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Family Matters: 25 Things For Kids To Do This Summer

As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,” inevitably cross their lips! While kids do enjoy having some freedom during the summer, a few structured activities are always a good idea.

The following is a quick list of ideas to get your creativity flowing and to fill some down time during the summer months. You can let your kids pick from the list of what they would like to do or simply surprise them with a special activity each day. Doing activities with your kids not only provides a structured environment, but also allows for quality family time. This simple investment of time will be remembered for years to come.

So review the list below, visit websites, and see which activities are best for your family. With these 25 things to do, you may just escape the “I’m bored” this summer!

  1. Make home made ice cream
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Help make dinner
  4. Bake some cookies
  5. Set up a lemonade stand
  6. Make a bird feeder with peanut butter and birdseeds
  7. Make crafts from recyclables
  8. Roast marshmallows
  9. Eat watermelon and count the seeds
  10. Make juice ice pops
  11. Make smoothies
  12. Pick flowers to decorate the table
  13. Cool off with fruit ice cubes
  14. Make placemats for the table
  15. Paint with pudding
  16. Pop some popcorn & enjoy a movie
  17. Make fresh squeezed orange juice
  18. Eat dinner on the patio
  19. Make homemade play dough
  20. Make treats for your pet
  21. Write a grocery list and let kids do the shopping
  22. Visit an orchard and pick fruits
  23. Bake your own mini pizzas
  24. Make homemade peanut butter

Family Matters: Grape Popsicles

Popsicles are a cold, icy treat to help cool down after playing outside or working in the yard. Here’s a way to make your own personal popsicles with your favorite fruit juices.

When at the store pick up a jug of your favorite 100% fruit juice or you can juice the fruit yourself. Adding chopped fruit to the fruit juice will add flair to a plain popsicle. Mix and matching fruit flavors is always fun for the whole family! You can make strawberry banana, blueberry pomegranate or strawberry kiwi popsicles. Pour your fruit mixture into small paper cups and place a stick in the middle. Place popsicles in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until solid.

Pick up some 100% grape juice and enjoy your very own grape popsicle!

Need some marinade ideas?

PORK:  The other white meat lends itself to sweeter flavors.

Try: pineapple juice, orange juice, fruit-infused marinades or barbecue sauce or cola.

BEEF:  Savory sauces are traditional with most cuts of beef; beef can handle marinades with a higher acid content, too.

Try: vinegar-based sauces, beer and red wine

CHICKEN:  Already tender, chicken’s neutral flavor lends itself to almost any kind of sauce or marinade.

Try: sour orange, tequila-based sauces, or lemony mixtures

Shop the Sale: Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale!

It’s time to make your pennies count with our Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale! Take advantage of this sale with Buy One Get One For A Penny products such as: Boneless Pork Chops, Bagged Russet Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Doritos, Cheez-It Snack Crackers, Lean Cuisine Entrees, Mrs. Baird’s Bread and Scott Tissue. So start counting your pennies and save!

Healthy Living: What to Look For In a Pasta Sauce?

What is the most important part of your plate of spaghetti? Is it the pasta that has been cooked to perfection, the meatballs or the fresh tasting tomato sauce? Finding a nutritious, delicious tomato sauce may be the key in a successful spaghetti dinner.

The average NuVal score for pasta sauce is a 39, with scores ranging from 1 to 91. The higher scoring tomato sauces have a better quality of lycopene, more fiber and lower amounts of sugar and sodium. One nutrient to really keep your eye on when buying pasta sauce is sugar; some sauces can have up to 3 teaspoons of sugar per a serving! The NuVal scoring system will help you pick a nutritious pasta sauce for your family!


Dine-In: Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 5

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs flaxseed meal
2 Tbs Food Club Light Brown Sugar
2 tsp Food Club Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 large egg
1 cup blueberries

In a medium bowl whisk together flours, flax seed, brown sugar, baking power and salt; set aside. In another medium bowl whisk together milk, butter and egg. Mix together flour and milk mixtures; mix well removing any clumps. Fold blueberries into pancake batter.

Heat a skillet and spray with cooking spray. Place 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Serve pancakes with blueberry syrup.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 202, Fat: 7 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 55 mg, Sodium: 304 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 6 g

Blueberry Syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 5

1/3 cup Food Club Sugar
1 tsp Food Club Cornstarch
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup water
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 Tbs Food Club Orange Juice

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and water. Slowly add blueberries; stir constantly for about 2 minutes. Add almond extract and orange juice; mix well. Let sauce cool and pour over pancakes or waffles. If not using immediately, let cool, cover and refrigerate.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 90, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 1 g

© 2011, 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: Huggies Little Swimmers

Is this the first summer you will bring your bundle of joy to the pool with you?  Don’t worry about pesky diapers that swell in the pool, pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Swim pants. Huggies Little Swimmers are made with absorbent materials that do not swell when your baby is playing in the water.

You can get Little Swimmers for your infant and even your toddler. With leak guard protection you will not have to worry about leaks when your baby is splashing around in the pool. When heading to the lake or the pool always keep on eye on your little one!

Shop the Sale: You Save!

“You Save!”  That’s the headline on this week’s Brookshire’s Memorial Day ad showing me how I can save money on my groceries!  It’s easy to save by looking for the red advertised special tags throughout the store.

These red tags show me the great advertised price and then the incredible savings printed right below, so I know I’m getting the best price possible.  So when shopping for your Memorial Day needs, look for the hundreds of red advertised special tags and you’ll see your savings REALLY add up.

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Healthy Living: Allergy & Asthma

April showers bring May flowers, and what do May flowers bring? Not pilgrims, but sneezes, teary eyes, itching, and other forms of allergenic reactions from those beautiful May flowers. Even those with extrinsic asthma may experience more reactions from the increased pollen in the air.

Brookshire’s is here to help treat your allergenic or asthmatic needs. Through a wide variety of medicines, a friendly pharmacy and providing you with knowledge, we are here to help treat your pesky allergy symptoms.

Those with asthma usually suffer from two types: extrinsic or intrinsic. Whatever your triggers may be asthma can cause your airways to become inflamed and constricted. At Brookshire’s Pharmacy we are eager to meet your medicinal needs, and help provide you with your asthma medicine in a timely fashion so that you can stay happy, healthy, and breathing.

Most individuals who live in East Texas experience some form of allergy problems at some point throughout the year. Whether it is pollen, mold, or even pet dander, allergies can run a person down. Stuffy noses, sinus headaches, and watery eyes can be aggravating and distracting. At Brookshire’s, let our staff help you find convenient and affordable ways to treat and prevent your symptoms.

So don’t let your allergies or asthma become a burden. Instead, drop by your local Brookshire’s where we will work to not only help treat your symptoms, but try to make it where you can enjoy those May flowers too.

Your friendly neighborhood pharmacist,

Dr. Charlotte Weller

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Product Talk: Ice cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet, Oh My!

Ice creams and cold treats become a staple item in most southern freezers in the hot summer. When kids are running in from splashing around in the pool and shooting hoops outside they want a cold treat to cool them down.

 There are many frozen treats on the market today; you can choose from a variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbet and other frozen items. With such a vast variety, choosing a nutritious treat can become difficult.

The NuVal scores for these treats can be as low as 1, all the way to a perfect score of 100. Even though you can find high scoring products, most frozen treats never exceed a score of a 40. The nutrients that have the greatest influence on scores in this category are calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and added sugars.  

Next time you’re looking for a frozen treat try to find a product that is higher than the average score of a 17.

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