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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.


PHILADELPHIA Mini Cheesecakes

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What’s a family gathering without a sweet ending?  If you’re a cheesecake fan, our recipe for luscious berry-topped minis will send you straight to the store for the ingredients. With their built-in portion control, these creamy cheesecakes can help you keep tabs on serving sizes too!

Prep Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 3 hours 20 min. (incl. refrigerating) | Makes: 18 servings

What you Need

1 cup low fat graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
3 Tbsp. butter, or trans fat free spread, melted
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) low fat PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup lite whipping cream
2 cups blueberries
1 Tbsp. lemon zest

 

Make It
Heat oven to 325°F.

 

Mix graham crumbs, 2 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups.
Beat cream cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon over crusts.
Bake 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours.
Beat whipping cream with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; spread onto cheesecakes. Top with blueberries and zest.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 190 calories, 13g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 13g sugars, 5g protein, 10%DV vitamin A, 4%DV vitamin C, 8%DV calcium, 2%DV iron.


Cabot’s Tips for a Healthy Heart

Cabot’s Tips for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and is a great time to remember how eating right can help to keep you, and those you love, healthy. In addition to making healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise and not smoking, a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent chronic disease.  Ensuring that your diet includes dairy foods, rich in calcium and Vitamin D, may reduce your risk for diseases, like heart disease 1,2.

A healthy diet that includes an abundance of fruit, vegetables and dairy can also help to maintain a healthy blood pressure.  A trio of minerals found in dairy foods – calcium, potassium and magnesium – have been found to help maintain blood pressure, one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. Following the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, including consumption of low-fat dairy foods (2-3 servings/day) and fruits and vegetables (8-10 servings per day), significantly reduces blood pressure3.  Additionally, research has shown that while dairy, in general is good, eating cheese and yogurt may be extra beneficial at lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke4,5.

By including these foods and adding at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, your diet will be a building block in your goal of good health.  By incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into your family’s lives, you can keep you and your loved ones healthy all year long.

Health Benefits of Cheddar

At Cabot, we believe Health embodies a total lifestyle approach to wellness including not just what we eat, but also how we move and how we interact, support and share with those around us.

Cabot cheddars and Greek-style yogurt fit into many different diets and lifestyles ranging from healthy weight loss to managing dietary restrictions.

Did you know?

Cabot cheddars are:

  • Nutrient Rich – provides many vitamins and minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, zinc, riboflavin and more).
  • Protein Packed – not only vital to grow and maintain healthy tissue and muscle, but also provides satiety to keep your hunger pangs at bay.
  • Lactose Free – great news for dairy lovers who have lactose intolerance. All of Cabot’s cheddars are naturally aged and therefore, contain no lactose.

Dairy Everyday

It’s easy to incorporate dairy into your diet on a daily basis with Cabot’s easy menu planners. Aim for 3 servings a day.

1 serving =

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 1⁄2 ounces cube or 1⁄3 cup shredded natural cheese

If you have yogurt for breakfast, cheese at lunchtime and a glass of milk with dinner, you are well on your way to fulfilling your daily calcium needs, not to mention protein.

Recipes

Looking for some easy ways to add calcium and protein to your diet? Check out a few great recipes from Cabot, and visit our website for many more:

Cabot and the Community

A 2006 study found that volunteering is good for your heart, too!  People who provided support to others, especially through volunteering, had lower blood pressure than those who didn’t. Doing good for others does good for yourself, too! Reward Volunteers is a web-based program developed by Cabot that tracks and rewards the efforts of volunteers and the organizations they serve. With Reward Volunteers, volunteers track their hours, share photos, and post their activity to Facebook. The more hours accrued and the more sharing that occurs, the more chances volunteers have to win prizes, and the more chances organizations have to win money.

Cabot Farms

Since 1919, our farm-family members have been committed to responsible, sustainable, and quality farming, producing award-winning products and happy cows.

Our dairy farmers are as noteworthy for their Yankee ingenuity as they are varied and colorful like the seasons of New York and New England. Here are profiles of a handful of our dairy farm families with particular focus on how they ensure that more than just their pastures are green. Enjoy these stories and be sure to browse our Virtual Farm Tour to learn more about our cooperative’s farm family owners.

References:

1) Major, G.C., F. Alarie, J. Dore, et al. (2007). Supplementation with calcium + vitamin D enhances the beneficial effect of weight loss on plasma lipid and lipoprotein concentrations. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 85, 54.

2) Lorenzen, J.K., S. Nielsen, J.J. Holst, et al. (2007) Effect of dairy calcium or supplementary calcium intake on postprandial fat metabolism, appetite, and subsequent energy intake. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 85 (3), 678-87.

3) Appel LJ, Brands MW, Daniels SR, Karanja N, Elmer PJ, Sacks FM. (2006). Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Hyperten­sion,47, 296-308.

4) Huth PJ & Park KM. (2012) Influence of dairy product and milk fat consumption on cardiovascular disease risk: A review of the evidence. Adv Nutr 3:266-285.

5) Patterson E, Larsson SC, Wolk A, Akesson A. (2013) Association between dairy food consumption and risk of myocardial infarction in women differs by type of dairy food. J Nutr 143:74-79.


Winter Storm Alert

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Attention ShopRite Shoppers!

We are working to provide you with a complete list of open ShopRite Stores! When in doubt, call your local ShopRite to inquire about store hours. Above all, stay safe & warm!

**All New Jersey ShopRite stores are OPEN**

The following ShopRite stores CLOSED ON Sunday, 1/24/16 as of 11am:

ShopRite of Glen Burnie
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ShopRite of Forest Hill
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Myths About Prepared Veggies

How much do you really know about canned and frozen vegetables? They’re as tasty and nutritious as fresh, plus they are more convenient, more affordable and offer more variety year-round. Get the facts!

Myth: Fresh is best.

Fact: Not necessarily. Because fresh fruits and vegetables may not be delivered to stores or purchased by consumers for days after being picked, they may lose some of their flavor and nutritional value. Frozen and canned foods are processed within hours of harvest, which enables their flavor and nutritional value to be preserved far longer than fresh foods. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that recipes using canned ingredients are similar in nutritional and taste value to those made with fresh or frozen items.

Myth: Prepared vegetables are not as nutritious as fresh.

Fact: Heat treatment, such as that used in canning corn, actually increases the nutritional value of some vegetables. One example: The absorption of lutein, an anti-oxidant found in corn, is enhanced by heat from canning.

Myth: Canned vegetables have too much sodium.

Fact: Canned vegetables are not a significant source of sodium in the average American’s diet. In fact, canned vegetables add less than one percent of sodium to overall consumption. Plus, most of the sodium is in the liquid. Draining vegetables reduces the sodium by 36%; rinsing cuts it by 41%. Still concerned? Choose “no salt added” options.

Myth: Prepared vegetables contain bacteria or pesticide residues.

Fact: Pesticide residues are virtually never present in canned or frozen foods. Washing, peeling and other steps required to prepare these foods significantly reduce any pesticide residues that may have been present on raw crops. The heat used during the canning process prevents the growth of microorganisms that can lead to illness.

 

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Holiday Party Survival Guide

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From office parties to family gatherings, the winter holidays bring about so many opportunities to socialize.
So, it can be challenging to stick to your healthy intentions while still enjoying the festivities, but by following these tips, we’ll show you how to have your cake (or holiday pie) and eat it, too.

1. Don’t go hungry!

Here’s the logic: you know there will be tempting foods at the party, so you barely eat all day to make up for the calories you know you are going to consume that night. However, when you find yourself in front of a  buffet of delicious food, it is much easier to go overboard if you are hungry. Instead, try to fit in a 100 calorie snack with fiber and protein (for example, a small handful of nuts, ½ cup plain non -fat Greek yogurt w ith 1 serving of fruit, or a hard-boiled egg spread over a rice cake) 1-2 hours before you leave for the party.

 2. Bring something healthy with you.

This may not work for all parties, but if you have the option of bringing a dish with you, take advantage of it. Salads, vegetable platters with low-fat
dips, a fruit tray, or even a lightened-up dessert are all excellent options. Not only will you be contributing to the party, but you will know that there is at least one healthy option that you can choose to help you stay on track.

 3. Choose the smallest plate possible.

If only large plates are available, see if there is a cocktail napkin you can use instead. We eat with our eyes, and we tend to prefer eating off of very full
plates. The smaller the plate, the less food we need to make it look full. It also forces you to choose the items that you want to try the most, which leads us to Tip #4.

4. Don’t just count calories–make your calories count.

Remind yourself that you don’t need to eat everything on the buffet or take more than one bite if you decide you don’t care for something. Maybe that means that someone with a sweet tooth enjoys that slice of pie but chooses not to load up on chips and dip; perhaps someone passes on the store-bought cookies that they can buy any time of year, and opts for the pumpkin roll that Aunt Mae only makes during the holidays. Know what foods are worth it to you, savor them, and let others at the party enjoy the rest.

 5. Step away from the food.

Have you noticed that the food area at a party can get pretty crowded? Next time you’re at a social event, prepare your plate of treats and then migrate to the opposite side of the room to socialize. This will help cut down on mindless snacking, as it takes much more effort and thought to get seconds when the food is farther away.

 6. Sip on water.

Water can help at holiday parties in several ways. First, it can be easy to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying hydrated will prevent you from feeling hungrier than you truly are. Second, water will take up space in your stomach, which will make you feel fuller and less likely to overeat in a short  period of time. Lastly, if you happen to be eating foods that are saltier than usual, drinking more water will actually lessen the bloating that can be  associated with eating those foods.

 7. If you do fall off the horse, get right back on.

Everyone overeats sometimes, and that’s ok. It does not mean your journey toward a healthier life is ruined, or that you should give up even trying. As author Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Try your hardest, and if it doesn’t work out as you had hoped, wake up the next day, and try again.

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purch and safety

  • Look for a crock pot with a removable liner for easier prepping and clean up
  • For food safety, it is best to cook on HIGH for the first hour to quickly bring the temperature up to 140ºF. Then turn the dial to LOW and finish cooking. Some crock pots are programmable and can be set to do this.
  • One hour on HIGH is equal to two hours on LOW.
  • Remove cooked food from the crock pot before you refrigerate. The liner is made of thick material and the food cannot cool down quickly enough to prevent the growth of bacteria.

general

  • Only fill the crock pot one half to two thirds full. Too full will prevent foods from cooking properly, too low will cause foods to cook too quickly!
  • Remove skin from poultry, and trim excess fat from meats. Fats will melt with long cooking times, and will add an unpleasant texture, not to mention excess calories, to the finished dish.
  • You can thicken juices and concentrate flavors by removing the lid and cooking on HIGH for the last half hour of cooking time.
  • Most meats require 8 hours of cooking on LOW. Less tender cuts of meat like chuck and stew meat work well with this cooking method.
  • Don’t lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20-30 minutes.

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  • For best results, ground meats must be cooked in a skillet before cooking in the crock pot.
  • Seafood should be added during the last hour of cooking time, or it will overcook and have a rubbery texture.
  • Large pieces of meat can be browned before cooking in the crock pot, but this step isn’t necessary. Browning adds color and helps in flavor development.
  • Cayenne pepper and hot sauce tend to become bitter if cooked for long periods of time — use small amounts and add toward the end of the cooking time.
  • Add tender vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini during the last 45 minutes of cooking time so they do not overcook.
  • Dairy products should be added during the last 30 minutes of cooking time, unless the recipes states otherwise.
  • Liquids do not boil away in the crock pot, so if you are making a recipe that wasn’t specifically developed for the crock pot, reduce the liquid by 1/3 to 1/2 unless you are cooking rice or making soup.
  • Stir in spices during the last hour of cooking. They will lose flavor if cooked with the rest of the ingredients for the entire cooking period.

Glucerna Tips

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Your healthcare team can best help you understand the relationship between your blood sugar and the foods you eat. They can guide you in making adjustments in the amounts and types of foods you eat, as well as any medication adjustments to best control your blood sugar results.

Blood sugar monitoring before and one-to-two hours after consuming a meal is the best way to determine how foods are affecting your blood sugar. Glucerna products help minimize peaks in blood sugar because of their specialized carbohydrate blend.

However, it is not recommended that someone with diabetes eliminate carbohydrates. They are an important energy source and provide a variety of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.

Please check with your healthcare professional to help you understand additional ways to control your blood sugar, such as exercise, assessing your weight-management goals, and assessing medication needs if you are currently taking medications for your blood sugar.

Meal replacements that are specially made for the unique dietary needs of people with diabetes can help you manage blood sugar spikes. That’s where Glucerna can help.

As part of a calorie-controlled nutrition plan, meal replacements like Glucerna can also help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Studies demonstrate meal  replacements can be a beneficial part of a successful weight loss plan. 1,2

People with diabetes need to be mindful of the number of calories and the amount and type of carbohydrates listed on the nutrition label. A meal replacement for weight loss and blood sugar control should provide appropriate calories (fewer than 350) and appropriate carbohydrates. Important nutrients to look for in a meal replacement are protein, unsaturated fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

 

Reference
1. The Look AHEAD research group. Obesity. 2014;22.
2. Sun J; et al. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17(3):514-524.

 


Baking Memories

WAK-5037_FACEBOOK_BAKING_Part3crop Festive Eggnog Pie

Servings:8
Preparation Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 2 tsp imitation rum extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large mixing bowl stir together sugar, butter, flour, eggs, salt and allspice until well combined. Stir in eggnog, rum extract and vanilla.

Pour into prepared crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool and serve.


WAK-5037_FACEBOOK_BAKING_Part4cropCinnamon Ornaments

Servings:12
Preparation Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes

Making Cinnamon Ornaments are a perfect holiday fun activity for kids. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.
Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 bottle McCormick® Cinnamon Ground
  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Colorful ribbon

Directions

Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.


Chocolate Gingerbread Boys And Girls
Servings:about 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cans NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (12-ounce package)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs butter or margarine
  • 3 Tbs granulated suga
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 oz prepared vanilla frosting (1 container)

Directions

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth; cool to room temperature.
COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with water, beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
ROLL half of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into gingerbread boy and girl shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PLACE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave for 10 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe chocolate. Decorate with piped frosting or icing.


WAK-5037_FACEBOOK_BAKING_Part6cropHoliday Dream Brownies

Servings:24 bars
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
The perfect brownies to serve during the holidays — layered confections of brownie mix, marshmallow creme and chocolate frosting.
Ingredients

  • 1 box (19.8-ounce) brownie mix
  • 1 jar (7½-ounce) marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup prepared creamy chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup SKIPPY® Creamy Peanut Butter

Directions

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for 13 x 9-inch baking pan; let cool. Using spoon, evenly drop marshmallow crème on cooled brownies.

In small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave frosting on HIGH 30 seconds or until smooth. Repeat with SKIPPY® Creamy Peanut Butter. With spoon, drop frosting, then peanut butter over marshmallow creme. Gently swirl with knife to marble; cool completely in pan. To serve, cut into 24 bars.

 


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Did you know?

  • Flu season usually starts in the fall. The flu vaccine is available now. Don’t wait, vaccinate early!
  • The flu vaccine won’t give you the flu, but it can take up to two weeks to provide full protection.
  • People with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away through coughs and sneezes.
  • Unlike the common cold, it is possible to vaccinate against the flu virus.
  • The flu can affect anyone, even healthy young adults, and it can be serious.

Steps you can take to help stop the spread of the flu:

  • Get a flu shot!
  • Avoid sick people.
  • If you are sick, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands!
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

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