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Product Talk: Peanut Butter


If there was a Top Five list of foods kids love, surely peanut butter would be on it. Moms love it too, because it’s a non-meat source of protein, it’s cholesterol free, and has heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Peanut butter doesn’t need refrigeration, has natural sweetness, and is a lunch box’s best friend. It just might be one of those perfect foods! You can get peanut butter several different ways: creamy or chunky; regular or natural (where the oils will separate and need to be stirred); and reduced-fat (note: there are more sugars in this type). You can even make your own! Just put a cup or two of peanuts (or other nut, for that matter) in a food processor and turn on. The nuts will chop, then turn to dust and then gradually turn to a paste. When it’s smooth enough, it’s done! You can add salt, oil or honey if you like, but plain is just fine.

What else to do with peanut butter? How about a smoothie? Combine 1 cup milk, 1 cut-up ripe banana (frozen), and 2 Tbs peanut butter in a blender until smooth. Or maybe peanutty pops: blend 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 cups milk and 1 small package instant chocolate pudding. Spoon into 4-oz paper cups, insert an ice cream stick in the center and freeze 4 hours. Try Dandy Candy Peanut Butter Balls: equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar. Squish together in a plastic bag until blended. Add enough honey or powdered sugar to make it yummy. Roll into balls or cut into bars.

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Product Talk: Spinach


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.



Product Talk: Grits


Grits are one of those foods that either you love or hate. If you’re in the hate group, maybe your problem is in how you fix them!

We’ve got a recipe for a grits casserole that will convince all but the hard-core haters to give grits another try. And if it helps you, call your grits polenta. That’s the Italian word for the same food: cooked cornmeal. 

 

Cheesy Grits

Serves 10

Prep time: 10 minutes plus chilling; Cook time: 1 hour total

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked grits

4 cups (1 quart) milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/2   tsp pepper

1/3 cup melted butter

1 3/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
Cook grits according to package directions, using milk and ½ cup butter. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the grits at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour into the baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Preheat oven to 400 DEGREES.

Cut the grits into 2-inch squares. Place the squares in the baking dish, overlapping slightly. Pour the melted butter over top and sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Product Talk: Tomatoes


If you’re trying to get your kids to love vegetables, tomatoes are a great place to start. Nothing is more fun than tiny grape, pear and cherry tomatoes! Dip or skewer on toothpicks and watch them smile! Then you can talk about heirloom tomatoes—how these seeds are from old fashioned tomatoes that grow in crazy sizes, colors and shapes—but have wonderful flavors. Hold a taste testing party and see if you can tell the differences in the varieties!



Product Talk: Cosmetics


Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals. 

 And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of  baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!



Product Talk: Going Bananas!


If you had to guess the most popular fruit in the grocery store, would you have guessed it was bananas?

They’re the quiet, unsung hero of the produce aisle. And yet, they’re the top sellers….and for good reason!

Top 5 Things We Like About Bananas

1. Portable, non-messy snack

2. High in potassium, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.

3. A peanut butter and banana sandwich on toast is fantastic!

4. They’re so naturally sweet you never have to add sugar.

5. Rubbing a mosquito bite with the inside of a banana peel helps stop the itching.      Really!



Product Talk: As Good As Fresh!


Wintertime isn’t the greatest time to find fresh fruit at its peak of ripeness. If you find yourself craving peaches and blueberries in January, take a look in the frozen foods department. There you’ll find just about any fruit that tickles your fancy!

You can choose from single fruits or bags of fruit blends—ready to thaw and serve, and if you have leftovers? Toss them in the blender with a cup of yogurt and make fruit smoothies! You can’t lose when it comes to fruit!



Product Talk: Marinara Sauce


Oh, sure, you could just call it spaghetti sauce, but marinara sauce is a particular type of tomato/pasta sauce. It contains no meat, and often has chunky vegetables (onion, celery, tomato) in the sauce and is seasoned with oregano.. For many pasta lovers, marinara is a pure sauce—the best.

Brookshire’s sells plenty of marinara and other pasta/tomato sauces. Besides a hot plate of macaroni, though, how can you use it? Here are a few ideas: 

  • It’s a great dipping sauce for bread, veggies, meat and other foods. Serve warm.
  • Spread it on a roll when serving hoagies or meatball sandwiches.
  • Substitute for ketchup when making burgers. It’s also a great pizza sauce!
  • Stir a bit into sautéed vegetables, like green beans or corn.


Product Talk: Children’s Yogurt


In the constant quest to persuade kids to eat a healthy breakfast (or enjoy a healthy snack) parents and caregivers everywhere seek a food that has a slam-dunk appeal to children. But just like adults, kids tend to want the foods that aren’t healthy for them! What’s a parent to do? I suggest steering your grocery buggy down towards the dairy aisle. 

Check out the yogurt offerings! If your children are easy-going, you can pick up garden-variety yogurt—go for the low-fat or fat-free varieties. If you need to kick up the appeal a bit, look at the yogurts that have fun toppings, from sprinkles to granola. But if your kids are the ones who turn up their noses at most things, you may have to resort to K.A.—that’s Kid Appeal. 

Many products are designed with K.A. just so they can entice children to try them. When we’re talking about yogurt, the ones with K.A. have cartoon characters on the packaging or offer some type of value-added aspect: a tube to squeeze or maybe even the ability to freeze them to make them seem even more like ice cream. 

So what’s the big deal with yogurt? It provides calcium, protein, moderate calories, fruit and vitamins. It’s a good snack. And because it will remind many of us of ice cream, we can exploit that aspect. Serve it with sliced fruit for a healthy banana split. Layer various flavors in dessert glasses. And when you’re ready to drive to school, it makes the perfect breakfast on the go!



Product Talk: Electrolytes for Sick Babies


If you’re a parent, you know what electrolytes are. They are the magical substances that help your baby get over an illness. Specifically, your baby needs electrolytes when he’s dehydrated—and that often accompanies a fever. 

The most common brand name for electrolytes is Pedialyte. It’s a liquid that helps restore the amino acids, electrolytes and nutrients quickly. When babies go a day or so without eating or drinking much, they rapidly become dehydrated, and electrolytes help restore the crucial balances. 

Getting your baby or toddler to drink his electrolytes used to be a real chore—it’s a type of medicine, after all! But recent advances have brought fruit-flavored electrolytes and also frozen fruit pop electrolytes! Now babies don’t balk as much when faced with electrolytes—because they’re yummy! 

Brookshire’s health care line, TopCare, has its own line of electrolytes, in the fruity and frozen varieties, as well as the standard liquid. Because it’s TopCare, it’s at a lower price and is guaranteed to be equal in quality to the national brands.

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