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Healthy Living: Cross contamination


Is someone in your household on a gluten-free diet? If you are living with someone on a gluten-free diet it is important for you to be aware of foods that have gluten in them so you do not cross contaminate. If you are on a gluten-free diet but the remaining people in the house are still eating gluten, you need to stress to them how important it is to not to cross-contaminate. For example, peanut butter and butters are easy to get some gluten in. You need to make a plan with items like this; either you have your own peanut butter or butter that only you use or you take proper precautions to avoid cross contamination. If everyone is going to use the same container then here are some tips.

  • When adding condiments to a product with gluten do not use the same utensil on the gluten-free product that you did on the product with gluten. For example, when buttering toast place the butter on the plate. Then butter you toast and do not return the utensil to the butter container after it has touched the bread.
  • After preparing food with gluten, make sure you wipe down the surface that you were working on. 
  • You may want to have a toaster for gluten-free bread and a toaster for bread that has gluten in it.
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Product Talk: Pineapples


Pineapple is one of my favorite fruit; you can get pineapple fresh, canned, in rings or in chunks. I love adding pineapple to turkey burgers or a chicken sandwich. Pineapple is great to cook with meats because it has bromelain, this enzyme helps tenderize the meat but you have to get fresh pineapple for this to work correctly. Pineapple is high in fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

 



Dine In: Movie Night Pizza


Pizza plus a movie equals a great Friday night. Sometime I just can not find the perfect pizza, either it has too much tomato sauce or it is too greasy, it is always something. If you have a group of people, someone always does not want something on their pizza that everyone else wants. Making your own pizza is great for a family. Everyone can get their corner of the pizza and make it how they like. This is also a great meal that your kids can help with. So pick out a movie and get started on this pizza!

Movie Night Pizza

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 package of refrigerator pizza dough
1 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 Tbs garlic salt
1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning
1/2 cup pesto
1/2 cup 2% Colby Jack cheese, shredded
3/4 cup tomato, chopped
3/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup onion, chopped

Preheat oven at 425°F. Roll out your pizza dough. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. Once mixed well, rub butter mixture into the dough.  Spread pesto over pizza crust. Sprinkle cheese over pizza. Roll up the sides of the pizza to make the crust. Top with vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 333, Fat: 17g (Saturated Fat 6g), Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 725mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 10g.

© 2010, 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: Picking Out the Right Food for Your Dog


Dog food comes in many varieties, dogs these days can pretty much have the same meal that you eat with all the different flavor foods. You can get your dog wet food or dry food, fish flavor, chicken flavor, beef flavor, and pork flavor.  They even make natural dog food! 

When picking a food for your dog you must consider many factors; like if you are concerned about your dog’s nutrition, if your dog has health problems, your dog’s age, what flavors your dog likes, and the time you will be feeding your dog. If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your dog getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your dog to snack on without the food going bad. If you know that you will have time to feed your dog during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your dog fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your dog’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your dog’s vet to see if they have any recommendation on a specific kind of dog food that your dog may need.



Shop the Sale: Yoplait Yogurt


Yogurt is a product that can be used in many ways. Buying light yogurt makes a great snack and you are getting calcium too! Yogurt combined with chopped fruit and granola is quite delicious and nutritious!

The good news is that both Yoplait Yogurt and Bear Naked Granola are on sale at Brookshire’s. Along with being a great snack, yogurt can also act as a substitute for sour cream, but make sure that you buy plain light yogurt. Yogurt comes in so many flavors these days, for instance pie and cake flavors. When buying these flavors in light, it is pretty much like eating a piece of pie but yet you are not getting all those calories.



Bacon-Stuffed


Tomato Appetizers!
Prep Time: 30 minutes; plus chilling time
Serves 25

Ingredients:
2 pints (4 cups) cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
16 oz pkg bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled

Directions:
Cut the top off each cherry tomato, and using a melon baller or a sharp knife,
carefully scoop out the seeds and pulp. Place each tomato upside down on a
paper towel to drain. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stuff each cherry tomato with the bacon mixture. Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours to blend flavors.

To serve, line the serving tray with parsley to keep the little tomatoes from rolling around.

Nutritional Information:
 Calories Per Serving: 82, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 240 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 4 g

Spicy Pecan Nibblers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes 3 Cups

Ingredients:
3 cups pecan halves
3 Tbs melted butter
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300˚ F. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, chili powder, curry powder and salt. Add the pecans to the mixture and stir to coat well.

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until crisp and lightly toasted. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information:
 Calories Per 1 Tbs Serving: 108, Fat: 10 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 240 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein:2g

© 2010, Brookshires Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Celebrate kids!


With school almost out, it’s time to start thinking of fun activities for the summer. Get your kids’ creative juices flowing with fun ideas like using twigs to make a natural vase. Just follow these easy steps for a beautiful new centerpiece.

Getting your kids to eat healthy is smooth sailing when you turn cheese and hot dogs into fun sailboats. Since you control the ingredients, you also control the nutrition. Use wheat or pumpernickel bread and add color as well as healthy fiber. Select your favorite cheese and hot dog—you can even go all-natural.

Then let the fun bubble over with new Kool-Aid Fun Fizz. It’s a fun, easy way to turn plain water into a fizzy, fruity drink. And right now you can try Fun Fizz free when you buy three boxes of Capri Sun. Drink in the fun and stay hydrated with these go-anywhere drinks.

Sailboat Hot Dogs
Use whole wheat buns, turkey hot dogs and low-fat cheese for a healthier meal!

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 whole wheat hot dog buns
4 turkey hot dogs
4 pretzel sticks
2 oz 2% cheddar cheese in block
2 oz Colby Jack cheese in block

Directions:
Optional hot dog toppings: ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, relish

Grill hot dogs and buns. Place hot dog inside of bun. Top hot dog with desired toppings. Take block of cheese and cut into quarters and then triangles. Repeat cheese step once more with cheddar cheese and then with Colby Jack cheese, until you get 8 triangles. Place cheese into hot dog to make sails. In between the cheese place a pretzel standing up.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 323, Fat: 19 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 58 mg, Sodium: 914 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 16 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. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Healthy Living: Diabetes Tip Journal


Keep track of your blood glucose readings in a daily journal. Make special note of any high or low numbers, and try to track down what might be causing this. If you also track your meals, you may soon see a relationship between foods and glucose levels. This information can also be helpful to your doctor or nutritionist.



Product Talk: Oatmeal


Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice while allowing your childs personality to come out. You can make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and let your child experiment with flavors. They can add bananas, walnuts, raisins, apples or what ever they like. Your children can be little chefs by making their own oatmeal creations. Oatmeal is a great way to start off your day, it is low in cholesterol and saturated fat and it also has fiber.

Not only does oatmeal make a great breakfast but it is great in desserts too. You can make a crust with oatmeal as well as delicious oatmeal cookies.  

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Healthy Living: Meet Brooke


Hi! I’m Brooke, Brookshire’s Consumer Nutrition Specialist. 

I’m here to help you with any questions involving food, from cooking to information about a particular food.

You can obtain more about recipes and food from Brookshire’s Celebrate Cooking and here on the Brookshire’s Blog. On the Brookshire’s website, we also have cooking videos to walk you through the steps of food preparation.  If you have any questions, you can email me at askbrooke@brookshires.com.

See the video below for more information about Brooke.



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