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Product Talk: Applesauce


Today is National Applesauce Cake Day! Any cake can become an applesauce cake by simply replacing the oil in a cake with applesauce. This simple substitution will lower the amount of fat in your cake resulting in a lower calorie slice of cake.  

When picking an applesauce to replace your oil, pick an unsweetened applesauce. Full Circle Natural Organic No Sugar Added Applesauce that has a NuVal score of 21 and Mott’s Natural No Sugar Added Applesauce that has a NuVal score of 26 are two good examples of applesauce to use in your favorite cake recipe. 

Applesauce Coffee Cake

Serves:12

Prep Time: 30 minutes        Cook Time: 35 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Food Club All Purpose Flour

1/4 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar

2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon

2 Tbs butter, softened

1 cup Food Club Chopped Walnuts

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp Food Club Salt

1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Nutmeg

1 cup Full Circle Natural Organic Applesauce

3/4 cup Food Club Sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons butter; mix until mixture is crumbly. Set aside for topping. 

In a medium bowl combine walnuts, 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. 

In a large bowl mix together 1/4 cup applesauce, sugar and an egg; mix until fluffy. Slowly add dry mixture alternating with milk. Stir in 3/4 cup applesauce. Spread batter over baking pan and sprinkle cinnamon topping over cake. Bake cake for 35 minute or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 219, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 123 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 5 g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 



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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Product Talk: Double Layer Cakes!


We continue to enjoy finding new and different flavors and styles of cakes to offer.  On that note, we recently launched three new unique varieties of double layer cakes.  Namely, they are Chocolate Marshmallow, S’mores Graham Cracker and Thin Mint.  How interesting is that!  While we may enjoy our many delicious ‘tried and true’ flavors such as carrot, chocolate, coconut and so forth, it’s a lot of fun to venture into something new and different.  The Graham Cracker cake features a unique graham cracker flavored layer with marshmallow buttercreme filling topped with graham crumb and chocolate garnish.  The Chocolate Marshmallow cake is a deliciously moist chocolate layer iced with sweet marshmallow buttercreme  and chocolate drizzle.  Finally, the Thin Mint cake is a deliciously moist chocolate layer with a refreshing mint buttercreme icing and abundant chocolate drizzle. 

We encourage you to try one of these new, unique and exciting new cakes that are available in all of our stores!



Product Talk: Nabisco


Attention all graham cracker lovers! I have some exciting news for you! Nabisco has reformulated their chocolate graham crackers resulting in more fiber! With the increase of fiber, the chocolate graham cracker¹s NuVal score went from an 11 to a 24!

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Product Talk: Frozen Green Beans


Most people love green beans; if they don’t, make sure they try frozen green beans instead of canned. There’s a significant difference in flavor and texture!

Frozen beans are just as healthy as fresh ones; in some cases they contain even more nutrients, because they’re picked at the peak of freshness and flash-frozen to retain freshness. If the fresh beans are looking a bit weak, try the frozen ones! 

Green beans are a low-calorie vegetable (one cup has just over 40 calories), and are high in vitamin C, K and fiber. Enjoy!  

Garlic Green Beans

Serves 5

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 (16 oz) bag frozen cut green beans

1 Tbs butter

2 Tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp Food Club Sugar

1/4 tsp Food Club Salt

1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced 

Directions:

In a medium skillet, heat the oil and sauté the beans until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat, and stir in the butter, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. When the butter is melted, add the garlic. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 75, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 134 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 2 g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 



Shop the Sale: 10 Items for $10 Sale


This week’s “10 Items for $10 Sale” (running April 13 thru 19) is loaded with 10/ $10 items throughout the store – canned goods, frozen foods, dairy products, fresh items, paper goods and much, much more! 

There’s a huge number of items in the ad all advertised at 10/ $10 to make it easy to feed your family for less and stock up on many items you need!



Product Talk: Canned Tuna


Why do we snub our noses at canned tuna? It’s a great, healthy food and it’s convenient, too! If tuna salad and tuna casserole are all you can think of, maybe you need to think again!

Tuna can make a quick weeknight supper. Stir a can into tomato sauce, add some spices and crushed red pepper. Serve over hot pasta and you’ll be a convert! Or add some tuna and roasted red peppers to your favorite tossed salad for a protein boost….or melt tuna, shredded cheddar and a tomato slice on an English muffin. See what we mean?

Canned tuna generally comes in light, white and albacore varieties. White and albacore (terms are used interchangeably) are generally milder and chunkier. You can also find tuna in pouches rather than cans. Many prefer the flavor of pouched tuna, since it doesn’t have water or broth included. It’s also very easy to take as a portable lunch!

Interested in tuna trivia? Check out Tuna Facts here:

http://www.healthytuna.com/about-tuna/tuna-facts



Product Talk: Coffee, coffee, everywhere!


Coffee is America’s favorite beverage. While most of us enjoy a nice steaming cup from time to time, not so many of us know the best ways to brew it. Here are a few tips for enjoying coffee to the fullest.

  • Use good coffee beans and grind them yourself. Freshness matters, and once beans are ground, they start to get stale. Compared to coffee house prices, even the most premium beans are a bargain!
  • Use filtered water. Since coffee is 98% water, it makes sense to use good water.
  • Heat water to a full boil to extract the most flavor from the beans.
  • Use the correct grind. Medium to coarse grinds for a press pot, medium to fine for drip or espresso makers.
  • Preheat your cup to retain the heat in your coffee longer. Fill a mug half full and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • If using flavored syrups, use 1 oz syrup per 12 oz brewed coffee.
  • Place 2 squares of chocolate (or 2 oz chocolate syrup) in your mug before pouring. Add milk to make it creamy and chocolaty.


Product Talk: Tasty Bakery Butterfinger and Nestle Crunch Crème Cakes


With the Spring/Summer season here at last, we are introducing a fun new snack crème cake that will be great for cookouts, get-togethers – you name it.  We just launched our new Tasty Bakery Butterfinger and Tasty Bakery Nestle Crunch Crème Cakes!  The product names are of course eponymous with their candy bar counterparts and as such, are a wonderful snack cake to partner with a grilled hamburger or the like!  Our own in-house bakery plant has been working on these creations for about a year or so, and finished them just in time for spring. 

These crème cakes offer the same moist, flavorful attributes that you’ve come to expect from our regular crème cakes.  The big plus to these two offerings are the addition of the fantastic candy flavors from Nestle Chocolate Company!  It’s real easy to spot these in our bakery area thanks to the actual logo for each flavor placed prominently on the container.  We encourage you to give these new delicious crème cakes a try and let us know what you think!

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Product Talk: Brown Rice


When I was in college I had a roommate that absolutely loved rice. I felt like we had rice at every meal! She would always pull out her rice maker and every night she would fix us a different kind of rice; rice was her thing. 

Rice is a popular food in many cultures. Think about it every time you go to a Mexican restaurant it never fails whatever meal you order you’re more than likely going to get rice as a side dish. Another culture that rice is popular in is the Caribbean culture. In the Caribbean, they add green peas and coconut to their rice, which makes a delicious sweet treat! 

When strolling down the rice aisle you’ll see a range of NuVal scores, you’ll find scores anywhere between 2 and 91 with the average score being a 39. Full Circle Brown Rice has a score of 82, which is an excellent score! Try this Caribbean Coconut Rice recipe with Full Circle Brown Rice! 

Caribbean Coconut Rice

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes        Cook Time: 50 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup water

1 cup Full Circle Basmati Brown Rice

1/2 cup Full Circle Fat-Free Milk, warm

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut

2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Food Club Salt

1/2 cup Food Club Frozen Petite Peas, thawed

Toasted coconut, to garnish 

Directions:

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rice to boiling water, reduce heat, cover and let rice simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. In a blender, combine warm milk and shredded coconut; blend until smooth. Add milk to saucepan with rice and let cook for 15 minutes or until milk is absorbed. Stir in cinnamon, salt and peas and let rice cook for 5 minutes. Garnish rice with toasted coconut. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 157, Fat: 3 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 401 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 4 g. 

© 2011, 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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