My Top Five Favorite Food Brands for Kids


Christie - cobornsblog.comHappy Spring! As a Mom of two toddlers I have definitely found my favorite brands that are must-haves for every grocery trip. Toddlers (at least mine) tend to be creatures of habit so I am always trying to find a balance between getting foods that I know that they will eat and Continue reading “My Top Five Favorite Food Brands for Kids”

Healthy Tips for Potluck!

Healthy Tips for Potluck
pot-luck I noun I a meal to which everyone who is invited brings food to share

Potlucks are great anytime of the year, but they tend to be more popular this time of year as we have more gatherings with friends and family for the holidays and football games. Potlucks are popular because not only is it a lot less work for the host, but it provides a wide variety of foods for everyone to try! In my family, potlucks are a must. I have a large family, so large in fact that we have to rent out a community room or an external space to host our family gatherings because we don’t fit in our own houses anymore! But, no matter where we spend our holidays, food is always at the top of mind.

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Weekly Ad : Mini Yogurt Parfaits

Weekly Ad: Mini Yogurt Parfaits

These grab-n-go Mini Yogurt Parfaits are too good to resist. With a delicious homemade graham cracker crust, your favorite yogurt flavor, plus a delicious topping of your choice we promise you won’t be able to eat just one!

Although these treats can make a perfect handout at a holiday party, you can also freeze these tasty treats and place them in Ziploc Freezer bags until you’re ready to eat them! Your friends and coworkers will be jealous when they see you snacking on these beautiful Mini Yogurt Parfaits!

Mini Yogurt Parfaits
 
Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1½ Cups Graham Crackers, crushed
  • ⅓ Cup Sugar
  • 6 T. Butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • Yogurt cups, your choice of flavors
  • Toppings: Examples: Berries, banana slices, mint leaves, chocolates, etc.
Instructions
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter and cinnamon until well blended.
  2. Place mixture in muffin tin or mini-muffin tin liners.
  3. Using a spoon, add yogurt to each cup until they are about ¾ of the way full.
  4. Add fresh berries, mint leaves, candies, chocolates or other combinations to decorate your parfaits.
  5. Freeze your cups until yogurt is firm (about 1-2 hours.)

 

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
Coborn’s Supermarket Dietitian, R.D.

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Berry Mango Salad

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Spring is here and this is the perfect salad for those spring or summer events. This is so easy to make and so refreshing with the orange juice mixed with the yogurt. The best part is I don’t have to choose which berry to add to this salad because I can have them all. Enjoy…I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Berry Mango Salad
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
Dressing
  • ⅓ Cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 T. Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 tsp. Honey
Salad
  • 6 Cups Chopped Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries, Blackberries or Raspberries
  • 1 Mango peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients together.
  2. In large bowl, toss all salad ingredients; serve with dressing.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco