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Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Vinegars


Choosing gluten-free cooking ingredients is a constant challenge. What about vinegar? Does it fit into your meal plan? Most of the time, the answer is yes. Cider vinegar, distilled (white) vinegar, rice, balsamic and wine vinegars are all generally gluten-free. The big exception is malt vinegar, and it does contain gluten. As always, read labels so that you’re not surprised by any changes!

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Product Talk: Disposable Diapers


So how do you go about choosing the best disposable diapers for your baby? There are several things to keep in mind: 

  • Fit: check the leg gathers and elasticity. Nobody wants a leaking diaper, but also, nobody wants one that pinches or irritates.
  • Dryness: varies by brand.
  • Fastening tabs: tape or Velcro should be easy to use, and re-sealable.
  • Boy vs Girl: some diapers have specially designed diapers for each gender. The absorbent padding is strategically placed.
  • Size: diapers come in several sizes, and packages come in sizes, too.
  • Cost: this can vary greatly!
  • Color and design: not necessary, but often preferred

A disposable diaper has a soft, cloth-like, waterproof outside. Inside there is a moisture-wicking layer, and an absorbent gel inner core.

That gel inner core can sometimes cause problems. If babies don’t feel wet, they don’t fuss. Sitting too long in a wet diaper can cause diaper rashes. Sometimes a less-absorbent diaper is better!

How many diapers do you use each day? Generally speaking, newborns go through 10 to 12; infants use 8 to 10 a day; toddlers use 6 to 8 and potty-learning children can still use 4 to 6 diapers every day. That’s a lot of diaper changing! No wonder disposables are so popular; the convenience alone is significant!

At Brookshire’s our store brand diapers, TopCare, are guaranteed. You’ll get your money back if you’re not pleased with their performance!

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Dine In: Cilantro-Lime Chicken


You know a recipe is special if there’s a hyphen in the title, or if the title is long with lots of descriptive words. This recipe is really amazing, quick and easy, but oh so impressive. And there’s a hyphen in the title, so there’s proof positive that it’s special. But if you’d like a longer, more-descriptive name, how about Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasonings? Now it sounds even fancier!

This dish is special enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to fix on a busy Friday evening. If you have a bag of stir fry veggies in the freezer, feel free to throw them in, too, and you can call it Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasoning and Oriental Vegetable Blend. Now THAT’S special!

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small onions
1 large lime
2 Tbs canola oil
1 or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Hot cooked rice or warm tortillas (optional)

*Note on ginger? Never used it fresh? It’s in the produce section and looks like a tree root. Get the very smallest piece you can find, since this recipe only needs a 1-inch piece. You’ll be shocked at how cheap this ingredient is when you buy such a small portion—I’m talking like 25 cents!

Cut each chicken breast half into 8 pieces. Cut each onion into 8 wedges.

Remove 3 strips of peel from the lime, with a vegetable peeler. Cut the lime peel into fine shreds and set aside. Juice the lime and measure 2 Tbs lime juice. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok, and add the oil.  Cook the ginger briefly, until fragrant. Remove the ginger pieces and discard. In the same pan, cook the chicken breast chunks and onion wedges until nearly done. Add the jalapeno peppers, cilantro, soy sauce and sugar. Stir and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

Serve over hot rice or with warmed tortillas.

What’d I tell ya? Easy and delicious! And fancy too!



Family Matters: Juice, Juice, Juice!


How much juice should you give to your baby, and when? Mothers and pediatricians have debated this for ages. Interestingly, opinion is shifting on the matter. While fruit juice is extremely healthy, it’s also extremely sweet, so should actually be given in moderation. After all, it takes a good 10 oranges to make a cup of orange juice. That’s a lot of oranges to be consuming—and a lot of calories!

Pediatricians generally agree that before age 6 months, babies should only receive breast milk or formula, because those are complete foods. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) After 6 months, if your baby is drinking from a cup, you can introduce some juice into his or her diet. Don’t give juice in a bottle and never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice. The natural sugars can lead to cavities. Four to six ounces a day is plenty. An option to juice is mashed or pureed whole fruits and vegetables.

As your baby gets older, his or her needs will change. Fruit juice is sweet and many toddlers will overindulge if given the chance. Don’t give your toddler a sippy cup full of juice, or a juice box, to walk around with all day. The prolonged exposure to natural sugars can cause dental problems. Use juice, instead, as a treat or a snack.

When it comes to beverages, babies and toddlers do just fine when introduced to water as the drink of choice. And as always, discuss food concerns with your family doctor or pediatrician.



Shop the Sale: Split Fillets and Tenderloins


Have you ever heard that you pay for convenience? Well, it’s true—and it makes sense. The more processed a food is, the more it costs. And the same happens with chicken breasts. Boneless, skinless breast halves are so convenient and easy to use—but they also cost more than breasts with the bone still in. 

So that’s what makes this week’s advertised sale of Boneless skinless breast fillets and breast tenderloins such a great deal. Where normally these command a premium price, this week you can score a great deal! Stock up and save—fill your freezer with these super-convenient chicken cuts—and you’ll be able to coast through the coming weeks with plenty of chicken to feed your family. 

What do you do with this cut of meat? It’s probably the easiest way to fix chicken that isn’t already re-cooked. They come in a resealable freezer bag, so the day of your meal, pull out as many pieces as you’ll need for any given recipe. Thaw in the fridge or microwave (never on the countertop), and you’re ready to go. Add a dash of salt and pepper, or maybe barbecue sauce or stir-fry sauce, toss in a skillet and you’ll be eating dinner before you know it!



Healthy Living: Tutti Fruitti for Diabetics


Is fruit good for you? Of course it is! It’s full of antioxidants and nutrition—and great taste! When you’re diabetic, though, you have to remember that fruit contains natural sugar—and the carbohydrates need to be balanced in your diet.

Different fruits have differing amounts of carbohydrates, though, and that can help you as you plan your menu for the day. Look below for some comparisons.

Medium apple: 110 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates

Medium banana: 105 calories, 27 g carbs

Pear: 96 calories, 26 g carbs

Watermelon wedge: 86 calories, 22 g carbs

Medium orange: 86 calories, 22 g carbs

1 cup seedless grapes: 62 calories, 16 g carbs

1 cup cantaloupe cubes: 54 calories, 13 g carbs

1 Circular slice pineapple: 42 calories, 11 g carbs

1 cup whole strawberries: 46 calories, 11 g carbs



Healthy Living: Eye Care


Sight is something that people often overlook, but your eyes are very important! Below are some tips to help keep your eyesight healthy & strong.

  • Overexposure to the sun can accelerate cataract development. Protect your eyesight by wearing sunglasses as much as possible.
  • Be aware that medications (both over-the-counter and prescription) can affect your eyesight.
  • Always let your doctor know what you are taking to avoid potentially harmful combinations.
  • Visit you optometrist every 3-5 years.
  • People with pronounced eye problems should visit more frequently.

Dry Eyes

  • Dry eyes occur when you body fails to product enough tears
  • Causes are: aging, air quality, medicines, and computer use
  • Treatment is artificial tears

Allergy Eyes

  • Caused by aero allergens (pollen; etc…)
  • Symptoms include:  red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Treated by allergy eye drops that contain antihistamines and decongestants

Irritated Eyes

  • Caused by irritants (chlorine, ammonia; etc.) or foreign bodies (dust, eyelashes; etc.)
  • Treated with sterile eyewash

 

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Product Talk: It’s Bacon!!


Actually, it’s not. It’s not really bacon, but if you’re trying to watch your diet, it’s the next best thing. Bacon Salt, from J&D’s, is a seasoned salt that tastes deliciously bacon-y. It comes in several varieties (regular, hickory and peppered) and a sprinkle on top of a ground turkey burger will make you think you’re having a double-bacon burger deluxe.

The only caution to advise is that it IS salt, so it IS high in sodium. Other than that, it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free and zero calories. Now THAT’s what bacony goodness is all about!

You’ll find J&D’s Bacon Salt in the spices and seasonings section of Brookshire’s.



Dine In: Beef Tenderloin


If you’re like me, most of the time you’re saving every nickel you can. Times are tough! But every once in a while, you need a special dinner. Maybe you’ve got extra-special friends coming over, or maybe you just need a well-deserved splurge. If you want to show someone how much you care, here’s a tip: don’t make reservations….make dinner at home! It’s the ultimate gift from the heart.

Ever had a beef tenderloin? A tenderloin is what filet mignon steaks are made from. To make filet, the tenderloin is sliced into rounds. So a tenderloin roast is just one large filet mignon—and man oh man, is it delicious. It’s pricey—but trust me, you get what you pay for. Watch for a sale in the meat department and grab one. Put it in the freezer until that special time comes, and you’ll be ready to splurge. Bonus: because it’s so low-fat, it’s actually a pretty healthy cut of meat!

Side dishes can be as simple or as elegant as you wish: mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, fresh asparagus or a tossed salad. Simple is good when you have a delicious main course like this!

Simple Roast Tenderloin
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 45 minutes

3 to 4 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied with twine (to help it hold its shape)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the tenderloin on a broiler pan. Rub roast with olive oil and sprinkle with onion, garlic and pepper.

Roast the tenderloin for 15 minutes per pound for rare, or 20 minutes per pound for medium rare.

Let roast rest 15 minutes before carving.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information
Calories per serving: 307.  Fat: 16 grams (5 gr. saturated fat), cholesterol: 156 mg., sodium: 101 mg., carbohydrates: 0 gr., fiber: 0 gr., Protein: 49 gr.

© 2009, 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: Compromise, Not Sacrifice!


My kids are much older now, but when they were little, I was a real fanatic about serving only the most-healthy foods possible. Compromise was out of the question. In the years since then, I’ve softened my position, and while my family still eats healthier than most, sometimes you have to give a little here and there. And it’s compromise, not sacrifice. We stay true to the most important aspects of our food plan, but there are some areas where a little splurge now and then can be a good thing!

For instance, in their lunch boxes, or in the snack bag when we went to visit friends, I used to insist on ultra-healthy, ultra-natural foods. And I’m still not going to put cookies and chips in the bag, but I have decided that some of the pre-packaged items I’d always boycotted weren’t really that bad! Crust-less sandwiches, frozen yogurt tubes and juice boxes were still a lot cheaper than buying fast food, and they weren’t as pure as foods I prepared myself, but you know what? They’ll still work just fine. Kids do like to fit in with their friends, and the convenience of ready-to-use items is really handy. At home, they’re happy to eat what they’ve always eaten, but when it’s a special time, the food can be special, too.

We saved these items for play dates and lunch boxes, and it turned out to be a compromise that worked.



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