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Easy to digest with more calcium than regular milk, our Fat Free Milk and Lowfat Chocolate Milk is 100% lactose free and 100% delicious!

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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.

Sweet Summer Savings

Some of our favorite fruits are finally in season!

Here’s how to properly enjoy cherries, berries, and peaches while they are at their best!

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Cherry Facts

Tips for Choosing & Storing Cherries

  • Sweet cherries in the US are grown in WA, CA, OR, WI, and MI.
  • The two major sweet varieties are Bing (your typical dark red cherry, top left) and Rainier (the reddish yellow ones, top right).
  • Cherries are FULL of antioxidants, Beta-Carotene, Potassium and Vitamin C!
  • Always look for shiny, plump cherries with fresh green stems and dark, rich coloring.
  • Keep cherries attached to their stems, unwashed, & in a paper bag until ready to eat.
  • Want to enjoy them into the cooler months? Pit and freeze them for long-term storage! You can throw them right into baked goods, or even sauces, right from the freezer!

Now that you know all about cherries, here are some of our favorite recipes!

Which side will you choose- sweet or savory?

Cherry Pie Savory Cherry


Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Raspberry Pie

Rustic Cherry Pie

Cherry Clafouti

Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Cake


Cherry Balsamic Chicken

Turkey Cutlets with Cherry Chutney

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce 

Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce

Slow Cooker Pork with Cherries

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Berry Facts

Tips for Choosing & Storing Berries

  • Nutritional experts have named strawberries as a Superfood because they are an excellent source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber.
  • Raspberries are rich in fiber and antioxidants, and support Heart Health.
  • Research indicates that blueberries are linked to to good vision and brain development.
  • Always look for clean, plump, and firm berries.
  • Avoid any berries with dents or signs of bruising.
  • Go Blue or Go Home! Blueberries don’t continue to ripen after they have been harvested, so pick blueberries without any red.

Now that you’re a Berry-Pro, we have one question:

Breakfast or Dessert?

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Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Pancakes

Berry-Licious Mix-in

Gluten-Free Mixed Berry Parfait

Berry Breakfast Crumble


Chocolate Berry Parfaits

Berry Sorbet

Easy Mini Cheesecakes

Spiced Triple Berry Shortcakes

Lemon Berry Tart with Almond Crust

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Peach Facts

Tips for Choosing & Storing Peaches

  • The top four peach-growing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey.
  • A large peach has less than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • The peach is a member of the rose family, and there are over 700 varieties of peaches.
  • Smell your peaches! The peach is a member of the rose family and should have a pleasingly sweet fragrance.
  • Ripe peaches should be soft to the touch, but not mushy. Don’t squeeze too hard, they bruise easily!
  • If you can’t find a soft peach, firm peaches will ripen on the counter at room temperature in a few days.

Now that you’ve picked your peaches,

will you chill them or grill them?

Peach Tea Peach Cobbler


Peach Tea Lemonade

Peach Yogurt Smoothie

Stone Fruit And Berry Salad

Lemon Panna Cotta Pudding with Fruit Salad


Grilled Chicken with Sweet-Tart Salsa

Cinnamon Peach Crisp

Warm Rosemary Brie Cake with Peach Preserves

Peach Cobbler Pie


Johnson and Johnson Lactose

What is Lactose Intolerance?

dipping cookie in milkYou’ve probably heard of lactose intolerance, but may not know exactly what it really is. Lactose intolerance is characterized by the symptoms that occur when your body does not make enough of a digestive enzyme called lactase to digest a sugar called lactose, which is found mainly in milk and other dairy products.

Normally, our body produces lactase, which breaks down lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These two sugars can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. People whose bodies don’t make enough lactase can’t fully digest lactose, causing mild to uncomfortable side effects.

Some people have a higher chance of being lactose intolerant, including people of Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Jewish descent. It also affects adults more than children, since the body produces less lactase enzyme as people age. The Dairy Digestion Test can help you determine if you have a dairy sensitivity that may be caused by lactose.


Lactose Intolerance Symptoms and Signs

Common signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours after eating dairy. Lactose intolerance symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the amount of lactose consumed and the degree of lactase deficiency. Some people who produce small amounts of lactase may be able to tolerate small servings of foods containing lactose.


The Dairy Digestion Test

Is your sensitivity caused by lactose intolerance? This simple self-evaluation can help you find out.  If you aren’t sure how your digestive system will react to dairy, you should take the test at a time where you’re mostly home. If the evaluation indicates you may be lactose intolerance, you should discuss the results with your doctor.

You can download a copy of the Diary Digestion Test here.

 Dairy Test

Know Your Lactose

If you have a dairy sensitivity due to lactose, make sure you know what foods contain it.

It may sound mysterious, but it’s really not. Lactose is just a sugar found in milk and milk products. When you digest lactose, it’s broken down into two simpler (but just as mysterious-sounding) sugars, galactose and glucose.

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Foods with lactose

Many processed foods include milk products, so it makes sense to read food labels carefully. If you are severely lactose intolerant, ask your doctor or pharmacist about lactose that may be in prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The most common high-lactose foods include:

  • Milk and milk based beverages
  • Ice cream
  • Soft and processed cheeses
  • Puddings and custards
  • Cream soups and cream sauces


Other foods that may contain lactose in smaller quantities include:

  • Baked goods
  • Milk chocolate
  • Salad dressings and sauces
  • Instant oatmeal and cereal bars
  • Instant mashed potatoes, soups, rice and noodle mixes
  • Lunch meats
  • Candy
  • Mixes for pancakes, biscuits and cookies


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Your sensitivity to lactose in dairy doesn´t have to put a crimp in your lifestyle if you know how to manage it.

The best lactose intolerance treatment is to prevent symptoms from occurring. You can do this by:

  • Being aware of what foods contain lactose. Note that some dairy foods are better tolerated than others, such as yogurt and other fermented dairy products, and hard aged cheeses.
  • Observing the amount of lactose you eat to determine your level of tolerance.
  • Taking a lactase supplement before eating dairy products.
  • Choosing lactose free dairy products.

If you believe you or someone in your family is lactose intolerant mention it to your doctor on your next visit.

An easy way to enjoy the benefits of real dairy without discomfort is to use lactose free products from the LACTAID® Brand. Drinking Milkshakes


Key Lime Pie

 Perfect Summer Recipe!

Key Lime Pie

Total Time: 1 hours, 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Source: Melissa d’Arabian

Yields/Serves: 8


3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup key lime juice, or fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Reduced Fat LACTAID® Milk

1 (6 oz.) reduced fat graham cracker crust

1 1/2 cups reduced calorie whipped topping, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Combine eggs and sugar. Beat with a mixer until pale yellow and smooth (about 1 minute).
  3. Add lime juice, zest, vanilla and salt and mix to blend. Add LACTAID® Milk to the egg mixture, beating until well blended.
  4. Pour mixture into crust and bake 40-50 minutes or until the edges are set, but the center is still jiggly. The center will firm after cooling.
  5. Cool pie on wire rack then cover loosely and chill completely in refrigerator, about 4 hours.
  6. Spread whipped topping evenly over pie.






Ensure Enlive

Clinical studies show that adults may lose up to 8% of their muscle each decade after age 401-4. In response, Ensure® has introduced its most advanced nutrition shake: Ensure® Enlive®. You can lose up to 8% of your muscle each decade after the age of 40.1-4 New Ensure® Enlive® is the first and only complete, balanced nutrition shake that has the unique ingredient HMB, plus 20g of high quality protein to help rebuild muscle and provide strength and energy.5-9Capture4

Ensure Enlive Delivers All-in-One Benefits

New Ensure Enlive has an “All-in-One” formulation which not only combines HMB with 20 grams high-quality protein for muscle health, but also includes 26 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that support bone, heart, digestion, and immune system health.

Some of these are outlined in the chart shown here:

BONE HEALTH Contains 120% of Daily Value (DV)of vitamin D, and 50% DV of calcium to support strong bones



Is an excellent source of plant-based Omega-3 ALA to promote heart health




Is an excellent source of the antioxidants vitamins C and E and selenium to support normal immune function




Helps maintain regularity with 3 grams prebiotic fiber to support growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract


Ensure Enlive Improves Health Outcomes in 90 Days4

In one of the largest clinical studies of its kind, Ensure Enlive significantly improved health outcomes among older, undernourished patients within 90 days of hospital discharge. Known as the NOURISH study, the clinical trial was conducted with over 600 people with heart or lung disease age 65 or older.

Twice-daily use of Ensure Enlive among trial participants showed significantly improved nutritional status, body weight, and vitamin D levels over a standard diet within 90 days of hospital discharge.

New Ensure Enlive comes in vanilla, milk chocolate, and strawberry flavors and can be purchased in the pharmacy section.


1.Janssen I et al. J. Appl Physiol 2000;89:81-88. 2. Grimby G et al. Acta Physiol Scand 1982;115:125-134. 3. Baier S et al. JPEN 2009;33:71-82. 4. Data on file: Deutz NE, et al. Clin Nutr (2015), 5. Flakoll P, et al. Nutrition. 2004;20(5):445-451. 6. Wilson GJ, Wilson JM, Manninan AH. Nutr Metab. 2008;5:1 7. Fitschen PJ et al. Nutrition (2012), 8.Bauer JM, Diekmann R. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care, 2015;18:24-31. 9. Wolfe RR. Nutr Rev. 2015;73(suppl 1):41-47.


HMB + Protein Equals Advanced

Nutrition With New Ensure® Enlive®

Ensure® has just introduced its most advanced nutrition shake with the nationwide introduction of Ensure Enlive Advanced Nutrition Shake. Featuring a unique combination of HMB and 20 grams of high-quality protein, Ensure Enlive helps to rebuild lost muscle. 1-5

What is HMB?

HMB comes from a building block of protein and is found in small amounts of foods. It’s difficult to get enough HMB from our diets, but two (2) servings of Ensure Enlive daily provides the recommended level of HMB.

The complete, balanced nutrition in Ensure Enlive, including its HMB and protein combination, provides a wide range of “All-in-One” muscle, bone, heart, digestion, and immune benefits. These include helping you to: 1-5

  • Regain strength and energy
  • Remain active and independent
  • Maintain lean body mass for strength and mobility
  • Support recovery from illness, injury, and surgery


  1. Flakoll P, et al. Nutrition. 2004;20(5):445-451. 2. Wilson GJ, Wilson JM, Manninan AH. Nutr Metab. 2008;5:1 3. Fitschen PJ et al. Nutrition (2012), 4.Bauer JM, Diekmann R. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care, 2015;18:24-31. 5. Wolfe RR. Nutr Rev. 2015;73(suppl 1):41-47.



Makes 6 servingsSME_16_02416_Wakefern_EE_Newsletter_R01a Turkey_Quiche


  • (1) 8-fl-oz bottle Vanilla Ensure® Enlive®*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 C light, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 C chopped, cooked turkey, white meat only (chicken may also be used)
  • 1 C chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • ½  tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 13-by-18-inch pieces fillo sheets
  • Vegetable oil (or cooking spray)
  • ½ tsp chopped chives (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine eggs and Ensure Enlive Shake. Mix well.
  1. Stir in cheese, turkey, broccoli, onion, and basil.
  1. Working quickly, lightly spray the top of 1 sheet of fillo dough with vegetable oil (or cooking spray).
  1. Place a second sheet on top of the first.
  1. Pick up the stack of fillo dough and place it into the center of the prepared pie pan.
  1. Pinch the edges of the dough to form a crust around the edge of the pie plate.
  1. Spoon the egg mixture into pie pan. Bake 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  1. Garnish with chives, if desired.  Serve warm.



Serving Size: ⅙ of pie (145g)

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 189………………Calories from Fat 55

% Daily Value†

Total Fat 6g………………………………………….9%

Saturated Fat 2g………………………………….9%

Trans Fat 0g………………………………………….0%

Cholesterol 112 mg……………………………..37%

Sodium 379 mg……………………………………16%

Potassium 252 mg………………………………..7%

Total Carbohydrate 13g………………………4%

Dietary Fiber 2g……………………………………6%

Sugars 5g

Protein 19g…………………………………………40%

Vitamin A 15%……………………Vitamin C 37%

Calcium 19%………………………………..Iron 10%


10 Tips to Cutting Calories!

Did you know cutting out just 100 calories a day can help you to lose 10 pounds a year? While that may not seem like much, it can be all it takes to kick start a healthier daily routine!

Here are some super easy tricks to cut calories daily.

  1. Choose popcorn over chips. A single serving of chips has over 150 calories, but you can have five cups of air-popped popcorn for only 100 calories!
  2. Try swapping egg whites instead of a whole egg in the morning. Three eggs (egg whites only) comes in at 100 calories, whereas three large eggs can come up to 215 calories.
  3. Instead of a bagel (300 calories and up) go for a whole grain English muffin, which has only 130 calories.
  4. Use nonstick spray instead of oil. One tablespoon of oil can pack up to 120 calories, while nonstick cooking spray is practically calorie free.
  5. Say no to sugary beverages and choose water or seltzer when possible.
  6. Swap out whole milk with skim for your coffee or cereal in the morning.
  7. Craving chocolate? Swap out chocolate ice cream for a low-fat chocolate pudding to save upwards of 70 calories or more.
  8. Love the taste of peanut butter? Try the powdered version! It provides the same taste without all the calories. Stir it into a smoothie or add to muffins or pancakes.
  9. Decrease alcohol intake by one drink and there goes 100 calories right there.
  10. Use cauliflower! Cauliflower is a great swap in recipes that need a creamy texture or a doughy feel. Did you know you can blend up the veggie and swap it for rice or even pizza dough? Click below for a delicious recipe provided by our culinary dietitian!



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It’s not just a Smoothie, it’s a Smoothie Bowl!

Foodie fans have a new obsession and it’s as rich, creamy and delicious as you’d imagine – but guess what? It’s good for you, too! “Smoothie bowls,” as they’ve come to be known, are delicious mixtures that start out with many of the same ingredients found in a traditional smoothie, but are designed to be much thicker, served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon (not a straw!)

Recently, smoothie bowls have taken the food world by storm because not only are they fun and easy to make, but smoothie bowls can also offer a variety of health benefits as they are often made with healthy ingredients such as whole fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

What sets Smoothie Bowls apart from traditional smoothies?

The best smoothie bowls combine fruits and nutrient-rich green vegetables for a delicious result. Foods like avocado, nuts, hemp and chia seeds add thickness and creaminess to a bowl’s base while providing healthy fats and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to keep you filled up and fueled for hours. Low glycemic fruits like berries, cherries, apricots, apples and pears offer fruity flavor and beneficial nutrients while promoting stable blood sugar levels. Frozen fruit makes bowls especially thick and frosty. Finally, adding a handful or two of leafy greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard into your base blend lets you “sneak in” a serving of vegetables, without changing the fruity flavor you expect from a smoothie.

Better-For-You Breakfast Choice!

For people who crave a substantial breakfast, smoothie bowls are an awesome choice, combining the ease and nutrition of smoothies with the substance of more traditional fare. They’re tasty, toothsome, and when made with the right ingredients, loaded with excellent nutrients to fuel you through your morning. And since smoothie bowls use less liquid than traditional smoothies, they are thick enough to be eaten out of a bowl with a spoon. This makes them a great choice for die-hard cereal eaters who are looking to transition into healthier breakfast habits. Secondly, smoothie bowls are designed for toppings, as their dense consistency holds up to hearty ingredients like nuts and granola, which add crunch and texture while providing sustained energy, healthy fats, and enough protein to keep you feeling full throughout the day.

Not Just For Breakfast!

Best of all, smoothie bowls can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime. They’re a great meal choice for breakfast,  lunch, dinner or even a refreshing mid-day snack. All you need is a blender, some fresh ingredients and your imagination, and you’re on your way to making a great smoothie bowl that you and your entire family is sure to enjoy.