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.

Natural Energy Boost

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Cheryl

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.

Stay Hydrated with Lemon Water, Natural Energy Boost - www.cobornsblog.comStay Hydrated

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.

Avoid Stress and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comAvoid Stress

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

Tropikale Green Smoothie, Natural Energy Boost - www.cobornsblog.com

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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Holiday Dessert Shooters

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Clayton, Coborn's Inc. Director of Bakery - www.cobornsblog.comParty season will be upon is before we know it. My name is Clayton and I have created a easy dessert that I have made for my wife to
take to her work potluck and my daughter made with a friend to take to a New Year’s Eve party. They will also be a great hit at our
next holiday party at home. Want to try something new? These individual desserts are not only fun to make, but will impress at your next gathering!

Creamy Chocolate Trifle

Creamy Chocolate Trifle
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Box Graham Crackers
  • 1 Tin Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Chocolate Wafer Sticks
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 Box Food Club Chocolate Pudding
  • Chocolate Shavings
  • Clear Plastic Cups
Instructions
  1. Mix chocolate pudding per box instructions or use canned.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Put Graham Crackers in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
  4. Put a layer of crumbs in each cup.
  5. Spoon in or fill a piping bag with chocolate pudding and another piping bag with Cool Whip chocolate frosting.
  6. Cut the tip of the piping bag - ½ inch to ¾" wide opening will work great. Alternate layers of pudding and frosting, ending with frosting.
  7. Break wafer sticks in half.
  8. Insert half of a wafer stick into each cup along the side.
  9. Top with chocolate pieces or shaved chocolate.
  10. Refrigerate if made ahead of time. Enjoy!
Notes
Chocolate shavings can be shaved from a block of chocolate almond bark or Hershey candy bar.

 

Mini Holiday Trifle Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Mini Holiday Trifle

Mini Holiday Trifle
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Box Graham Crackers
  • 1 Box Food Club Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 Tubs Cool Whip White Frosting
  • Red and Green Food Coloring
  • Fresh Cherries
  • 1 Can Cherry filling
  • White Almond Bark
  • Chocolate Almond Bark
  • Clear Plastic Cups
Instructions
  1. Mix vanilla pudding per box instructions.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Put Graham Crackers in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
  4. Put a layer of crumbs in each cup.
  5. Mix a bowl of cool whip with green food coloring and a bowl of cool whip with red food coloring.
  6. Spoon carefully or fill a piping bag with vanilla pudding.
  7. Put the white, green and red cool whip in piping bags as well.
  8. Cut the tip of the piping bags - ½ inch to ¾" wide opening will work great.
  9. Add layer of vanilla pudding, followed by a red cool whip layer, a green cool whip layer and finally a white cool whip layer.
  10. Melt chocolate almond bark in a small bowl.
  11. Dip cherries in chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.
  12. Spoon a couple cherries from filling on the top of each desert.
  13. Place a chocolate covered cherry on each dessert slightly to the side.
  14. Finish off with white almond bark chocolate shavings.

 

I hope your friends and family enjoy these delicious treats! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

 

– Clayton
Coborn’s, Inc. Director of Bakery