Veggie Spaghetti

Have you heard the buzz about Veggie Spaghetti? Veggies spaghetti is exactly what it sounds like- we take a vegetable and spiralize it to look like noodles. They are a great alternative to pasta and they add an extra serving of vegetables! They are a great way to create new flavor combinations that you and your kids will love! Check out recipe below! You can purchase veggie spaghetti in select varieties at your local Coborn’s- let us do the work for you! Continue reading “Veggie Spaghetti”

What Vitamins Are In Your Food? Should You Supplement?

To Supplement or Not to Supplement?

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Ashley

Hello Everyone!
I cannot tell you how many times I get asked… Should I be on a supplement? If so which one, how much, etc… I’m sure you are wondering or have wondered the same thing! According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, for Americans it is recommended that your nutritional needs, and all your vitamins and minerals should be met primarily through food consumption as our body is able to digest, absorb and utilize those nutrients best. However, due to certain health conditions, supplements may be necessary for some people. It is always best to check with your provider for more information.

Here is a direct quote from the Mayo Clinic, “Supplements aren’t intended to be a food substitute because they can’t replicate all of the nutrients and PregnantWomanbenefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. So depending on your situation and your eating habits, dietary supplements may not be worth the expense.”

Whole foods provide more than one nutrient at a time and the nutrients in food work synergistically together in a way that is not yet fully understood compared to when we take Supplements that are individual Vitamins. For example, eating a whole fruit provides many Vitamins and Minerals and Antioxidants, as well as Fiber, something not found in most supplements. Fiber is very important to help keep us fuller for longer, keep our Blood Glucose Levels more consistent as well as playing a role in lowering Cholesterol, and keeping us regular of course!

According to the Mayo Clinic, a list of potential candidates for supplements include:

• Women who may become pregnant should get 400 micrograms a day of folic acid from fortified foods or supplements, in addition to eating foods that naturally contain folate.
• Women who are pregnant should take a prenatal vitamin that includes iron or a separate iron supplement.
• Adults age 50 or older should eat foods fortified with vitamin B-12, such as fortified cereals, or take a multivitamin that contains B-12 or a separate B-12 supplement.
• Adults age 65 and older who do not live in assisted living or nursing homes should take 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily to reduce the risk of falls.

Dietary supplements may also be appropriate if you:

• Don’t eat well or consume less than 1,600 calories a day.
• Are a vegan or a vegetarian who eats a limited variety of foods.
• Don’t obtain two to three servings of fish a week. If you have difficulty achieving this amount, some experts recommend adding a fish oil supplement to your daily regimen.
• Are a woman who experiences heavy bleeding during your menstrual period.
• Have a medical condition that affects how your body absorbs or uses nutrients, such as chronic diarrhea, food allergies, food intolerance, or a disease of the liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas.
• Have had surgery on your digestive tract and are not able to digest and absorb nutrients properly.

Talk to your Doctor:

Vitamin LabelTalk to your doctor or a dietitian about which supplements and what doses might be appropriate for you. Be sure to ask about possible side effects and interactions with any medications you already take.

If you choose to take supplements make sure you doctor is aware of this. Be sure to read the label and know now many vitamins and minerals you are getting per serving, pay attention to the serving size and how many times you should take the supplement throughout the day. If you don’t, you may not be absorbing the nutrients. For example, if you take all your calcium at once, let’s say 1200mg, that is waste and you are putting strain on your kidneys as you are only able to absorb 500 mg at once. Calcium without Vitamin D to help absorb it and can cause it to build up and settle in arteries instead of our bones.

Also pay attention to how much of each nutrient you are getting from your supplement, food intake, you don’t want to overdo it, there can be negative side effects of getting too much of a certain nutrient, believe it or not. Many people take multiple supplements including pre and post workout supplements as well as a multivitamin and others, add up all those amounts of each nutrient plus what you are getting from your daily food and you may be surprised how much you are taking in, most likely way more than you need and way more than your body can utilize. Just because something is healthy or good for us doesn’t mean more is better! Finally check the expiration date and store your supplements in a proper place at room temperature; follow the bottle instructions, and remember to keep up with safety alerts from the FDA.

The Bottom Line:

Eat a well-balanced diet with all the food groups in proper portions at each meal, most of the time, and in general there should be no need for supplementation. However, Vitamin Dbecause we live in MN and are far from the sun most of the year, it’s not possible to get enough Vitamin D from the sun all year long, so you may benefit from a Vitamin D supplement. Be sure to check with your physician as they know your health history and health conditions best!

According to the Mayo Clinic, whole food is not to be replaced by supplements, as supplements cannot replicate all the health benefits of whole foods. For example, fruits and vegetables carry many different nutrients that provide health benefits to the human body. Therefore, depending on your diet and current physical state, spending money on supplements may not be necessary. Over the past few years there has been increasing evidence that multivitamins and single or combination type vitamin/mineral supplements may not provide the health benefit sought by you, the consumer. In some cases the opposite or no beneficial effects have been reported. So save that money that you would spend on supplements and spend it on more fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, lean protein, and whole grains!

Peace and Wellness,
Ashley

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Edgy Veggie – Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza

Edgy Veggie - Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza

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Andrew

I get a lot of my kitchen inspiration from restaurants. A well developed menu tells a complex tale when you look between the lines. There are questions that can only be answered through experience, and the secret password to get there is always “I’ll try the…”

The most recent restaurant in my neck of the woods to really inspire me is Nick’s Third Floor, located downtown St. Cloud, MN. They have this apple and bleu cheese flatbread that is just insane, it caught me totally off-guard in a good way. Nick’s is a relatively new, innovative restaurant in a unique building slightly older than the oldest person living on Earth today. Most importantly, they follow one of the same principles I follow in my kitchen: Buy Local, Whenever Possible.

This can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to produce in the upper midwest. We’re very lucky to have a wide variety of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables in the summer and early fall, but the winter and early spring are slim pickins. In the following recipe, I used local goat cheese and pizza crust as a foundation. The rest of the ingredients are from the US, but not local.

This recipe makes two pizzas, because if you only make one, you’ll be wishing there was another waiting for you after the first one gets devoured. I suggest making this recipe at home alone the first time, so you don’t have to share. This is pizza, but it doesn’t follow the old template of red sauce and cheese. Consider this an appetizer, masquerading as a desert, that desperately wants to be the main dish. And it’s easy!

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Great meals start with great ingredients.

 

Ingredients

Step 1: Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit. Be careful not to preheat your oven to 450° Celsius (842° Fahrenheit), as your oven would turn into lava and melt through the floor. 

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Step 2: Toast Pecans – around 5 minutes. I suggest doing this any time you’re about to have company over. Your home will smell like an Elvish bakery on Christmas.

 

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Every pizza is like a beautiful snowflake.

Step 3: Arrange your pear slices to evenly cover the crust. Extra credit: Analyze the pear slice pattern you’ve created to determine whether you’re an Abstract or Concrete thinker.

Step 4: Crumble Chèvre to cover the crust. If your analysis from Step 3 lead you to the conclusion that you are, in fact, a Concrete thinker, this step may cause you some strife. It’s sticky. Don’t panic. 

Step 5: Add toasted pecans. You will probably sneak a few, make sure to find a plausible scapegoat. I, for one, blamed my cat. 

Step 6: Add red onion slices. Don’t overdo it, just add enough so 2-3 onions are on each slice.

Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes. Try not to peek. I dare ya. Remove from the oven when golden brown and all delicious looking.

Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes. Try not to peek. I dare ya. Remove from the oven when golden brown and all delicious looking.

Step 8: Drizzle. Lightly drizzle honey over the hot pizza. Give it a minute to settle and warm, then slice.

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Just drizzle, set and slice. Ain’t that nice?

Step 9: Eat. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments if you tried this recipe! 

Edgy Veggie - Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. Crumbled Chèvre (Goat Cheese)
  • 2 Prebaked Thin Crust Pizza Crusts
  • 2 Red Pears - Cored & Thinly Sliced
  • ½ Medium Red Onion - Thinly Sliced
  • ¼ Cup Pecan Halves
  • 2 Tbsp. Organic Honey
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  2. Step 2: Toast Pecans - around 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Arrange your pear slices to evenly cover the crust.
  4. Step 4: Crumble Chèvre to cover the crust.
  5. Step 5: Add toasted pecans.
  6. Step 6: Add red onion slices. 2-3 onion slices per pizza slice.
  7. Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  8. Step 8: Drizzle. Lightly drizzle honey over hot pizza. Give it a minute to settle and warm, then slice.
  9. Step 9: Eat. Don't forget to tell us in the comments if you tried this recipe!

 

-Andrew
Senior Web Designer
Coborn’s, Inc.

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