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Healthy Living : Glycemic index

Have you heard of Glycemic index? It is an index of how carbohydrates affect your blood glucose level. The index is based off of pure glucose rating as 100. If a product has a high glycemic index, a score closer to 100, then it has a larger effect on your blood glucose level. A low index food, a number closer to 0, has a small effect on your blood glucose level. Of course glucose has a high GI and so does bake potato and white bread. Foods that have a low GI are peanuts, most fruits, and vegetables.

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Product Talk: Kale

Kale is dark green and full of anti-oxidants. Since it is a dark green leaf you know it is full of vitamin K. Kale is also high in calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. When cooking with kale you must remember that it shrinks quite a bit, so make sure you do not underestimate the amount you may need.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Vinaigrett

Prep Time: 10 minutes


Serves 8



3 Tbs raspberry vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3 Tbs olive or canola oil

8 cups (5 oz) baby spinach leaves

1/2 lb (1 1/2 cups) strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup (3 oz) pecan halves, toasted

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles


2 Tbs sesame or poppy seeds, toasted



Combine the vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the oil in a slow stream and whisk to blend. Set aside.


Place the spinach, berries, nuts, mushrooms and cheese on a platter and toss with the vinaigrette to coat. Sprinkle with seeds.


Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 159, Fat: 13 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 139 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 3 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.





Dine In: Vegetable Nachos

Nachos are great for movie night or the big game. Make these homemade nachos for a healthier Mexican dinner that everyone can enjoy.  

Vegetable Nachos

Servings: 6 

4 ounces (about 48 chips) tortilla chips
1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup tomato, chopped
1 cup 2% Mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 avocado, sliced

Optional: fat-free sour cream and salsa

Preheat oven to 350°F.Spread chips out over baking sheet. Top each chip with remaining ingredients except lettuce and avocado. Bake chips for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and top with lettuce and avocado. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 439, Fat: 13g (Saturated Fat 5g), Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 135mg, Carbohydrates: 61g, Fiber: 16g, Protein: 23g. 

© 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: Kids Water Safety

Summer is swimming time and everyone’s excited. Don’t ever forget the most important rule: Nobody should ever swim alone. Whenever kids are in or near a pool or any water such as ponds, bathtubs, toilets or buckets, always assign one adult to watch them carefully. Pools should be gated (and locked when not in use). Water fun is a summertime favorite, but you have to be careful!

Shop the Sale: Salad

If you love salads, then this is your week at Brookshire’s. This week at Brookshire’s many ingredients to make a delicious salad are on sale. To start off a salad you need some kind of leaves, right? Well Fresh Express Salads are on sale. Then you can put in chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped pieces of apple, chopped green bell pepper and cucumber in that salad. At Brookshire’s, green bell pepper, cucumber, Royal Gala apples, and vine cluster cherry tomatoes are on sale. Stop by Brookshire’s to get all these ingredients for a delicious salad.

Healthy Living: Dill Carrots

Food Club frozen vegetables are always great to have stored in your freezer. They are easy to just pull out and steam. Here is a recipe that incorporates Food Club frozen carrots and dill. 

Dill Carrots
Serves: 5
Prep time: 10 minutes         Cook time: 20 minutes

1 bag (16 ounces) Food Club frozen carrots
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs dill
1/2 Tbs lemon pepper
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped

Steam carrots until tender. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave butter for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Once butter is melted add dill and lemon pepper. Pour butter mixture over carrots. Sprinkle cilantro over carrots.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 61, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 81mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 1g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

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

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

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