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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!



Product Talk: Kiwi Berries


Kiwi BerriesPaul and I went shopping in Brookshire’s yesterday, and as we were almost finished and headed to the checkout, Paul wanted to go back to the produce section one more time. “I have to see if they have something,” he said.

He was looking for kiwi berries, a fruit I’d never seen before.

They look like a large grape and taste like a kiwi (without the fuzzy skin). They are delicious, and Paul eats them like candy. In fact, he said they usually don’t make it home from the grocery store. I think the only reason they did yesterday was that we wanted to share them with my older son who LOVES kiwi.

These are great for school lunches because I’ve been sending him with a whole kiwi and a plastic knife and spoon to eat it with (he cuts the kiwi in half horizontally and scoops out the green insides with his spoon), but schools these days frown upon knives of any kind, even the plastic ones. With kiwi berries, he can just pop them into his mouth!

Kiwi berries are high in vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also high in fiber and a great source of potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. Kiwi berries are nutritionally dense and considered a super-food.

Kiwi berries should be stored in a cool, dry place and eaten soon after purchasing. Get them while you see them because their season is very short.



Healthy Living: Pumpkin


PumpkinsIt’s that time of year for all things pumpkin.

I know you’ve seen the jokes about Pumpkin Spice everything (have you seen the new pumpkin spice M&M’s candies?), but pumpkin deserves the hype it gets this time of year.

Pumpkin (not the spiced latte version) is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Technically a gourd, pumpkin is low in calories but abundant in vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes.

Pumpkin is recommended by dieticians to control cholesterol and help in weight reduction (again, not the candied variety). Pumpkin is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, and has a lot of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a great source of dietary fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. Pumpkin seeds are also a wonderful source of protein, minerals and vitamins. Nutritionally, 100 grams of pumpkin seeds account for 559 calories; 30 grams of protein; 110 percent RDA of iron; 4,987 milligrams of niacin (31 percent of RDA); selenium (17 percent of RDA); zinc (71 percent) and no cholesterol.

Pumpkin can be baked, braised, stewed, simmered, pureed, steamed, roasted and eaten in almost any way you can imagine! If you haven’t already hopped on the pumpkin bandwagon, take a hayride with this awesome vegetable this fall.



Healthy Living: Grilled Peaches


Grilled PeachesOne of my favorite healthy treats in the summertime is grilled peaches.

They’re a perfect summertime dessert or a healthy snack. Peaches are about 50 calories per fruit and have zero fat. They’re full of antioxidants and phytochemicals. They have lots of vitamins A and C, which are good for your skin. Peaches are also said to reduce anxiety! They have a diuretic effect, which is good for the kidneys and bladder.

Plus, they’re super-easy to grill.

Grilling a peach caramelizes it beautifully, bringing out all its natural sugars. If you use local honey, you get added sweetness and a crisp crust on your peach.

Slice your peach in half. Remove the stone. Brush cut-side with local honey. Place on grill, cut-side up, over medium heat; grill until it begins to soften. Flip over to cut-side, and grill until there are char marks and the honey has caramelized.

Serve immediately.



Product Talk: La Croix Sparkling Water


La Croix Sparkling Water It’s important to stay hydrated all year long, but this summer was an especially hot one!

La Croix Sparkling Water has been my solution all summer long to staying hydrated.

It’s SO GOOD.

I’ve loved sparkling water for years, ever since I lived in Germany where they serve you sparkling water as a matter of course. Until recently, I hadn’t found an abundance of sparkling waters here in the United States.

La Croix changed all of that.

I keep several cases in my refrigerator at all times. I CRAVE it first thing in the morning. I pop open a can after I get out of the shower to help cool down and to start the day in a sparkling way.

I love the lime, the grapefruit and the cran-raspberry. Heck, I love them all. There’s Cerise Limón (cherry lemon) in my refrigerator at work. There is a berry flavor and a mango flavor I haven’t tried yet. In fact, there are 19 different flavors of La Croix Sparkling Water.

La Croix Sparkling Water has zero calories, zero fat, zero sodium, zero carbs, zero sugars and zero protein. The only ingredients are water and natural flavors.

Sometimes I add extra fresh lemon or lime.

In fact, I think I’ll grab one now.



Product Talk: Snack Time


Dried SnacksThey were there near the register, calling me like the siren’s song one evening at checkout.

Clear plastic packages of homemade snacks.

There was dried pineapple. Sesame sticks. Snack mix. Dried peas.

And, drum roll please, dried okra.

Holy, beautiful bite of deliciousness, Batman!

While I love all of Brookshire’s Snack Packs, I really, really love the dried okra. I guess they dehydrate it. Or bake it until its crisp. Or both. These little nuggets of happiness are crunchy, crispy and salty, all of my favorite things.

The okra is dried whole, so you can grab a piece just as you would a chip or a cheese puff. I can (and do) eat the whole snack container by myself at one sitting.

There are so many different snack packs at Brookshire’s. If dried okra isn’t your thing, try the dried mango or salty, crunchy peas.

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong!



Family Matters: Gripe Water


Gripe WaterWhen my younger son, Luke, was about four weeks old, he started screaming in the afternoon. Every afternoon, all afternoon.

He’d usually scream until about 7pm, so that was a solid three hours of a super cranky baby, an even crankier momma and a confused older brother who was 19 months old at the time.

A wailing baby, a crabby toddler and a worn out mother do not make for a good combination, let me just tell you.

Sometimes I could hold Luke over my shoulder at just the right angle for him to get some relief, but you try doing that for three hours a day when you have a toddler running around.

I could wear him in a sling, which is what I usually did, but I didn’t want to cook dinner and deal with hot foods with a baby strapped to my chest.

The worst part was that I didn’t know what was making him cry.

The doctor diagnosed Luke with colic and gave me some prescription gas drops for the baby, but I didn’t like to use those as they smelled like alcohol when my poor infant burped. Ewwwwwww.

So, I tried Gripe Water, which doctors, nurses and grandmothers around the world claim help soothe colic and constipation in babies.

Gripe water is made with herbs like ginger, chamomile and fennel, which will soothe and settle down the stomach by lessening the gas and also calm baby. Gripe water is sold over the counter and doesn’t have side effects. Given that the digestive system of the baby is not wholly matured, gas will be built up in their stomachs and that hurts baby. When the gripe water is given to colicky babies, it changes the small gas bubbles into one larger gas bubble that can be belched out easily, thereby relieving the baby. Gripe waters are flavorless so most babies like them.

I felt like Gripe Water was a safe and effective alternative to a prescription medication for my Luke. The Gripe Water lessened his pain and made for much more pleasant afternoons in our house, I can assure you!

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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!



Healthy Living: Summer Water


Summer WaterI’ll admit it: I have a hard time drinking water (except carbonated water, which is a whole other blog post).

So, to entice myself to drink more water, I like to flavor it, especially in the summertime.

You can flavor your water with just about any fruit or vegetable under the sun. It’s a natural and healthy way to boost your water without adding sugar or extra calories.

My favorite combination is cucumber, lime and mint.

I just add it to the jug of water I keep in the fridge, let it sit overnight and the water is deliciously infused the next morning. Cucumber lime mint is tangy; it helps your system detox and is incredibly refreshing.

Try it with watermelon, strawberries, mangos, kiwis and lemons. You can also use celery, kale, spinach, basil or squash.

My kids even drink it up quickly!



Healthy Living: Dates


DatesA friend of mine just returned from a trip to China, and she brought back packaged, dried dates. She gave me a handful, colorfully wrapped in cellophane with mysterious Chinese characters on them. She said she ate them all through her trip for extra energy, to avoid hunger pains and for something healthy in a foreign land.

Dried dates are sold at Brookshire’s, too.

Dates are a healthy way to incorporate fiber and antioxidants into your diet.

Dates can give you relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer and many other conditions.

Dates are good for gaining weight also, if you need to bulk up.

Dates are rich in several vitamins and minerals, and they contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Eat them as a snack food to stay full and feel full of energy.



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