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Healthy Living: You’re Your Kids Biggest Influence

In our celebrity-obsessed culture, you may feel like pop stars and major-league athletes have the biggest influence on your children.

But don’t discount your importance in your child’s life. Even if your child dreams of being the next Beyonce, Josh Hamilton or Hope Solo, who do most children cite as their biggest role model and inspiration? Their parents!

This is obvious with small kids, who like to be just like mommy and daddy, and love to play house and help with the dishes and household chores. But it’s also true with teens and tweens. Parents can have a huge influence on  how their child thinks and behaves, so it’s important to always be thinking of how to set a good example.

And that’s especially true at the dinner table. Ever hear “you are what you eat”? For children, it’s also, “you are what your parents eat.” Here are ways to help your children develop healthier habits.

  •  Fill your plate up with vegetables and fruit, and encourage your child to try the same nutritious foods.
  •  Reward your children periodically with going out to eat at their favorite restaurant, but try to eat most meals at your dinner table.
  •  When at the dinner table turn off your TV and your phone. Enjoy each other’s company.
  •  Prepare a dessert that features fruit; limit ice cream, cake or cookies to occasional treats only.
  •  Try new foods as a family such a spaghetti squash. Examine the food before and after you cook it, and  talk about the new experience.
  •  Have dinners with themes, such as a dinner where all the food is round or a night in Italy with all Italian foods.

Don’t forget you are your children’s biggest role model, so set a good example of healthy eating.


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Product Talk: Gluten-free Rice Krispies

The simple Rice Krispie Treat is one of the joys of childhood, not to mention one of the staples of the elementary school bake sale. But for some kids, and adults, the traditional confection is off-limits. That’s because the traditional Rice Krispies formulation contains gluten, making the cereal a no-go for people who have celiac disease or certain food allergies or sensitivities.

The new Gluten-Free Rice Krispies cereal changes that.  Like many foods, the gluten in original Rice Krispies is kind of hidden. Regular rice also does not contain gluten in and of itself. But the original formulation of the cereal contains malt flavoring, which does.

This new version is made with brown rice instead of white. But more importantly, it does not contain that malt flavoring.

The gluten-free version also contains slightly less sugar than the original, less than one gram per one-cup serving. But otherwise, they look and taste very similar to the classic version.

And, yes, most importantly – they produce that trademark Snap! Crackle! Pop! as soon as you pour on the milk.

You can substitute this gluten-free cereal in your favorite recipes. This fun-to-make (and gluten-free) treat is a good change of pace from regular Rice Krispie treats. Check the label on the caramels you choose to make sure they are gluten free. Kraft is one variety that is gluten free.


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Family Matters: Back to School Nutrition

Walking into a new classroom with new faces can be scary! The easiest way to make a new friend is to just smile. A beautiful smile results from having adequate amounts of calcium, fluoride and vitamin C. Calcium and fluoride help our pearly whites have the strength to bite into a juicy apple. Vitamin C aids in keeping our gums looking healthy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, so fat free milk, low fat yogurt and 2% cheese are good additions to our lunch menu.

Reading, writing and arithmetic all require good vision. Vitamin A is the vitamin of choice when it comes to vision. Red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamin A. To see different colors you must eat different colors!

New friends can also bring along new germs. Vitamin C and zinc are heroes in the immune system. Oranges, lemons and limes are full of vitamin C, along with cantaloupes, broccoli and strawberries. We can add zinc to our diet through meat, seafood and whole grains.

Make this a great school year by picking nutritious foods!

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Shop the sale: Sweet Olathe corn

Maybe you think of Colorado as ski country. But this time of year, I think of it as sweet corn country. That’s because some of the best sweet corn you can buy is Olathe Sweet corn, grown just north of the San Juan Mountains in western Colorado.

On sale this week in our produce departments, Olathe sweet corn really is special. The tender kernels have an intense corn flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. And it also comes into peak season at a great time – from now through about Labor Day, just when other prime sweet-corn crops are starting to taper off.

That’s because of where it’s grown. Most years, the Colorado corn fields that produce Olathe corn receive ideal growing conditions. The ears thrive because they get plenty of water (some of it from pure melted snow), lots of bright sunshine, and moderate temperatures, into the low 90s during the day but dipping into the 60s at night.

Growers also treat this corn with kid gloves. Olathe corn is usually hand-picked, then rushed to a cooling plant right where the ears are cooled with ice so that cobs reach a temperature of 38 degrees. This keeps the sugar content high and the taste super-fresh. From there, it’s loaded directly onto trucks bound for markets. Corn is often on the road just two hours after being plucked from the field.

Olathe corn should be selected, stored and cooked just like any other fresh sweet corn. If you’re selecting husk-on corn, choose those with bright green, moist husks and dark, moist silks. Refrigerate the corn immediately after purchase to maintain sweetness, and don’t shuck it until right before cooking.

For best flavor, Olathe producers recommend you eat this corn within three days of purchase. I suspect once you try it, that won’t be a problem at your house.

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Light & Refreshing

Chicken and fruit salad with orange vinaigrette!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4

2 Tbs flour
1 3/4 tsp Lawry’s® 25% Less Sodium Seasoned Salt, divided
3/4 tsp Lawry’s® Seasoned Pepper, divided
4 small boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
6 Tbs canola oil, divided
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
8 cups salad greens
1 (8.25 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Mix flour, 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt and 1/2 tsp seasoned pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken evenly in flour mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Mix remaining 4 tablespoons oil, orange juice, vinegar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each seasoned salt and seasoned pepper in small bowl until well blended. Toss salad greens and fruit in large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat well. Top with chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe provided by McCormick®

Tex-Mex cheese steak nachos

Tex-Mex cheese steak nachos

1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 cup chopped poblano pepper
1 cup chopped white onion
6 oz sirloin, flank steak or rib eye, sliced into strips and then cut into bites
1 jar Leigh Oliver’s White Queso, any flavor
Salt and pepper
1 can refried beans or refried black beans
6 oz tortilla chips
Garnish: sour cream, chopped tomato, guacamole, chopped onion, jalapeño

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions
and sauté for about 4 minutes, until tender. Remove peppers and onions from
skillet and set aside. Sprinkle sirloin with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook
over medium-high heat until brown, but still medium-rare, about 4 minutes.
Remove from heat. Heat refried beans in microwave until warmed throughout,
about 2 minutes, stirring once.

Arrange chips on serving platter and top each with a dollop of refried beans and a slice of sirloin. Drizzle with Leigh Oliver’s White Queso and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.

Product Talk: New, improved, Food Club Sodas!

New, improved, Food Club Sodas!On a hot day like today, a cool, refreshing soft drink sounds like just the ticket. Especially one of our new, improved Food Club sodas, with better taste, new packaging and some exciting new flavors, all at the great prices you’ve come to expect from Food Club.

Have you tried one yet? Our Food Club soda lineup now includes 17 flavors, including five diet varieties.

We’re especially proud to introduce three new flavors:

  •   Vanilla Cream: The old-fashioned, American favorite.
  •   Cherry Cola: Our great cola taste, perked up with sweet cherry flavor.
  •   Cola Zero: All the taste, zero calories!

We’ve updated and improved all our flavors, creating brighter, fresher tastes. But all your old favorites are still in the soda lineup, including grape, lemon-lime, root beer, strawberry, orange, diet lemon-lime, diet root beer and regular diet cola.

By the way, we’ve updated the packaging too. Food Club sodas are still available in  two-liter bottles, great for a crowd, and 12-ounce cans. But now, if you prefer the convenience of a reclosable bottle, try our new 6-packs of 16.9 ounce plastic bottles – great when you’re on the go!

Each week during August, we are randomly giving away $50 to be loaded to your Brookshire’s Thank You Card.  Just send your Thank You Card number to for a chance to win.  View the Food Club Soda bracket!  Contest starts on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

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Dine-In: Spinach Lasagna

Today is National Lasagna Day! I’m all in favor of celebrating this terrific Italian favorite, but, to be honest, I usually think of traditional lasagna as a better choice for fall or winter. Traditional versions are usually rich, meaty and filling, great comfort food when it’s chilly outside.


So for summer, try this version. It’s got whole wheat lasagna noodles and a filling made of lower-fat cheeses and baby spinach, making it lighter but still satisfying on a balmy evening.

Spinach Lasagna
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

1 (8 oz) pkg whole wheat lasagna
8 oz 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
6 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
2 cups Food Club Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10 oz) bag baby spinach
1 (26 oz) jar Food Club Traditional Pasta

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an oven safe baking dish with cooking spray.

In a pot bring water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles; cook until al dente (cooked firm and not too soft).

In a large bowl combine mozzarella, parmesan and cottage cheese; mix well. Mix egg into cheese mixture. Add oregano, basil and minced garlic; mix well.

Layer lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, spinach and spaghetti sauce in baking dish. Repeat layering; ending with sauce and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 336, Fat: 13 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 51 mg, Sodium: 898 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 25 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: Feeding Baby Safely

It’s a big step in the care and feeding of your baby: The day you begin feeding solid foods.

While you may receive lots of well-meaning advice from grandparents, friends, and even the occasional stranger, you should recognize that recommendations may well have changed since the advice-giver was feeding their baby.

Always consult your pediatrician before starting your infant on solid foods. And brush up on some of the current prevailing wisdom on safely feeding solids.

When to start: Most babies can start eating solid food when they are between four and six months of age. That’s when they are able to swallow foods, as opposed to pushing back with their tongue against a feeding spoon. Yes, Grandma may say that she started feeding cereal when her baby was just six weeks old and it helped the baby sleep through the night, but today, pediatricians recognize infants can’t properly digest or swallow solids that young, and cereal served from a bottle can be a choking hazard.

Veggies first? You may have heard you should offer vegetables before trying fruit, so a baby used to applesauce doesn’t turn up her nose at the stronger tastes of things like pureed cauliflower or peas. Guess what? Researchers say it doesn’t really matter.  Babies are born with an innate taste for sweet foods, and that preference doesn’t change whether they’re fed peas or peaches first.  

Don’t hold the spice: The preference for bland, un-spiced baby food is largely a cultural issue. In other parts of the world, babies are served food that’s spiced the same way as adult food, and there’s little research that spicy foods harm children. Use common sense and stay away from really spicy things that may harm babies’ sensitive mouths and noses – no wasabi or habaneros – but a little cinnamon, ginger, cumin or even mild chiles like poblanos may tickle your baby’s palate and help them learn to eat a wider variety of foods while young.

Safety first: Baby-food recalls are often a parent’s big worry, but they’re actually quite rare. A much bigger safety issue is just following safety rules for proper feeding and food-handling.   

• Do not feed baby directly from the jar of food, unless you plan to use the entire jar at one meal. Saliva from your baby’s mouth can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria in the food. If you must serve from the jar, throw away any uneaten portion.
• Never microwave baby food. Uneven heating can cause hot spots that can burn baby’s mouth.
• Never leave a baby alone with food _ not even for a minute, while running to answer the phone.
• Don’t feed honey to a baby under 12 months; some pediatricians, in fact, now recommend 18 months as the cutoff.
• Slowly introduce potentially allergenic foods like peanut butter, eggs and wheat. A few years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that research does not support holding off on allergenic foods until after age 1, clearing the way to offer them to babies sooner. However, many pediatricians still suggest going slowly, especially if your baby has eczema or there’s a family history of food allergies or asthma.

Shop the Sale: Off to College Shopping Spree!

It still feels like summer just got started, but I got a wakeup call the other day while walking through the seasonal aisles at my local Brookshire’s store. The back-to-college goodies are already in stock!

Having already gone through the process of sending my own daughters off to school, I know what an overwhelming time this is for parents and college students, especially new freshmen or those leaving home for the very first time.

Aside from the emotion of starting a brand new life, and taking a very big step toward adulthood, there are the actual logistics involved in setting up a new home. Some things – computer, new bedding, photos of family and friends – are a given.  But the rest is a big tossup. What’s going to fit in that little dorm room or new campus apartment? What can I scavenge from the parents or grandparents, and what will I need to buy new? What can I absolutely not live without?

Again, as a mom who’s been through this, I can tell you it’s important to make sure your child takes a few things that both make them feel at home and make their lives easier. (They’re going to be stressed enough already!) We selected some special items for our seasonal aisles with the comfort and happiness of new students in mind:

Big Boss Grills: Even if your student never mastered much beyond pushing the buttons on the microwave, you can be assured they can feed themselves if they have one of these counter cookers. It’s a grill, a griddle, a waffle iron and a sandwich maker, all in one.

Big Boss Blenders: Just right for a student, this powerful blender makes single-serving smoothies, shakes or salsas. It even chops ingredients for salsas or grinds coffee beans. 

Big Boss Rapid Wave ovens: A microwave alternative, this is a tabletop cooker that uses three kinds of power (halogen, convection and infrared technology) to cook foods without added oil. Again, this As Seen on TV item is a good solution for young adults who may not know much about cooking, but who don’t want to end up subsisting on fast food or cafeteria fare.

While you’re shopping, check out the seasonal aisles for things like Rubbermaid totes (great for packing up for the big move) and a couple of throw rugs from Garland Rugs, to add some homey warmth to that cold dorm room floor. And one more thing: I’d suggest laying in a supply of your student’s favorite study-time snacks, especially healthier, storable items like granola bars or roasted almonds. If you can’t be there when your student is stressing out during a 2 am study session, at least you know they’ll be well-nourished.

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