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Gluten Free Doesn’t Mean Grain Free

People following a gluten-free diet may be surprised – and delighted – to learn that most grains are gluten-free. Only three common grains (wheat, barley and rye) must be avoided on a gluten-free diet, leaving lots of great choices, including:

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Teff
  • Wild rice

Oats – when certified gluten free – can also be a good choice; they’re naturally gluten free but can become cross-contaminated during growing or processing.

All of these gluten-free grains are healthier when they’re enjoyed in their whole form. Whole grains include all three of a grain kernel’s edible parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm – in their original proportions. All too often, grains are refined, which means their bran and germ (the healthiest parts!) are removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm. Whole grains have two to three times more of most minerals and vitamins than refined grains, and more fiber too.

They also have more flavor. If you’re accustomed to refined grains, at first you may be caught off guard by the fuller, nuttier taste of whole grains. Soon, you’ll find that you’ve become fond of whole grains and the “white” grains you used to eat seem bland in comparison.

To get your taste buds in shape gradually, start with grains that have a more neutral flavor, such as sorghum and brown rice. Corn is a good choice, too; it has a distinct but familiar flavor (look for whole cornmeal; degerminated has had the healthy germ removed). As the flavor of whole grains begins to grow on you, experiment with more grains: try some wild rice mixed in with brown rice, or toss some cooked quinoa with chopped vegetables and your favorite salad dressing for a great warm-weather meal. Less common grains – amaranth, millet, buckwheat and teff – await you down the line.

When you’re looking to bake with gluten-free grains, look for mixes that feature whole grain ingredients prominently. Some gluten-free baking mixes and flour substitutes rely almost exclusively on ingredients like potato starch and white rice flour, leaving these mixes short on important nutrients and fiber. Better mixes include high levels of a variety of tasty whole grains – because people on a gluten-free diet deserve the best!

Even those who don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet will benefit from eating a wider range of whole grains. Broccoli is a great vegetable – but eating a wide variety of vegetables gives you a wider variety of nutrients (and tastes). It’s the same with whole grains: whether you’re eating gluten free or not, treat yourself to the wonderful tastes of a wide array of naturally gluten-free grains, for good taste and good health.

Resource: Oldways Nutrition Exchange and Pamela’s Products


InStore Dietitian

Dietitians

The ShopRite Dietitian program provides complimentary nutrition services to customers and the community. 

Click here to locate a Dietitian in your local ShopRite Store.  Be sure to check the box Retail Dietitian to only display stores that provide this service.

Click here to locate a Health Event in your local ShopRite

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Carly’s Cooking Camp for Kids at ShopRite of Washington

 Who:    Children ages 7-12

When:   Thursday July 10 1-4pm
 Thursday July 17  1-4pm
 Thursday July 24  1-4pm
 Thursday July 31  1-4pm

Where: Culinary demo station at ShopRite of Washington

Cost: $10 per session (each class will features new recipes)

Children will be introduced to a variety of classic and unique healthy foods. They will learn ways to prepare them and how to pair them with other foods for healthy snacks and meals. They will also learn about the basics of healthy eating and nutrition.

Parents can enjoy an afternoon off while their kids enjoy an afternoon of culinary creations with in-store dietitian Carly

Email carly.sopko@wakefern.com to register your children for cooking camp!

Click here for more information and to download registration form.


Pick of the Week: Prima Peaches from the Gerawan Family

  

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Since the late 1930s, the Gerawan Family has been farming in California’s San Joaquin Valley—the best place on earth to grow peaches. Every Prima® brand peach comes from trees that have been planted and painstakingly cared for by the Gerawan Farming team. No other brand can make that claim. Ray Gerawan and his sons, Mike and Dan, work from sun up to sun down to ensure that you enjoy the sweetest, juiciest, best tasting fruit in the world. This is truly a labor of love, with Ray’s focused farming practices, Dan’s passion for quality control, and Mike’s quest for perfect fruit.

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Prima® brand peaches, many of which are exclusive varieties, are hand selected from the tree by experienced harvest crews trained to identify only the most mature fruit with ideal color. The longer a peach remains on the tree, the better the flavor. So during a ten-day period, workers will pass through the same orchard eight to ten times picking only a small amount of fruit each time. Every Prima® peach is then inspected and hand packed into boxes designed to protect each individual peach. 

Prima® peaches are carefully hand packed and cooled to preserve flavor and nutritional value. Other growers transfer fruit to 1,000-pound bulk bins Menand transport the fruit many miles to be packed, often not until the next day.

Sustainable farming practices and an unprecedented commitment to the land ensure that the Gerawan family will be able to produce Prima® peaches for generations to come. And not only do we rely on the natural energy of the sun to produce sweet juicy peaches, two solar energy farms provide most of the electricity needed to pack them as well. Happy employees earn the industry’s highest wages so they stay focused on quality, not quantity.

BucketsThe Gerawan Family is not only committed to offering you the juiciest, most flavorful peach on the planet, they have also demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to the land. The family established the largest agricultural preserve of its kind to ensure that they are able to produce Prima® peaches for generations to come.

 

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Look for Prima ® brand peaches at your local ShopRite! Prima


A new way to shop for healthier foods …

At ShopRite, we understand that healthy eating means different things to different people and that sometimes finding the “right” foods can be difficult.

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Please note: Information is intended for educational purposes only and does not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider. We do our best to ensure that all data are current.  However, product formulations can change without prior notice. Be sure to check the on-package nutrition facts panel prior to purchase. For individual recommendations, please consult with a doctor or registered dietitian


The ShopRite of Union

ShopRite of Union
2401 Rt. 22 West Union, NJ 07083

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The ShopRite of Union offers the same great value in a newer, larger, easier to shop location. This new location replaced the current Union store.

Our vision is simple: Helping families live Better 

Store Features & Amenities:

  • ShopRite from Home:  Grocery shopping anytime, anywhere! Order online for pick up or delivery. The same great values, hand selected by your personal shopper, fresh from your local store!
  • Pharmacy: Meet all your family’s prescription needs! Fast & convenient refills in store, online, or by phone. Save even more with ShopRite’s Generic Drug Program
  • Dietitian Services: FREE Dietitian services include one on one consultations, nutrition counseling, menu ideas, recipe makeovers, Dietitian Selection healthier options, meal planning, weight loss & special diet guidance.
  • Prepared foods: The ShopRite Kitchen features specialty food bars, kiosks & eateries. Enjoy prepared foods the ShopRite way. Hot, Cold & Made-To-Order menus fresh from our restaurant style kitchen! Fill your plate with American, Asian and Italian cuisine on the hot food bars. 
  • Beauty Advisor: Find your perfect look with personalized help from your trusted Beauty Advisor! Stop by the ShopRite of Union for beauty event & workshop information, 1-on-1 consultations, product recommendations and more! If you have questions or would like to schedule a free personalized Beauty Consultation, email your Beauty Advisor, Delisha Smith, at delisha.smith@wakefern.com

Thank you for visiting with us!

For more information visit http://www.villagesupermarkets.com/union/

 


EShopRite from Home – US Nutrition

US Nutrition promotion starts Sunday, December 15th and is valid thru Saturday, December 21, 2013

Save $10 at ShopRite from Home when you spend $20 on participating US Nutrition and/or Kraft items in a single transaction. 

Enter promo code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout 12/15 – 12/21/13  to receive the discount. (Discount will appear on final register receipt)

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Click here or click the image above to select a store and begin shopping. 

*Please note that the US Nutrition image will not appear on the ShopRite from Home home page but when clicked the products for both Kraft and US Nutrition will appear together in one list.


Offer valid at ShopRite from Home only. Offer not valid in store or at shopritedelivers.com.  Purchases must be made in a single transaction. Your qualified purchase is calculated after Price Plus Club discounts have applied. Shopping fees and delivery fees may apply. Your orders must be picked up or delivered by 12/21/13 to qualify for this offer. The items pictured are for display purposes only and may not be available at the time of purchase.   Discount will be reflected on your final register receipt.


Tasty Tailgate Recipes

Southwestern Macho NachosSouthwestern Macho Nachos

15 min prep
20 min total
Makes 20 servings

Ingredients
1 cup shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. Buffalo wing sauce
60 WHEAT THINS Big Snacks
1/3 cup roasted corn
1/3 cup black beans, rinsed
1/3 cup finely chopped red peppers
1 cup shredded Tex-Mex cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions
Toss  chicken and hot sauce; set aside.
Place  half the WHEAT THINS in single layer on microwaveable plate. Top with half the chicken mixture and half of the next 4 ingredients. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. or until cheese is melted.
Top  with half of the sour cream, salsa and cilantro. Serve immediately. Repeat on separate microwaveable plate with remaining ingredients.

 

Sweet & Sour MeatballsSweet and Sour Meatballs

Total Time: 30 min. | Makes: 6 servings

What You Need

1 pkg. (14.8 oz.) KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Sweet & Sour Chicken, divided
1 red pepper, finely chopped, divided
6 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
1 lb. reduced-fat breakfast pork sausage
½ lb. lean ground beef
½ lb. dry rice noodles
2 cups snow peas

Prep:

HEAT oven to 375ºF
MIX half each of the Simmer Sauce, peppers and onions with meats just until blended. Shape into 18 (1-inch) balls.
PLACE in 13×9-inch baking dish; cover with Finishing Sauce.
BAKE 25 min. or until done (160ºF).
Meanwhile…
COOK noodles as directed on package, omitting salt.
COOK and stir snow peas and remaining vegetables in remaining Simmer Sauce in skillet on medium heat 2 to 4 min. or until snow peas are crisp-tender.
SERVE meatballs over noodles; top with vegetable mixture.

Tip:
- Garnish with PLANTERS Cashews or Sliced Almonds, and/or additional sliced green onions just before serving.

Nutrition Per Serving: 560 Calories, 22 g Fat, 7 g Sat. Fat, 24 g Protein, 62 g Total Carb, 880 mg Sodium

Verde Chicken Enchiladas (featured on package)  Verde Enchilada                                                           

Prep: 10 min. Total: 30 min. Makes: 6 servings

What you need:

4 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 ½ lb. boneless chicken, cooked)
12 corn tortillas (6 inch)
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese

What’s included:
Creamy Ranchero Filling Sauce
Tomatillo Finishing Sauce

STEP 1:
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
COMBINE chicken and Filling Sauce.

STEP 2:
STACK tortillas; wrap in damp paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 30 sec. to 1 min. or until warmed. Pour half the Finishing Sauce into prepared baking dish.

STEP 3:
SPOON ¼ cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam-sides down, in prepared baking dish.

STEP 4:
COVER with remaining Finishing Sauce and cheese. BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until heated through.

Tip:
- Use cooked rotisserie chicken, shred with 2 forks; sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Per Serving: 500 Calories, 25 g Total Fat, 7 g Sat. Fat, 35 g Protein, 34 g Total Carb, 820 mg Sodium

Verde Chicken Chili Verde Chili

Total: 30 min. Makes: 8 servings

What you need:
1 pkg. (18.2 oz.) KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Verde Chicken Enchiladas
1 Tbsp. oil
11/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can (15.5 oz.) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
11/2 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Prep:

COOK and stir chicken in hot oil in large saucepan on medium-high heat until done.
STIR in peppers and onions; cook and stir until crisp-tender.
ADD beans, broth and Finishing Sauce; stir. Simmer 20 min; stirring occasionally.
SERVE over rice. Drizzle with Filling Sauce. Garnish with lime and cilantro.

Tips:
– Substitute ground turkey for chicken breasts
– Serve topped with KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Nutrition Per Serving: 310 Calories, 12 g Total Fat, 2 g Sat. Fat, 23 g Protein, 25 g Total Carb, 590 mg Sodium

 

Verde Nacho CasseroleVerde Casserole

Total: 30 min. Makes: 6 servings

What you need:

1 pkg. (18.2 oz.)KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Verde Chicken Enchiladas
1 lb. lean ground beef
3 cups tortilla chips (3 oz.)
1 can (14 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® 99% Fat Free Refried Beans
11/2 cups KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
1 can (2.5oz.) sliced black olives, drained
¼ cup pickled jalapeños

 Prep:

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
BROWN meat in skillet; drain. Stir in Finishing Sauce; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.
SPREAD chips onto bottom of prepared baking dish; top with layers with beans, meat, cheese, and olives.
BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until cheese is melted and casserole heated through.
TOP with Filling Sauce and peppers.

Tips:
– Garnish with chopped tomatoes and fresh cilantro.
– Serve topped with sour cream and shredded lettuce.

Nutrition Per Serving: 510 Calories, 30 g Total Fat, 10 g Sat. Fat, 26 g Protein, 31 g Total Carb, 1330 mg Sodium

 

Beefy Burrito
Prep: 20 min. Makes: 6 servings

What you need:
1 pkg. (14.6 oz.) KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
6 flour tortillas (8 inch)
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese

Prep:
BROWN meat in skillet; drain. Add Simmer Sauce, corn and beans; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
SPOON onto tortillas; top with Salsa, avocado and cheese.
FOLD in opposite sides of each tortilla, then roll up burrito style.

Tips:
– Prepare using boneless steak strips or uncooked cleaned shrimp.
– Add finely chopped lettuce, if desired.

Nutrition Per Serving: 520 Calories, 25 g Total Fat, 8 g Sat. Fat, 27 g Protein, 48 g Total Carb, 1150 mg Sodium

 


Strategies for Fast Weeknight Meals

Getting a healthy meal on the table – one that the whole family will eat—is a challenge faced nightly by parents everywhere. Here are a few tips to help make this job more manageable:

1. Make a plan. Sit down at the beginning of the week and plan out your meals. Look at what’s in season and on sale in ShopRite’s weekly circular; then pick a few family-favorite recipes that use these items. When you take a few minutes to plan ahead, you’re never left with one missing ingredient for the meal you want to make.

2. Keep a running shopping list. Keep a pad in a kitchen drawer and remind the whole family to write down foods that you are about to run out of. When it’s shopping time, add the ingredients you need for this week’s recipes to that list. Having the ingredients you need on hand is a big time and sanity saver.

3. Cook once, eat twice. Always cook extra—don’t start from scratch every night. For example, have chicken breasts with brown rice and broccoli one night, then chop the leftover chicken and broccoli, add some colorful red pepper chunks, an egg and spices, and you’ve got Chinese fried rice the next night. (About that chicken: store rotisserie chicken is a good shortcut, too!)

4. Think ahead. Allot time at night or in the morning to get a leg up on the next day, so your meal can be on the table in minutes when the next evening comes. Can you chop tomorrow’s veggies while you wait for today’s meat to broil? Can tomorrow’s brown rice simmer away while you’re cleaning up the kitchen tonight? Can you spare 5 minutes in the morning to throw ingredients in the slow-cooker?

5. Assemble, don’t cook. It’s easy to combine healthy convenience foods. Frozen tortellini, a can or pouch of tuna, and a bag of frozen vegetables can make a healthy pasta meal in minutes; pair with salad made with pre-washed greens. Tastes like scratch cooking, but with very little effort.

6. Think inside the box. Some boxed or prepared foods can be high in calories, fat and sodium. But if you add extra vegetables, whole grains or leafy greens to packaged foods, you can marry convenience with good health. For example, take a frozen meal starter and add an extra bag of plain frozen vegetables and whole-grain, cooked pasta. You’ll have a much healthier meal—that will also be more filling.

 

Resource:  Oldways Nutrition Exchange


Seven Steps to a Healthy Heart

September is Cholesterol education month, a great time for you to focus on being ‘heart-smart!” 

There are several risk factors that may contribute to developing some form of cardiovascular disease in your lifetime. Some of these risk factors are beyond your control, such as your age, gender and family history.  But there are also many risk factors that you can control by following a healthy lifestyle.    Here are some steps to a healthy heart:

1. Be aware of the risk factors.  Find out if you have a parent or close family member with cardiovascular disease.  Also, if you have diabetes, it’s important to know that people with diabetes have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease so talk to your doctor about keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level.

2. Know your numbers.Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly.  If either of these sets of numbers is high, your chance of developing cardiovascular disease is increased. If you have a high reading, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options.

3. Make healthy food choices. Your diet can have a major impact on your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Fill your diet with heart-healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats such as white meat poultry and seafood, low-fat dairy and fiber-rich foods like beans, nuts and whole grains.  Limit your intake of fried foods and foods high in saturated fat and trans fat like high-fat meats, full-fat dairy and butter.  Also, limit your intake of bakery products like pastries, donuts and cake.

4. Establish a regular exercise program.  The American Heart Association recommends getting 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week¹.  Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving like climbing stairs, playing sports or simply walking.  Consult with your doctor to see what forms of activity are appropriate for your age and current physical condition.

5. Maintain a healthy weight.  Being overweight increases your chance of developing cardiovascular disease.  Work with your doctor and registered dietitian to find a healthy eating and exercise plan that will work for you.

6. If you smoke, quit! Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. But there is hope for quitters.  According to the American Medical Association, people can begin to see health benefits as soon as 24 hours after their last cigarette. And just two weeks after quitting, circulation improves and lung function increases.²

7. Get a handle on your stress. Stress may help contribute to heart disease. Stress can also cause your blood pressure to rise and may lead to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or binging on unhealthy foods.  Take a few minutes out each day and do something you enjoy, like reading, spending time with friends or yoga.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. If you follow a healthy diet and lead an active lifestyle, you may be able to reduce your risk of heart disease. Work with your physician and registered dietitian to develop a lifestyle plan that is right for you.

References:

1.         http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

2.         http://www.ama-assn.org//ama/pub/news/news/ama-urges-smokers-ask-doctor-for-help.page

3.        Oldways Nutrition Exchange

4.        Quaker