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Nutrition for Moms-to-Be

Pregnancy is an exciting time as you prepare your home for the little one’s arrival. It’s also a time to evaluate your diet. You may need to add some foods to your daily meal plan that you’ve never tried before. This Mother’s Day we’re focusing on nutrition tips and guidelines for mothers-t0-be. *

 First Trimester: Weeks 1-12

Congratulations!  You’re expecting! First things first: talk to your doctor about getting started on a prenatal vitamin.  Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multivitamins because they contain more folic acid and iron which help prevent neural tube defects and anemia.  Some prenatal vitamins may even contain Omega-3 fish oils for healthy brain development.  Look for a prenatal vitamin that contains:1

Folic acid — 400 to 800 micrograms              Zinc – 15 milligrams

Calcium — 250 milligrams                                Copper – 2 milligrams

Iron — 30 milligrams                                          Vitamin B6 – 2 milligrams

Vitamin C — 50 milligrams                              Vitamin D – 40 international units

Next, familiarize yourself with the foods that should be avoided during pregnancy.2

  • Fish high in mercury – swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish and shark.  Limit canned white tuna, albacore tuna and tuna steak to 6 ounces a week.
  • Undercooked or raw seafood like sushi and sashimi, and ceviche.
  • Undercooked poultry, eggs and red meat.  Cook all red meats, poultry and eggs fully.  This means no runny yolks and no rare steaks and burgers.  If you are eating processed lunch meats, you must microwave them until steaming or avoid them completely. Avoid Caesar dressings and hollandaise sauce since they may contain raw egg yolks.
  • Unpasteurized soft cheeses like brie, feta, camembert and bleu cheese.

If you experience morning sickness, it’s best to have a few tricks and tips for keeping the nausea at bay.  Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any time of the day.  Your best defense is to stick to an eating schedule because an empty stomach triggers nausea during pregnancy. Try to eat small, frequent, easy-to-tolerate meals. If you are having trouble keeping food and drinks down, you’ll need to contact your doctor as dehydration can become a problem and certain anti-vomiting medications can be prescribed.  Helpful tips for dealing with nausea:

  • Sip on ginger tea or ginger ale
  • Dry crackers by bedside can help if you feel nausea during the night
  • Cold water with lemon

 Second Trimester: Weeks 13-27

Feeling better yet?  Your appetite might be coming back along with your energy.  The second trimester is a great time because many of your pregnancy symptoms start to disappear.  However, this is when you may begin to experience pregnancy cravings.  During pregnancy you will need to some extra calories, but “eating for two” is a myth.  The American Board of Pregnancy recommends adding an extra 300 extra calories y.  What exactly does 300 calories mean?  Try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a Greek yogurt with sliced almonds and fruit, or a smoothie made with fruit and low-fat milk. 

Keep in mind the guidelines for recommended weight gain during pregnancy: In general weight gained in the first trimester is 1-5lbs, and then it is about 1-2lbs per week in the second trimester, and 1-2lbs per week in the third. 3

  • 25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9
  • 28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5
  • 15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9
  • 11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30

 Third Trimester: Weeks 14-40

The baby is continuing to grow, which means your body has to make room for it. .  Heartburn, reflux and a loss of appetite can occur as digestive organs are pressed.  Here are some tips for digestive relief:

  • Avoid fatty, greasy, spicy and acidic foods.  They will just cause irritation.
  • Stick to small frequent meals
  • Avoid lying down after eating for at least 1 hour.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about over-the-counter heartburn relief that is safe during pregnancy.

 Here’s What You Need, Why You Need It, and Where to Find it.

 

 

  1. Mayoclinic.  Prenatal vitamins: Why they matter, how to choose http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-vitamins/PR00160
  2. Mayoclinic. Pregnancy nutrition: Foods to avoid during pregnancy. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-nutrition/PR00109
  3. American Pregnancy Association.  Eating for Two When Over/Under Weight. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/eatingfortwo.html

** This is general advice and you should always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

 

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Are Your Young Athletes Getting The Nutrition They Need?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your children are involved in extracurricular sports or exercise regularly, they need extra calories, vitamins and nutrients to help give them energy while exercising and support their growing bodies. If they don’t get enough of these vitamins and nutrients, or make unhealthy food choices, they may be less likely to reach their peak performance and may actually lose muscle mass instead of building it.

Listed below are some nutrition tips that you should keep in mind if your children are involved in sports.

Vitamins and Minerals

It is essential that your children get plenty of calcium and iron in their diet. Calcium is important because it helps build strong bones, which can help reduce the likelihood of stress fractures while exercising. Encourage your children to eat low-fat dairy products, including milk, cheese and yogurt. Iron transports oxygen to the muscles. If your children don’t get enough iron, they may tire easily since their muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen, which can in turn affect their athletic performance. To help make sure they get enough iron in their diet, offer your children iron-fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables and lean cuts of red meat.

Carbohydrates

Your children need carbohydrates, with a majority of them coming from whole-grain foods, to help fuel their bodies while they are exercising. Whole-grain foods, such as oats, whole wheat bread, pastas and cereals and starchy vegetables, also provide your children with fiber and nutrients they need to maintain their overall health.

Protein

Protein can help your children build strong muscles when combined with strength training and other forms of exercise. Many foods that are good sources of protein are also high in fat, however, so you need to educate your children about which ones to choose. Encourage your children to eat protein-rich foods such as fish, skinless white meat poultry, low-fat dairy products and soy products.

Hydration

In addition to eating a healthy diet, it is also important that your children are properly hydrated when they are exercising. Your children need to drink plenty of water or other fluids before, during and after exercising to help avoid heat-related illnesses and dehydration. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has made the following recommendations regarding hydration and exercise:

  • Before exercise. Drink 17-20 ounces of fluid 2 to 3 hours before activity, and drink an additional 7 to 10 ounces 10 to 20 minutes prior to exercise.
  • During exercise. While exercising, you should drink 7 to 10 ounces every 15 minutes.
  • After exercise. Drink at least 20 ounces of fluid for every pound lost within 2 hours of finishing your workout.

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Organic Balance

Morning Report

We surveyed 1,000 professional women to see what their mornings were really like.  Some of what we found was both surprising and hilarious. Did you know that 79% of women have eaten breakfast in a moving vehicle, and 45% of women actually skip breakfast once a week? While women know breakfast is an important part of their day, they often don’t have time for it. Do you know what 100% of women do have time for, though? Organic Balance, an organic breakfast in a bottle.

Of all the ways we cheat time every day, cheating our bodies of nutrition is the one that will come back to haunt us. We make sure our kids get a healthy breakfast before school, but with barely 30 seconds to spare, how do we nourish ourselves?

You don’t have to settle for quick, grab-n-go snacks and meals that are unsatisfying and lacking nutrition.

Grab Organic Balance instead. It’s a big cheat that won’t let you down. Handy enough to slip into your purse, computer bag or backpack and requires no refrigeration.Organic Balance Shake

Need a boost before that big presentation? You’re only a few heavenly sips from your A-game. 11 oz of creamy Organic Balance goes down smoothly in a short elevator ride or while driving the kids to school.

Crafted from pasture-raised organic milk— it’s the most delicious 16 grams of protein and 50% of your recommended daily calcium needs you’ll ever get.  Not to mention the short, simple list of organic, fair-trade ingredients, like the Dutch cocoa in Dark Chocolate and real vanilla beans in Vanilla Bean. While you’re doing something good for your body, you’re also doing something good for local economies and the environment.

For all those busy mornings, moments between meals, and days with hectic schedules, grab an Organic Balance milk protein shake to keep you going. At Organic Valley we think food that is good for you should taste good too.

  • Grab-n-go convenience (easily stowed in purse, gym bag, or cup holder)
  • 2 creamy, indulgent flavors – Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean
  • Organic, high-quality nutrition
    • 16 grams of protein
    • 50% RDI Calcium
    • Organic milk from pasture-raised cows
    • USDA Certified Organic & Kosher
    • Lactose & Gluten Free
    • Fair-trade ingredients
  • Never any:
    • Artificial Sweeteners
    • GMOs
    • Toxic Pesticides
    • Hormones & Antibiotics

 


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!

Skip to: Cherries | Berries | Peaches

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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

Sweet:

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Raspberry Pie

Rustic Cherry Pie

Cherry Clafouti

Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Cake

Savory:

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?

 Berry Pancakes  Mini Cheesecake

Breakfast:

Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Pancakes

Berry-Licious Mix-in

Gluten-Free Mixed Berry Parfait

Berry Breakfast Crumble

Dessert:

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

Chilled:

Peach Tea Lemonade

Peach Yogurt Smoothie

Stone Fruit And Berry Salad

Lemon Panna Cotta Pudding with Fruit Salad

Warmed:

Grilled Chicken with Sweet-Tart Salsa

Cinnamon Peach Crisp

Warm Rosemary Brie Cake with Peach Preserves

Peach Cobbler Pie

 


Smarter Shopping for Men’s Health

Eating well and shopping smart is an art and a science. How you eat throughout the week largely depends on what goes into your cart or basket when you shop. More than ever before, men are sharing the responsibilities of meal planning, food shopping, and food preparation1. In light of men’s health month, rethink how you are filling your cart in the aisles and online. Whether you are the primary shopper in your home, or sharing the responsibility with other family members, consider these tips to make your shopping trip a little smarter and healthier:V8

  1. Plan Ahead

It doesn’t matter if you plan your meals, or someone else in the house does—planning is the key to staying on track with your diet and in the store. Think through your week and determine how many meals and snacks you’ll be eating or taking from home and how much time you will have to prepare them. Short on time this week? It probably isn’t the best time to try an elaborate new recipe. Keep it simple with products that can help you pull off your meals with less work like Campbell’s® Dinner Sauces and Prego Farmer’s Market® Marinara sauce. Looking for more meal and side dish inspiration? Check out Campbell’s Nutritious & Delicious recipe collection for simple and tasty recipes that can help you plan for your next trip. Take a few moments to write a list after all of your planning to help you stay focused on your shopping trip.

  1. Pick Your Protein Wisely

You are likely getting plenty of protein in your diet, but may not be getting enough variety among the types of protein foods you are eating2. Choose a variety of proteins for your meals with meat and poultry, beans and legumes, eggs, low fat dairy, and seafood. When choosing meat and poultry, go lean by removing the skin on the poultry, and opt for lower fat cuts of meat like tenderloin, sirloin, and top round cuts. Substitute some of the meat and poultry on your list for seafood such as salmon, tuna, or mackerel for heart healthy omega-3 fats. Let lentils, beans, and legumes take center stage for a meatless meal and cash in on important nutrients while keeping your budget in check.

  1. Add Color to Your Cart (Or Basket)

You know fruits and vegetables are good for you, so make an effort to fill half your cart with a variety of them. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, all forms count, so choose a variety of fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice and juice with no added sugar to help you get the recommended five or more servings* each day. Stock up on fresh products to help you make your planned meals for the week and keep frozen, canned, dried, and juice products on hand for added convenience. Try V8® Healthy Greens, named Men’s Fitness Best Juice product in 2015, for a healthy serving… of veggies on the go.

  1. Make Smart Swaps

Making changes to your diet can feel overwhelming. Simplify your shopping trip by making one smart swap every time you visit the supermarket. Swap whole grains like 100% Whole Wheat Pepperidge Farm® Bread for white bread or brown rice for white rice to add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your meals. You can also try swapping out full fat cheese and dairy product for reduced or low fat products to help cut calories without losing important nutrients. By making one or two swaps every trip, your diet will look better over time and you will be able to get in and out of the market without stressing.

 

A healthy diet starts with what you put in your cart. Take charge of your shopping trip by planning ahead, choosing a variety or proteins, adding more fruits and vegetables to your cart, and making one healthy swap at a time. The next time you plan a shopping trip consider these tips to help you improve your diet and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

 

*1/2 cup = 1 serving

 

  1. S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015. Food Marketing Institute. Chapter 2 Shift to Shared Shopper Paradigm. Accessed April 26, 2016.
  2. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Shifts Needed to Align with Healthy Eating Patterns. Protein Foods. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-2/a-closer-look-at-current-intakes-and-recommended-shifts/. Accessed April 26, 2016.

25 REASONS TO LOVE AVOCADOS

25 REASONS TO LOVE AVOCADOS

NUTRITION – FLAVOR – FRESHNESS – VERSATILITY – GOODNESS

1. They are a nutrient-dense fruit that contain beneficial nutrients, minerals, and plant compounds to enhance the nutrient quality of your diet.
2. They can fit into a variety of healthy eating plans, like the DASH diet and The Mediterranean Diet.Grilled Avocado
3. They act as a “nutrient booster” to help the body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients from foods eaten with them.
4. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz.) contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.
5. Their creamy consistency makes them one of the first fresh foods a baby can enjoy, and they go great with other mashed fruits and veggies.
6. They add value to dishes and menu items.
7. Though they are the star in savory dishes like guacamole, they can also shine in sweet desserts and smoothies.
8. They are essential for a truly delicious guacamole.
9. They make a creamy and tasty addition to quinoa or whole-grain dishes.
10. They play well with others … especially with other flavors.
11. They’re a green produce item that you don’t have to force yourself to eat; there’s something truly tempting about the taste and texture of a fresh avocado.
12. They store well for unexpected cravings. Unripe avocados stay fresh for 4 to 5 days and can be frozen once they’re ripe.
13. They’ll continue to surprise you. Did you know avocados are actually a berry?
14. They’re a single-seeded berry that ripens as a tree fruit once it has been harvested.
15. They are an excellent substitution for spreads on sandwiches and wraps, and fresh avocado can help you achieve your dietary goals of reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet.

16. Avocados are cholesterol, and sodium free, and more than 50% of the fruit’s fat content is monounsaturated.
17. Avocados make for a great ingredient in savory, sweet, and spicy dishes … but they also make a glowing addition to your beauty routine.
18. They are always in season and never go out of style.
19. They can be baked, fried, grilled, or eaten raw.
20. They add a thick, creamy touch to simple dressings or smoothies.
21. They add moisture, nutrients, fiber and good fats in baked goods.
22. They contain less than one gram of sugar.
23. They pack a rich flavor but have 0 mg. of cholesterol and 0 mg. of sodium per serving.
24. They are virtually the only fruit that contains 3 grams monounsaturated fat and .5 grams
polyunsaturated fat (the good fats).
25. Over 75 percent of the fat in avocados is unsaturated fat, making it a great substitute for foods high in saturated fats. According to the Dietary Guidelines 2010, replacing saturated fats or trans fats with unsaturated fats can reduce bad cholesterol levels in your body.
Bonus!
26. They contain 81 mg. of the carotenoids Lutein + Zeaxanthin per serving, which research suggests may help maintain eye health as you age.

Source: http://www.avocadosfrommexico.com/25-reasons-to-love-avocados/

Grilled Avocados

Although avocados are a fruit, just like most vegetables, Avocados From Mexico get even better when grilled. Why? Because the heat warms and  softens the flesh and the addition of the smoke and other ingredients meld for a taste that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Basic grilled side dish

Do you love grilling? Great! Because this is grilling time! Cut a Hass avocado in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lemon or lime juice across the flesh. Coat the outside shell liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place halves flesh-down on the cooler top grill rack for about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and grill for another 2 or 3 minutes until you see sizzling on top. The timing depends on the heat of your grill, distance from the heat, and  thickness of the avocados, so you need to keep an eye on it. Use slightly firmer Avocados From Mexico because you don’t want a mushy mess all
over your grill grates. It’s an easy recipe to prepare, and they’re a great side dish for entertaining.

Italian-style filled grilled avocados

Start with the same basic recipe above using lemon, and stuff it Italian-style. Fill the halved avocado with 2 or 3 tablespoons of diced tomatoes and 1 minced garlic clove. Sprinkle it with shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese and drizzle prepared pesto over the top. Grill until the ingredients are softened, sizzling and the smell makes you swoon. Scoop out and spread atop warm, grilled rustic bread.

Mexican-style filled grilled avocados

Start with the same basic recipe above, this time using lime juice, and stuff it Mexican-style. Add a mixture of 1 tablespoon salsa, 1 tablespoon canned corn, 1 tablespoon black beans, and top with cheese. Grill until cheese is melted and sizzling. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro. Scoop out with chips or serve alongside any Mexican dinner as a topping.

Easy Grilled Avocados Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings: 4
Ingredients
2 ripe, fresh Mexican Hass avocados, seeded and peeled
2 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
Olive oil or cooking spray
Sea salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Optional Topping Suggestions
Fiesta: Chopped tomatoes, pico de gallo or your favorite salsa
Cheesy: Sliced Buffalo mozzarella or crumbled feta cheese as garnish
Fresh: Chop fresh herbs, like basil or cilantro and top after grilled avocados cool down

 

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Benefits of Yogurt

Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt is a nutritious food that’s good for people of all ages. Like most dairy products, yogurt Yogurt and Berriesprovides many important nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Many yogurts are low-fat or fat-free and contain little or no saturated fat and cholesterol. Yogurt is a nutrient-dense, convenient and delicious food for snacks and meals.

Yoplait yogurt is a delicious way to help get your calcium with varieties the whole family can love including  Yoplait Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy, Lactose Free, Whips!,  Greek, Greek 100, and Greek 100 Whips!. Also look for Yoplait Plentí Plentiful Greek yogurt, Yoplait Plentí Oatmeal Meets Greek yogurt, Kids Cups, and Go-Gurt.

Calcium & Vitamin D

It’s no secret that calcium & vitamin D help build strong bones and teeth, and helps keep them strong throughout your life. But did you know that most Americans aren’t getting enough calcium or vitamin D in their diets? Unlike many other yogurts, most General Mills Yoplait yogurts provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Studies show that people who eat yogurt have higher intakes of these important nutrients.

  1. NHANES 2009-10 (food only) Day 1 & 2 NCI Usual Intake Method and Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes on Calcium & Vitamin D Report (2010).

Count on Calcium

Milk and milk products are considered the best food sources of calcium. These foods also have additional nutrients that can help calcium be better absorbed by the body. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most individuals should include at least 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy in their diets daily.

Here are a few strategies for adding extra calcium to your diet:

  • Substitute yogurt for mayonnaise or sour cream in salad dressings
  • Stir in non-fat dry milk powder to soups, hot cereal, cocoa or orange juice
  • Blend yogurt and fruit pieces to make a thick frothy shake
  • Sprinkle lowfat shredded cheese over casseroles, potatoes or vegetables
  • Top baked potatoes with yogurt and chives
  • Whip plain yogurt and shredded cheese into mashed potatoes
  • Create a creamy, lowfat pasta sauce using blended ricotta cheese and fresh herbs

Discover Vitamin D

You know that you need calcium for strong bones, but did you know that you also need vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium?

Our bodies need vitamin D for the absorption of calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Studies show that calcium absorption improves when taken along with Vitamin D.2 Other studies show that vitamin D may help prevent bone fractures later in life.3,4

Finding Vitamin D in Foods

Vitamin D is formed naturally by the body after exposure to sunlight. Since you can’t always count on the sun, it’s even more important to look to your diet for your Vitamin D. Yoplait is the only leading yogurt with Vitamin D in every serving to provide 10%-20% of the Daily Value. Other food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon, cod liver oil, organ meats, fortified ready-to-eat cereal, fortified yogurt, egg yolks, and mushrooms.

2. McCormick CC. Passive diffusion does not play a major role in the absorption of dietary calcium in normal adults. J Nutr. 2002; 132(11):3428-30.
3. Trivedi DP, Doll R, Khaw KT. Effect of four monthly oral vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplementation on fractures and mortality in men and women living in the community: randomised double blind controlled trial. BMJ 2003;326:469-475.
4. Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women.Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77(2):504-11.

StrawberriesThe Pay offs of Protein

Why is protein important?

Protein is an important component of your body and your diet, serving as a building block for strong muscles and alongside calcium and vitamin D, for strong bones. Another benefit of some yogurt is that foods higher in protein may help to satisfy hunger. Come snack time, many nutritionists recommend integrating foods with protein.

Finding the Right Amount of Protein in Snacks

Looking for a snack with protein to help satisfy your hunger? Try Yoplait Greek and Greek 100 which have 10-13 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz cup. Yoplait Greek and Greek 100 are the perfect protein snack option with over 30 flavor varieties. They also have at least a  good source of calcium and vitamin D.

 

Protein content in common snacks:

Yoplait Greek and Greek 100 yogurt (5.3 oz) 10-13 g protein
Pretzels (1 oz) 2-3 g protein
Raisins (1 oz) 1 g protein
Granola bars, chewy & crunchy (1 oz) 1-3 g protein
Rice cakes (1 cake) 0-2 g protein

USDA Nutrient Database, Standard Reference Release 24, On-line

Other good or excellent sources of protein include meat, fish, eggs, beans and other dairy products. Be certain to check fat content, since some protein sources may contain a significant amount of fat and saturated fat.

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Smoothies

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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.


Fresh Bake Shop

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Make your entertaining easy with ShopRite Kitchens Catering! Click here to place your order online.

Planning a party? Let our Fresh Bake Shop help you entertain and plan for your next party. We offer a wide selection of fresh, made to order decorated cakes, party platters and dessert cakes. No special occasion is complete without a fabulous dessert -whether it’s a luscious chocolate cake for a festive birthday celebration, a bagel tray for a morning business meeting, or an elegant fruit tart to give new neighbors a sweet welcome to the neighborhood, you’ll find it all at ShopRite’s Fresh Bake Shop.

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Specialty Cakes

ShopRite’s specialty team is happy to create a one-of-a-kind custom cake to suit any occasion. Our master bakers can create the perfect cake in your choice of rich icings, fillings, and flavors. Just tell us how many guests you’re expecting, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Cupcake Pull-Aparts

24 individual cupcakes that are formed into shapes such as rainbows and baseballs. The icing on these cupcakes turns them into one delicious cake.

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Brownie Bites and Cookie Platters

When “just a bite” is just right: Try our chocolate- or vanilla-iced cupcakes, or our scrumptious chocolate brownies, which are available fudge iced, plain, or with walnuts, or our delicious gourmet cookies.

Picture Perfect Cakes

Your photo, our cake – a perfect combination. We can duplicate your photograph or document for placement on your special order cake. (Photo cakes not available in all stores.)

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Jumbo Puffin Muffins
Our huge 6oz muffins are fresh baked daily and available in nine delicious varieties. From Corn to Butter Rum to Pistachio, each muffin is rich and moist and made with fine chocolate, to sweet butterscotch to loads of blueberries. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunches, and snacks.  Try a new flavor each day.
La Brea Bakery
Fresh, Flavorful, Memorable, La Brea is the nation’s most preferred artisan bread brand. Our dedication to artful nutrition mean that our breads contain no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and no trans fats. Find a variety of La Brea Bakery’s award-winning loaves baked fresh daily in your local ShopRite Fresh Bake Shop.

Please note:  All varieties may not be available in all stores


Progresso Heart Healthy Tips

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The road to heart health is paved with adventure, excitement and risks. Mapping a heart healthy eating plan will take planning, commitment and maybe even a few rest stops, but it does not have to be a difficult journey. Small changes along the way will bring you closer to your destination. By following heart healthy eating practices, you may help reduce three of the major risk factors for heart disease – high blood cholesterol, excess body weight and high blood pressure.

Creating A Heart Healthy Road Map:

Designing an eating plan that fits your lifestyle is an important part of managing body weight and improving health. As you develop your plan, consider this:

 

  • Add Fruit & Veg: Fruits and vegetables are generally more filling and lower in calories than other choices. Progresso™ has 20 Vegetable Classic soups that contain ½ cup of vegetables per serving and are an excellent way to meet the daily recommendation for vegetables.
  • Pay Attention to Portion Sizes: Many so-called single servings of foods may be larger in size than the amount recommended by MyPlate. Check out serving sizes listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel.
  • Read Nutrition Labels: The Nutrition Facts Panel on food packages can provide important clues you can use to make heart healthy choices. Pay attention to levels of saturated and trans- fat, cholesterol, fiber, and try to select products that are lower in sodium. Progresso™ has 10 Reduced Sodium soups that contain ≤ 480 mg sodium per serving.

Consult the Experts: Have a discussion with your primary health care provider at your next visit. You can also learn more about taking care of your heart at The American Heart Association.

This information was brought to you by registered dietitians at the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. For more information and resources visit: https://www.bellinstitute.com/en/. For great recipe ideas and more, visit http://www.progresso.com.

Progresso™ Soup Has Your Back For New Year Resolution Solutions

Soup pairs perfectly with a salad or sandwich as part of a balanced meal. For easy and delicious ways to keep that weight management resolution on track, see these tips:

Look for “Swapportunity” Swap the elevator for the stairs. Swap your fast food lunch for a warm bowl of Progresso™ soup. Progresso™ has 20 Light soups at 100 calories or less per serving.

Veggie Up Your Diet Add your favorite veggies to regular meals and snacks, including soup! Frozen, canned, or fresh veggies – they are all nutritious. To save time during meal prep, purchase prepackaged vegetables or wash and cut your veggies to prepare in advance.

Friend It Up It’s more fun with a friend. Invite a pal to join in your weight management plan. Working out together can be a great opportunity to catch up.

Stick With It Gradual weight loss promotes behavioral changes necessary to maintain weight loss over the long term. January is a great time to initiate that New Year Resolution, but there is room for a great weight management plan all year long.

This information was brought to you by registered dietitians at the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. For more information and resources visit: https://www.bellinstitute.com/en/. For great recipe ideas and more, visit http://www.progresso.com.