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Dine In: Creating Memorable Moments

One of my favorite memories from childhood is remembering my Mother’s weekly shopping trip to our Brookshire’s store in Greenville.  As part of our weekly ritual my three brothers along with my sister and I would all help in putting away the items that she purchased.  After we put away the weeks supply then we would all start to prepare the evening meal together as a family. Mother would make the patties and fry them in a cast iron skillet while my sister and I would cut up the lettuce and tomatoes and put out all the other fixings for our old fashioned burgers. She would always brown the buns in the skillet after all the burgers were cooked. I am not quite sure what my three brothers were doing but I am certain that they were helping somehow.

In today’s world we are all trying to live more healthy lifestyles, so a new twist on this same type of family dining tradition would be to gather your family around the kitchen on a Friday evening to assemble homemade shish k-bobs and grill them as a family.  We are all looking for ways to eat healthier, have more family time, cook together more and eat out less.  So whether you are pressed for time or just looking for a fun way to kick off a memorable weekend, preparing and assembling meals together is a great activity.  While school is out for the summer it may be more important than ever for kids to learn to eat a nutritious diet while having fun. It is also a perfect time of year to visit the produce department where all sorts of bountiful fruits and vegetables are at their freshest right now.  Assemble K-bobs with a variety of fruits, veggies and proteins allowing each child t o create their own individual skewer. They will be more eager to taste the foods they helped make. Family meals are the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their tastes. A red pepper cut in small portions and pushed onto a stick may not as intimating as it would be served in larger portions.

I sincerely hope that you and your family can create some treasured memories that mean as much to them as mine do to me. Have a great summer.

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Family Matters: Milk Is Not Always a Treat for Your Cat

You always see cats on television enjoying a nice bowl of milk, you think milk is good for me; it must be good for cats too. Well you thought wrong; cats can actually be lactose intolerant. If you or a family member suffers from lactose intolerance you know how just a little bit of lactose can make you feel awful. Well that is what a cat is experiencing.  The enzyme lactase, which helps digest lactose, is in rare presents in your cat’s digestive system.  So next time you see fluffy drinking milk on television remember just to stick with cat food for your cat.

(Source: ASPCA)

Mango Salsa

The fragrant fruit is tangy, juicy and super sweet; they just taste like summer. And they’re versatile. Use them in salsas and sauces, in pastries, atop chicken or fish, even to spike your iced tea. In honor of peak mango season during national Mango Month – June – let this be the year you make the mango part of your kitchen repertoire.

Choose: Go ahead, squeeze the mango: Slightly soft to the touch? It’s ready to eat. (Choose firmer fruit if you don’t plan to eat it for a few days.) Color doesn’t matter; ripe mangos can be green, red, orange, pink, yellow or often, a combination thereof.

Store: Ripe mangos should be stored in the refrigerator, where they’ll keep for nearly a week if unpeeled. Once peeled and diced, eat within a day or two, or freeze in an airtight container for up to six months. Unripe mangos should be left at room temperature to ripen fully; to speed up the process, place fruit in a brown paper bag and leave on the counter for a day or two.

Use: Cutting a fresh mango can be slippery and messy; don’t worry about producing perfectly diced fruit, at least your first few times. Place mango on a dry cutting board and slice off the sides lengthwise. Using the knife tip, score the inside of each side, then turn over and press the skin side so the scored chunks stand away from the skin. Peel away skin with the knife. To finish, remove peel from the center mango section, which contains a large pit. Carefully carve extra flesh from around the pit.

The (nutritional) goods: They’re sweet as candy but a lot better for you; a cup of fresh mango has about 110 calories and provides 25 percent of an adult’s recommended allowance of vitamin A and 80 percent of vitamin C. Could the mango be the next super food? Maybe. This year, Texas A&M researchers said they discovered preliminary evidence that mangos may help fight breast and colon cancer.

Mango Salsa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves 6

This simple salsa is great over grilled fish, chicken or shrimp.

2 fresh mangos, peeled and diced
1 small red or yellow bell pepper, diced
1- 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 Tbs lime juice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients.

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 55, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 3 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 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.




Grilled Banana S’mores

Place BANANAS with peel on the grill for 5 minutes on each side or until peel gets dark. Peel BANANA and scoop pulp out in a bowl.

Arrange warm Grilled bananas on graham cracker squares. Place chocolate squares over grilled bananas. Top with another Graham Cracker Square to make a sandwich.


Shop the Sale: Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones

Do you find yourself running into fast food restaurants at lunch? Are you gaining weight and do not know what to do for a healthy lunch? Take a Weight Watcher’s Smart One to work for lunch. Smart Ones are very delicious and all you have to do is microwave.  They have a large variety so they never get boring. You can get pasta, enchiladas, and even desserts. You should stock up on Smart Ones while they are on sale at Brookshire’s.

Healthy Living: Parmesan Zucchini

Instead of using bread crumbs to bread your favorite vegetable or meat, have you tried crushed cereal? If you pick a high fiber cereal to use instead of bread crumbs it enhances the nutritional value of the meal. You can either place the cereal in a food processor to make into crumbs or do it the old fashion way – crush them yourself.

Take a zip top bag and place the cereal of choice in that bag. You can either crush it with your hands or roll a rolling pin over the cereal of few times and voila you have cereal crumbs.

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

2 zucchini
1 egg
1/2 cup crushed cereal
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp oregano

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice the zucchini into 1/2-inch round pieces. In a small bowl, add egg. In a shallow bowl, combine crush cereal, cheese and oregano.  Dip zucchini in egg bowl and then cereal crumb bowl. Place cereal covered zucchini on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 55, Fat: 2g (Saturated Fat 1g), Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 111mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 4g.

© 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: Exercise Routine!

Last Tuesday we talked about some simple ways to lose weight for summer, and one of the most important parts of weight loss is your exercise routine.

Your exercise routine or “workout plan” will greatly depend on what your weight loss/health goals are. If you are looking to lose weight and tone your body you will need to add a cardio workout as well as resistance training to your workout. If you are trying to build muscle, you will cut back on the cardio and spend more time in the weight room. It is always a good idea to consult a professional about your own specific workout program before you begin, but here are a few basic pointers.

If you want to lose weight and reshape your body, you will need to incorporate two things into your workout plan; cardio and resistance training. If you don’t incorporate resistance training into your workout and you are shaped like a pear for example, you will only be shaped like a smaller pear when you lose weight. You have to tone and reshape muscle as well. You should do both for at least thirty minutes a day, but if you have to; work up to that. Your cardio exercise can consist of a few different things and they all vary in intensity and results. Keep this goal in mind when embarking on a workout plan. Work towards IMPROVED PERFORMANCE.  Everybody has to start somewhere and every time you workout, you should be striving to outdo yourself.

Jogging/Running is one of the best ways to lose weight; this type of exercise not only gets your heart rate up but helps to burn calories and fat. Other Cardio workouts include swimming, biking, even kickboxing. Whatever you choose, be sure to get at least 30 minutes a day and give yourself an off day to let your body recoup.

Resistance training will help to reshape your body and before you get started you should always consult a fitness professional about a good workout plan. Keep these things in mind when formulating your workout plan.  Lifting lighter weights at higher reps, for example 3 sets of 10, will burn fat and produce lean muscle. Lifting heavier weights at lower reps, like 2 sets of 8, will increase muscle mass and build strength. Always be sure when compiling a workout plan to keep your goals in mind and incorporate the parts of your body you want to reshape in your workout plan.

You might also want to go buy some new clothes…

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Product Talk: Hyland’s Cough and Cold

Having a child is a very rewarding experience, but it does have its challenges, especially when they are 2.  Recently my child was sick with a bad cough and had double ear infections.  He hacked and hacked and none of the prescription drugs that the doctor had prescribed would work for the cough.  After several restless nights and coughing all day and night, I finally sent my husband to the store to find something.  He came back with Hyland’s Cough and Cold for kids. 

My first thought was, why did he buy that, all the brand name stuff that people have used for years, and this??  A brand that I had not heard of, I was sure it would not work..  Desperate for relief, I started giving him this medicine.  I noticed the cough getting fewer and fewer in between, the nights got better, and I was finding myself and my child sleeping more throughout the night.  It worked!!  So parents if you need some relief don’t be scared to try Hyland’s Cough & Cold. 

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Dine In: Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Have you noticed lately the new craze is cupcakes? You are seeing cupcakes at parties, weddings and you can even find specialty cupcake shops.

Instead of going to buy someone a cupcake for a gift, why not personalize it and make it yourself. Here is a cupcake recipe that any chocolate lover would enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Serves: 24
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1/2 cup boiling water
4 oz. dark chocolate
2 cups cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, soften
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bring water to a boil. In a heat safe bowl, pour boiling water over dark chocolate. Stir until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat well. Add eggs. Once mixed well combine chocolate, vanilla, and butter mix. Alternating between flour mixture and buttermilk add to batter. Pour batter until 3/4 full into cupcake pan. Cook for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. While cooling, in a medium bowl, combine peanut butter and heavy cream. Once cupcakes are cool, cut the tops off, add some of the peanut butter frosting, and replace the top. Frost the tops of the cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 285, Fat: 17g (Saturated Fat 8g), Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 232mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 6g.



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Are you ready for a road trip?

Is your family going on a road trip? It is hard to eat healthy when on the road; you always end up stopping at a convenient store to stock up on snacks. Try making homemade snacks to take on your trip; it will save you money, time and will be a little healthier snack.

Some great road trip snacks are homemade granola or trail mix, popcorn and cut up fruits and vegetables.

Trail Mix – If you have kids that have different taste, this is a good treat because you can let them pick out what they want in their personal trail mix. In different bowls place nuts, pretzels, raisins, craisins, dried fruits, cereals, gummy bears and chocolate candies. You can even add seasonings like cumin or dry ranch mix.


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