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Family Matters: Family Movie Nights


If you have kids, you know how expensive it is to go out to the movies and get popcorn and drinks.  Our family has special “movie nights” at home with everyone taking turns picking out the movies.  We have a family dinner and then we lounge in the comfort of our own home and watch one or more movies and eat popcorn.  This makes for great quality time with your kids and normally brings lots of laughter and joy in the house. 

Below is an easy recipe for White Chocolate Covered Popcorn that our family enjoys during our “movie nights”. 

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Ingredients:
4  (3.3 oz) bags of Food Club Butter Popcorn
1 (24 oz) pkg of Food Club Quick ‘n Easy White Bark
Wax Paper

Directions:

Cut recipe down – 1 bag of popcorn and 3 squares of white bark.  

Cook popcorn as directed and pour in large bowl.  Place white bark in microwave and melt as directed.  Take the melted bark and drizzle over the bowl of popcorn.  Stir occasionally to make sure it is mixed up good.  Pour contents of bowl on wax paper and let it sit for a few minutes.  Put the popcorn in several small bowls for your family and begin enjoying the sweet taste of perfection!  Suggestions:  Add chopped pecans or colored sugar sprinkles for the kids to make it more fun.

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “movie night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.



Shop the Sale: Keeping Hydrated


It is important to stay hydrated especially in this hot weather! If your son is heading out to football practice then make sure he has a drink to keep him hydrated. Dasani water, Gatorade Thirst Quenchers, and Propel Fitness Waters are all on sale at Brookshire’s. Pick up your child’s favorite drink to keep them hydrated in the hot sun.



Summer Lunch Fun is in the Bag!


 

Your children will have a ball learning how to make their own lunches, but even more, they’ll love sharing time with you.

 

Do you like eating the same thing for lunch every day?
Odds are, you don’t. And you know what? Neither do most kids. Sack lunches can get boring, but there’s no reason they need to be. With a little fun and imagination, you can get your children excited about what’s in their lunches, and you can get them fired up about helping you make them.

 

First up, sit down and talk to your kids about the kinds of foods they might like to eat for lunch. And not just what they already know and like. Give them some new things to think about. Even better, have the conversation in the grocery store where they can see what you’re talking about. Help them understand all the different options they have to choose from. Tired of wheat bread? Let’s try a tortilla. Or a pita. Or a hoagie roll. I know you love American cheese, but how about trying cheddar, pepper jack or mozzarella instead?

 

From breads and proteins, to cheeses, toppings and condiments, let your children pick out some fun, new lunch choices. Then, go home and, together, set your kitchen up like a deli so THEY can learn how to make the world’s best sandwich. How fun is that?

 

YOU CAN CREATE A FUN MENU TOO

First, lay out all your main course ingredients in four different columns. In the first column, set aside all your different bread and wrap options. In the second column, have the kids choose what’s going in the sandwich or wrap, like different meats or peanut butter and jelly. The third column is for all the different cheeses they may want to add. Finally, column 4 is for toppings like condiments and vegetables. Let your kids fill out the order the night before by checking one item from each column. That way you can easily prepare their sandwich and not have to make those “morning rush” decisions.

 

Once their sandwich is made, have them go to the fridge and pick out what else they want to add to their lunch. To make it easy for them, have two containers in the fridge—one for fresh vegetables and the other for fresh, cut-up fruit, like watermelon, pineapple and grapes. You could also put out a chip/cracker basket they could choose from and every so often offer a cookie or brownie as a special treat.

 

Brookshire’s makes it easy and fun to pack lunches. Keeping a vegetable tray on hand makes choosing a variety of healthy snacks easy. Don’t forget the fruit. The USDA recommends 2 – 4 servings daily. Pineapple is a great source of vitamins and Brookshire’s does all the work for you with fresh cored pineapple in the produce department.  Brookshire’s brownies make an excellent sweet snack to pack in your kids lunches. You can find our 8×8 pans in the bakery department.

 

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Healthy Living: Trends and Workout Regimens


Even with the summer heat in full swing, it is important to continue our healthy living trends and good workout regimens.  Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you can do to not only help in your weight loss goals, but keep your body healthy.

As a volunteer fire fighter, I visit Texas A&M once a year to attend Fire fighting school. This last summer of classes, my class in particular, lost 25% of its students in the first 4 hours due to poor hydration.  Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can affect you even if you are not working out and are potentially life threatening conditions.

Drink plenty of water especially if you know that you will be working outside in the hot sun and especially if you are planning on doing intense cardio. Even coming out of the gym, the heat can still cause you to fall ill. A good investment for the summer might even be a small portable cooler that you can carry around in your car. This will allow you to carry water and your favorite sports drinks, to help maintain electrolyte balance, wherever you go. You should also avoid working out during the peak heat hours of the day. Try to get your workout in either first thing in the morning, or later in the evening.

Following the simple tips above you should be able to avoid dehydration. Here are some basic symptoms of dehydration in children and adults, if you start to experience these symptoms; treatment is usually as simple as rehydration. In children however treatment will vary based on the cause of dehydration, so it is important to always consult your pediatrician:

• thirst
• less-frequent urination
• dry skin
• fatigue
• light-headedness
• dizziness
• confusion
• dry mouth and mucous membranes
• increased heart rate and breathing

In children, additional symptoms may include:

• dry mouth and tongue
• no tears when crying
• no wet diapers for more than 3 hours
• sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks
• high fever
• listlessness
• irritability
• skin that does not flatten when pinched and released

Remember these simple tips to prevent dehydration:

• Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun.
• Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing.
• Try to schedule physical outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day.
• Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.
• For infants and young children, solutions like Pedialyte will help maintain electrolyte balance during illness or heat exposure. Do not try to make fluid and salt solutions at home for children

Be safe in the summer heat and remember hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 



Healthy Living: Sports Safety Blog


As a new year is quickly approaching, not only are kids getting ready to head back to school and get back into their daily routines. The new school year means the beginning of sports season. The sport that everyone looks forward to is football season, every Friday night under the roar of cheering fans and bright stadium lights two teams go head to head to battle it out on the field.

Through the hard hits, tackles and the yards of running to cross the end zone line to have the ref throw both arms up in the air saying touchdown, comes the risk of injuries. 

No one wants to be watching from the sidelines, so here are some quick tips to keep your All Star on the field.

1. Have each child a physical for any possible risk factors

2. Be sure each play has properly fitted safety equipment

3. Make sure all athletes have proper nutrition and hydration

4. But the most important thing is to have fun

With these quick tips you won’t have to miss out on Friday night lights. So go out and support your hometown team.



Family Matters: Modified Ice Cream Bar Pie


Some of you have been asking me how my son’s ice cream birthday cake turned out…let me tell you, my new teenager was thrilled with his ice cream bar pie!

I had to adjust the original recipe from the Celebrate Cooking magazine because my son does not eat chocolate. Yes, you read that right he does not like chocolate! Apparently he did not inherit my taste buds. 

The dessert was easy and took only minutes to make, leaving me with lots of time to enjoy his party!
Here are my modifications to the Ice Cream Bar Pie:
Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18
Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches (it uses vanilla wafers)
1 (12 oz) tub fat-free frozen whipped topping
1 (16 oz) pkg frozen sweetened strawberries or fresh strawberries
Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread the thawed frozen strawberries over sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over frozen strawberries. Freeze pie for 30 minutes. Top with fresh strawberries before serving.


Shop the Sale: Food Club Yogurt


With the kiddos going back to school this week, I need to get stocked up on breakfast, lunchbox and snack foods. If your school mornings are anything like mine, they can get a little crazy! When we are having, you know, ‘one of those mornings’ – it’s smoothies for breakfast. Smoothie are quick, easy to make and nutritious.

I start with Food Club Yogurt; which happens to be on sale this week, orange juice or milk, frozen strawberries, a banana, local honey or Stevia and a few ice cubes.

Mix in a blender, pour into to-go cups and we are out the door.  

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie mix-ins used in different combination:
Strawberries
Bananas (fresh or frozen)
Blueberries
Apple juice
Vanilla
Vanilla yogurt
Stevia
Local honey
Nutmeg
Milk
Orange juice
Flax seed
Rice protein powder
Frozen mixed berries 
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Cool Mix-in’s


Peanut Butter Dream Ice Cream 

Ingredients:

2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Peanut Butter Bash Ice Cream
1/4 cup Hershey’s Reese’s Pieces 

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine ice cream and Reese’s Pieces.

Mix ice cream until well combined. 

Serves: 4 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 268, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 119 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 6 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. 

Cherries ‘N Cream Sweet Treat 

Ingredients:
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Cherries N’ Cream Ice Cream
5 blocks of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar 

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. 

Serves: 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 198, Fat: 10 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 28 mg, Sodium: 46 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 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. 

Turtles ‘N Cream Chocolate Treat 

Ingredients:
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Turtles N’ Cream Ice Cream
1/4 cup Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup 

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine ice cream and Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Mix ice cream until well combined. 

Serves: 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 220, Fat: 8 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 123 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 0 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. 

Grandma’s Mint Chocolate Moon Pie 

Ingredients:
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
2 Mint Crunch Moon Pies 

Directions:
Combine ice cream and Moon Pies in a blender, blend until smooth.

Serves: 4 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 255, Fat: 14 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 85 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 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. 

Chick-O-Stick Milkshake 

Ingredients:
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Ice Cream
1 bag Atkinson’s Chick-O-Stick Candy
2 Tbs dry-roasted peanuts 

Directions:
Crush Chick-O-Sticks and peanuts in blender and add ice cream. Blend together.

Serves: 4 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 236, Fat: 12 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 61 mg, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 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. 

Rocky Road Cool Treat 

Ingredients:
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Rocky Road Ice Cream
1 Almond Joy bar 

Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender, blend until smooth. 

Serves: 4 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 225, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 83 mg, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 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.

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Family Matters: Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store


It’s HOT outside.  Summer vacation time is beginning to wind down as the kids are thinking about going back to school.  Before the good times run out this summer, take time to do at least one or two more fun activities with your children or grandchildren.   

The best FREE outing I could suggest is a trip to the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler, TX.  You’ll find a link to the museum under the “Kids” section on the Brookshires.com website showing the days and hours of operation.  The museum is always a favorite destination for my two grandsons when they visit me in Tyler.  And you can’t beat the fact that it always offers free admission!



Watermelon Creamsicles


 

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus freezing 

 

Ingredients:
2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
3 cups Goldenbrook Farms Watermelon Sherbet
1 cup 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
In a blender, add seedless watermelon and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, combine watermelon juice with remaining ingredients and mix by hand. 

Place sherbet mixture into cups or popsicle molds. Place sherbet mix in the freezer. If using a cup, let sherbet get firm and add craft stick. Place back in freezer. Freeze until firm.

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