Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

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Hi Everybody! February is half over and I can just feel spring in the air since we have had such a mild Minnesota weather. Speaking of Minnesota, I just have to talk to you all about “local”. I just love local and I love talking about local. So I thought I would show you some great recipes using some of our great local products right here in the Midwest.

Today I thought I would talk about French Toast with homemade blueberry syrup and homemade whipped cream. This is a ‘yummy” no matter which way you look at it. Continue reading “Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream”

Obesity in Children – Is it Safe to Put a Child on a Diet?

Obesity In Children: Is it Safe to put a Child on a Diet?

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Hi everyone! With it being back to school time, our focus tends to shift towards kids. As you know, obesity in children has become an important topic of discussion in the recent years. With all of the changes surrounding school lunches, dietary requirements, physical activity and overall wellness being at the top of your mind you may have wondered, “Is my child overweight or obese? If so, is it safe to put them on a diet?” You came to the right place! Read along as I offer my dietitian recommendations. Continue reading “Obesity in Children – Is it Safe to Put a Child on a Diet?”

Trade Up for a Better After School Snack

Trade Up for a Better Back to School Snack! #NuVal www.cobornsblog.comHey All! As I’m sure you are fully aware it is back to school, whether you are ready or not! Last month I blogged about nutritious breakfast options to fuel you and your child’s body before beginning your long day! All meals are important, but breakfast seems to be one of the most challenging as it tends to be very rushed.  Parent’s aren’t usually responsible for lunches as it is offered at the schools and the school lunches are now more nutritious than ever and continue to head in that direction!  So, today I will be blogging about better for you snacks for kids after school.  It may be before a sport or as they arrive off the bus.  After school snacks can be very tricky as a lot of the front of package labeling can be very misleading.

I remember as I was getting off the bus from school, I was starving! I couldn’t wait to have an after school snack.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t provided with the most nutritious options.  Back then, there wasn’t such a push for nutritious options and we were just on the verge of the childhood obesity epidemic. I would have snacks like mini corn dogs, pizza rolls, pizza, ice cream, cookies, cheese balls, Little Debbie’s nutty bars (they had peanut butter, so they had to be good for you), and easy mac! YIKES! I am honestly embarrassed to share that being a dietitian today!!!  I guess that just makes my improvements more significant.

Check out the image for all of my suggest snack trade ups! I hope these provide you with some ideas for healthy snack options for you and your families.

Happy Back to School!

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Peace and Wellness,
Ashley
Coborn’s, Inc. Registered Supermarket Dietitian

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Trading up for a Better Breakfast!

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Hello There! It’s the beginning of August and you know what that means… school is right around the corner! Just as it is important to get all those pencils, erasers and notebooks, it is also important to plan ahead for your meals for back to school. With school commitments, schedules become crazier for families and it becomes more difficult to have time to make meals. So for this month’s blog I am going to be talking about trading up with NuVal at breakfast, as it is a very important meal of the day and can be quite challenging for many to fit it in and make nutritious choices. Next month, I will be sharing smarter snacks for back to school, so stay tuned!

Trade up for a Better Breakfast. Choosing a higher NuVal score when selecting Breakfast foods. www.cobornsblog.comWhat is your favorite breakfast before school? I have a confession about what I loved to eat back when I was in elementary school. My favorite would have been frozen toaster strudels. I didn’t just say that out loud, did I? I absolutely loved them because they were so easy to pop in the toaster and all I had to do was put on the frosting and enjoy! Wow, have I changed my eating habits, but that is what it is all about, right? Little improvements along that way…

Today, if someone asked me what my favorite quick and easy breakfast is, I would tell them whole grain blueberry waffles topped off with almond butter, blueberries, a half of banana and a very tiny bit of real maple syrup. Real maple syrup is so very sweet that you really only need a teaspoon at most. Or my new favorite is quick oats with peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and diced up bananas. Yum! I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Because I live and breathe NuVal, my trading up at breakfast is quite significant. My beloved toaster strudels come in at a low 3! Yikes compared to my waffles at a 44 and my almond butter at an 84 or my oatmeal at a 93! That’s what is all about, folks, trading up to better overall nutrition!

Here are some other examples of trading up that I recommend.

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Trade up for Better Bacon

Bacon – NuVal Score 5
Turkey bacon – NuVal Score 26
Even higher yet, Morning Star bacon – NuVal Score 42

Trade up for Better Eggs

Did you know eggs score a whopping 56? You could even trade up to Better’N Eggs at a 71 or to Egglands Best brand eggs that receive a score of 85. Talk about a nutrient powerhouse!

Trade up for Better Bread

White English muffins are a 23, while mulitigrain English muffins are a 46 and sandwich thins are a 45 (try them instead of bagels, as they are a more appropriate portion), whole wheat tortillas can score an 84 and whole wheat toast can be as high as 98!

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Trade up for Better Sausage

Typical breakfast sausage links are only a 18, so instead you should try the reduced fat Jimmy Dean ground sausage at 25, Morning Star sausage patties at 33 or ground pork and season it yourself at 39! One last trade up could be Morning Star sausage links scoring a 40.

Trade up for Better Hash Browns

Hash browns range from 5-100. Now that is quite the range! Watch out for those Trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and make sure the ingredients say only potatoes.

Then with all of those ingredients, you can prepare you own breakfast sandwich or burrito. My favorite trick to make it quick and easy in the morning is to prepare a large batch the night before so that it will last me a few days and all you have to do in the morning is put it in the microwave. And there you have it, a very nutritious and delicious breakfast that is sure to give you and your family the right nutrients to start a day off right.

Trade up for a Nutritious Breakfast

I’m going to make something fabulous tomorrow morning. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out! I’ll stay on the lighter side with a yogurt with blueberries and granola for added nutrition. Plain yogurt can score as high as 100! And you can find granolas with that score in the mid-90s.

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Trade up for Better Bars and Cereal

You also can still have cold cereal or a granola bar if that’s what you prefer, just remember to trade up within the category! For example if you normally have a Cap’n Crunch that scores a 4, consider trading up to Cheerios that have a score of 36! Or let’s say your favorite morning bar is a bar by special K, with a score of only 8. It would be easy to trade up to Belvitas that have a score of 23.

If you would like more personalized help planning your meals, please ask. I’m happy to help.

Peace and wellness,
Ashley
Coborn’s Registered Supermarket Dietitian

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3 ways to prepare Sweet Corn

3 ways to prepare sweet corn - www.cobornsblog.comIt’s good to see all the gardens starting to produce. After the wet spring that we have had in the Midwest, it looks like Local Sweet Corn will start real soon. Many people, including myself, consider sweet corn a real favorite that goes well with many meals, Summer BBQ’s, or it can be a meal in itself. By the second week of August until freeze, sweet corn should be available for all to enjoy.

When selecting sweet corn to purchase, look for corn that is good sized, fresh with green leaves, with plump ears, and not dented.

Some of the ways I like to prepare sweet corn are determined by how I am preparing the rest of my meal that day.  If I am planning to grill, then I will grill the sweet corn.  If cooking inside, I prepare using stove or microwave.  Here are a few ways I like to prepare my sweet corn.

GRILLING Sweet Corn

  1. Peel husk down to about 2 inches from bottom of cob, remove silk & pull husk back up.
  2. OPTIONAL- Tie string around cob to hold husk in place
  3. Soak cob in cold water for about an hour before grilling.
  4. Place on heated grill for about 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes or so. Corn will appear done earlier; leave on as it will take that long to be done.  Take off grill, and enjoy.

MICROWAVING Sweet Corn

Easiest method

  1. Husk off all leaves and silk.
  2. Place in microwave safe bowl, or tray & cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave on high for 7 minutes if you have a couple in bowl.
  4. Carefully remove plastic & you are ready to eat.

BOILING Sweet Corn

  1. Fill pot half full of water and turn on high.
  2. Husk and peel corn.
  3. Place corn in pot of rapidly boiling water.
  4. Bring water back to a boil (about 20 minutes).
  5. Using tongues, carefully remove hot corn from pot. Let cool for a moment or so, and you are ready to eat.

Sweet corn has only about 125 calories per ear of corn, and has a perfect NuVal score of 100. What you decide to put on that corn is up to you.  Some favorites of mine are salt and butter, but if you are watching your health and/or calorie intake, just plain old corn is delicious too.

We have waited for this season. Hope you enjoy as much as my family does.

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