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Family Matters: Teething

TeethingThe age range for teething is huge, but it’s safe to say that a lot of teething will take place between the ages of 7 and 12 months.

Teething, or when your baby’s teeth start to break through the gums, is easy for some little ones and harder on others.

My older son got teeth without me even realizing it half the time because it just didn’t bother him. My younger son, on the other hand, was in constant pain from teething. Because it’s no longer recommended to rub whiskey on baby’s gums (spoken like a true child of the 1970s), pediatricians have other recommendations for easing the pain of teething.

Baby can take a small dose of ibuprofen to help the swelling and the pain.

Baby can gnaw on something cool for relief, whether it be a damp washcloth (watch that baby doesn’t rip a piece off and swallow it) or a frozen piece of fruit (again, watch for choking hazards).

Some babies like a pacifier when they are teething as sucking is a soothing instinct for baby.

Even before baby has teeth, you should be rubbing their gums with a soft toothbrush. As their teeth begin to emerge, keep up the good oral hygiene and use toothpaste formulated for infants. Rubbing their gums might also help relieve some of the discomfort of erupting teeth.

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Family Matters: Gerber Bitty Bites

Gerber Bitty BitesToddlers love to snack, and it’s good for them, too! The average toddler should eat about two snacks a day, and Gerber Bitty Bites provide good nutrition that can easily be enjoyed at home or on the go.

Gerber Bitty Bites come in great flavors like blueberry and strawberry. They are made with a whole-grain blend of corn, sorghum, millet, brown rice, teff, amaranth, quinoa and wheat bran, providing five grams of whole-grains per serving. They are also a good source of vitamin E, iron and zinc.

Bitty Bites are easy to pick up and great for toddlers to feed themselves. There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners and best of all, no mess!

Perfect for toddlers 15 months and older, these snacks are kid-tested and mom-approved.


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Shop the Sale: Ribeyes in Red Wine Sauce

Ribeye Steaks in Red Wine SauceThere is no such thing as too much steak unless you ask my doctor, of course. So, yes, we’ve cut WAY BACK on the red meat, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to indulge in moderation.

A good steak, like the family pack of ribeyes on sale this week at Brookshire’s, doesn’t need much done to it. A little salt and pepper, a perfect sear and you’re good to go. However, every once in awhile while you’re indulging, it’s nice to kick it up a notch with a savory sauce that perfectly complements your meat.

This recipe is best prepared in a cast-iron skillet, in my opinion.

Ribeye Steaks in Red Wine Sauce

4 (1/2-inch thick) boneless ribeye steaks (2 lb total)
2 Tbs vegetable oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
3 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
1 Tbs flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Pat steaks dry, then sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper (total).

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until it shimmers. Then, sauté steaks in 2 batches, turning once (about 4 minutes per batch for medium-rare). Transfer to a large plate and cover with foil.

Pour off fat from skillet; sauté garlic in remaining tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until pale golden, about 30 seconds. Add wine and boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add water, soy sauce and any meat juices from plate; boil until reduced by half, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in butter 1 piece at a time until slightly thickened. Stir in parsley and pour sauce over steaks.

Nutritional Information: Fat: 61 g, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 42 g, Sodium: 226 mg, Fiber: 0 g, Cholesterol: 177 mg

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Healthy Living: Blackberries

BlackberriesBlackberry season makes me happy.

I love these luscious fruits, juicy and bursting with flavor.

Besides being delicious, they’re really good for you, too. In addition, you can buy all you can carry this summer and freeze them for use in the winter. Just make sure they’re washed and COMPLETELY dried, then pop them into a freezer bag and break out again to beat the winter blues in January.

The health benefits of blackberries are myriad, according to the Huffington Post:

“Much like spinach, raisins, apples, plums and grapes, blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C, but other nutritional benefits include a very low sodium count and having only 62 calories to a cup.

Their dark blue color shows that blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Antioxidants lower the risk of cancers if the berries are eaten in their natural state.

Eating blackberries is said to promote the healthy tightening of tissue, which is a great non-surgical procedure to make skin look younger.

The high tannin content of blackberries provides a number of benefits to reduce intestinal inflammation, alleviate hemorrhoids and soothe the effects of diarrhea.

The leaves of blackberries, which are consumable, have been used to treat mild inflammation of the gums and sometimes even sore throats.

The astringent tannins are effective in oral hygiene when used as a gargle or mouthwash.”

So, run, don’t walk, out to get some blackberries now!

Product Talk: Seagram’s Ginger Ale

Seagram’s Ginger AleGinger ale was one of those things that my mom would give me to sip when I was sick, room temperature of course, because that made your tummy feel better in a hurry.

Ginger ale does have great digestive properties (it’s the ginger), but as an adult, it’s a great beverage to sip even when you’re feeling great.

Light, crisp and refreshing, Seagram’s Ginger Ale has set the standard for the product across all brands.

Of course, this summer my guys have liked to jazz it up a bit! Lime sherbet ginger ale floats have been all the rage in our house!

Quick and simple, you can sip one on the porch in a matter of minutes!

Fresh Lime Sherbet Float

4 fresh limes
4 scoops lime sherbet
4 cups Seagram’s Ginger Ale, chilled

To make each float, squeeze juice from a lime into a glass. Top with a scoop of sherbet, then finish it off with ginger ale. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 260, Calories from Fat: 10, Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (0.5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 66 mg, Potassium: 68 mg, Carbohydrates: 64 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 53 g, Protein: 2 g

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Dine In: Chili-Lime Cod

Chili-Lime CodMy doctor told me to eat a low-fat diet.

Of course, when I hear “low-fat,” I translate that to “low-flavor.”

However, that isn’t remotely true.

You can eat low-fat with loads of flavor, and this fish is the perfect example. I was tired of eating lean pork and chicken. I love fish, so I decided to give this a whirl.

The lime and spices brighten up this fish so much that you totally forget you’re eating low-fat, plus it’s really high in protein.

My family has not always been receptive to eating fish, but they loved this recipe. White fish isn’t too “fishy” for them, and the spices remind them of their favorite Mexican meals. Plus, I got to eat low-fat with big flavor, so this recipe was winning all around!

I left out the butter in this recipe, but you certainly don’t have to!

Chili-Lime Cod

2 lbs fresh cod fillets
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried parsley or 1/2 tsp dried cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs butter
1/4 tsp cumin
1 lime, juiced

Heat oven to 450° F. Coat oven-safe pan with oil or cooking spray. Place cod in pan. Sprinkle chili powder, herb and salt. Roast 5 to 7 minutes or until opaque. Melt butter in small saucepan. Add cumin and lime juice; cook for 1 more minute. Before serving, drizzle butter mixture over cod.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 485.6, Calories from Fat: 133, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 226 mg, Sugar: 0.4 g, Sodium: 951.4 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 0.6 g, Sugar: 0.4 g, Protein: 81 g

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Family Matters: Changing the Focus

Changing the FocusWe recently got a miniature puppy as a surprise for my mother. Even though she did not ask for a pet or know she was getting one, it was the best gift ever. My mom lost her youngest son a few months ago, and every day is a struggle and filled with tears. I know the pain from being his sister, but I can’t begin to imagine if it were my own child. I know the hurt will last a lifetime, but I wanted to find something that would make her smile and for just a moment take her mind off of her loss. She lives alone so there is a lot of alone time after work each day.

I can’t begin to tell you the joy this small puppy has given her these past few weeks. I get multiple calls a day to share what cute things it is doing and hear how sweet it is. She falls asleep with the puppy on her chest each night, and it follows her around the house, nipping at her heels. It has given her something new to focus on and keeps her from continually missing her son.

It is hard to believe that an animal that weighs 2 1/2 pounds can bring so much healing to a grown-up. What a blessing this tiny puppy has been to my mother and to our family! It warms my heart to see her smile and laugh again, and even though she still has tears, they seem a little lighter. As I listened to my voicemail one day this week, my mom said, “Thank you for giving me this sweet puppy. I did not know how much I needed something to love.”…that says it all for me.

Not only did this tiny puppy find a home, it has also found a place in my mom’s heart that so badly needed to be filled. Sit down and pet a puppy, and see how it affects you…I think you will be pleasantly surprised. It brings out a calming feeling and gives us something to focus on other than our everyday struggles. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family!

Mi Blog Hispano: Cuidados de la piel en el Verano

Cuidados de la piel en el VeranoCuando llega el tiempo de calor, llega el tiempo de las visitas al lago, las vacaciones en la playa o simplemente disfrutar largas horas visitando parques y estando expuestos al sol y a altas temperaturas. Muchos de nosotros no siempre estamos atentos a que es importante protegernos de los peligrosos rayos del sol.

Aunque la exposición a los rayos del sol en  forma moderada es positiva porque nos provee la vitamina D3, ayuda a mejorar nuestro estado de ánimo y previene la depresión, fortalece los huesos y refuerza el sistema inmunológico,  si no tenemos cuidado también nos puede causar muchas consecuencias negativas.

Muchos creemos que con solo usar los lentes de sol nos vamos a proteger para no tener arrugas  pero en dosis altas, el sol produce quemaduras solares, erupciones, manchas en la piel, herpes labiales; también acelera el envejecimiento produciendo arrugas, manchas y pérdida de la elasticidad y hasta puede llegar a ser la causa de cáncer en la piel.

Es muy importante que tomemos precaución buscando siempre la sombra cuando el sol este muy intenso, usar lentes, sombreros, camisetas. Aplicar protección en cremas cuando haya exposición solar y repetirlo cada ciertas horas ya que esta se cae con el sudor, con el agua o al secarte con la toalla, al elegir cual protector solar usar elije el adecuado para tu tipo de piel.

El consumo de algunas vitaminas proveen protección solar en nuestra piel como por ejemplo los alimentos ricos en Selenio, beta caroteno y en vitamina E, es decir que la carne, los mariscos, las verduras, el queso, zanahorias, espinacas, albaricoques, naranjas, limones, pomelos, tomates, melocotones, nueces, germen de cereales, yema de huevo y mantequilla.

Así que, en este verano a sacar las gafas oscuras, el protector solar y a tomar mucha limonada para  cuidarnos del sol porque recuerden que hay que cuidar esta hermosa piel que tenemos. ¡Hasta la próxima!

Shop the Sale: Cocoa and Chile-Rubbed Pork Loins

Cocoa and Chile-Rubbed Pork LoinI truly believe that whole, boneless pork loins are one of the best values for your money in the meat department, especially on weeks like this one when they are on sale at Brookshire’s.

They are so versatile and delicious, and I manage to get about four meals out of a whole, boneless loin.

This weekend, we’re grilling a cocoa and chile-rubbed pork loin, then I’ll use the leftovers as tacos later in the week.

The addition of cocoa powder to a rub might sound odd, but don’t forget that it’s not sweet until you add sugar to it for dessert purposes.

I love the savory blend of cocoa and chile. You do use a little sugar because that will caramelize beautifully on the grill, but it won’t make it taste like dessert, I promise.

Cocoa and Chile-Rubbed Pork Loin

1 whole boneless pork loin (about 2 1/2 lb)
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp ancho chile powder (or regular chili powder)
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 Tbs olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 limes, halved

Mix together cocoa powder, ancho chile powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Rub pork loin with olive oil; rub with spice mixture. Grill on high heat on all sides until seared. Reduce heat and cook until pork reaches an internal temperature of 160° F. Remove from grill. Squeeze lime juice over pork loin. Let rest. Serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 365, Calories from Fat: 195, Fat: 22 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 113 mg, Sodium: 386 mg, Potassium: 623 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 40 g

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Company News: Traci George named a ‘Top Woman in Grocery’

Traci George named a ‘Top Woman in Grocery’TYLER, Texas, June 24, 2015 – Traci George, a pharmacy zone manager for Brookshire Grocery Company, was recently recognized as a “Top Woman in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer magazine.

Now in its ninth year, the Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes leading women in the retail food industry for their strong leadership and influence in their companies and for their community involvement. Winners are named in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. George was recognized in the Rising Stars category.

A 20-year BGC employee, George supervises pharmacies in 23 East Texas stores, ensuring compliance with government regulations and company policies and procedures.

George holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in life sciences from University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is also a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and is a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. George and her husband, Clint, have two sons, Nathan and Jacob.

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