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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

Dressing:

  • 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.


Gluten Free Stocking Stuffers

Pollyannas, advent calendars, stockings: the holiday season is full of smaller gift exchanges that are often food-based. If you’re shopping for someone on a gluten-free diet, you can still find plenty of fun and delicious items. Here are just a few perfectly sized products that fit the bill and, better yet, can be found at your local ShopRite!
OUR FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE BARS AND SNACKS

Larabars

Kind Bars (try Strong & Kind for savory snack, or one of the sweeter bars with less than 6g sugar)

ThinkThin protein bars

Superseedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds

Wonderful brand nuts (almonds, pistachios, etc.)

Sensible Foods freeze-dried fruit

 

OUR FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE SINGLE SERVING DRINKS

Bai5 Antioxidant Drinks

Bigelow tea bags and k-cups

Celestial Seasonings tea

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa (or, make your own with some canning jars, cocoa powder, and a bit of sugar!)

 

OUR FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE INDULGENCES

Enjoy Life chocolate bars

Schar cookies (the vanilla sandwich cremes are our favorite)

Suncups (think, a gluten-free option for Reese’s lovers)

Endangered Species chocolate

GoNaturally candies

 

When in doubt, keep an eye out for ShopRite’s new shelf tag system, which highlights various nutrient claims – including gluten free – for all relevant products throughout the store.

Don’t forget about all of the fun non-food items! Gift cards, gloves and socks, arts & crafts, small books, kitchen gadgets, quality mugs, and even new techie items can all be found at ShopRite and help take the focus away from food altogether.

No matter which of these fantastic products you choose for stuffing your stockings, we hope your holidays are “filled to the brim” with health, happiness, and wonderful new memories!

For more tips, information and healthy recipes, visit the Health and Wellness section of ShopRite.com


31 Days of Wellness

 

Don’t let December feel like a lost cause for health and wellness! Follow this “31 Day Challenge of simple, healthy choices and keep on track to meet your healthy lifestyle goals.

  1. Replace at least one caloric beverage (soda, juice, wine, etc.) with water.
  2. Add one serving (1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked) of vegetables to dinner.
  3. Start your day with a positive affirmation (for example, “I love myself for exactly who I am,” ).
  4. Turn off all electronics at least 1hr before bed.
  5. Take at least 5 minutes to quietly reflect on your day.
  6. Add a 15 minute walk after dinner to your regular physical activity.
  7. Eat a piece of fruit paired with 2 tablespoons of nuts for your mid-afternoon snack.
  8. Cook a big batch of veggie-packed stew on Sunday and enjoy for lunch throughout the week.
  9. Before reaching for food, ask yourself if you’re really hungry. If the answer is no, nourish what is actually feeling empty instead (e.g. read a book if you’re bored, take a bubble bath if stressed).
  10. Schedule that doctor’s visit, dentist appointment, blood work, etc., you’ve been putting off!
  11. Craving something sweet? Try a square or two of dark chocolate.  Remember to practice portion control and stick to a one or two square portion!
  12. Sit down to meals without distractions (phones, TVs, laptops, books, etc.)
  13. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
  14. Cook a batch of plain oats to reheat for the week — sweetened with fruit, cinnamon and vanilla.
  15. Set an alarm to get up and move, even just to stretch, once every hour.
  16. Give your salt shaker the cold shoulder today. Try herbs and lemon juice for flavor instead!
  17. Swap in one whole grain (whole-wheat bread or pasta, wild rice, quinoa) for a “white” or refined grain today (white bread, white rice, regular pasta).
  18. Instead of using butter, try olive or canola oil for cooking.
  19. If the stress is building (or not!), find at least one extra excuse to laugh.
  20. Use ShopRite’s new nutrition shelf tag program to help you make nutritious choices while you shop.
  21. Making a sandwich? Try a thin smear of avocado instead of mayo or cheese.
  22. Forget about sizes: choose something to wear that flatters you and makes you feel great!
  23. Hug someone you care about.
  24. Instead of focusing on the food, direct your energy to the people with whom you’re celebrating.
  25. Wait at least 10 minutes before going for seconds at a party or the holiday meal.
  26. Go a little overboard yesterday? Get right back on track today by starting with a healthy breakfast.
  27. Spend the day walking around town to take advantage of holiday sales.
  28. Write down all the negative thoughts you have in one day, then replace them with positive ones.
  29. Clear out the house of leftover holiday treats by sharing them with coworkers.
  30. Make a plan for your New Year’s celebration: what will tempt you? How will you respond?
  31. Make your SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) goals for January!

Bonus challenge: build on each day throughout the month rather than viewing the daily goals in isolation. For example, on Day One replace one caloric beverage with water, then on Day Two add in a serving of vegetables and replace another caloric beverage with water.

Above all else, remember that no matter what you celebrate, December is the perfect time to take a moment to appreciate all of the people and opportunities in your life that mean the world to you. Enjoy and have a Happy and a Healthy New Year!

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Gluten-Free with Diabetes

Gluten-Free with Diabetes

The rates of both Diabetes and Celiac Disease continue to climb. For anyone diagnosed with both of these conditions or who lives in a household where both are concerns, grocery shopping may feel like a downright daunting task.

Use this Aisle Guide to help you find nutritious options that are both diabetic-friendly and gluten-free.

PRODUCE: All fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. But be cautious of the risk of cross contamination with pre-cut fruits and vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, fill up on non-starchy vegetables, which are high in fiber and lower in carbohydrates.  Keep in mind that starchy vegetables although they are
nutritious and gluten-free (potatoes, corn, peas and winter squash), all types of fruit need to be counted as carbohydrates on a diabetic diet.

MEAT/SEAFOOD: Plain, raw meats and seafood are all naturally gluten-free. Avoid pre-seasoned and prepared options such as crabmeat, stuffed flounder or breaded chicken, as these may use gluten-containing ingredients. Skinless poultry, extra-lean ground meat, pork tenderloin, salmon and cod are all lean, carbohydrate-free choices, making them excellent choices for both a diabetic and gluten-free diet.

 

EGGS/DAIRY: Eggs, egg whites, 1% no-salt-added cottage cheese, and the occasional reduced-fat cheese are all nutritious, low-carbohydrate and gluten-free options. Though still nutritious and gluten-free, items like plain yogurt (Greek-style or regular) and low-fat milk do contain carbohydrates and need to be counted on a diabetic diet. Many dairy-free milk alternatives such as Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and 8th Generation Soy Milk are also gluten-free. Be sure to choose the unsweetened varieties to keep the carbohydrate count low.

 

FROZEN: ShopRite has a lot of frozen gluten-free options, but when you’re also shopping for diabetic friendly foods, don’t forget to keep the carbohydrate content in mind. Some better-for-you options include: Three Bakers Whole Grain White Bread and Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles; Applegate Farms turkey burgers and Franklin Farms veggie burgers; Seapoint Edamame; Ruby Rocket’s fruit and veggie popsicles. Don’t overlook the naturally gluten-free frozen fruits and vegetables either! Simply choose ones without added sauces, syrups or seasonings.

 

GRAINS & STARCHES: Look for naturally gluten-free, high fiber grains like wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, teff, kasha and certified gluten-free oats. When only pasta will do, opt for whole grain or try Explore Asian’s fiber-packed line of bean pasta. Black bean is our favorite!

MISCELLANEOUS GROCERY PRODUCTS:

  • Smart Snacking: Beanitos chips, Wonderful brand nuts, Sabra hummus
  • On-the-Go: Larabars, Kind Bars
  • Sweet Treats: Endangered Species Chocolate, Lundberg Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes

When in doubt, use ShopRite’s convenient shelf tag program to identify gluten-free, heart-healthy, and no-sugar-added products throughout the store or ask one of ShopRite’s many in-store dietitians for help finding the right products for you and your family.


Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Guide

 

It may seem like being on a gluten-free diet could throw a wrench in your Thanksgiving dinner, but with a little planning you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities alongside everyone else.

If you’re not cooking the meal, let the host know about your gluten-free needs, emphasizing the importance of keeping gluten-containing foods and ingredients away from gluten-free options. It’s always helpful to offer to bring at least one dish that you know you can feel safe eating.

If you are responsible for the cooking or you’ve been asked for suggestions from the host, here are some top sources of gluten and solutions for turning them gluten-free with ease:

FOR THE TURKEY….

  • Avoid ones that have been brined or pre-seasoned, and steer clear of any flavoring or gravy packets that may be included with the turkey.
  • Opt for a homemade gravy thickened with arrowroot starch or rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. Be sure to read labels on any bouillon that may be used.
  • Ask that the stuffing be cooked separately from the bird, even if you make a gluten-free stuffing (It’s recommended from a food safety standpoint!)

FOR THE STUFFING AND DINNER ROLLS….

  • Use gluten-free bread and broth in the stuffing.
  • Try a gluten-free cornbread instead of a classic roll.

FOR THE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE…

Forego the prepared, more processed ingredients and opt for a sophisticated yet simple side dish of green beans sautéed in garlic and olive oil, topped with toasted sliced almonds and caramelized onions. A balsamic vinegar drizzle adds a nice touch.

FOR DESSERT…

  • Enjoy a pumpkin “pie” custard or mousse with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of apple pie, try a baked apple or a simple apple crisp using gluten-free oats.
  • Try a crustless pecan pie recipe, or use one of the premade gluten-free crusts that ShopRite carries around the holidays.

If you’d like to break away from tradition slightly, try starting with a spinach salad or gluten-free butternut squash soup, and serving plenty of roasted root vegetables with dinner. A flourless chocolate cake, though not a Thanksgiving staple, is always an irresistible, gluten-free treat. Often, when you have a dessert that rich, just a taste is enough to satisfy!

Of course, there are also plenty of traditionally gluten-free Thanksgiving favorites including sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (but it’s always good to double-check).

Whether you choose to follow tradition with a few gluten-free tweaks or start some new, healthy traditions of your own, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season!