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A Chocolate Date Night

This Valentine’s Day say “I love you” with a romantic and healthy dinner for two that features the holiday’s classic treat – chocolate!

Chocolate and Your Health
Did you know that eating a small amount of dark chocolate may actually provide you with health benefits? Chocolate comes from the cacao plant, and cacao is a rich source of flavonoids, which act as an antioxidant. The antioxidants found in cocoa are similar to those found in red wine, some forms of tea, and cranberries, and are thought to have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain the highest concentrations of these antioxidants, but don’t’ forget they still contain fat, sugar, and calories. For this reason it is important to enjoy each in moderation.

Here is a fun way to add a sensible amount of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and cocoa powder to your Valentine’s Day dinner.

Cocoa and Coffee Rub
This is a great way to flavor your favorite cut of meat without adding salt. Steak rubs work well with red meats because they will not interfere with the natural meat flavor. A rub should be applied right before cooking. You can make this rub ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. For this dish a lean cut of meat is recommended like flank steak, sirloin, or London broil.

  • 2 Tbsp ground coffee (unflavored)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the coffee, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Mix in a shallow dish. Rub the steak with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pat the rub onto all sides of the steak and grill.

Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Chocolate Dressing
The dressing for this salad does not include oil, making it low in total fat. Melted dark chocolate is used to balance the acidity of the balsamic vinegar.

  • 1 bag pre-washed baby field greens
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (25g or two squares) dark chocolate, 75% pure

To make the dressing, add balsamic vinegar and sugar to a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and add in chocolate until melted. Leave to cool at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or dressing will solidify. Toss strawberries and greens with dressing.

Back to School: Breakfast


Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

We’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you want to promote well-being and maintain a healthy weight.

Studies show that students who eat breakfast:

  • Concentrate better
  • Solve problems more easily
  • Display better muscle coordination
  • Have increased strength and endurance
  • Have higher attendance rates and lower rates of tardiness
  • Have fewer behavioral problems

All of which makes sense: kids who are hungry have a harder time paying attention and learning.  Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be overweight and more likely to have an overall healthier diet; a fact that holds true for adults too!

But while most people recognize the importance of breakfast, many continue to skip this vital meal or choose something that is not particularly healthy. And while it’s important to eat in the morning, it’s also important to make smart food choices.

Basics of a healthy breakfast

Aim for a breakfast that balances protein, fat, and healthy carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads, whole grain cereals, fruit, and low fat dairy (which can also serve as a source of protein).

Beat-the-clock breakfasts

In the rush to get everybody out the door on time, a healthy breakfast often gets put on the back burner. It doesn’t have to, though. In fact, you don’t even need to turn on the burner for these healthy, quick-and-easy breakfast ideas:

  • Whole grain cereal with sliced banana and berries served with fat free milk
  • Yogurt parfait:  Mix ShopRite fat free plain or light yogurt mixed with whole grain cereal and chopped fruit
  • Peanut butter and sliced apples on whole-wheat toast with low-fat milk
  • Toasted whole-wheat waffle topped with fruit and yogurt
  • Sliced turkey breast and low fat cheese on a toasted whole grain English muffin
  • Breakfast wrap:  Spread peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla and top with chopped peanuts, raisins and a sliced banana.  Serve with low-fat chocolate milk.


Simple Swaps for Better Health

Shop Smarter with Whole Grains

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Whole grains are grains that contain all parts of their original kernel (the bran, germ, and the endosperm). When grains are refined, they lose about 25% of their protein, and are greatly reduced in at least 17 key nutrients. For this reason, whole grains are healthier, providing more protein and fiber, and many important vitamins and minerals.

Shop Smarter – Not Harder
When you buy apples at the store, you don’t look for ones that have had 2/3 of their nutrition removed, do you? Then why do the same thing with grains? If a grain product isn’t a whole grain, with all of its original nutrients intact, then you’re not getting the best nutritional bang for your buck. After all, the key to shopping smarter is to find foods that pack the biggest nutritional punch.

To be sure that you’re getting a whole grain, look for the word “whole” on the ingredient list (such as “whole wheat flour”).  You can also look for the Whole Grain Stamp. The 100% Stamp signifies that all of the grain ingredients are whole grains, and that the product contains at least 16g (a full serving) of whole grains per serviBarbara's Better Granola Cerealng. The Basic Stamp appears on foods made from a mix of whole and refined grains; they must contain at least 8g (or a half serving) of whole grains. The number on the Stamp indicates how many grams of whole grains are in a serving of the product.

Small Changes – Big Results
Intimidated by the prospect of eating healthy? You don’t have to wait until you’ve cleaned up your whole diet to reap the benefits of eating more whole grains.

In a study of over 100,000 people linking whole grain intake to longevity, experts at the Harvard School of Public Health found that even after adjusting for overall healthiness of the diet, whole grains were still protective in reducing death risk (especially death from heart disease). This means that no matter where you are on your journey to health, whole grains will still benefit you.

In addition to increased longevity, some of the most well-documented benefits of whole grains also include:
•    stroke risk reduced 30-36%
•    type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
•    heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
•    better weight maintenance
•    reduced risk of asthma
•    healthier carotid arteries
•    reduction of inflammatory disease risk
•    lower risk of colorectal cancer
•    healthier blood pressure levels
•    less gum disease and tooth loss

Simple Swaps to Up Whole Grain Intake
You are probably already familiar with some whole grains, like whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and whole corn. However, within the grain aisles and bulk bins at the supermarket, there is a whole world of delicious and nutritious whole grains (like quinoa, freekeh, teff, barley, and sorghum) just waiting to be discovered! Here are some ideas to get you started:

•    Begin your day on a healthy note with oatmeal, whole grain breakfast cereal, or granola, (like Barbara’s Honest O’s or Better Granola).
•    Spread peanut butter or almond butter onto whole grain bread or whole grain English muffins, and top with banana slices and fresh berries, or apple slices and cinnamon.
•    For a fun weekend breakfast, try a new whole grain pancake or muffin mix.
•    Roll turkey, cheese, lettuce, and tomato into a whole wheat tortilla for a nutritious wrap.
•    Spread avocado on a whole grain bagel, and top with tomato slices and cracked black pepper.
•    Spice up a green salad with quinoa or farro sprinkled on top.
•    Make a stir fry with fresh or frozen veggies, beef, chicken or tofu, and brown rice.
•    Make a healthy trail mix with popcorn, dried fruit, and nuts.
•    Top whole wheat pitas or whole wheat English muffins with marinara sauce, cheese, and veggies to make your own mini pizzas.
•    Make your own burrito bowls using black beans, salsa, and your choice of veggies and toppings with a flavorful whole grain base, like brown rice, barley, or quinoa.
•    Try a new-to-you whole grain (such as quinoa, freekeh, or farro) in a delicious pilaf or grain salad, instead of the same old potatoes or white rice.
•    Use whole grain flour in your favorite cookie or brownie recipe, or look for a whole grain cookie or brownie mix.

To help shoppers decide between the many delicious whole grain products available today, Barbara’s introduced a Better Granola. Barbara’s Better Granola comes in two delicious flavors (Oats & Honey, and Dark Chocolate Cranberry), but is lower in sugar and fat than leading granolas, making it a tasty purchase for people looking to live healthier and shop smarter. This granola is nutritious and delicious on its own, but also pairs well with other healthy foods, like Greek yogurt and fresh berries.


Frozen Delights

Frozen Delights

Did you know that the freezer aisle of your local ShopRite is packed full of healthy choices? frozenYou can create delicious meals with frozen vegetables, meat, or seafood. The freezer even offers some great side dishes like rice, grains and potatoes. And don’t forget about the single serve, instant entrees: pizza, veggie burgers and frozen soups.

Here’s a rundown of some of our frozen favorites!

Skip the Prep

Frozen vegetables take all the hassle out of the prep work. No more cleaning, slicing or dicing. What’s even better, you can buy frozen vegetable blends, which include different varieties and combinations, to add more flavor, color and nutrition to meals.
Center of the Plate

Frozen cuts of meat, lean beef or turkey burgers, and fish fillets make it easy to add protein to your meal. Plus many items are vacuum packed in single serving portions so you can take out just what you need. Looking for a vegetarian option, choose one of the varieties of vegetable burgers like Dr. Praegers, Morningstar, or Boca.

Speedy Sides

Protein and vegetables – check. But what about grains? We got that covered too! There are many options to choose from like brown or wild rice, quinoa, and red, white or sweet potatoes.

Sweet Endings

What’s a meal without dessert? There are a lot of better-for-you sweet treats in the frozen foods aisle. Look for lower-fat frozen ice cream varieties or reduced-fat ice cream bars and cones. You can also opt for frozen fruit and pair with low-fat pudding or cool whip. If portion control is a concern, try the single serve frozen desserts. One of our favorites is Dole Dippers – frozen bananas or strawberries covered in dark chocolate.

Meal Solutions

Looking for a whole meal in minutes? If you’re dining alone, choose one of the healthier single serve entrees (that are lower in fat and sodium). Luvo meals and flatbreads, Artisan Bistro and Healthy Choice Café Steamers are some of our favorites. If you’re looking for a larger meal, try one of the healthier meal starters. Most require you to just add your protein of choice for a healthy, complete dinner in minutes.
Here are just a few more reasons to love frozen foods:

  • Frozen foods, like fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh since they’re frozen at the peak of freshness, locking in their nutritional value.
  • They are a budget-friendly option since most frozen items are not subject to seasonal price changes, keeping their cost consistent.   Plus, frozen foods have a longer shelf life giving you less chance for waste.
  • Many frozen items come in single serving sizes, which makes them great for small families or if you’re dining alone.

So don’t forget to head down the freezer aisle next time you stop at your local ShopRite.



Lucy’s Products

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Lucy’s, maker of gluten-free and allergy-friendly baked goods, has had a hand in transforming the gluten-free market since 2007, when Lucy’s cookies first hit store shelves. Dr. Lucy Gibney, an Emergency Physician and now also a Food Industry Executive and Entrepreneur, started the company to address food allergy concerns in her family and in doing so has helped others as well.

At the time that Lucy’s launched in 2007, there were not many tasty gluten-free options available. After literally trying every gluten-free flour on the market, Dr. Gibney came up with her own special gluten-free flour blend, which includes oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum, and fava. The flour blend, which she calls “magic,” is quite unique and leads to the perfect balance of taste, texture, and nutrition. Lucy’s blend is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. Lucy’s products are so delicious and high quality because the company uses the best ingredients available, including very high quality vegan margarine and organic cane sugar.

With a mission of “baking life better”, Lucy’s provides customers with a selection of healthy, convenient, tasty treats. Lucy’s currently offers a variety of flavors of gluten-free, allergy-friendly cookies—Chocolate Chip, Ginger Snap, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, and Oatmeal—packaged in 5.5 ounce boxes. Select flavors are also available in snack sizes, which are perfect for lunchboxes and snacks on the go.

This winter Lucy’s will be introducing its Triple Chocolate Brownie Crisp, featuring a delicious mix of 72 percent dark chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, cocoa, and Madagascar vanilla. This decadent treat is a symphony of deep, rich chocolate flavor with a satisfying crisp snap. Even so, there are only 100 calories for three crisps. (This new dessert will first be available in a 4.5 oz. pouch with a resealable top.) Like all Lucy’s products, these Brownie Crisps are gluten free and allergy friendly as they are made without wheat, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or tree nuts.

The increasing availability of gluten-free food items is great for people who cannot eat wheat, barley, and/or rye. Still, Dr. Gibney understands that a gluten-free diet means certain challenges with eating out, traveling, social occasions, and definitely with convenience food purchasing. “At Lucy’s, we truly love providing delicious desserts to people who are either living with special diets or are just looking for a better-for-you option,” said Lucy’s Founder and Chairman, Dr. Lucy Gibney. “Launching the new Brownie Crisp not only expands our line but gives health conscious consumers another option for a scrumptious gluten-free dessert.”

Dr. Gibney has really enjoyed being part of the gluten-free growth surge. When she and her husband attended the Fancy Food Show in 2006 and decided to launch Lucy’s, part of their confidence came from the many conversations they overheard about the need for more gluten-free products in the market place. Well, gluten free has arrived.

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