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Snacks 21 July 2017

Snack Smarter with Dairy

(Family Features) Americans are snacking more and more these days, with the average person consuming 25 percent of daily calories in the form of snacks. This school year, aim for an A-plus in nutrition by snacking smarter on nutrient-rich dairy products.

Snacking goes hand-in-hand with dairy products since they are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to fuel up throughout the day. There are a variety of grab-and-go milk, cheese and yogurt products that provide portable nutrition.

What’s more, dairy packs a nutritious punch. Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, an important nutrient to include in snacks since it helps you feel fuller longer. 

Boost your snacking IQ with these smart tips:

  • Add dairy to your favorite treats for a well-rounded snack. Pair cheese sticks with fresh fruit, such as an apple, pear or grapes. Reach for cheese cubes and whole-grain crackers when you want something savory. Or dip strawberries in yogurt for a tasty, sweet treat. For a kid-friendly snack, make it hands-on fun by creating colorful fruit and cheese kabobs.
  • Flavored milk provides the same nine essential nutrients as unflavored milk. The only difference is the addition of flavorings and minimal amounts of sugar, which can lead to improved consumption, especially among children.
  • Whip up a dairy-based smoothie made for an on-the-go snack or create your own yogurt parfait, such as this flavorful recipe that combines favorites like peanut butter and bananas in a deliciously refreshing treat.

For more tips and recipes to help you snack smarter, and for stories about dairy farm families and where dairy foods come from, visit MidwestDairy.com.

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Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Yogurt Parfait

Recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Council
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup nonfat, light vanilla yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 4          pretzel twists, crumbled (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1          banana, sliced
  1. In small bowl, mix yogurt and peanut butter together. In separate bowl, toss walnuts and pretzels together.
  2. In tall glass, build parfait. Layer 1/2 cup yogurt, half of banana slices and 1 tablespoon of walnut/pretzel mixture. Repeat layers. Serve immediately.

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Rainbow Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Council
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 8          wooden skewers
  • 6          ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 18 cubes
  • 1/2       cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2       cup cantaloupe, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2       cup pineapple, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1          kiwi, peeled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4       cup blueberries
  • 6          purple grapes
  1. Thread each skewer with one piece of cheese, one strawberry half, one cantaloupe cube, one pineapple cube, another piece of cheese, one piece of kiwi, two blueberries, one grape and another piece of cheese. Repeat pattern with remaining skewers.
Snacks 01 September 2016

Snack Attack! Naturally Sweet Snacks Are Back

(Family Features) School means a return to packing lunches and preparing after-school snacks. Make this school year fun with a new collection of easy-to-make snack recipes from the National Honey Board.

Instead of giving your kids the same boring sandwich, jazz up their lunch box and snacks with a few easy tips:

Update a classic
Honey gives a new twist to an old favorite. Try a PB&H by switching out the jelly for honey, and this sandwich will be a new lunch box staple.

Wrap, roll and skewer
Wrap fixings in a tortilla for a handy “to go” snack. Cut sandwiches into small, flattened, crustless squares; spread bread with honey and chopped fruit, and roll into kid-friendly rolls or fashion them into kabobs.

Prepare for snack attacks
Make a double batch of snacks and keep them on hand when hungry bellies come calling. Honey-sweetened granola bars stay fresh in tightly sealed containers and banana pops store perfectly in the freezer. Honey is also a natural preservative that will keep your snacks extra fresh.

Customize to fit cravings
Snack time is more fun with your favorite and colorful toppings. Roll a banana pop in graham cracker crumbs, dried fruit or coconut for a fun, individualized sweet treat.

Reach for a quick dip
Eating fruit is twice as fun with a naturally sweetened dip. Keep individual serving-sized packages of honey fruit dip in the refrigerator where it’s ready to grab and go.

Add energy and brainpower to your kid’s school day with good-for-you snacks made with pure honey. Honey is a great all-natural sweetener with no added ingredients. Read the label to make sure you purchase 100 percent, pure honey.

The National Honey Board provides a full collection of snack recipes and tips in the Honey Snack Recipe Brochure, complete with colorful photography. To receive a free copy of the brochure, visit www.honey.com or send your mailing address to Pure Honey Snacks Brochure, P.O. Box 14636, Madison, WI 53708-0636.
For more recipes using pure honey, or to find out more about the benefits of using honey, visit www.honey.com. To find a local honey producer or special honey variety, visit www.honeylocator.com.

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Peanut Butter & Honey Roll-Ups

Makes 2 servings

  • 4 slices wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds or walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, finely diced
  • 4 skewers (optional)
  • Additional fresh fruit such as kiwi, strawberries, grapes or pineapple (optional)
  1. Trim crusts from bread. Gently press bread or flatten with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and 2 tablespoons honey. Sprinkle 2 bread slices with 1 tablespoon nuts each. Sprinkle remaining slices with strawberries.
  2. Cut each slice in half. Firmly roll up each slice and serve, or thread the roll-ups and fruit onto skewers and serve as kabobs.

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Honey Cherry Granola Bars

Makes 12 to 16 bars

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 3 cups low-fat granola
  • 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together honey, butter, egg whites, cinnamon and almond flavoring. Stir in granola, almonds and cherries. Spoon granola mixture into a 9-inch nonstick (or well-greased) square pan. Using a piece of wax paper, firmly press granola mixture in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove pan from oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely; cut into bars.

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Frozen Honey Banana Pops

Makes 8 pops

  • 4 just-ripe bananas, peeled
  • 8 craft sticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-1/3 cups finely chopped nuts, coconut, carob chips, dried fruit, graham cracker crumbs, etc.
  1. Cut bananas in half cross-wise. Insert a craft stick into each cut end. Freeze for at least 30 minutes on a wax paper-lined tray.
  2. Meanwhile, spread desired toppings onto separate plates. Spoon about 1 tablespoon honey over each slightly frozen banana, rotating and smoothing honey with back of spoon to coat all sides. Roll banana in desired topping until coated on all sides, pressing with fingertips to help toppings adhere. Return pop to wax paper-lined tray and repeat with remaining bananas.
  3. Freeze pops 15 minutes or more to set toppings. Serve.

Source: National Honey Board

Dessert 14 March 2017

Mucho Choco Tacos

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Mucho Choco Tacos

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 40 Minutes
Makes: 8 tacos

  • 8 Old El Paso Stand 'N Stuff taco shells (from 4.7-oz box)
  • 1 (24-ounce) package chocolate-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups sliced bananas
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 aerosol can whipped cream topping
  • 8 mint leaves, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Heat taco shells as directed on box. Meanwhile, melt chocolate candy coating as directed on package.
  2. Carefully dip each taco shell into melted chocolate, using spoon to get chocolate on inside of shell; hold shells above bowl to let excess chocolate drip off. Stand shells upright on waxed paper; let stand until chocolate hardens, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, mix strawberries and bananas. Divide fruit evenly into taco shells.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave fudge topping on High 30 to 45 seconds or until soft. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Drizzle topping over fruit in shells. Top with whipped cream; garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Source: General Mills Inc.

Dessert 01 June 2016

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops

  • 1 cup Tree Top Apple Juice
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled, sliced and frozen
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced and frozen
  • 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into ice pop forms or paper cups. Place ice pop sticks in center and freeze, inverted, for 3 hours or until solid. Keep frozen until ready to serve.

Source: Tree Top

Beverages 13 June 2016

A New Twist for Lemon and Lime Lovers

(Family Features) It’s summer and there’s little that can compare to the refreshing sparkle that fresh lemon or lime gives a tall glass of iced tea or an ice-cold bottle of water. (And how about that great citrus taste on grilled fish?) But it’s not always easy — or convenient — to bring a whole lemon or lime with you when you’re on the go. Worse yet, it’s so frustrating to reach for a fresh lemon or lime at home only to realize either you’re out or they’ve gone bad sitting in your refrigerator.

Now, there’s good news for lemon and lime lovers. Fresh squeezed lemon and lime taste is now as simple as a tear of a packet or a shake of a bottle — and you don’t have to worry about it going bad before you’ve had a chance to use it. True Lemon and True Lime crystallized lemon and lime substitutes are made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients including real lemon and lime juice and oils. Available in packets and now rolling out nationwide in shaker containers, both can be used just like you would fresh lemon or lime juice.

True Lemon and True Lime can add true citrus flavor to:

  • Drinks and smoothies,
  • Marinades, rubs and flavoring pastes,
  • Sauces,
  • Main dishes,
  • Fruits, vegetables and side dishes,
  • Desserts and
  • Any dish or drink that needs flavor-enhancing lemon or lime.

Convenient packets of the all-natural crystallized lemon and lime are also great to take to the office, to the gym or on summer vacation — anytime you’re on the go. Each packet contains the equivalent of 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon or lime juice with no calories, carbohydrates, preservatives or sodium, but with a full 25 percent of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement. True Lemon and True Lime shakers have the same health benefits and offer an easy way for home chefs to sprinkle on a zesty citrus taste. They are also a great salt substitute for those watching their sodium intake.

For more information and recipes, visit www.truelemon.com.

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Luscious Lime Summer Smoothie

Makes 1-1/2 cups

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 packets True Lime
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and halved
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 packets True Lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 medium salmon steaks, cut 1/4 inch thick
  1. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except salmon steaks; mix well. Add fish to bowl; spoon marinade over fish until well coated. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning fish over after 1 hour.
  2. Place fish on broiler pan or on hot grill. Broil or grill 4 to 6 inches from heat, 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Source: True Lemon

Kids 10 March 2017

After-School Fuel for Busy Families

(Family Features) After a long day at school, kids need a chance to unwind. Often that down time involves physical activity, and a nutritious snack is the perfect way to make sure kids are ready to take on their free time with gusto then recharge to keep going until bedtime.

A busy schedule may make the temptation for unhealthy convenience snacks strong, but it’s actually easier than you think to refuel with good-for-you foods on the go. One simple trick: use kids’ favorite ingredients in unexpected ways.

For example, these Chocolate Banana Muffins show that a glass isn’t the only way to enjoy chocolate milk. When you use a nutrient-rich option like TruMoo Chocolate Milk, you can feel great about serving up these muffins to your whole family. It’s a nutritious and delicious treat for adults and kids alike, whether you enjoy it on its own – served cold or hot – or as an addition to recipes.

It’s made with fresh white milk sourced from local dairies, pure cocoa and just enough natural sugar to make it taste great, it's a nutritious and delicious treat for adults and kids alike. What’s more, there’s no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial growth hormones and no GMO ingredients.

"The protein, vitamins, minerals and great taste in TruMoo Chocolate Milk can help kids meet their nutritional score in every pour," registered dietitian Leslie Bonci said. "The protein and carbohydrates included is the perfect ratio to help replace electrolytes lost after engaging in after-school sports."

Find more delicious after-school and after-sports snack ideas at TruMoo.com.

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Recipe courtesy of the Mommy Hates Cooking blog on behalf of TruMoo
Yield: 18 muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups TruMoo Chocolate Milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 medium bananas
  • old-fashioned rolled oats
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cocoa. Add in milk, butter, vanilla and eggs. Continue mixing until batter is formed.
  3. Mix in bananas. Add spoonful of batter to greased muffin tins; fill about halfway full then sprinkle batter with rolled oats.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden on top.

Source: TruMoo

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Dessert 07 June 2016

Refreshing Summer Desserts

(Family Features) When cool and creamy meets tangy and fruity, what do you get? Sweet endings to a porch supper, a backyard barbecue or a meal under the stars.

Try new twists on old favorites — Strawberries and Cream Shortcake or Lemon Raspberry Ribbon Pie. Or slurp a Fruit Smoothie, which you can make with bananas, strawberries, peaches or key lime. Combine pineapple, lime and coconut for a cool taste of the tropics in Piña Colada Cream Dessert. Or make up the Classic Banana Cream Pie to take on a weekend getaway.

After all, it’s summertime. And the livin’ — and the eatin’ — should be refreshingly easy. Find more summer recipe inspiration at eaglebrand.com.

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Strawberries and Cream Shortcake

Prep Time: 20 minutes   Bake Time: according to package directions
Makes 8 to 10 servings

  • 1          (18 1/4 or 18 1/2-ounce) package pound cake mix
  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2       cup cold water
  • 1          (4-serving size) package instant vanilla flavor pudding mix
  • 1          (4-ounce) container frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1          quart fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  1. Prepare pound cake mix as package directs; pour into prepared 9-inch round pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool.
  2. In large bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and water; beat in pudding mix. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Top with half each of pudding mixture and strawberries. Repeat layers. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Lemon Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes one 9-inch pie

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen red raspberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice from concentrate
  • Yellow food coloring if desired
  • 2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream, stiffly whipped
  • 1 (9-inch) pastry shell, baked
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish, optional
  1. In small saucepan, combine raspberries and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and clear. Cool 10 minutes. Chill thoroughly, about 20 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped cream. Spread one-third lemon mixture into prepared pastry shell; top with raspberry mixture then remaining lemon mixture.
  3. Chill thoroughly. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Fruit Smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Makes 5 servings

  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk), chilled
  • 1          (8-ounce) carton plain yogurt
  • 1          small banana, cut up
  • 1          cup frozen or fresh whole strawberries
  • 1          (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple packed with juice, chilled
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice from concentrate
  • 1          cup ice cubes
  • Halved fresh strawberries, optional
  1. In blender, combine sweetened condensed milk, yogurt, banana, whole strawberries, pineapple with its juice and lemon juice; cover and blend until smooth.
    With blender running, gradually add ice cubes; blend until smooth. Garnish with halved strawberries if desired. Serve immediately.

Variations
Peach Smoothies: Omit strawberries and pineapple. Add 2 cups frozen or fresh sliced peaches. Proceed as above.
Key Lime Smoothies: Omit strawberries, pineapple and lemon juice. Add 1/3 cup Key lime juice. Proceed as above. Tint with green food coloring if desired. Garnish with lime slices if desired.

 

Piña Colada Cream Dessert

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Freezing Time: 2 hours + 6 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1          cup milk
  • 1/2       cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice from concentrate
  • 3/4       cup toasted flaked coconut
  • Edible flowers, optional
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, milk, pineapple juice concentrate and lime juice concentrate. Transfer to 9 x 9-inch baking pan. Cover; freeze 2 hours or until almost firm.
    Break frozen mixture into small chunks; transfer to chilled large bowl. With mixer, beat until smooth but not melted. Stir in coconut. Return to pan. Cover; freeze 6 hours or until firm. To serve, scoop into dessert dishes. Garnish with flowers if desired.

 

Classic Banana Cream Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes one 9-inch pie

  • 3          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/3    cups water
  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 3          egg yolks, beaten
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3          medium bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice from concentrate and drained
  • 1          (9-inch) baked pastry shell or 1 (9-inch)
  • graham cracker crust
  • Whipping cream, whipped
  1. In heavy saucepan, dissolve cornstarch in water; stir in sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
    Remove from heat; add margarine and vanilla. Cool slightly. Arrange 2 sliced bananas on bottom of prepared pastry shell. Pour filling over bananas; cover.
  2. Chill 4 hours or until set. Spread top with whipped cream; garnish with remaining banana slices. Refrigerate leftovers.

Source: Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Appetizers & Sides 23 January 2017

The Goodness of Grapes

(Family Features) Grapes have been enjoyed for their taste and beauty for thousands of years. And today’s scientific research keeps on showing that grapes are more than just a pretty fruit — they’re also very, very good for us.

In fact, over a decade of research suggests that grapes help maintain a healthy heart and may also help defend against a variety of age-related and other illnesses. Studies are ongoing to uncover the links between grapes and heart health, eye health, brain health, joint health, cell health and preventing certain cancers.

Of course, grapes aren’t just healthy, they also taste great: crisp, juicy and sweet. Kids love them. And, they’re convenient, making them truly a Super Snack. Eat them by the bunch, or toss them into recipes like these.

To learn more about the health benefits of grapes from California, and to get more delicious ways to enjoy them every day, visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com or www.facebook.com/GrapesFromCalifornia

Keeping Cells Healthy

Grapes of all colors — red, green and black — are natural sources of polyphenols, which appear to help protect the health and function of our cells. Grape polyphenols:

  • Have antioxidant properties, which can help protect against cell-damaging free radicals.
  • Can influence the communication between cells that support key biological processes.
My Heart Belongs to Grapes

Numerous studies suggest that consuming grapes and grape products may contribute to heart health in a number of ways. Eating a variety of grapes may help:

  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce oxidative
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve blood lipids
Seeing Is Believing

Research from Fordham University, funded by the California Table Grape Commission, suggests that grapes may reduce the risk of blindness related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In laboratory studies, grapes offered significantly more retinal protection than the much-touted lutein, and prevented blindness.

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Grape Skewers

These quick-to-fix skewers can also serve as appetizers.
Makes 4 entrée servings

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, fresh minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, fresh minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, fresh minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1 3/4 cups California green seedless grapes, picked from stem and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
  1. In small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, oregano, rosemary and lemon zest. Whisk together marinade.
    Cut chicken into 3/4-inch cubes. Alternate chicken and grapes and thread onto 12 skewers.
  2. Place skewers into a baking dish or pan large enough to hold them. Pour marinade over skewers, coating each one. Marinate for 4 to 24 hours.
  3. Remove skewers from marinade and let excess oil drip off. Season with salt.
  4. Grill until chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Arrange on serving platter and drizzle with additional olive oil and lemon juice.

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Breakfast-To-Go Grape Smoothie

Jump-start your day with this easy all-in-one drink.
Makes 2 1/3 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen California grapes
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or honey lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 1/4 cup wheat flake cereal
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute. Serve immediately.

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Grape and Salmon Power Salad

Fresh grapes are just one of the “super” foods in this hearty and heart-healthy salad.
Makes 6 servings

  • 3/4 cup pearled barley
  • 3 cups firmly packed kale leaves, torn and sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup halved, red or black seedless California grapes
  • 8 ounces cold, cooked salmon, skin and bones removed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted, coarsely chopped
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Cook barley according to package directions, or in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for about 35 to 45 minutes until it is plump and tender, and still slightly chewy. Drain and cool.
  2. Tenderize kale by blanching it in boiling water for 2 to 3 seconds or cooking in the microwave for 1 minute. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking, and squeeze dry. Fluff and uncrimp dry kale pieces with your fingers.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together barley, kale, grapes, salmon and walnuts.
  4. To prepare dressing: In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne. Gradually mix in olive oil.
  5. Pour onto salad and fold gently to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle

These delightful frozen treats are healthy, too.
Makes 4 servings

  • 2 firm ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup red grapes (about 16)
  • 1/2 cup green grapes (about 16)
  • 8 10-inch wooden skewers
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), finely chopped
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Place in small bowl and toss gently with the orange juice.
  2. Skewer fruit, alternating two grapes for each piece of banana, and place fruit skewers onto lined tray.
  3. Place chocolate in small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well, and microwave another 10 seconds if necessary to melt chocolate.
  4. Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate onto fruit skewers.
  5. Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Once frozen, skewers may be transferred to a sealable plastic bag where they will keep in the freezer for up to a week. Allow to soften at room temperature for 5 minutes before eating.
Healthy 07 December 2016

A Smooth Way to Start Your Day

(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

Smoothie bowls typically have a thicker consistency than traditional smoothies, and according to a recent study in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” the thicker the smoothie, the more full you will feel.

“I love smoothie bowls because they are a satisfying and satiating way to get a ton of nutrition in first thing in the morning,” said Carolyn Brown, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Foodtrainers in New York City. “You can add in healthy ingredients that you might not be able to eat on a daily basis like spinach, basil, mint, cinnamon, nut butters or avocado.”

Brown points out that in her experience with clients, people love to eat with a spoon and find it more mentally and physically satisfying. The same goes for adding texture, such as a crunchy topping like goodnessknows snack squares. These satisfying, gluten-free snacks are crafted with the goodness of whole nuts, real fruits and toasted oats, with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Divided into four snackable squares per serving and nestled in a layer made with dark chocolate, one individual, two-bite square contains only about 40 calories.

Find out more about how doing a little good for yourself can go a long way at goodnessknows.com.

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Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Anna Luther of My Life and Kids

Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (or unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • honey, to taste (optional)

Toppings

  • Diced apples
  • Shaved almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • goodnessknows apple almond & peanut dark chocolate snack squares
  1. In blender, mix all smoothie ingredients until smooth. Add honey to increase sweetness, if desired. Add toppings before serving.

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Oatmeal Banana Smoothie Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Alison Ray of So Chic Life

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 percent milk or soy milk
  • 1 small banana (or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • goodnessknows snack squares (any flavor)
  • grated coconut, to taste
  1. In small bowl, mix together oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla and pinch of salt. Cover and place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes, or overnight to help flavors soak in.
  2. In blender or food processor, combine oat mixture with remaining milk and half of the banana (or applesauce). Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour creamy oats into bowl, and top with snack squares, coconut and slices of remaining banana half.

Tip: To thin consistency, use additional milk.

Source: goodnessknows

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Kids 11 August 2015

PB&J Banana Burritos

Ingredients
  • 2 Mission Small / Fajita Flour Tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Smucker's Strawberry Jam, Jelly, or Preserves
  • 2 bananas, peeled
Preparation
  1. Place tortillas on a paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds.
  2. Spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter on each tortilla. Add 1 tablespoon jelly to each tortilla.
  3. Place the banana near the edge of the tortilla and fold up the ends of the tortilla. Roll-up and enjoy!
Serves

2

SOURCE: Mission Foods

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