Limit your exposure to the sun by staying out of the strong sun during its strongest hours: 10 am till 4 pm. And that’s just as important in February as it is in July!
When you’re invited to a party, gluten-free eaters have to be extra-careful. If your host is willing to accommodate your special dietary needs, she may appreciate this list of suggestions.
- Try to leave croutons out of your salads.
- Wheat-based crackers will leave crumbs that contaminate dips, even if the guest himself doesn’t eat a cracker.
- If soup is served, set aside a portion of uncontaminated soup before adding any noodles.
- If you put butter or preserves on the table, open a new stick or bottle and let the celiac guest take some before other guests contaminate it with bread crumbs from their knives.
Super Flu-Fighter Fruit Smoothie
Prep Time: 3 minutes
In a blender, process 6 fresh or frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple (in chunks), 1/2 cup frozen peaches (in chunks). Add in 1/2 cup pomegranate juice drink as needed to smooth the mixture. Finally, add 3 ice cubes and process till frosty. Sweeten with 1 TBS Food Club Honey—or to taste.
Body Builder Protein Smoothie
Prep Time: 6 minutes
In a blender, combine 2 Tbs peanut butter, 1 bananA, 1/3 cup whey protein and 1 cup Lactaid Chocolate Milk. When smooth, briefly process 1/2 cup no-sugar-added
vanilla Ice Cream with the rest of the ingredients.
Bright Morning Breakfast Shake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
In a blender, combine 1/2 cup Lactaid 100 Whole Milk and 1 Tbs honey. Add 2 bananas (fresh or frozen) and 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) a bit at a time to incorporate into the shake. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
Many meats are injected with flavor solutions that contain gluten and other additives. For this reason, people on a gluten-free diet stay away from deli products. Good news, though! Brookshire’s features gluten-free deli meats from Kretschmar and Boar’s Head. Ask your deli partner to check the labels to be sure you’re getting what you want.
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.
When you’re at work, you need a few snacks in the day to keep your blood sugars in check. But if you get your snacks out of a vending machine, you could be doing much better. Brought-from-home snacks are also much healthier. Get out the plastic bags and bowls and fill them with: fruit, sliced peppers, carrots and broccoli, string cheese, cereal, granola and nuts. Now that’s snacking!
Manufactures really do listen to customers. General Mills has responded to the many requests for gluten-free foods by establishing a website with information and education about their gluten-free products.
The General Mills site is not associated in any way with Brookshire Grocery Company.
Are artificial sweeteners the answer to your sweet dessert problems? Not really. Artificial sweeteners do contain far fewer carbohydrates than regularly sweetened foods, and they’ve been proven safe in laboratory tests. But the real issue is health. Foods that use artificial sweeteners take the place of healthier foods. We really should be eating the foods that promote health—fresh fruits instead of pies and cakes. But if you’re stuck or heavily tempted, go for a sugar-free item. Just don’t make a habit of it!
Here’s a helpful, healthful resource for those eating a gluten-free (and dairy-free) diet. It’s a free online magazine called Living Without. Brookshire’s doesn’t endorse outside publications or companies—this is merely for your information! You can see the publication at:
Each Monday we feature a new or interesting product.
Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
On Wednesdays, get a tip or idea on using an item in the circular.
Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
Stop fighting the crowds, save money and dine in, every Friday.