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Family Matters: Healthy Eating Basics


It’s such a vague concept: a healthy diet. What makes up a healthy diet? What are the basics of eating healthy—especially when it comes to our children? We want them to be healthy and strong, but we also know that it’s hard to stick to a restrictive eating plan.

  

 

Healthy Eating Basics: 

1. Give kids a healthy variety of foods and let them make choices from that group.

2. Tune into hunger cues. Teach kids to eat when they’re hungry, job just because it’s a habit (like while watching TV)

3. Eat until you’re satisfied—don’t insist on a clean plate.

4. Make sure everyone eats breakfast.

5. Keep snacks, like cut up veggies, fruit and whole-grain crackers in easy-to-reach spots.



Dine-In: Texas Caviar


Serves 24

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ring in the new year with good-luck black eyed peas!

  

 

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/2 cup bottled Italian salad dressing

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained

1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Mix all ingredients and chill until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Nutritional Information:

Calories Per Serving: 31,   Fat: 1g (0 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol:  0 mg, Sodium: 103 mg, Carbohydrates:3 g, Fiber: 1 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.

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Shop the Sale: New Year’s Resolution? Check!


You can check off one very important New Year’s Resolution from your list. No doubt you’ve resolved to be healthier and eat better. And what’s one of the biggest ways to achieve that? It’s simple: drink more water. And the sale at Brookshire’s this week makes it easy to do so. 

Pick up a 24-pack of bottled water—perfect for day-to-day hydration, or for special after-workout refreshment. And at such a great price, why not stock up? It’s a great way to live smarter and save some money!



Product Talk: Electrolytes for Sick Babies


If you’re a parent, you know what electrolytes are. They are the magical substances that help your baby get over an illness. Specifically, your baby needs electrolytes when he’s dehydrated—and that often accompanies a fever. 

The most common brand name for electrolytes is Pedialyte. It’s a liquid that helps restore the amino acids, electrolytes and nutrients quickly. When babies go a day or so without eating or drinking much, they rapidly become dehydrated, and electrolytes help restore the crucial balances. 

Getting your baby or toddler to drink his electrolytes used to be a real chore—it’s a type of medicine, after all! But recent advances have brought fruit-flavored electrolytes and also frozen fruit pop electrolytes! Now babies don’t balk as much when faced with electrolytes—because they’re yummy! 

Brookshire’s health care line, TopCare, has its own line of electrolytes, in the fruity and frozen varieties, as well as the standard liquid. Because it’s TopCare, it’s at a lower price and is guaranteed to be equal in quality to the national brands.



Product Talk: New Name, Same Product


What’s your favorite brand of stain remover? Many people might say Spray ‘N Wash. If you’re one of those people, you need to pay attention. Spray ‘N Wash will cease to exist shortly. Well, kind of. What’s really happening is that Spray ‘N Wash is changing its name to Resolve. Yup, Resolve: the carpet stain removal folks. 

I’m sure it all has to do with corporate mergers and the like, but the bottom line for us shoppers is that knowing what to look for will help us find what we want. So if you’re a Spray ‘N Wash fan, keep in mind that you now need to look for Resolve. 

Go to the Spray ‘N Wash/Resolve web site for more information, plus some money-saving coupons.

http://www.powerofresolve.com/index2.php



Family Matters: Shopping Tips for People on the Run


Doesn’t just about everybody complain about how busy they are? I mean, really. How often do you hear anyone say they have free time and nothing to do with it? It happens; but not often. So for all you busy folks, here’s a list of time-saving grocery-shopping tips!

 The Top Ten Ways to Save Time on Groceries 

10. Try liquid egg replacer (like Egg Beaters) instead of in-the-shell eggs. They’re quick easy and lower in fat and calories! Omelets, anyone?

9. Canned beans are a quick and healthy alternative to meat. It’ll save you time as you add them to soup, chili, pasta sauce and salads. Black beans, salsa, shredded cheese….wrapped in a tortilla….yum!

8. Visit the deli. Besides a great selection of meats and cheeses, our prepared foods are better, easier and cheaper than takeout. You can get anything from fried chicken to eggplant parmagiana.

7. Try a bagged salad or slaw mix for quick and easy fresh veggies. Slaw mix + ranch salad dressing = instant cole slaw!

6. Ready-to-use pizza shells are found by the deli or dairy section. Load them up with cheese, sauce and toppings and dinner’s ready!

5. Frozen fruits and vegetables make it easy to eat healthy. Throw the veggies into casseroles and soups, or get the ready-to-steam variety that can be on your table in 5 minutes.

4. Whole-grain pita, wraps and English muffins are great sandwich alternatives.

3. Pre-marinated and pre-seasoned meats, vegetable, chicken and seafood skewers save prep and cooking time.

2.Pre-shredded cheeses save prep time.

1. Single-serve dairy products, like yogurt, cottage cheese and puddings make it easy to snack and run!



Family Matters: Super Cereal!


One of Baby’s first foods is cereal—baby cereal. It’s mushy and soft, just like a First Food should be. Once babies get a bit bigger and have a tooth or two, they once again begin cereals: real cereals. They make great finger foods and are easy to digest. Until recently, many of the well-known varieties have been full of sugar. It really limited the options for health-minded parents. 

 

Just recently, General Mills announced that it will lower the sugar content of its children’s cereals to 10 grams per serving (it used to be 25% higher!). This is good news for families who like familiar brands, but want to eat a bit healthier! The General Mills announcement follows a similar one by Kellogg’s. 

Isn’t it interesting to see how manufacturers actually DO respond to customer demand? Never hesitate to let a company know how you feel about their products. Since you’re responsible for their profit or loss, they WILL listen!



Dine In: Christmas Ham


What could be more traditional….or delicious? A fragrant, delicious ham is what Christmas Dinner is all about! If you’re an experienced cook, you probably have your favorite way of fixing a ham, but if you’re new to all this, a ham can feel a bit intimidating!

Just about all hams are fully cooked, meaning that all you are doing is re-heating. That makes it easy and takes the fear out of the project, because you have no worries about undercooked meat and food poisoning! 

If your ham is a spiral-cut beauty, it will come with instructions. Generally they’ll tell you to put the ham in a pan and bake it for 15 minutes per pound—that’ll mean about an hour to 90 minutes. They often come with a glaze packet, which you may choose to skip. It will add a sweet tang to the meat, but I kind of like it better plain! With a spiral-cut ham, you’ll cut around the center bone and then the pieces fall away on their own. Pretty nice!

If you ham is uncut, the procedure is still pretty much the same. Put the ham in a pan, add a half-cup of water, and cover with foil. Bake 20 minutes per pound. Brush on a glaze in the last 20 minutes of cooking, if you wish. A glaze can be as simple as a drizzle of honey, or some apple jelly. Serve by cutting long slices around the bone. 

See? Easy peasy, but the perfect Christmas (or New Year’s) dinner. Enjoy!

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Spirit of Christmas Project Assists 16,000 Families


Brookshire Grocery Co.’s Spirit of Christmas Food Drive brought in enough food to assist approximately 16,000 families in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

In 110 cities and towns BGC partnered with service organizations such as Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs, food pantries and relief agencies, as well as schools, law enforcement groups and fire departments.

BGC donated a coupon for a free baking hen with each box of food distributed, as well as self-closing boxes in which volunteers packed the food.

“This is our 28th year to conduct this food drive and it’s our largest community service project,” said Rick Rayford, President and CEO for BGC. “Many, many employees and volunteers worked hard to make sure people had food at Christmas. Food collected in an area stays in that area, so customers and employees are helping their neighbors who need it.”

Donations of non-perishable items were accepted at participating Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores from Nov. 18 through Dec. 22 in most areas. Stores sold scan coupons in November, and the funds were used by partnering service groups to purchase groceries for the food drive. Many stores put together and sold grab-bags of store brand grocery items, which were also donated to the effort.

Volunteers and employees accumulated, sorted, boxed, and distributed the food. Relief agencies screened the households in each community to determine need. Each family received a 20- to 30-pound box of food or more, based on number of family members. The boxes contained items such as canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, soups, pasta, dried beans, rice, flour and sugar.

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Two-Step Lasagna


Prep Time: 20 minutes · Cook Time: 70 minutes

 

 

Serves 10

 

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or sausage

3 1/2 cups (32 oz) Ragu Spaghetti Sauce

1 1/2 cups water

2 cups ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 

1/2 cup Food Club Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 eggs

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

8 oz Barilla Lasagne Noodles

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

 

Brown meat in a large pan; drain off any excess fat. Add the spaghetti sauce and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients, except the noodles, for the filling.

 

Pour about 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 9×12 pan. Layer 3 strips of uncooked noodles over the sauce and cover with 1 1/2 cups additional sauce. Spread half of the cheese filling over that. Add another layer of lasagna, sauce and cheese. Top with a final layer of lasagna and remaining sauce.

 

Cover with foil and bake for about an hour. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

 

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 377, Fat: 14 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 527 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 31 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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