When you’re at work, you need a few snacks in the day to keep your blood sugars in check. But if you get your snacks out of a vending machine, you could be doing much better. Brought-from-home snacks are also much healthier. Get out the plastic bags and bowls and fill them with: fruit, sliced peppers, carrots and broccoli, string cheese, cereal, granola and nuts. Now that’s snacking!
In the constant quest to persuade kids to eat a healthy breakfast (or enjoy a healthy snack) parents and caregivers everywhere seek a food that has a slam-dunk appeal to children. But just like adults, kids tend to want the foods that aren’t healthy for them! What’s a parent to do? I suggest steering your grocery buggy down towards the dairy aisle.
Check out the yogurt offerings! If your children are easy-going, you can pick up garden-variety yogurt—go for the low-fat or fat-free varieties. If you need to kick up the appeal a bit, look at the yogurts that have fun toppings, from sprinkles to granola. But if your kids are the ones who turn up their noses at most things, you may have to resort to K.A.—that’s Kid Appeal.
Many products are designed with K.A. just so they can entice children to try them. When we’re talking about yogurt, the ones with K.A. have cartoon characters on the packaging or offer some type of value-added aspect: a tube to squeeze or maybe even the ability to freeze them to make them seem even more like ice cream.
So what’s the big deal with yogurt? It provides calcium, protein, moderate calories, fruit and vitamins. It’s a good snack. And because it will remind many of us of ice cream, we can exploit that aspect. Serve it with sliced fruit for a healthy banana split. Layer various flavors in dessert glasses. And when you’re ready to drive to school, it makes the perfect breakfast on the go!
Cut your tortillas with a cookie cutter—it makes them extra special!
Makes about 2 1/2 cups or 18 servings
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs water
1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles, drained
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
3 oz fat-free cream cheese, cubed
3 oz regular cream cheese, cubed
Tortilla Stars (see below)
Directions: In a 2-quart sauce pan, combine onion, garlic and water. Simmer over medium heat until water evaporates. Add tomatoes, chili, chili powder and optional hot sauce. Cook and stir until heated through. Add cheddar and cream cheese and stir over low heat to melt. Serve with star shaped chips or fresh vegetables.
Tortilla Stars: Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes from flour tortillas. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes—until dry and crisp. Store in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature.
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.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Ring in the new year with good-luck black eyed peas!
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
Mix all ingredients and chill until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Each Monday we feature a new or interesting product.
Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
On Wednesdays, get a tip or idea on using an item in the circular.
Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
Stop fighting the crowds, save money and dine in, every Friday.