Gotta Love A Granny Smith

Granny Smith apples are one of the most deliciously versatile apples the world have ever known! Kids love them fresh out of hand (Not to mention covered in caramel candy) while chefs and bakers love their citrus tart flavor, which is ideal for a wide variety of recipes. They are not only tasty but they are quite the social apple. According to our research, there are more people tweeting about Granny Smiths than any other variety! Continue reading “Gotta Love A Granny Smith”

Smarter Dessert Pizza

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Hey Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying summertime!  It’s a fabulous time of year! A great time to get together with friends and families to hang out at the lake or pool, and enjoy a barbeque or picnic. Many times you are asked to bring a dish to share or often dessert.  A family favorite for me for a dessert is dessert pizza.  It’s at every family event whether it’s a baby shower, wedding shower, barbeque or holiday celebration.  As you know, there are always so many recipes and variations.  For this blog, I am going to share a few of my favorites… of course they include more nutritious ingredients than the typical dessert pizza.

Crust

Dessert pizza usually includes dough, an icing for the sauce, and toppings.

For the dough, instead of using refined flour bread products or cookie dough, try making a dough from whole wheat WHITE flour, or whole wheat frozen bread dough to save time or you could also use an actual thin pizza crust that is premade… just make sure its whole grain.

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For the icing, instead of frosting, use sugar-free pudding or vanilla yogurt- Greek if you like it creamier and thicker, but make sure it’s at least low fat.  You could use cream cheese if you want, but make sure it’s whipped or reduced fat. To add some flavor for every 8 oz. of cream cheese add ½ tsp of either almond or vanilla extract.

Toppings

As for the toppings, load up on the fruit for that natural sweetness and don’t forget to include the rainbow to keep it appealing to the eye and of course that means a variety of antioxidants. I like to include strawberries, kiwis and blueberries, but any assortment of your favorite fruits would be great! Don’t forget about pomegranates, peaches, mangos, pineapple, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, they all work great! If you absolutely need to have chocolate present, add mini dark chocolate chips, remember dark chocolate is nutritious providing a good source of antioxidants. You can also warm the dark chocolate chips to make a drizzle over the top of your fruit… how amazing does that sound? Seriously my mouth is watering right now! I think I might have to run to the store right now to make this!

Why it’s smarter

These fruit pizza variations have allowed you to cut the not so good fat, reduce the added sugar, and actually provide nutrients such as fiber from the dough. The fruits provide fiber as well as other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  If you chose to use the low fat yogurt you are also getting protein, calcium and vitamin D.

Now that is a dessert that you can be sure to enjoy without feeling guilty!

Quick, Kid Friendly Option

Maybe you are at home and want to make a personal size dessert pizza or maybe you want to get the kids involved!

I would recommend using a whole wheat tortilla shell or graham cracker for the dough and then still using either the same icing options for the icing and then the fruit for the topping.  To save time and to keep things safe, instead of cutting up the fruit you can use canned fruit that is already washed, and cut.

Banana Graham Fruit Pizza

I have included a tasty and more nutritious fruit pizza recipe below using bananas and graham crackers. If you love banana bread, you will love this recipe.

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Banana Graham Fruit Pizza
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • One Box Food Club Low Fat Honey Grahams
  • 3-4 Ripe Medium Bananas
  • 1 T. Honey
  • 6 Oz. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Cups Kraft Fat Free Cool Whip
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes, halved
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place grahams in a large bowl and crush to a dirt consistency using a cup, blender, chopper or food processor. A few larger pieces is okay, it will add more of a cookie texture to your crust.
  3. Mash bananas
  4. Add bananas to crushed grahams and mix with hands until your mixture is similar to that of a meatloaf.
  5. Roll banana and graham mixture into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Flatten mixture with your hands. Roll it out from center going outward. You can use your finger tips or a roller.
  7. Drizzle the honey over the crust and spread it around with a spoon. This will help to create a crispy texture on the outside and a soft chewy texture on the inside, similar to a sugar cookie.
  8. Bake crust in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes. Check periodically to make sure your edges don’t burn. You want the crust to be lightly brown and crispy. The inside will be soft immediately after you remove it from the oven so allow it to cool before you try to transfer or it will break.
  9. Combine Cool Whip and Greek yogurt together, and place it in the fridge to thicken. (20 minutes)
  10. Once the crust has cooled, add the Cool Whip mixture to the center of the crust and spread evenly.
  11. Add fruit to the top as desired.
  12. Store in the refrigerator.

Peace and Wellness,
Ashley
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Natural Energy Boost

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The most effective ways to avoid your own energy crisis are to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat a wholesome, balanced diet, exercise and try your best to avoid stress.

Now, with that being said and in an attempt to be realistic in this overworked, under-hydrated, time-crunched and stressed out culture we are all trying to live in, let’s look at some easy ways to try to achieve the balance that will help us fight fatigue.

Sleep

The guidelines set by the National Sleep Foundation suggest 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults ages 18-64. Following a regular sleep cycle—same bedtime, same wake time is the best way to get in good sleep.

Avoid stressors in the hour before you go to bed, such as the news, the internet or serious discussions. Light producing electronics, even most alarm clocks emit enough light to interrupt peaceful sleep. A bath, book and quiet time to just “be” are nice ways to unwind. Keep a pad and pen by your bed to jot down the OMG thoughts like “I forgot to pay that bill” or “Remember to get a gift for Sue” will help to put your mind at ease.

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We all know that we need to drink plenty of water, but truth be told, knowing and doing are two separate things. Even mild dehydration can sap your energy and cause a sense of fatigue.

Putting lemon in your water will not only make it more palatable but has an uplifting effect. It produces a clean energy that caffeinated beverages do not. NaturalHealth365.com and Livestrong.com are great websites to learn more about the cleansing and energy producing effects of lemon water.

Eat a Wholesome and Balanced Diet

Eating well usually won’t happen from a bag, box or a drive through. Eat the apple rather than the apple flavored toaster pastry. Become a label reader and be aware of the ingredients in your food choices.

Choose whole grains, real whole fruits and vegetables—again, eat the potato rather than the chip—healthy fats and lean proteins. The best sources of healthy fats are vegetable oils (olive oil!) nuts, seeds and fish. Whole energy producing foods are kale, blueberries, oatmeal, and salmon just name a few.

Exercise

Exercise and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comMove that body! My motto has always been “any movement is better than no movement”. Walk to your mailbox instead of driving to it. Even that can help create a lift. The American Heart Association recommends thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week. You can even break up that thirty minutes into two or three 15 or 10 minute sessions.

Find what works for you. I have found I seem to like exercises that have a “K” in them…walking, hiking, biking and kayaking are my favorites. Even running around the backyard with the kids helps. And remember to seek your doctor’s advice before beginning any exercise program.

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Now that’s a stressful statement. Right?! Life is full of unavoidable stress; work, bad drivers, death of a loved one, just to name a few. So wherever you can, choose your commitments carefully and wisely.

Schedule times to de-stress because often if it’s not on the calendar, something stressful will be. I met with my good friend, Michelle, to brainstorm ideas for this blog and in the process we talked and laughed—relaxation at its best! Meditation, prayer, listening to birds, being still and thankful are great ways to de-stress.

Now I know all these suggestions are probably things most of you already knew and many of you already try to do but always can’t achieve. So when time is tight and sleep and good food are eluding you, try this great energy boosting smoothie. Michelle found it on the internet for me at sallysbakingaddiction.com. The TropiKale Green Smoothie is only four ingredients, quick and easy to make, tastes amazing and will give a quick, proper energy boost.

TropiKale Green Smoothie

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TropiKale Green Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Medium Frozen Bananas, peeled & sliced
  • 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Heaping Cups Kale
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients on high for 3 minutes or until smooth, adding more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Makes enough for two smoothies, one for now and one for later, or to share with a friend. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours.

Because I have just completed the most stressful and energy zapping move of my life and have no idea where my blender is, my friend Mel and her daughter Chloe tested this recipe for me. Chloe is six and will be using it for her 4H demo because she says it’s a winner!

I would like to thank Michelle, Natural Foods Manager at the Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud, MN for helping me figure out this subject in a sensible way. As well as Melanie and Chloe, kitchen enthusiasts, who knew where their blender was.

Cheryl
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Clearwater, MN

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3 Healthy Waffle Recipes

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People seem more often than not to struggle with nutritious breakfast ideas and even more so with the idea of actually eating a good breakfast.  Many people skip breakfast, or don’t eat enough, or eat something with very little nutrition.  So in light of National Nutrition Month, I will help you with my favorite breakfast, waffles!

As a dietitian, it is my job to help people find ways to make unhealthy foods healthy.  You will hear me say many times that you can always find a healthy version or make a healthy version of your favorite food.  Of course it won’t taste the “exact” same, but it can be very similar and taste very good! If this wasn’t true I wouldn’t have a job, so take my word for it and try these “better for you” nutritious waffles.

When I take people on grocery tours, I point out blueberry waffles as a great breakfast choice.  People always give me a surprised look, as if they can’t believe a dietitian is recommending waffles for breakfast as they think they are unhealthy, or if they are in shock that there is such a thing as nutritious waffles. Yes, these waffles are of course whole grain! Again, a healthy version always exists, whether to be purchased pre-made or maybe you have to spend a little time following a recipe.  Either way, you can eat a healthy diet and still enjoy your favorite foods.  How do you think I survive?!

Yes you can buy kashi whole grain waffles, Coborn’s carries blueberry or 7 grain, both are wonderful topped with peanut butter or almond butter blueberries and or bananas and a little bit of real maple syrup! YUM!! All you have to do is pop those in the toaster and voila! There you have it whole grain, nutritious waffles! OR, you can make them homemade in order to get even MORE nutrition early in the day, starting the day off right.  You can make these the night before or over the weekend, freeze them and just heat them up when you want them! How perfect is that?

Here are some of my favorite homemade waffle recipes that I want to share with you.

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

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Banana-Cinnamon Waffles
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Buckwheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1.5 Cups Fat-Free Milk
  • 3 T. Light Butter, melted
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana, mashed
  • Cooking Spray (canola oil)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  2. Combine flours, flaxseed, and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Combine milk, butter, and eggs, stirring with a whisk; add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until blended.
  4. Fold in mashed banana.
  5. Preheat a waffle iron.
  6. Coat iron with cooking spray.
  7. Spoon about ¼ cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.

 

Two-Berry Syrup Waffles

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Two-Berry Syrup Waffles
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Ingredients
  • Waffles
  • 2 T. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Whole-Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1.5 Cups Fat-Free Milk
  • ¾ Cup Egg Substitute
  • 1.5 T. Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Cooking Spray (canola oil)
  • Syrup
  • 1 .5 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Blueberries
  • 1.5 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries
  • ½ Cup Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. To prepare waffles, place flaxseed in a clean coffee grinder or blender; process until ground to measure ¼ cup flaxseed meal.
  2. Set the flaxseed meal aside.
  3. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  4. Combine the flaxseed meal, flours, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
  5. Combine milk, egg substitute, oil, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  6. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray; preheat.
  7. Spoon about ¼ cup of batter per 4-inch waffle onto the hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.
  9. To prepare syrup, combine berries, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan.
  10. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  11. Serve warm over waffles.
Notes
Look for flaxseed, a grain rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, in health-food stores of large supermarkets. Freeze leftover waffles individually on a cookie sheet and then transfer to a zip-top freezer bag for storage. To reheat, place frozen waffles in toaster.

 

Weekend Morning Waffles

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Weekend Morning Waffles
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Soy Flour
  • 1.5 T. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups Skim Milk
  • ¼ Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • Dash of Sugar
  • Cooking Spray (Canola Oil)
  • 1.5 Cups Maple Syrup
  • Whole Strawberries (optional)
  • One Apple, sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spoon the flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
  2. Combine the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  3. Combine the milk, oil, and egg yolks; add to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  4. Place the egg whites in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add the sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  6. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray; preheat.
  7. Spoon about ⅓ cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.
  9. Serve with syrup; garnish with strawberries or apples, if desired.

 

I hope that these recipes help you to start the day off right!

Peace and wellness,
Ashley, RD.
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Mini Baker Holiday Gift Idea

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Traditional Holiday Baking at its Best!

Well in my blog this past September I introduced you to the new Mini Baker and I thought that this month we could talk more about the Mini Bakers.  December is the time of year when you get together with family and friends you haven’t seen for a while to celebrate the holidays over dinner or even a cocktail party. Each year when I get an invitation to attend a party, I always bring a gift for the host or hostess to show my appreciation for the time spent to get their house ready and all the wonderful food that he or she has prepared for all of us to enjoy. Now that I have discovered these little Mini Bakers, I am going to make a variety of items that I can put into the Mini Baker and give out as hostess gifts. I want to share these recipes because they have been in my family for over 75 years.  I grew up enjoying these breads during Thanksgiving and Christmas and want to pass them on to you.  There is nothing like the smell of these old recipes baking in the oven that brings back all those wonderful memories of my mom and grandma in the kitchen.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Yesterday when I picked up more of these Mini Bakers I noticed that Crafts Direct now has serving trays to go with the Mini Baker and cute decals to add to the outside of the dish.  So I just had to try them.

Now all you have to do is attach a cute little decal on the side of the dish along with a bow on the top.  You have a perfect little hostess gift that can be enjoyed as a treat and the best part your host or hostess can keep the dish to enjoy other fun treats throughout the holidays.

Cranberry Orange Bread

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Cranberry Orange Bread
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Soda
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • ¾ Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Orange Zest
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients except for nuts and cranberries, just to moisten.
  2. Fold in the nuts and berries.
  3. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  4. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

 

Almond Tea Bread

Almond Tea Bread
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Bread
  • 2¼ Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Oil
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1½ tsp. Salt
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1½ Cups Milk
  • 1½ T. Poppy Seed
  • 1½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Glaze
  • 3.4 Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • ½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix together the sugar, egg, and oil.
  2. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  3. Beat for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  5. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Stir all glaze ingredients together.
  8. Paint with pastry brush over bread while bread is still warm.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

Aloha Banana Bread

Aloha Banana Bread
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 T. Orange Zest
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Flaked Coconut
  • ½ Cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts or Walnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  3. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

 

Have a Safe Happy Holiday. And enjoy… I will!

Jayne
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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