Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Emily

It’s Spring in Minnesota, which means we have shed our layers and take every chance we get to sit out on the patio, right? And what’s patio weather without a refreshing beverage? However, it’s important to look at what kind of beverages you are drinking. Continue reading “Sugar Sweetened Beverages”

Diabetes Myths Vs. Facts

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Ashley

Happy November! WOW where did the time go… I just remember back to school season and now we are nearing the end of fall!

November celebrates National Diabetes Month, so as one of your Supermarket Dietitians, I am going to provide you with some great resources that include tips from all of our supermarket dietitians, a diabetic shopping list, and an entire month long menu of consistent carb intake at each meal and snacks! How cool is that?! Click here to download the Diabetic Shopping List. We want to make your journey towards better health and nutrition as easy as possible!

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Marshmallow Flowers

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Ashley M.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the bright colors that come with the season. It’s also a busy time of the year for most people. So here is a quick, fun project to make by yourself or with the kids for all the events that will be popping up on the calendars this season! These are great since they work for Easter, weddings, birthday parties and so much more.

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Introducing Gluten Free Bakery at Coborn's!

Introducing Gluten Free Bakery at Coborn's! www.cobornsblog.com

There is something new coming to your local Coborn’s and we can’t contain the news any longer! We are excited to announce the opening of our Gluten Free Baking Facility! Located in the heart of Minnesota (St. Cloud), this facility is in a completely separate building from our conventional bakery to ensure there is no cross contact with gluten containing ingredients.

Gluten Free Cookes & Cupcakes - www.cobornsblog.comWith the growing demand for gluten free products and the majority of the current products available sold frozen, it seemed right to us to start a Gluten Free Bakery focused on offering primarily fresh baked goods. Our expert bakers work diligently to create products that are not only gluten free, but taste delicious! The selection of items is sure to please from morning until night. To start the day, there are sugared cake donuts and decadent muffins…with the Double Chocolate Chip being one of my personal favorites! Other muffin flavors include Chocolate Chip, Banana, Blueberry and Cranberry Orange – all melt in your mouth delicious! Lunch/Dinner time brings choices such as hotdog and hamburger buns, or a great slice of bread for a sandwich. Finish off with a tasty cupcake, bar, or cookie. Cupcakes come in both White and Devil’s Food, while the bars include Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip flavors. There is also a delightful selection of cookies – Sugar, Raspberry, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate Chip – in two sizes!! Last, but certainly not least, are the frosted cakes available in delectable White and Devil’s Food. The flavors of these items will entice everyone – even those that do not need to eat gluten free.

Gluten Free Breads & Buns - www.cobornsblog.comEnsuring the products taste good is one aspect, but we also want to ensure the safety of our guests. Knowing that even the slightest amount of gluten can be detrimental for some, we are taking additional safeguards to ensure our gluten free claim holds true. Only gluten free ingredients are used along with testing all incoming ingredients as well as our finished products to confirm the absence of gluten.

Come give them a try!  You’ll be glad you did! They will be in our stores starting August 16, 2015.

Science-based truth about Milk and Milk Trends

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Ashley

It is super trendy these days to switch from a dairy milk to a milk alternative. In fact, I was just sifting through an article last night that said “dairy milk has nasty additives.” The article, of course, was recommending that people switch to coconut milk and almond milk. It is very disheartening to me that there is so much misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition. So as your supermarket registered dietitian, it is my job to do my best to provide you with the most current science-based research so that you can make the best decision for you and your family!

To start off, dairy milk doesn’t have any “nasty additives.” Dairy milk, especially if low fat or fat free, offers 8 grams of protein, potassium, calcium, and vitamin D, all of which are very important to get enough of each day.  There is absolutely no reason to stop drinking milk and switch to a milk alternative for health benefits.  There simply are none unless, of course, you are lactose intolerant. Some will argue that there are “8 grams of sugar in milk and that’s a lot.” The truth is if you are drinking plain white milk, the 8 grams of sugar is completely natural to the milk, it is from the natural sugar called lactose found in milk. There is no need to limit these natural sugars.  If you are drinking chocolate or other flavored milks, then yes there are added sugars, and added sugars should be limited.

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Even if someone is lactose intolerant, I don’t recommend this milk.  Technically, coconut milk doesn’t have lactose in it, so it could be an alternative. What it does have is saturated fat.  Saturated fat is the type of fat that has been proven to increase cholesterol levels in our blood. Yes, contrary to popular belief, the saturated fat in coconut products is not considered heart healthy according to the American Heart Association, Harvard School of Public Health, and Mayo Clinic among others. Also, there is very little protein in coconut milk.  Any flavored coconut milk, even vanilla flavored has added sugars. It is usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

The truth about Almond Milk - www.cobornsblog.comAlmond Milk

I usually don’t recommend this milk either.  Although it doesn’t have the saturated fat like coconut milk, thus making it a better choice in that sense, it still doesn’t have any protein.  If you are used to getting protein from your milk source, know that you are not getting it here so you need to increase your protein somewhere else.  This is especially important for growing kids.  Again, many times almond milk is flavored thus meaning there are added sugars.  Yes, you can get unsweetened and that would be better and is usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D as well.

The truth about Soy Milk - www.cobornsblog.comSoy Milk

If someone is lactose intolerant, I will recommend this milk as the best alternative because it doesn’t have the saturated fat like coconut milk, and it does have the protein comparable to regular milk plus it is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.  Soy milk is obviously a soy product.  Did you know there are many health benefits to consuming soy? Be sure to check out my April blog to learn about all those benefits!

Bottom line, if you aren’t allergic to dairy milk, there is nothing wrong with consuming it.  It is very nutritious and highly recommended to consume each day with every meal. Those other milk alternatives aren’t always what they are marketed to be.  Yes, they can still be a part of a healthy diet, just like anything else.  If you really enjoy them, great, but now you have the facts to make the best informed decision.

No matter which milk you choose, cheers!

Peace and Wellness,
Ashley