Spiced Caramel Apple Cocktail

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Merry Christmas! It’s my favorite time of year with all the holiday lights, snow on the ground, and AMAZING deals on electronics! The only thing that’s a downer about this time of year is the temperature, it’s literally down. Here’s a drink recipe that’s perfect for your holiday gathering featuring cinnamon tequila that’s guaranteed to keep you warm and your spirits high!
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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
  • 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)
  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
  • 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
  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.
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
  • 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)
  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.
Coborn’s Supermarket Dietitian

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3 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Last year I wrote a blog featuring Seven Festive Ways to Use a Mason Jar. I received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to blog about a few more fun ways to use a mason jar for the holidays. These ideas are simple, fun and make great gifts. Don’t forget that you can get most, if not all of the items to make these gifts at your local Coborn’s!

Mint Cocoa Cocktail

First let’s start with a fun “Adult” gift, The Mint Cocoa Cocktail. A little mint a little cocoa and a little liquor make for a great way to unwind from a long winter day. Click Here to print the Free Printable Gift Tags that include the directions on how to make this Christmas-y Cocktail.

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Mint Cocoa Cocktail Mason Jar Gift
  • Mason Jar
  • Handful Peppermint Candies
  • 2 Small Bottles Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 Packets Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 Peppermint Candy Canes
  • One 8" Round Piece of Material (peppermint pattern)
  • 4.5' Twine
  • Four 1" Bulbs (I used 4 different colors)
  • Free Printable Tag
  1. Place peppermint candies in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place 2 hot cocoa packets in the back of the jar.
  3. Place 2 bottles of peppermint schnapps in the jar in front of the cocoa packets.
  4. Add 2 candy canes in the jar for stir sticks.
  5. Screw the lid on the jar.
  6. Place the material on top of the lid.
  7. Wrap the twine twice around the lid to secure the material on the top of the jar.
  8. Attach free printable tag with twine.
  9. Tie the bulbs to the end of the twine.
  10. Stir with candy canes and enjoy!


Cinnamon Popcorn Santa

My next mason jar gift idea is a tasty treat that anyone on your list will love!

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Cinnamon Popcorn Santa Mason Jar Gift
  • Mason Jar Supplies
  • Large Mason jar
  • Little Santa hat
  • 1 Foot 1" Black Ribbon (or paper)
  • 2" x 2" Sparkly Silver Paper
  • Cinnamon Candy Popcorn
  • Hot Glue
  • Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients
  • 8 Quarts Popped Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Butter, cubed
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 9 Oz. Red Hot Candies
  1. Mason Jar Instructions
  2. Hot glue the Santa hat on the lid.
  3. Hot glue the black band around the middle of the jar.
  4. Hot glue the silver buckle on the black band.
  5. Fill the jar with Cinnamon Candy Popcorn.
  6. Cinnamon Popcorn Directions
  7. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  8. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, corn syrup and candies; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour sauce over popcorn and toss to coat.
  10. Transfer popcorn to two greased 15" x 10" x1" baking pans.
  11. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  12. Dump popcorn onto waxed paper to cool.
  13. Break apart; store in airtight containers.


Edible Play Dough Snowman

My last mason jar gift idea is an edible play dough snowman. This is a great gift for the kids on your list. It is not a tasty treat, but if it is consumed, it is at least made with all edible ingredients! Not to mention it is pretty adorable as well.

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Edible Play Dough Snowman Mason Jar Gift
  • Mason Jar Snowman Supplies
  • Mason Jar
  • White Spray Paint
  • Two ¾ -1" Black Buttons
  • Four ½" Black Buttons
  • Small Piece Orange Felt
  • 16" Square Piece of Material
  • Styrofoam ball - 3" Round and 1 ½" high
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Edible Play Dough Ingredients
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick Butter, softened
  • Water
  1. Spray paint the Mason jar white.
  2. Cut orange felt into a triangle to create a nose.
  3. Hot glue button eyes, button mouth and felt nose onto jar.
  4. Lay material right side down and place jar lid on top.
  5. Cut Styrofoam ball to fit on top of the jar (use a steak knife).
  6. Pull material up around the lid and ball and tie it, cutting off any excess.
  7. Make Edible Play Dough by combining cake mix, stick of softened butter and water. Add water as needed to create desired consistency.
  8. Push play dough in the jar and seal it with the lid.
The white spray paint is optional. You will still get the white color of the snowman by placing the white play dough inside the mason jar.


I hope you enjoy making these fun and festive mason jar gifts for your friends and family this holiday. For more fun gift ideas using mason jars Click Here and start following us on Pinterest today!

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Coborn's Brings Fall Flavors to Your Door

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Fall is definitely in the air, and the time just feels right for the rich, hearty flavors of the season. Ready to snuggle in for warm chili, spicy pumpkin, and fall flavored beverages? CobornsDelivers weekly specials will bring them right to your door.

If you haven’t made your first pot of chili this season, it’s time. After a day of raking leaves or taking one last bike ride, it warms you from the inside out. If you have a long Saturday for it to simmer, make a pot from scratch.

If you want a quick and hearty weeknight chili dinner, CobornsDelivers has you covered—you can get a headstart with a McCormick Chili Seasoning kit. Or for a new twist, try the McCormick White Chicken Chili.

This time of year I simply cannot get enough pumpkin! It’s hard to remember that a few years ago most of us only ate it once a year in a
Thanksgiving pie. Now it’s the ubiquitous (and irresistible) flavor of fall. Start your morning with Cameron’s Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee and add CoffeeMate Pumpkin Spice Creamer for an extra rich boost. You can even give your breakfast toast a seasonal kick with Pepperidge Farms Pumpkin Swirl Bread.

Feeling domestic and craving something homemade? Stock up on spices and cinnamon and stir up a batch of these pumpkin spice muffins. I’ve tried dozens of recipes and these are my personal favorite, by a mile.

And when the day’s winding down, if you’re in the mood for some fall flavored relaxation, try the Summit Autumn Sampler or a Woodchuck Variety Pack.

Be sure to look for the items at your local Coborn’s store.