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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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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.



Family Matters: Waffle Bowls


July was declared National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. Celebrate by decorating a waffle bowl and filling it up with creamy, cold Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream! 

See these waffle bowls in the July issue of Celebrate Cooking.  Available online and in all Brookshire’s stores. 

 

Wacky Waffle Bowls

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 (7 oz) pkg waffle bowls

1 (6 oz) pkg white baking chocolate, melted

1 (8 oz) pkg semi sweet baking chocolate, melted

Toppings: shredded coconut, sprinkles and chopped nuts

Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream, flavors of your choice 

Directions:

Place semi sweet chocolate baking squares and white chocolate baking squares in separate bowls. Place bowls one at a time in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate. Microwave chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time you microwave until chocolate is melted. 

With a spoon pour melted chocolate over the rim of the waffle bowl. Make sure you cover both the inside and outside rims of the bowl. 

Decorate each bowl by adding your favorite color sprinkles, chopped nuts or shredded coconut. 

Allow chocolate to harden. Add a few scoops of your favorite Goldenbrook Farms creamy ice cream to waffle bowls and serve. 

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America’s Dessert with a Cherry on top


No dessert could be simpler than the
ice cream sundae–a scoop of ice cream,
a sweet topping, and the ubiquitous whipped cream and cherry at the top.

However, icons are never really that simple,
and, perhaps more than any other dish,
the sundae is an American icon. 

Like people, nations are what they eat. More than any other native dish, the ice cream sundae is an essential reminder of the American genius for invention, passion for indulgence, and reputation for wackiness…it’s as messy and irresistible as democracy itself.     

Source: icecreamsundae.com



Family Matters: MyPlate


For the past few years we have referred to MyPyramid as our food guide. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has transformed the guide from a pyramid to a plate. MyPlate is divided into 4 sections; fruit, vegetables, protein and whole grains. Off to the side is a circle representing dairy. A plate is a better representative of what your meal should look like regularly.

A nutritious meal is made up of a plate half full of vegetables and fruit, with a lean protein, a whole grain and a low fat dairy product. Everyone has their own personal plate based on their age, health and physical activity. Check out choosemyplate.gov to get a personalized plan just for you!

 

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Home sweet home


Eggs and ham! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 

Ingredients:
6 slices of ham
6 eggs
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbs dried rosemary
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Salt, to taste 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Place a piece of ham into each muffin cup. Ham should make a bowl in muffin cups. Add an egg to each ham bowl. Add chopped green onion, chopped tomato, black pepper, rosemary and parmesan cheese to eggs. Bake eggs 15 to 17 minutes or until eggs are set. Let cups cool slightly before removing from pan to serve. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 133, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 206 mg, Sodium: 519 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 12 g.



Want s’more ideas


Make different varieties of s’mores?  

• Add peanut butter to your graham cracker
• Use a chocolate graham cracker
• Add toasted coconut to your s’mores
• Use cookies in place of graham cracker
• Add different fruits to your s’mores: banana, strawberry, etc.
• Add pretzels to your s’mores



Family Matters: Keeping Pets Cool


I’ve always thought the “dog days” of summer were misnamed. What dog, or cat, really enjoys the broiling heat of a typical summer?

In the hot months, you need to take extra steps to keep your four-legged family members cool, healthy and happy. Even dogs and cats used to living outdoors need some special care during our long hot summers. Some ideas:

Water, water, water. If your pet’s water bowl is outside, place it in a shady spot so it stays cooler, and empty it daily to keep it clean. To cool it down, you could place a block of ice in the water bowl each morning before leaving for work. Metal bowls absorb heat and make water hotter, and some animals won’t like the taste. Ceramic or heavy plastic are better. Finally, if your animals spends time both inside and outside, make sure they have a clean water supply in both locations.

Lighten up on exercise: Even if you can handle a noontime run, your dog might not be able to. Switch daily walks to early morning or cooler evenings if possible; take along a doggie water supply if you’re out more than 30 minutes. And don’t let your dog drink from puddles in the street. Even if the water appears clean, it can contain traces of antifreeze,  pesticide or fertilizer runoff, or other chemicals that can sicken your dog.

A summer haircut:  Many breeds need more frequent grooming in summer. Keeping hair about an inch or two long will keep most breeds cooler, but never shave a dog down to the skin. They can get sunburn too.  For cats, especially long-haired ones, brush them more frequently, to remove excess hair that may make them feel hotter. Most dogs also shed more in the summer, so you may need to brush them more frequently in between haircuts, to keep hair from matting.

Sunscreen for dogs? Yes, we repeat: Dogs can sunburn too. If possible, keep your dog inside or in a shady area during the brightest sunlight of the day, about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re going to be out during that time – like at the park or the lake – you can rub a bit of sunscreen on the tip of your dog’s nose and ears, and around the lips, where fur can’t protect them.

High-protein diets: Like us, animals may eat less when it’s scalding hot. To make the most of each bite, consider switching to a higher-protein dog food, so they’re still getting the nutrients they need even if they’re consuming less.

Frozen treats: Dogs like cold treats just like we do, but those made for humans are usually filled with things like chocolate and sugar that animals shouldn’t eat. You can make your own. Simply freeze beef or chicken stock in ice cube trays, disposable plastic containers, or plastic cups.



Family Matters: Family Reunion


Summer is a great time to plan a family reunion with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, so everyone can share fun, food and fellowship.

Pick a home or place that has enough room for everyone to be comfortable, and plenty of space to enjoy outside activities. If your family has become far-flung, choose a location that’s centrally located, so as many family members as possible can join the fun.

Make your family reunion a “pot luck” meal where everyone brings their favorite foods, desserts or snacks to share.  This lets everyone share the work and the expense, and  takes a lot of the much-dreaded planning out of the process.  Make it even easier on yourself: Stop by your neighborhood Brookshire’s and pick up some prepared foods, such as fried chicken and potato salad from the deli. You are sure to be a hit at the reunion.

Bring dominos, playing cards and inside games, as well as outside games like volleyball, horse shoes and a slip n’ slide. Choose games for all ages, from young to, well, not so young. If yours is a competitive crew, consider adding a challenge, like a horseshoe tournament, a BBQ cookoff or a pie-competition, for fun and bragging rights.

Don’t forget the lawn chairs so you can sit around on the porch or in the yard and visit and catch up on what has been happening in the lives of the ones you love. And, of course, don’t forget the camera!

Family reunions don’t cost much money…just some of your time. Consider it time well-spent and rewarding as to what you and your family will gain from it.   Family is important and taking time to have a reunion will be something your kids will always treasure.  The laughter, tears and photos you share during this special time will be memories never forgotten.

Set aside some quality time this week for your own family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  

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Texas, Our Texas


Oven Pulled Pork with Homemade BBQ Sauce  

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus brining
Cook Time: 4 hours

Serves: 8   

 

 

Ingredients: 
Pork:
5 lbs boneless pork butt
1/4 cup creole mustard
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 Tbs Food Club Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt, or to taste
2 Tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp Food Club Sugar 

BBQ Sauce:
1 1/2 cups Food Club Ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2 Tbs Food Club Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbs Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1/2 tsp Food Club Black Pepper 

Directions:
Prepare brine for pork with 4 quarts water, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons liquid smoke. Add pork to brine and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. In a small bowl combine mustard, liquid smoke, seasonings and sugar; set aside. 

Preheat oven to 325° F. Remove pork from brine and dry with paper towels. Rub mustard mixture over pork. Place pork on wire rack set inside foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place parchment paper over pork, then cover with sheet of aluminum foil, sealing edges to prevent moisture from escaping. Roast pork for 3 hours. 

Remove pork from oven. Carefully pour off liquid in bottom of baking sheet. Return pork to oven and cook, uncovered, until well browned, tender and internal temperature registers 200° F on instant-read thermometer, about 1 1/2 hours. 

Transfer pork to serving dish and let rest for 20 minutes. In a medium bowl whisk together sauce ingredients. Shred pork and toss with 1 cup BBQ sauce. Serve pulled pork on hamburger bun with coleslaw. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 242, Fat: 6 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 18 g.



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