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Healthy Living: Healthy Lunches


It’s that time of year again, summer is ending and school is just around the corner. Parents prepare their children for the start of the school year by purchasing new school uniforms, new school supplies, and helping to finish all the school summer projects. What parents may fail to adequately prepare is healthy school lunches. As you prepare your child for the school year, do not neglect their nutrition. A healthy mind stems from a healthy body and a healthy diet. 

A healthy diet includes all three nutrient classes: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. All three nutrients make the body healthy and strong. A proper diet is essential in children, as they need these nutrients in order to grow strong, both physically and mentally. A carbohydrate is the body’s energy source. Good carbohydrates to include in your child’s lunch are: fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread products, and low-fat dairy products. Try to avoid empty, unhealthy carbohydrates, such as: chips, cookies, crackers, and sweets. Protein is important in normal growth and development. It helps children develop strong muscles. Good protein sources include: beans, nuts, turkey, ham, and peanut butter. Lastly, healthy fats are important in your child’s development. Healthy fats include: salad dressings, such as Italian dressing and low-fat Ranch dressing as a nice side to dip their carrots or celery in. 

Just because your child needs a healthy lunch, does not mean it needs to be boring. A few tips to encourage your child to eat their healthy lunch include:

  1. Include a low-fat dip, such as peanut butter or low-fat ranch with the vegetables (carrots, celery) so that your kids enjoy the taste more.
  2. Instead of a sweet dessert, include a low-fat yogurt, Jell-O, or fruit choice, as these are sweet and healthy substitutes.
  3. Instead of including regular potato chips, use baked chips or pretzels as a healthier alternative.
  4. When preparing sandwiches, use whole-grain bread instead of white bread. Go easy on the mayonnaise.
  5. As for drinks, include low-fat milk or water frequently. Use juice or soda sparingly. These are full of sugar and empty calories.           


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



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



M&M’s + Chex = happy trails


Caramel Crunch Trail Mix

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Serves: 12 

Directions:
1 cup caramel bits
2 Tbs heavy cream
1 cup peanuts
3 cups air-popped popcorn
1 cup Chocolate Chex
3/4 cup Peanut or Milk Chocolate M&M’s 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 225° F. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine caramel and heavy cream; stir until caramel is melted. Spread peanuts, popcorn and Chex cereal over baking sheet; mix well. Pour caramel sauce over popcorn mixture. Place popcorn in the oven and bake for 1 hour stirring occasionally. In a large bowl combine popcorn mixture and candies. 

Zoo Trail Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12 

Ingredients:
1 cup animal crackers
1 cup Wheat Chex
1/2 cup Pretzel M&M’s
1 cup pretzels
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup dried bananas
1/2 cup almonds 

Directions:
In a large bowl combine all ingredients. 

S’mores Trail Mix
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Serves: 8 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Milk Chocolate M&M’s
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 cups Golden Graham Cereal
1 cup Cinnamon Chex 

Directions:
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients.



Family Matters: 25 Things For Kids To Do This Summer


As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,” inevitably cross their lips! While kids do enjoy having some freedom during the summer, a few structured activities are always a good idea.

The following is a quick list of ideas to get your creativity flowing and to fill some down time during the summer months. You can let your kids pick from the list of what they would like to do or simply surprise them with a special activity each day. Doing activities with your kids not only provides a structured environment, but also allows for quality family time. This simple investment of time will be remembered for years to come.

So review the list below, visit websites, and see which activities are best for your family. With these 25 things to do, you may just escape the “I’m bored” this summer! 

Make home made ice cream

Have a picnic

Help make dinner

Bake some cookies

Set up a lemonade stand

Make a bird feeder with peanut butter and birdseeds

Make crafts from recyclables

Roast marshmallows

Eat watermelon and count the seeds

Make juice ice pops

Make smoothies

Pick flowers to decorate the table

Cool off with fruit ice cubes

Make placemats for the table

Paint with pudding

Pop some popcorn & enjoy a movie

Make fresh squeezed orange juice

Eat dinner on the patio

Make homemade play dough

Make treats for your pet

Write a grocery list and let kids do the shopping

Visit an orchard and pick fruits

Bake your own mini pizzas

Make homemade peanut butter



Family Matters: Grape Popsicles


Popsicles are a cold, icy treat to help cool down after playing outside or working in the yard. Here’s a way to make your own personal popsicles with your favorite fruit juices. 

When at the store pick up a jug of your favorite 100% fruit juice or you can juice the fruit yourself. Adding chopped fruit to the fruit juice will add flair to a plain popsicle. Mix and matching fruit flavors is always fun for the whole family! You can make strawberry banana, blueberry pomegranate or strawberry kiwi popsicles. Pour your fruit mixture into small paper cups and place a stick in the middle. Place popsicles in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until solid. 

Pick up some 100% grape juice and enjoy your very own grape popsicle! 



Shop the Sale: Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale!


It’s time to make your pennies count with our Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale! Take advantage of this sale with Buy One Get One For A Penny products such as: Boneless Pork Chops, Bagged Russet Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Doritos, Cheez-It Snack Crackers, Lean Cuisine Entrees, Mrs. Baird’s Bread and Scott Tissue. So start counting your pennies and save!



Family Matters: Huggies Little Swimmers


Is this the first summer you will bring your bundle of joy to the pool with you?  Don’t worry about pesky diapers that swell in the pool, pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Swim pants. Huggies Little Swimmers are made with absorbent materials that do not swell when your baby is playing in the water.

You can get Little Swimmers for your infant and even your toddler. With leak guard protection you will not have to worry about leaks when your baby is splashing around in the pool. When heading to the lake or the pool always keep on eye on your little one!  



Product Talk: Ice cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet, Oh My!


Ice creams and cold treats become a staple item in most southern freezers in the hot summer. When kids are running in from splashing around in the pool and shooting hoops outside they want a cold treat to cool them down.

 There are many frozen treats on the market today; you can choose from a variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbet and other frozen items. With such a vast variety, choosing a nutritious treat can become difficult.

The NuVal scores for these treats can be as low as 1, all the way to a perfect score of 100. Even though you can find high scoring products, most frozen treats never exceed a score of a 40. The nutrients that have the greatest influence on scores in this category are calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and added sugars.  

Next time you’re looking for a frozen treat try to find a product that is higher than the average score of a 17.

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Family Matters: Cookie Monster Time…


What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with two favorites – cookies and ice cream! 

 If you ever try this at home it will be something that you do from now on with your family.  

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – pkg of Food Club Bake n’ Break Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 – Half Gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 – Bottle of Food Club Chocolate Syrup
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Chopped Nuts (optional) 

Directions:

Bake cookies as directed.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven place one or two on a plate and add a scoop(s) of ice cream on top.  Once you add the ice cream, drizzle the chocolate syrup on top.  If you like you can also add cool whip and nuts for a little extra fun. 

This is a fun and delicious treat to make and enjoy with your family any time!  Stop by Brookshire’s and pick up the items you need and have a “cookie monster” time.  

Don’t forget to set aside some quality time this week for your family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  



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