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Family Matters: Compromise, Not Sacrifice!


My kids are much older now, but when they were little, I was a real fanatic about serving only the most-healthy foods possible. Compromise was out of the question. In the years since then, I’ve softened my position, and while my family still eats healthier than most, sometimes you have to give a little here and there. And it’s compromise, not sacrifice. We stay true to the most important aspects of our food plan, but there are some areas where a little splurge now and then can be a good thing!

For instance, in their lunch boxes, or in the snack bag when we went to visit friends, I used to insist on ultra-healthy, ultra-natural foods. And I’m still not going to put cookies and chips in the bag, but I have decided that some of the pre-packaged items I’d always boycotted weren’t really that bad! Crust-less sandwiches, frozen yogurt tubes and juice boxes were still a lot cheaper than buying fast food, and they weren’t as pure as foods I prepared myself, but you know what? They’ll still work just fine. Kids do like to fit in with their friends, and the convenience of ready-to-use items is really handy. At home, they’re happy to eat what they’ve always eaten, but when it’s a special time, the food can be special, too.

We saved these items for play dates and lunch boxes, and it turned out to be a compromise that worked.



Product Talk: Rice


What’s this week’s four-letter word? RICE. Yes, rice. Talk about plain and simple, rice can do just about anything, and there are more varieties of rice than you can shake a stick at. Brown rice, white rice, wild rice, long grain, short grain….the list goes on and on.

For most of us, the first decision is white rice versus brown rice. Brown rice is whole-grain rice, and the white version had much of the extra nutrition removed—very similar to how bread has white and whole-grain brown types. White rice cooks a little faster, but brown rice is healthier and only take about 5minutes longer to cook.

Check the package of every rice variety for cooking proportions, but much of the time, it’s two or three to one; that is, two or three parts water to one part rice. Some use a bit more or less, so read the label the first time. Rice does best when the water is brought to a boil; rice added; returned to a simmer; cover and simmer until water has been absorbed.

Once cooked, refrigerate rice in a covered container. It also freezes well. Spread it on a baking sheet, in a single layer. Freeze and then transfer to a freezer bag where you can remove as much as you need at a time. This is almost instant rice!

Have you ever made fried rice? It’s nice and simple. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Add a teaspoon of minced garlic and a cup each of shredded carrots, frozen peas and leftover chicken. Sauté 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of cooked rice and add soy sauce tot taste. Serve throughout and serve! (Don’t forget the chop sticks.)

Or how about green rice salad? Mix 1 ½ cups cooked rice, 1 cup thawed green peas, ¼ cup chopped parsley and about 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing. Mix and serve!

Rice has lots of carbohydrates, which makes it a good energy source. Brown rice has more complex carbohydrates, due to the whole-grained nature of it. Diabetics need to watch how much rice they eat, because of their concerns with carbohydrate balancing. People on a gluten-free diet can enjoy rice in place of pasta!



Shop The Sale: It’s Soup Time!


Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chicken soup on a chilly fall evening? Chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chicken and vegetable, chicken tortilla, chicken and dumplings….there’s a soup for every day of the week. If you remember soup like grandma used to make, there’s one secret for making it happen without stress and fuss. The secret? Use a slow cooker!

They’re inexpensive appliances, and if you don’t have one in the back of your pantry, do run out and get one—it’ll be worth its weight in chicken soup!

On sale this week at Brookshire’s is Pilgrim’s Pride Whole Chicken—the key ingredient to great chicken soup. And with your slow cooker, making it is a snap!

Rinse the chicken, and check inside to be sure there aren’t any giblets (innards) in there. Place the chicken in your slow cooker. Throw in whatever vegetables seem nice and soup-worthy:  an onion, garlic, celery, a potato or two…..this isn’t for the final soup yet, but to create a really flavorful broth. If you like, season with salt, pepper, bay leaf and poultry seasoning.  Add water to fill the cooker about halfway and turn on the slow cooker and let it cook all day (or all night, depending on your schedule).

After 8 hours or so, pull out the cooked chicken and place on a cutting board to cool slightly. Strain the incredibly delicious-smelling broth. Skim off the fat for a healthier soup.

You can chill the broth to make soup later, or proceed: Put the broth in a kettle and add the vegetables you love to see in soup: a bag of frozen mixed veggies, maybe, or corn, green beans….it’s your call. Pull the chicken meat off the bones (it practically shreds by itself) and add. Adjust the seasonings: add salt, pepper or poultry seasoning to your personal tastes. Simmer until veggies are done. Add cooked rice, or uncooked noodles (or whatever other ingredients your recipe calls for), simmer a few more minutes, and your soup is ready to serve.

Wasn’t that easy? And it all started with whole chickens on sale!

Note: omit pasta for a great gluten-free meal!



Healthy Living: Hummus Dip


Have you ever tried hummus? It’s a really popular dish in middle-eastern countries, but it’s getting pretty well-known in the USA, too. Hummus is a bean dip, only instead of black beans or pintos, it uses chick peas. Mash up the chick peas and season them up and you have hummus!

Nutritionally, hummus is amazing. It’s vegetarian and even vegan (no animal products whatsoever) and is low in calories, fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Hummus can also be flavored with additions like peanut butter, chopped vegetables, soy sauce….you name it!

So the next time you have friends over for appetizers, bring out the hummus. You’ll look sophisticated and they’ll  love the tasty new treat!

Make-Your-Own Hummus Dip
Makes 2 cups

13-oz can chick peas (also called garbanzo beans), drained
3 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs lemon juice
½ tsp crushed garlic or garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Serve with fresh vegetables or bite-sized pieces of pita bread for dipping.

Nutritional Information
Calories per 1/4 -cup serving: 101.  Fat: 6 grams  (1 gr. saturated fat), cholesterol: 0 mg., sodium: 135 mg., carbohydrates: 9 gr., fiber: 2 gr.

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Healthy Living: Five Foods


I was looking through my folder of interesting articles and ran across an old one from Woman’s Day Magazine (July 2007, to be exact) called “The Five Most Underrated Foods.”  These are foods that don’t get the credit they deserve for being healthy.

So what are those 5 underrated foods?

 

  1. Strawberries: one cup has more vitamin C than an orange, plus fiber to help maintain blood sugar levels.
  2. Eggs: Eggs are great sources of choline (good for brain health) and protein, and the dietary cholesterol in eggs has been shown to not damage blood cholesterol levels significantly.
  3. Salmon: All fish are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids but salmon has one of the highest levels.
  4. Avocados: They’re loaded with fat, but it’s the good-for-you monosaturated fat that can actually help reduce your bad cholesterol numbers.
  5. Kiwi: Two or three kiwi a day can help reduce blood clotting, which is a factor in heart attacks. Kiwi is also rich in fiber, which is important to protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

I’m happy to say that I love all five of the five underrated foods. How about you?



Healthy Living: Eat Well!


If you’re new to diabetes, you may feel like your life is suddenly full of CAN’Ts: I can’t have this, I can’t do that….and it’s frustrating. Actually, though, your diabetes diagnosis can be a moment of empowerment. By changing your diet, you’ll be declaring your intent to become healthy—and what’s more awesome than that?

In many regards, a diabetic diet is really just a HEALTHY diet. You’ll be eating pure, natural, wholesome great foods—and that’s something everyone would be smart to consider! Instead of a chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy, enjoy a pan-grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and a salad—and know that you’re being a positive role model to EVERYONE, not just diabetics. This is a healthy diet that benefits everyone!

Diabetics need to take care to balance carbohydrates throughout the day—that’s crucial. But diabetics don’t need to eat special, exotic foods. If it’s wholesome and healthy, it’s probably okay for a diabetic diet. Bread and desserts are part of that diet as well! Talk with your doctor and your dietician and you’ll find that what you CAN eat is actually what we all SHOULD be eating every day.



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