you will not have to look at each product to see the ingredients. When you discover that, in fact, you do have a lot to choose from on a gluten-free diet then you will feel like you can succeed. 

Healthy Living: Eating Healthier!

“I’m going to start eating healthier…”  How many times have you said that?  I know I have many, many times and usually that means a day or two of cutting back on soft drinks and eating “healthy” snack bars between meals.  Today as I was eating my favorite “health” bar I decided to look at the nutritional information.  As I read the numbers I stopped eating.  While more nutritious than the well known candy bars on the market, I don’t know that I would classify most “health” bars on the market as healthy.  There is a healthier choice…..FRESH FRUIT! 

This is a great time of the year to make a commitment to eating more fruit.  This season’s domestic fruit harvest has begun to hit our stores including many choices from local growers – peaches, nectarines, cantaloupes, watermelons and my personal favorite – blueberries.  We are fortunate that some of the best blueberries available are grown right here in our area.  Blueberries are sweet, refreshing and VERY nutritious.  One cup of blueberries has only 84 calories and is packed with age fighting antioxidants.  So the next time you have a craving for a snack, reach for a handful of blueberries!  Your body will thank you!

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