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Family Matters: Oral Care

Oral CareBy this time, your baby has teeth! Those pearly whites allow baby to chew some foods and are well on their way to serving them as they grow up.

It’s never too early to start caring for baby’s teeth.

As soon as they are born, wipe gums with a soft, clean cloth after baby eats. When baby is 7 to 12 months old, you can replace this with a soft toothbrush or finger brush. Clean baby’s teeth and gums after every feeding.

Do not add sweeteners to baby’s milk or formula. At this age, if they get juice, dilute it 3:1. Do not send baby to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of anything other than water, as it tends to pool in their mouths and sugars can break down teeth.

At this point, check with your pediatrician to see if baby is getting enough fluoride in their diet. After 12 months, you can introduce a child’s toothpaste with fluoride, but it’s probably not necessary before the one-year mark.

Family Matters: Soft Spot for Baby

Soft Spot for BabyWhen your baby is born, he will have “soft spots” on his head. These are actually openings in the skull where it hasn’t fully closed yet.

The first, larger one, is just above the forehead toward the top of baby’s head. The second is more toward the back of the skull.

You might even notice the spot pulsing in time with baby’s heartbeat.

These soft spots are totally normal, designed to help the skull be a bit more flexible as it’s moving through the birth canal. The tissue underneath the opening is protected by a thick membrane, but you still want to treat it with caution. No poking the soft spot, curious older brothers or sisters!

Between two and four months old, the back spot will close, but the top one won’t completely close until about 19 months old, allowing for the tremendous growth that takes place in baby’s first few years.

These spots, called the fontanels, might bulge a bit when baby cries hard or vomits, but they should pop right back into place. If they don’t or stay bulging, this is a sign for concern. If the soft spot is sunken, this is a sign of dehydration.

Shop the Sale: Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops

Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops“Let’s have pork chops for dinner” was the battle cry from my son during a recent meal-planning weekend.

“But we just had pork chops Wednesday night,” I replied.

“That’s okay; you can never have too many pork chops,” he said.

Ok, well then, we’ll have pork chops.

He’s right in a way, as pork is such a versatile meat. We’d had them smothered the previous week, so I was looking to do something a little different that time. I grill them frequently, but I was still searching for something different.

This rub, a mix of savory chili powder and cocoa, is usually found in sweet dishes and lends the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. The addition of some brown sugar doesn’t make it overly sweet, but instead it caramelizes on the chop during the cooking process.

The boys loved these, and I thought they’d be delicious with a pinch of cayenne added, too.

Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops

2 boneless pork chops
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbs olive oil
pinch of sea salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Combine chili powder, cocoa and brown sugar until well-blended. Divide mixture into two; rub half on each side of both pork chops. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add pork chops and cook for 5 minutes on the first side, covered. Flip chops and cook a few more minutes until cooked through and caramelized.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 246, Calories from Fat: 105, Fat: 12 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 92 mg, Potassium: 559 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 30 g.

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Healthy Living: Super Soup

Super Vegetable SoupNothing is more comforting than soup.

It’s what I want after a migraine; when I have the sniffles; when it’s cold, rainy, dreary or snowy; and when I want a filling, healthy meal that won’t cost me the bank as far as fat and calories go.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of soups that are high in fat and calories (think anything cream-based), but this is the exact opposite. I joke that this soup burns calories when you eat it. In fact, I was first introduced to this soup through Weight Watchers, and I have used the same basic recipe, with a few tweaks, ever since!

Super Vegetable Soup

4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock (or homemade, skimmed of all fat)
1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 green zucchini, diced
3 Tbs garlic, minced
1 Tbs dried oregano
1 Tbs dried basil

Spray a large stockpot with nonstick cooking spray.

Sauté vegetables until tender. Add stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes or until flavors have blended.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 61, Calories from Fat: 0, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 100 mg, Potassium: 435 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Product Talk: Back to Nature Granola

Back to Nature GranolaOne of my favorite cereals growing up was granola. I loved the crunch, the flavors and everything about it.

It wasn’t until I got older that my hopes and dreams about the “healthy” cereal I was eating were dashed. It was high in fat, not good fat either, but bad fats like hydrogenated oils. It was high in sugar, not natural sugars either. It was high in calories, carbohydrates and pretty much everything it shouldn’t have been.

Recently, I found Back to Nature Granola at Brookshire’s. Made with all-natural ingredients, Back to Nature Granola is granola how it was intended to be! You can read, pronounce and recognize all the ingredients on the label, and it’s delicious as well as nutritious!

My favorite, Pecan Cranberry, contains whole-grain rolled oats, whole-grain wheat, brown sugar, dried cranberries, oat fiber, brown rice flour, safflower oil, pecans, whey, dried apples, brown rice syrup, dried coconut, naturally-milled cane sugar and vitamin E to help protect natural flavor.

The granola also comes in Classic, Chocolate Delight, Apple Blueberry, Vanilla Almond Agave, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds, Almond Chia, Banana Walnut, Apple Cinnamon, Orange Crunch and Maple Pecan.

I love it mixed in with vanilla Greek yogurt!

Dine In: Black Friday Casserole

Black Friday CasseroleI think I love and hate Black Friday in equal measure! I love it because I can get great bargains and deals on Christmas gifts. I hate it because in order to get those deals, there’s all that pressure to get online or out to the stores as early as humanly possible. I really, really dislike the pressure!

I’m not a Black Friday shopper, as far as going out to a physical store location goes. I stay safely tucked in bed until a reasonable hour and do my shopping online, or wait until the crowds die down and hit some local businesses.

However, my best friend takes Black Friday shopping and elevates it to an art form. The latter part of Thanksgiving Day, after the turkey has been eaten and the mess cleaned up, is dedicated to strategizing and planning her Black Friday attack.

More power to her! Would it be wrong for me to give her some cash and my shopping list, too?

Yes, it probably would; I wouldn’t be earning my bargains.

In the meantime, I can be prepping a Black Friday lunch using almost all leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner!

Black Friday Casserole

2 cups cornbread dressing, cooked
3 to 4 Tbs chicken stock
1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup turkey gravy
2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
1 cup green beans
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup half-and-half cream
2 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup French-fried onions, optional

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix the stuffing with enough broth to make the mixture moist. Press onto the bottom and sides of a greased pie plate. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden-brown.

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and gravy. Beat until smooth. Stir in turkey, green beans, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Spread over the baked stuffing crust. In another bowl, mix the mashed potatoes with the cream. Spread over the turkey mixture. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with the French-fried onions. Bake until heated through and slightly browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 470, Calories from Fat: 188, Fat: 21 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 89 mg, Sodium: 1564 mg, Potassium: 587 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 24 g.

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Family Matters: Holiday Family Tradition

Holiday Family TraditionMaking homemade dressing and gravy for the holidays has been something I have done since I started my own family 25 years ago. It is a tradition at our family gatherings that I will make these items for the feast (they are happy they don’t have too!). My family loves my dressing and gravy and it makes me feel good to know how much they enjoy it. It takes hours to prepare and get that perfect finished item, but I love watching and listening as they sit down to eat.

Over the years, I have made dressing and gravy for other family members to serve at their family gatherings and for special school events during the holidays. My kids are always excited to volunteer mom to cook. I get a kick out of knowing they are happy to share with everyone how good they think it is and that mom would love to do it. I find joy in preparing food and sharing with others…and delight that my kids see this in me.

In recent years, I have begun teaching my girls how to make homemade dressing and gravy, telling them one day I want to sit back and relax and let them take over this job. Of course, they last about half way through the process and then get tired out! Well this week, my oldest daughter volunteered to make dressing and gravy for her work party (of course I figured that meant mom was making it!) but I was pleasantly surprised to find her cooking cornbread, boiling the chicken and chopping ingredients when I got home from work. I helped very little and in the end she had a great finished product. She came home from work beaming, her colleagues raved over how good it was…the excitement in her voice and smile on her face are my reward. She now knows she can do it, and I know when she has her own family she will share this recipe with her children and continue this family tradition.

Praying your holidays are filled with lots of dressing and gravy that fills your tummy and a warmth with family and friends that fills your heart. It’s not just dressing and gravy…it is that “fullness” of family tradition. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for time with your family!

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Mi Blog Hispano: Agradecidos El Día de Acción de Gracias y Siempre

Agradecidos El Día de Acción de Gracias y SiempreYa llego el tiempo de la gran celebración del Día de Acción de Gracias, o Thanksgiving Day. Aparte de ser muy popular, esta tradición es muy importante por los hechos históricos que la originaron, por el tiempo con la familia, y también porque se enfoca en el agradecimiento que debemos tener no solo este día, pero siempre.

Era el año 1620 en la Colonia de Plymouth (se pronuncia pli-mut), que es ahora Massachusetts en la costa este de los Estados Unidos, cuando un grupo de más de cien peregrinos de Inglaterra emigraron hasta este lugar en busca de libertad religiosa. Era el tiempo de invierno y hacía muchísimo frio. Pasaron algunas semanas y, desprovistos de lo esencial, comenzaron a sufrir por escasez de comida y por frio.  Varios se enfermaron y murieron. En la primavera del siguiente año, 1621, un grupo de indios nativos se encontraron con los peregrinos. Viendo cómo estaban los peregrinos de débiles, desnutridos, y enfermos, los indios nativos comenzaron a enseñarles cómo sobrevivir. Les mostraron como cazar, pescar, y como cultivar sus alimentos. En noviembre de ese mismo año, después de ver el gran resultado de su cosecha, los peregrinos hicieron una gran celebración en agradecimiento a los indios nativos.  Comieron juntos, compartiendo alimentos, y deleitándose en compañía el uno del otro. De allí en adelante, se ha celebrado el Día de Acción de Gracias.  ¡Que hermoso cuadro!

Dar gracias debe ser un gesto noble. Cuando uno está realmente agradecido se siente la emoción, y eso contagia a las personas en nuestro alrededor. Así como vemos el agradecimiento en esta historia, así también nosotros debemos mostrar nuestro agradecimiento.  Este mes de noviembre se convierte en una época de reflexión con familia, amigos, fiesta, comida, y gratitud. ¿Sabía que el agradecimiento reduce nuestro estrés? El agradecimiento también ayuda a sostener nuestras relaciones. Como humanos que somos, preferimos estar alrededor de gente positiva, así que viva en gratitud para ayudar a su salud.

Tome un momento para reflexionar en las cosas por las cuales debemos estar agradecidos este año. Y no solamente demuestre su gratitud este día, pero siempre.

Aquí están siete cosas por las cuales debemos estar agradecidos:

  • Vida y salud – Estas son cosas que quizás no valoramos realmente hasta que están a riesgo. Hasta que sucede algo que nos haga ver lo tan importante que es valorar la vida y la salud que tenemos. Vamos a tomar un segundo para apreciar cosas como poder caminar, mover nuestras manos, tocar, oír, o respirar – tomando en cuenta que hay muchas personas que no tienen la oportunidad de hacerlo.
  • Familia y Amigos – Somos como somos por la manera en que nuestros padres nos criaron. Debemos agradecerles. Nuestra familia y amistades nos alientan, nos aconsejan, nos motivan, y nos ayudan a ser mejor. Tome un momento para llamarles y darles las gracias por todo lo que han hecho.
  • Comida – La comida es un regalo de Dios que a veces tomamos por dado. Algunos comparten comida en más abundancia que otros. Debemos estar agradecidos por “el pan de cada día”. Si es que tenemos de más, vamos a compartirla con otros.
  • Hogar – Agradezca que tiene un lugar donde vivir, descansar, y relajar. Hay muchas personas alrededor del mundo que no tienen ni casa ni hogar.  De gracias a Dios por su hogar.
  • Trabajo – El trabajo es una gran bendición para nosotros. Tome un momento para ayudar a otra persona que quizás no esté muy bien financieramente. Esta es una manera de enseñar su gratitud por lo que usted si tiene.
  • Educación – En varios países es muy difícil obtener una educación. En los Estados Unidos, tenemos el privilegio de mandar a nuestros hijos a escuelas públicas sin costo. Ellos aprenden, se educan, y se introducen a cosas que quizás nosotros nunca tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer. Tome un momento para agradecer a la maestra de sus hijos por el gran trabajo que hace. Y tome un momento para hablar con su hijo(a) de lo importante que son sus estudios, y de lo orgulloso(a) que se siente de ellos.
  • Caer – En la vida habrá veces que caemos, pero vamos a agradecer el caer porque de esta manera es que aprendemos a levantarnos. Quizás haya golpes fuertes en nuestras vidas, pero esos golpes nos ayudan a ser más astutos e inteligentes en el futuro.

Este año, al cenar juntos con nuestras familias y amigos, compartamos las razones por las cuales estamos realmente agradecidos, y demos gracias, principalmente a Dios, que nos da la vida y la salud.

¡Les deseo que disfruten un hermoso Día de Acción de Gracias!

Healthy Living: Organic Apples

Organic ApplesOne day in the fall when I was growing up as a child, my mom announced an “adventure.” Adventures were the BEST. She’d whisk us off to somewhere secret, the destination unknown to us until our actual arrival. The suspense and anticipation were as much a part of the outing as the outing itself.

This particular day, we went to an apple orchard about an hour away from our house in Virginia, where you could pick your own apples and sample freshly-made apple sauce, apple butter and apple cider. The day was crisp and cool. The orchard was saturated with the hues of autumn. The air smelled like cinnamon and earthy tartness.

Picking our own apples was exhilarating. They tasted so much better, since we’d worked for them ourselves.

I get that same taste now whenever I eat an organic apple, knowing that someone else’s labor has benefitted my health.

Organic apples are grown with no chemicals or pesticides. They’re 100 percent as nature intended, just as if you’d eaten them off the tree right in the orchard.

Traditional apple orchards, grown for commercial purposes, are often heavily sprayed with pesticides, coating the leaves of the trees and the skins of your fruit. Pesticides aren’t good for you, for the workers in the orchards or for the trees themselves.

Organic apples are high in fiber, low in sugar and ready for you to eat, just like you would in an organic orchard.

Company News: Brookshire Grocery Co. hosts 34th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive

TYLER, Texas, Nov. 23, 2015 – Brookshire Grocery Co. is once again aiming to deliver Christmas cheer to families in need through its 34th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive.

Beginning Nov. 18 and continuing through Dec. 22, all Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and FRESH by Brookshire’s stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, which will be donated to local service organizations and food pantries for distribution. Customers may also purchase pre-assembled “grab bags” for $5 or scan coupons for $1 or $5, which will be used to purchase additional food items.

The goal is to provide a week’s worth of food to approximately 15,000 families throughout BGC’s market area. Families will receive a box of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, rice and pasta, as well as a coupon for a free roasting hen.

The Spirit of Christmas Food Drive began in Tyler in 1982 with the Rose City Kiwanis Club, with approximately 90 families in the Tyler area receiving assistance. Last year was the most successful food drive thus far, with a more than 25 percent increase in overall sales of grab bags and scan coupons over the previous year. Approximately 16,000 households throughout the BGC’s market area were assisted through the food drive. In total, approximately 500,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to local service organizations and food pantries for distribution to families in need.

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