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Family Matters: Fruit Cups

We all know fruit is great and a nutritious snack for kids but it sometimes is not an easy snack for them to have. At a young age, kids are not able to cut up their own fruit; therefore it is not as easy of a snack as grabbing a cookie.

Fruit cups are a way for your kids to have easy access to ready to eat fruit.  There is no hassle of having to get an adult to cut up their fruit; they just grab a cup and go. This snack is very accessible and nutritious. For a frozen treat, you can freeze the fruit cups and then take them out to let them thaw. When they start to thaw take a spoon and break it up for a fruit slushy.

Canning: a summer favorite

Sure-Jell Strawberry Jelly



3 3/4 cups prepared juice (buy about 4 qt. fully ripe strawberries)

1 box Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin

1/2 tsp butter or margarine

4 1/2 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl


Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or a jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 3 3/4 cups prepared juice into 6 or 8 quart saucepot.

Stir pectin into juice in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min.

Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Can the amount of sugar the recipe calls for be reduced or substituted with artificial sweeteners?

We do not recommend reducing sugar or using sugar substitutes unless specified in the recipe. All recipes are formulated with the proper proportions of sugar, fruit and pectin to yield a proper set. Insufficient sugar may also result in spoilage. Do not double recipes because they may not set.

To make jam or jelly with at least 25% less sugar or no needed sugar, look for Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin For Lower Sugar Recipes in the pink box.

Recipe provided by Sure-Jell.




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Shop the Sale: Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is so versatile; you can add anything to it. Since it is just like a sponge, it will just soak up the flavor of whatever you added to it. Since angel food cake is so low in fat, it is a healthy dessert to just add fruit to. While you have the grill all heated up this summer, go ahead and toss on a slice of angel food cake. Place the angel food cake on the side of the grill that has the least amount of heat. Grill for 1-3 minutes on each side and just add some fruit.  Angel food cake is on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Healthy Living: Peanut Butter Cookies

When you can not eat gluten, I bet it is hard to find a cookie without flour. Peanut butter cookies can be easily made without flour. Here is a recipe for a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie that requires no flour. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves: 24

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat sugars, peanut butter, egg, and baking soda. Once smooth add in peanuts and chocolate chips. Make dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. With a fork flatten the ball of cookie dough. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 111, Fat: 7g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 106mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 4g.

© 2010, 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: Healthier Lifestyle!

With summer right around the corner, a slimmer or more chiseled figure is on everyone’s mind.  Whether you want to lose weight or begin a much healthier lifestyle, it’s as easy as making a choice. You can choose to make excuses for yourself like why you can’t go to the gym or walking during your lunch break. Or you can start taking a few easy steps on the road towards a healthier body.

Step #1: Soft Drinks can make or break you, if you are a soft drink junky like me, try your best to cut your soft drink intake down to one a day. If you can, try to only drink one or two a week at dinner or on special occasions. If you really want to see fast weight loss results, cut them out completely

Step #2:  Drinking water is a great way to keep your body hydrated, even mild dehydration can drain your energy level and make you feel tired and groggy.  Water also makes up 60% of your body weight and almost every system in your body depends on it to function.  How much water you should drink a day depends on your age and current health. Do some research and find out how much water intake is good for you. Drinking lots of water is a definite weight loss tool!

Step #3: Get Out There! And no, I don’t mean take a cruise… Exercise, especially cardio vascular exercise is the most important aspect of any healthy lifestyle/weight loss regiment.  Again, how much exercise you do depends on your age and health, but thirty minutes a day of walking or jogging, playing sports or participating in a yoga class is a great way for you to achieve your weight loss goals. Always consult your physician before beginning a workout regiment and talk to a fitness professional about routines and what is best for you.

 Step #4:  Eating right can is another critical factor to a healthy lifestyle. Does this mean you can’t eat the foods you want? Of course not!  Portion control however is important if you are trying to lose weight, as well as the types of foods you eat. A high protein diet is usually the diet of choice, because your body does not store excess protein. Try to cut back on your portion sizes at meals if you eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and eat healthy snacks in between, fruits, vegetables, nuts and dairy products like yogurt will help to boost your metabolism and keep you from feeling so hungry by the time meal time rolls around. You can actually trick yourself into eating less of the big meals! Check out some of the healthy alternative recipes we have on the Brookshire’s web site!

Following these simple healthy living guidelines will put you on the road to looking and feeling better! Make eating right and exercising something you look forward to, change your mind about it and you can make it fun!

Product Talk: All Natural

We often hear of food products that are labeled or advertised as being ‘all natural.’  What exactly does ‘all natural’ mean?  According to the folks at, ‘all natural’ refers to products that are “minimally processed and contain no artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives or sweeteners.”  That was our goal when we went about the task of developing an all natural bread line for our bakery department.  We wanted to offer our customers high quality bread, without all of the preservatives, which was loaded with flavor.  To accomplish this task, we partnered with a bakery, which was founded in the Lombardia region of Italy in the early 1970’s. Although it took a little over a year to reach our goal, we finally got the job done!  The end result is a family of breads and rolls that are – get this: all-natural, preservative-free, non-fat, trans fat-free, GMO-free and iron rich!  Yep, that translates to some great tasting breads and rolls!

As we speak, we now offer a very flavorful, all-natural line of bakery breads under our Full Circle brand.  To make it fun, we have a slew of varieties such as Multigrain, Rosemary, Rustic Italian and my favorite – Ciabatta (an Italian word meaning ‘carpet slipper’ – named because of its shape!)  We also have baguettes, demi-bagettes and Ciabatta rolls to complement a wide range of meals. 

I invite you to try our Full Circle bread and rolls and let us know what you think!  We’re planning on expanding the line using other flavors, so please let us know what other varieties you would like to see!

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Dine In: Sweet Potato Fries

French fries are always a must have side. Have you noticed lately that restaurants are starting to have sweet potato fries? It seems like I saw them at one restaurant and now they are popping up on many menus.

If you do not like sweet potatoes you should still give these a try, they are not the sweet potatoes that you are thinking of with marshmallows.


I am always making these sweet potato fries when I am making turkey burgers.  

Sweet Potato Fries

Serves: 4 

2 sweet potatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Peel the sweet potato then cut sweet potatoes into slices. Spread sliced sweet potatoes over pan and drizzle olive oil over slices. Then sprinkle on rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 85, Fat: 4g (Saturated Fat 1g), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 22mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g.


Family Matters: Baby Wipes

Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies. Baby wipes can be used as wet napkins for a picnic or a wipe for when you are painting the nursery. Baby wipes are also great to have in the car on road trips regardless the age of your kids.  Since the primary focus of baby wipes are for babies then they are gentle to adult’s skin as well as a baby’s skin. The cleaning chemicals in the wipes do not irritate the skin by taking your bodies natural oils out of your skin. . Baby wipes were first being talked about in the late 1970’s early 1980’s Today, you can buy wipe replacement so you can put them into your cute little baby wipe carriers.


California Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes


Serves 4



4 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

1/2 avocado

2 Tbs pitted black olives, chopped

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp ground cumin

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns



Start the grill. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, avocado, olives, garlic salt and cumin. Place chicken in foil and grill for 5 – 7 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 170° F.  Place cooked chicken on bun and top with sour cream mixture.


Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 440, Fat: 12 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 148 mg, Sodium: 306 mg, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 58 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole


Where’s the Meat?

Planning a cookout but don’t have a theme?

Try a BYOM party where invited guests bring their own meat and you supply everything else. This way, you can stay on budget and still have a great time with family and friends!





Pineapple Marinade
Prep Time: 6 minutes

1 cup crushed pineapple
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp powdered cloves

Mix all ingredients together and use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 7 days. 



Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend

Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 tsp dried ground habanero chile or substitute other hot powder such as cayenne
2 Tbs onion powder
2 tsp ground thyme
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves 

Combine all the seasoning ingredients and mix well. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.





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