Kale is dark green and full of anti-oxidants. Since it is a dark green leaf you know it is full of vitamin K. Kale is also high in calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. When cooking with kale you must remember that it shrinks quite a bit, so make sure you do not underestimate the amount you may need.
If you love salads, then this is your week at Brookshire’s. This week at Brookshire’s many ingredients to make a delicious salad are on sale. To start off a salad you need some kind of leaves, right? Well Fresh Express Salads are on sale. Then you can put in chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped pieces of apple, chopped green bell pepper and cucumber in that salad. At Brookshire’s, green bell pepper, cucumber, Royal Gala apples, and vine cluster cherry tomatoes are on sale. Stop by Brookshire’s to get all these ingredients for a delicious salad.
Pineapple is one of my favorite fruit; you can get pineapple fresh, canned, in rings or in chunks. I love adding pineapple to turkey burgers or a chicken sandwich. Pineapple is great to cook with meats because it has bromelain, this enzyme helps tenderize the meat but you have to get fresh pineapple for this to work correctly. Pineapple is high in fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Did you know that fruits can help you stay hydrated with the help of water? Some fruits are full of water. Oranges are extremely juicy treats, when you take a bite the juices just run out. You can refrigerate oranges and eat the juicy orange after a hot day in the sun.
Oranges are also full of vitamin C and fiber, so they make a healthy snack.Water is also very important to stay hydrated. Both Food Club water bottles and California Navel Oranges are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.
When you buy fresh produce does it spoil too quickly? If so, frozen vegetables would be a better alternative. Frozen vegetables are a great idea to keep in your freezer. They are handy to have in case you cannot think of an idea for dinner; you can just pull them out of the freezer and cook.
Frozen vegetables are delicious added to pasta or stir fry. When vegetables are frozen they last longer than when they are fresh, therefore you could store them for a few weeks. When certain vegetables are out of season you can purchase them frozen. This week on sale at Brookshire’s is Food Club frozen vegetables. This would be a great time to stock up on them.
Fresh Express Salad Blends are on sale at Brookshire’s. These are great pre-made salads in a bag and very quick to make. If you are not good at making salads this is the way to go, because they include almost everything you need.
Also on sale, are strawberries and oranges, which would be a great touch in a salad. Adding fruit to your salad can make it very delicious.
Babies and bananas go together like…..Mom and apple pie. Many pediatricians recommend bananas as the ideal first food, because they’re naturally sweet, very low on the allergy-potential list, and they’re creamy and healthy—no fat, no cholesterol and lots of antioxidants.
Fixing bananas for your baby is easy, too. Take a very-ripe banana, and mash it with a fork. And that’s it! If you think it’s a bit thick, stir in a few drops of water or milk. Start with just a tiny serving—one teaspoon is plenty for the first time out—and take it from there. If you prefer a more shelf-stable and convenient serving method, you can also buy bananas in jars of baby food. Read labels to be sure you’re getting bananas and only bananas!
Start a lifelong love of healthy fresh food by putting bananas high on your list of baby-friendly foods.
Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day sneak up on you without having something green to fix for dinner! We’ve got broccoli crowns on sale this week—perfect for adding a touch of green to your plate. Broccoli is a good source of calcium, fiber and Vitamin C and very low in calories. Many nutritionists call it a super food, so take advantage of a great price on a great vegetable!
Did you know mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world? You might not think so if you base it on our local population, but when you factor in everybody in the world, mangoes have a lot of fans! They’re sweet and juicy and rich in fiber, Vitamin C and A, and taste kind of like a blend between peaches and raspberries.
Mango skin has an astringent quality, so you don’t want to eat the peel. And there’s a large pit in the center, so it can be a challenge to prepare until you get the hang of it. But this’ll get you started: take a sharp knife and cut around the pit on all sides, kind of like how you’d pit an avocado. Peel the skin away from the fruit and enjoy! Be warned, though: mangoes are so juicy that you may end up with sweet mango drippings running down your arms!
Mangoes make a great ingredient to fruit salads, or a topping for yogurt. But if you’d like a couple other ideas, here you go:
• Make a delicious salad by tossing fresh mango slices and mozzarella cheese slices with lemon juice and oil. Top with basil, salt and pepper.
• Sprinkle diced mango on a quesadilla before cooking to add a bit of sweetness to a savory dish.
• Make your own mango ice pops: puree fresh mango chunks in a blender. Pour into ice cube trays, stick in toothpicks or ice pop sticks and freeze.
Popeye was right! Spinach is a super food that really helps your body grow and be strong. And if babies start out eating spinach, they will learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives. When they’re very young, babies may have a bit of trouble with spinach, because it’s full of fiber—and chewing. So you can start with jarred baby food! Spinach is full of iron, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. As your child gets older, steam or cook spinach and blend or stir it into just about anything—oatmeal, scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce—it’s the perfect camouflage veggie. As years pass, use spinach in place of lettuce for salads and in sandwiches. Add a few leaves to quesadillas and pizzas, try cream of spinach soup….and you get the idea.
If you had a hard time liking spinach in your life, it could be because you had bad spinach. Boiled and squishy spinach can be hard for anyone to enjoy! Instead, get a big handful of leaves and steam them very briefly—just enough to wilt. You can put them in the microwave with a spoonful of water and cover with plastic wrap. Cook 1 or 2 minutes and that’s it! Lightly steamed spinach is amazingly better than the soggy stuff.
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