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Family Matters: Parakeet Health


Sometimes toddlers like to eat the same food, day after day after day. Mothers wonder what’s wrong with them—because most folks like a little variety in their diet. 

It’s the same with birds, too.  If you have a parakeet, do you offer a variety of foods? It’s easy to fall into the pattern of the same foods, but your bird will thank you for switching things up a little. 

Many experts say that instead of a seed diet, parakeets do better with a diet of special bird pellets. It’s a lower fat diet that keeps birds more active and healthy. If your bird is currently eating a seed diet, you may want to talk to your vet or pet care provider about making a gradual switch to the pellet food plan. 

Pellets (or seeds) should make up about 60 to 70 percent of your parakeet’s diet. The rest can be a mixture of fruits and vegetables, including grated carrot, raw broccoli, apple slices and leafy greens. Vets recommend no fruit seeds, avocados, chocolate, alcohol or caffeine. Remove uneaten food every day and replace with fresh. Birds also need clean water, changed daily. 

You’ll know you have a healthy parakeet if you see alert, sociable activity, dry nostrils and bright eyes, and a body full of smooth, well-groomed feathers. 

(Material collected from the ASPCA Complete Guide to Pet Care)



Shop The Sale: It’s Soup Time!


Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chicken soup on a chilly fall evening? Chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chicken and vegetable, chicken tortilla, chicken and dumplings….there’s a soup for every day of the week. If you remember soup like grandma used to make, there’s one secret for making it happen without stress and fuss. The secret? Use a slow cooker!

They’re inexpensive appliances, and if you don’t have one in the back of your pantry, do run out and get one—it’ll be worth its weight in chicken soup!

On sale this week at Brookshire’s is Pilgrim’s Pride Whole Chicken—the key ingredient to great chicken soup. And with your slow cooker, making it is a snap!

Rinse the chicken, and check inside to be sure there aren’t any giblets (innards) in there. Place the chicken in your slow cooker. Throw in whatever vegetables seem nice and soup-worthy:  an onion, garlic, celery, a potato or two…..this isn’t for the final soup yet, but to create a really flavorful broth. If you like, season with salt, pepper, bay leaf and poultry seasoning.  Add water to fill the cooker about halfway and turn on the slow cooker and let it cook all day (or all night, depending on your schedule).

After 8 hours or so, pull out the cooked chicken and place on a cutting board to cool slightly. Strain the incredibly delicious-smelling broth. Skim off the fat for a healthier soup.

You can chill the broth to make soup later, or proceed: Put the broth in a kettle and add the vegetables you love to see in soup: a bag of frozen mixed veggies, maybe, or corn, green beans….it’s your call. Pull the chicken meat off the bones (it practically shreds by itself) and add. Adjust the seasonings: add salt, pepper or poultry seasoning to your personal tastes. Simmer until veggies are done. Add cooked rice, or uncooked noodles (or whatever other ingredients your recipe calls for), simmer a few more minutes, and your soup is ready to serve.

Wasn’t that easy? And it all started with whole chickens on sale!

Note: omit pasta for a great gluten-free meal!



Healthy Living: Hummus Dip


Have you ever tried hummus? It’s a really popular dish in middle-eastern countries, but it’s getting pretty well-known in the USA, too. Hummus is a bean dip, only instead of black beans or pintos, it uses chick peas. Mash up the chick peas and season them up and you have hummus!

Nutritionally, hummus is amazing. It’s vegetarian and even vegan (no animal products whatsoever) and is low in calories, fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Hummus can also be flavored with additions like peanut butter, chopped vegetables, soy sauce….you name it!

So the next time you have friends over for appetizers, bring out the hummus. You’ll look sophisticated and they’ll  love the tasty new treat!

Make-Your-Own Hummus Dip
Makes 2 cups

13-oz can chick peas (also called garbanzo beans), drained
3 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs lemon juice
½ tsp crushed garlic or garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Serve with fresh vegetables or bite-sized pieces of pita bread for dipping.

Nutritional Information
Calories per 1/4 -cup serving: 101.  Fat: 6 grams  (1 gr. saturated fat), cholesterol: 0 mg., sodium: 135 mg., carbohydrates: 9 gr., fiber: 2 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.



Healthy Living: Five Foods


I was looking through my folder of interesting articles and ran across an old one from Woman’s Day Magazine (July 2007, to be exact) called “The Five Most Underrated Foods.”  These are foods that don’t get the credit they deserve for being healthy.

So what are those 5 underrated foods?

 

  1. Strawberries: one cup has more vitamin C than an orange, plus fiber to help maintain blood sugar levels.
  2. Eggs: Eggs are great sources of choline (good for brain health) and protein, and the dietary cholesterol in eggs has been shown to not damage blood cholesterol levels significantly.
  3. Salmon: All fish are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids but salmon has one of the highest levels.
  4. Avocados: They’re loaded with fat, but it’s the good-for-you monosaturated fat that can actually help reduce your bad cholesterol numbers.
  5. Kiwi: Two or three kiwi a day can help reduce blood clotting, which is a factor in heart attacks. Kiwi is also rich in fiber, which is important to protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

I’m happy to say that I love all five of the five underrated foods. How about you?



Healthy Living: Eat Well!


If you’re new to diabetes, you may feel like your life is suddenly full of CAN’Ts: I can’t have this, I can’t do that….and it’s frustrating. Actually, though, your diabetes diagnosis can be a moment of empowerment. By changing your diet, you’ll be declaring your intent to become healthy—and what’s more awesome than that?

In many regards, a diabetic diet is really just a HEALTHY diet. You’ll be eating pure, natural, wholesome great foods—and that’s something everyone would be smart to consider! Instead of a chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy, enjoy a pan-grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and a salad—and know that you’re being a positive role model to EVERYONE, not just diabetics. This is a healthy diet that benefits everyone!

Diabetics need to take care to balance carbohydrates throughout the day—that’s crucial. But diabetics don’t need to eat special, exotic foods. If it’s wholesome and healthy, it’s probably okay for a diabetic diet. Bread and desserts are part of that diet as well! Talk with your doctor and your dietician and you’ll find that what you CAN eat is actually what we all SHOULD be eating every day.



Product Talk: School Supplies


Now that school is well underway, you and your children have most likely settled into a routine. It’s amazing how that routine flows pretty smoothly until a sudden disruption throws life into chaos. How often do you get the last-minute news that your child needs to turn in a special project the next day? Maybe it’s the science club volcano or the map of Peru….but regardless, when that call goes out for the super-duper project, it’s the parents who snap to attention and make it all happen. 

The next time you’re on special-project alert, stop by our stores and see what materials we have to help you and your child come out on top. And to get the jump on those last-minute assignments, you can stock up while you’re picking up groceries. A pair of scissors, some poster board, colored pencils and report folders….they’re all right here. Won’t your young student be surprised when you calmly pull out the supplies, instead of panicking? Hey, that’s what parents are for!

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Up Close and Personal With Martha!!!


What an amazing day in the Big Apple!!! We had a brief celebrity sighting at brunch this morning of Harvey Keitel, but nothing compares to the sighting I have right now…..we’re in the 3rd row from Martha Stewart’s kitchen stage!!! We are so close, we could almost reach out and touch her!

She’s cooking out of her brand new cookbook (sadly it isn’t available until next week) called Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home, which features 52 full menus for 52 full dinners, covering all courses and offering a fairly healthy selection. This cookbook sounds like it will make your families happy and your friends ecstatic. I can’t wait to pick up a copy!

Okay, on the menu tonight is…..are you ready…..duck breast with carmelized onions and fig jam, braised red cabbage, grated potato cake (like a pancake) and a most scrumptious and heavenly hot fudge hazelnut (aka filbert) sundae. Oohhh, I bet Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream would make this sundae taste even better! Martha says this would be her last meal.

Oh, and she says iron skillets are a must in the kitchen. And she craves daiquiris…who knew?? She’s got a really funny personality.

I wonder if Martha would want to come cook for me every week….yeah, I know, I’ll keep dreaming!

You wouldn’t believe how wonderful this room smells!

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Dine In: Bring the All-Night Diner Home!


What is there about an all-night diner that is so exciting? IHOP, Denny’s or the neighborhood greasy spoon: it’s magical to eat scrambled eggs any time of the day or night. 

You can bring the all-night-diner feel home, and save a big chunk of change while you’re at it! Breakfast for Dinner is an all-American favorite and our sales this week will help you make it all happen. Right on the front page: Food Club eggs. You can’t beat the price! And right beside is Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. All you need to do is cook up some bacon and pour the orange juice!

Super-Easy, Elegant Omelet
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes

4 eggs
2 Tbs milk or water
½ cup shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste 

With a fork, lightly scramble the eggs with the milk. Pour mixture into a piping hot, nonstick pan. Immediately reduce the heat to medium. As the mixture starts to firm around the edges, gently swirl the pan to allow more egg to reach the surface, lifting up the edges to let egg run into the pan. When nearly firm, sprinkle the cheese over the surface. Using a spatula, fold the omelet in half. Continue cooking a minute longer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slide onto a plate and cut in half.

Note: use your favorite additional cooked ingredients to customize your omelet.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 248,   Fat: 14 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 403 mg, Sodium: 304 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 18 g.

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

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Family Matters: Take ‘Em Along!


Do you dread taking your kids along to the grocery store? I have to admit, it’s always easier when I’m alone, and I definitely stick to my list better when there’s nobody else along to sneak forbidden foods into the buggy. But what about when there’s no choice and the kid(s) will be joining you? Don’t groan; you CAN make this work!

And of course, the key element is to plan ahead. Sometime, totally unrelated to the shopping trip, gather a few tools that will make grocery trips more do-able. Depending on the age of your children, maybe you can make up a bingo card of items to spot in the store; maybe you can have your child match up coupons with products; younger children can help make veggie choices—like broccoli over carrots, or red grapes instead of green. Kids are great at matching colors—even the youngest child can help you look for the reddest bell pepper, or the largest beet.

Does your child pester for treats and candy? How about making a coupon, one per child; once they find what they want, they redeem their coupon to you, and that’s it. Whenever they see a great potential snack item, you can ask your children if they feel this is the best choice for their coupon….often they’ll reconsider!

In short, the success of your shopping trip will depend on a positive attitude all around, as brief a trip as possible, and if you know of any trouble areas (the candy aisle, perhaps?), discuss them before you ever enter the store.

Grocery shopping with kids is a great educational opportunity. You can learn about fractions, budgets, prioritizing, nutrition and making change. It really is worth it!



Family Matters: My Baby Spits Up!


Almost every baby spits up from time to time. It usually happens because a baby’s digestive system is still developing. The muscle that keeps foods in the stomach may not  close tightly when babies are young. As a result, it’s easy for a baby’s most recent meal to splash back up, so be prepared to do a few extra loads of laundry for a few months!

Usually spit up is nothing to worry about. Talk with your doctor, and if your baby is gaining the proper amount of weight and is thriving, you can be confident that he’s getting enough to eat. Another strong sign that your baby is well fed is having six to 10 wet diapers a day. To reduce spitting up, try feeding your baby only when she shows signs of hunger, keep him in a semi-upright position during feeding, and burp him regularly throughout the meal.

Sometimes, however, lots of spitting up is a sign of a serious condition, so it’s important to discuss this with your doctor. If a baby is not gaining weight, is crying excessively, is choking or seems to be in a lot of pain, he may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which your doctor can diagnose. Fortunately, most children outgrow spitting up by the time they’re a year old.



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