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Appetizers & Sides 19 January 2022

5 Reasons to Eat More Tart Cherries

(Family Features) If you want to add superfoods to your diet in the new year, Montmorency tart cherries may be perfect for you.

Montmorency is the variety of tart cherries grown in America, primarily on small family farms. Compared to sweet cherries that are typically eaten fresh during the summer season, tart cherries are available year-round as dried, frozen, canned, juice and juice concentrate.  

Decades of scientific research has shown Montmorency tart cherries are deserving of their superfood reputation. Here are five reasons to enjoy them more often:

  • Sleep: Tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin and have been the focus of multiple sleep studies.
  • Exercise recovery: Tart cherry juice has become a popular exercise recovery drink for athletes.
  • Arthritis and gout: Studies have explored the impact of Montmorency tart cherry juice consumption on gout attacks and arthritis symptoms.
  • Heart health: Montmorency tart cherry research has examined blood pressure and blood lipids.
  • Versatility: Although they remain perfect for pie, tart cherries can easily transition from sweet to savory, adding complex flavors to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, granola bars, trail mix and grain bowls.

Look for dried U.S.-grown tart cherries at the store and online for enjoyment at the start of your day and at night in recipes like Tart Cherry Overnight Oats and Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites.

Find more recipes and scientific research at ChooseCherries.com.

A Dark, Colorful Clue

The deep red color is your clue to the science-based benefits of Montmorency tart cherries. The vibrant hue is due to the concentration of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol in the flavonoids family that has been widely studied.

Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Yield: 12 bites

  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  1. In food processor, process dates until broken into pea-sized bits. Add dried tart cherries, coconut flakes, cashews, almond extract and sea salt; process until combined. Form into 12 balls and chill 2 hours.

Tart Cherry Overnight Oats

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Servings: 2

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tart cherry concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey, for topping (optional)
  1. In large jar or container, mix cherries, oats, milk, almonds, cherry concentrate, chia seeds and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Spoon into bowls and enjoy cold or warmed up. Drizzle with honey or sprinkle with extra dried tart cherries and almonds, if desired.

Source: Cherry Industry Administrative Board

Main Dishes 17 January 2022

A New Way to Seafood

(Family Features) Whether you’re celebrating a weekend meal with loved ones or simply looking for a way to bring your family to the table at the same time, seafood night can make dinnertime a special treat. Next time you plan to make fish the focus of your menu, it’s possible you’ll be enjoying the benefits of aquaculture, also known as seafood farming.

Fast becoming a leading source of seafood worldwide, aquaculture is similar to typical agriculture but with fish, shellfish and seaweeds. Farmed seafood can be raised and harvested in either fresh or seawater, where natural conditions are recreated.

Today, half of all seafood Americans eat annually is farm raised and the appetite is only growing. There are many reasons for this, but one is due to overfishing and destructive practices. About 33% of wild fish stocks have reached their biological limit and aquaculture helps meet the increasing demand for seafood.

However, not all seafood you find in the grocery aisles is the same. Despite industry advances, aquaculture still faces challenges with fraud, mislabeling and questionable conditions. That’s why it’s important to look for responsible seafood products that are labeled by a trusted certification process.

For example, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council is a non-profit certification program that has created and enforced the world’s strictest and highest standards for seafood farming since 2010. Today, it is transforming the seafood industry with a new level of certification for farmed seafood. This “new way to seafood” includes:

  • Seafood that can be traced all the way from the farm to the store, ensuring the seafood you buy is what it claims to be
  • The strictest combination of requirements to protect the environment, workers and communities on the farms where seafood is raised
  • Improving farmed seafood quality and safety, so you can enjoy the flavor of recipes like One-Pan Japanese Salmon with Sweet Potato, Salmon and Shrimp Coconut Curry and Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

To find more information about the certification process, visit NewWaytoSeafood.com.

Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

Recipe courtesy of MOWI on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Servings: 2

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 Atlantic Salmon MOWI Royal portions
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 red pepper, cut into long strips
  • 2 cups small potatoes, cooked and cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup garden peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

Romesco Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 slice white bread, crust removed
  • 1 large roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • salt
  • black pepper

Aioli Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • lemon wedges, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 table­spoon olive oil. Season salmon portions with salt and pepper, to taste, and place skin sides down in pan. Cook 2-3 min­utes until skin is crispy. Place on sheet pan, skin sides up, and bake 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest.
  3. In same skillet, add remaining olive oil then add peppers and potatoes. Cook 6-7 minutes until peppers soften and potatoes start to caramelize.
  4. Add paprika, cayenne and peas; stir and cook 2 minutes. Add tarragon.
  5. To make romesco sauce: In clean pan, heat olive oil and gently fry garlic, nuts and bread until toasted.
  6. In blender, process red pepper, tomato puree and vinegar until smooth. Add toasted nuts and bread; process to desired consistency.
  7. To make aioli: In bowl, whisk mayonnaise, garlic, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper.
  8. Place several spoonfuls of aioli on plate. Top with potatoes, peppers and salmon, skin side up. Top with romesco sauce.

Salmon and Shrimp Coconut Curry

Recipe courtesy of MOWI on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Servings: 2

  • 2 pieces of MOWI Pure portions salmon
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1cup pumpkin or butternut squash, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes
  • 4 shrimp
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2-3 cilantro leaves, for garnish
  1. Cut salmon into 1/2-inch cubes. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. In large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and pumpkin or squash; saute 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Mix in lemongrass and curry paste. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and tomatoes; mix thoroughly. Add shrimp and salmon; cook until done.
  4. Serve with rice and lime quarters. Sprinkle with cilantro.

One-Pan Japanese Salmon with Sweet Potato

Servings: 2

Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tamarind sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into rounds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • sea salt
  • 8 spears broccolini
  • 2 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
  • brown rice, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line tray with baking paper.
  2. To make marinade: In bowl, whisk sesame oil, tamarind sauce, Dijon mustard, sesame seeds and honey until combined.
  3. Place sweet potato on baking tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt. Roast 25 minutes.
  4. Remove tray from oven and add broccolini. Drizzle with remaining coconut oil and sea salt. Place salmon fillets in middle of tray and drizzle with marinade. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Serve with brown rice.

Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Videos 03 January 2022

No-Bake SweetPotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites

(Family Features) Whether you’re a runner, a workout warrior or simply looking for a quick pick-me-up before heading to the office, grab-and-go foods can supply the energy you need for an active day.

Skipping salty snacks and opting for nutritious options can put you ahead of the game. Due to their high carbohydrate content, sweetpotatoes provide a sustaining option both before and after exercise sessions. Plus, with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in the muscle repair process, they help both your endurance and recovery.

According to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are a “diabetes superfood”
because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease. Additionally, they offer a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.

Another fun fact: the one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers.

As a versatile veggie that’s easy to add to a multitude of recipes for flavor enhancement and nutritional content, they are a key ingredient in these No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites from the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission. It takes just 45 minutes to turn cooked sweetpotatoes into tasty treats for much-needed fuel for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Find more nutritious recipe ideas at ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN, on behalf of the North Carolina
SweetPotato Commission
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 14 bites (1 bite per serving)

  • 1          cup cooked sweetpotato
  • 3/4       cup rolled oats
  • 1/2       cup peanut butter (or desired nut butter)
  • 3          tablespoons honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2       cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. In large bowl, combine sweetpotato, oats, peanut butter, honey, ginger and cinnamon; stir until well combined.
  2. Refrigerate bowl about 20 minutes to firm.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites in shredded coconut and refrigerate 15-20 minutes or freeze 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from refrigerator or freezer and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 115 calories; 7 g fat (11% daily value); 3 g saturated fat (19% daily value); 1 g polysaturated fat; 2 g monosaturated fat; 49 mg sodium (2% daily value); 129 mg potassium (4% daily value); 11 g carbohydrates (4% daily value); 2 g fiber (8% daily value); 5 g sugar (6% daily value); 3 g protein (6% daily value); 1,348 IU vitamin A (27% daily value); 1 mg vitamin C (1% daily value); 11 mg calcium (1% daily value); 1 mg iron (6% daily value); 9 g net carbohydrates.

Source: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

Appetizers & Sides 07 December 2021

A Secret Ingredient for Winter Wellness

Support your immune system with 100% orange juice

(Family Features) While winter rushes in with brisk breezes and chilly temperatures, staying indoors to avoid the weather shouldn’t mean forgoing healthy habits. One step toward wellness is maintaining nutritional value in meals from morning to night, even when comfort foods call your name.

As a key source of nutrients that supports a healthy lifestyle year-round, especially during cold and flu season, one 8-ounce serving of Florida Orange Juice provides more than 100% of your daily value of vitamin C and is a good source of potassium, folate and thiamin. Fortified juice also contains 15% of the daily value of vitamin D, which plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that enter the body.

Additionally, 100% orange juice is virtually the only dietary source of a unique, powerful phytonutrient (naturally occurring plant compound) called hesperidin, which may also help support a healthy immune system. According to the USDA, the flavonoid hesperidin is highly concentrated in citrus and rarely found in other foods.

“Maintaining a well-balanced diet is one way to help support your immune system in the colder months,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, scientific research director at the Florida Department of Citrus. “For example, 100% orange juice contains vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juice) and phytonutrients like flavonoids and colorful carotenoids, making it a nutritional powerhouse.”

This Orange Honey Glazed Carrots recipe offers a warming yet nutritional, naturally sweet way to incorporate orange juice into your winter menu. Orange juice is also a go-to ingredient for popular non-alcoholic drinks like this Orange Juice Mint Mocktail, a perfect pairing for winter meals.

Visit floridajuice.com to find more recipes for winter wellness.

Orange Honey Glazed Carrots

  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • fresh parsley, for garnish
  • fresh chives, for garnish
  1. Steam carrots until tender.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, whisk orange juice, honey, cornstarch, salt and ginger.
  3. Cover, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
  4. Pour sauce over steamed carrots. Top with parsley and chives.

Orange Juice Mint Mocktail

  • 2 cups Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup carbonated water
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  1. In pitcher, stir orange juice, lemon juice and water.
  2. Divide mocktail evenly among ice-filled glasses and top with carbonated water.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves.

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

Videos 30 November 2021

Say Yes to Yogurt with a Better-for-You Snack

(Family Features) Changing daily habits, like what you eat, can enhance your overall wellness. However, it doesn’t have to mean forgoing favorite flavors or skipping out on delicious snacks.

Treating yourself in health-conscious ways is an important tactic to keep your health goals on track. In fact, healthy eating isn’t about restricting yourself; good nutrition simply starts with a balanced plate. By incorporating nutrient-rich options like milk and dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, you can establish an eating pattern that supports wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle.

This Chocolate and Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bark offers a sweet snack that curbs cravings without ditching your daily commitment to a balanced diet. With 1/4 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt per serving, you’re making a responsible decision at snack time because, when it comes to good nutrition, dairy is an irreplaceable source of essential nutrients.

Dairy foods provide nutrients that people need to grow and maintain stronger bodies and minds. While Americans consume about two dairy servings per day on average, adding just one more serving can help fill dairy and nutrient gaps.

Add more dairy to your diet with this easy-to-make snack and find more better-for-you recipes at MilkMeansMore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Chocolate and Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bark

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RDN, of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 3          cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup honey, plus additional for drizzling, divided (optional)
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4       cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1/2       cup strawberries
  • 1/2       cup dark chocolate chips
  1. In medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla.
  2. On parchment-lined baking sheet, spread Greek yogurt mixture to 1/4-inch thickness. Drop spoonfuls of melted chocolate onto yogurt and use toothpick to drag in circles. Press strawberries and chocolate chips into yogurt. Freeze at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and break into pieces.

Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 18 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 6 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 20 mg sodium; 8% calcium.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Healthy 15 November 2021

Make Cooking Fun for the Whole Family with this Sweet, Seasonal Snack

(Family Features) No matter how busy your schedule gets this fall, it’s important to take time to nurture your physical and mental health and well-being. With busy schedules underway, remember to take time to cook and eat together with loved ones.

In fact, research from the “Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health” shows regular family meals make it more likely kids and adults will eat more fruits and vegetables.

Making healthy choices, including eating fruits, like those in Apple Nachos, and vegetables have also been linked to greater happiness, according to research published in “Canadian Family Physician,” and can help you through the transition back to school, the office or wherever your routine takes you. Pairing a healthy diet with other science-backed tips and recipes from the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative, supported by Kroger Health, can help you and your family feel your best.

For more free recipes, and to access more health tips, visit heart.org/healthyforgood.
 

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Apple Nachos

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative
Servings: 6

  • 1/3       cup dried unsweetened cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4       cup sliced unsalted almonds
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • 3          medium green or red apples, cored and thinly sliced into 12 wedges each, divided
  • 1-2       teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2          tablespoons water
  • 1/4       cup smooth low-sodium peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  1. In small bowl, stir cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds.
  2. Layer 18 apple wedges on large plate or platter. Sprinkle with lemon juice to keep apples from browning.
  3. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave water on high 2 minutes, or until boiling. Add peanut butter and honey, stirring until mixture is smooth.
  4. Using spoon, drizzle half peanut butter mixture over apple wedges. Sprinkle with half cranberry mixture. Layer remaining apples over cranberry mixture. Drizzle with remaining peanut butter mixture. Sprinkle remaining cranberry mixture over top.

Nutritional information per serving: 167 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 2.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 3.5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 66 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 4 g protein.

Source: American Heart Association

Holiday 08 November 2021

'Tis the Holiday Baking Season

(Family Features) One of the best parts of the holidays is the aromas and flavors of the season, from walnuts and cinnamon to peppermint and nutmeg. Sweet treats and mouthwatering desserts can bring family and friends around the table to celebrate the season together, one bite at a time.

During your festive gatherings this year, choose walnuts as the star baking ingredient. As many home cooks turn to wholesome ingredients that offer health benefits this holiday baking season, California walnuts make for a perfect addition to almost any dish and are an excellent source of omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz). With a buttery flavor that elevates traditional and modern recipes, home bakers can do more with walnuts in the kitchen.

Part pumpkin, part cheesecake, this Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart spices up the classic pumpkin pie recipe. Top it, or other favorite desserts, with light and airy Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream flavored with honey and vanilla to complement festive dishes.

This holiday season, pick up a bag of walnuts for all your baking needs. To discover more festive dessert ideas, visit walnuts.org.

Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart

Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Sweet Tart Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup California walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • nonstick cooking spray

Filling:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional)
  1. To make sweet tart crust: In medium bowl, stir flour, walnuts and powdered sugar. Stir in butter and egg. Using fork, stir well until soft dough forms. Gather into ball and wrap tightly.
  2. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until dough is easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F and coat 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Lay pastry dough on lightly floured board and roll into 11-inch circle. Press dough into bottom and sides of prepared pan and poke with fork on bottom and sides. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk pumpkin and cream cheese until smooth. Add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk, beating until incorporated.
  6. Pour into prepared crust and top with walnuts. Bake 40 minutes, or until filling is set when pan is gently tapped.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Serve each slice with dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream

Total time: 8 minutes
Servings: 14

  • 2 1/2 cups California walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In blender, puree 2 cups walnuts and water 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon honey, vanilla extract and salt; blend 30 seconds. Add remaining honey if sweeter taste is desired.
  3. To achieve thicker whipped cream, add remaining walnuts and puree until light and fluffy.
  4. Store tightly covered in refrigerator until ready to use.

Source: California Walnuts

Healthy 09 September 2021

Go for Grapes as a Smart Choice for Health and Wellness

(Family Features) The importance of health and wellness is top of mind for many people. There are many contributing factors to wellness such as diet, physical activity, social engagement and genetics. All are important, but a first step to wellness is choosing healthy foods to fuel the body every day, ideally foods that support health in multiple ways.

Consider grapes from California: they are convenient, healthy, hydrating and provide energy to help support healthy and active lifestyles. Eating grapes is also linked to beneficial impacts on the health of specific body parts and systems, including the heart, brain, skin and colon.

Most of grapes’ health benefits are attributed to the presence of natural plant compounds known as polyphenols, which help promote antioxidant activity and influence biological processes that support overall health. Grapes of all colors – red, green and black – are natural sources of polyphenols.

Fresh California grapes are refreshing by the handful, but they also lend a tasty burst of flavor to a wide range of recipes you can enjoy any time of day. This Heart Smart Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to start the day; pairing grapes with nuts and seeds in No-Bake Energy Bites delivers a hearty snack to enjoy midday, after school or following a workout; and Quinoa, Cauliflower and Grape Salad is perfect at any mealtime for a powerful combo of both taste and health.

Grapes and a Healthy Brain

Research suggests regularly eating grapes as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle may contribute to improved health outcomes, including brain health.

In a study of people with early memory decline published in “Experimental Gerontology,” subjects were either fed whole grape powder equivalent to just 2 1/4 cups of grapes per day or a placebo powder. The results showed consuming grapes preserved healthy metabolic activity in regions of the brain associated with early Alzheimer’s disease, where metabolic decline takes hold.

Subjects who didn’t consume grapes exhibited significant metabolic decline in these critical regions. Additionally, those consuming the grape-enriched diet showed beneficial changes in regional brain metabolism that correlated to improvements in attention and working memory performance.

Find more nutritious recipes at GrapesFromCalifornia.com .

No-Bake Energy Bites

Prep time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 energy bites

  • 1/3       cup raw almonds
  • 1/3       cup walnuts
  • 1/2       cup pitted dates
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons fresh orange juice or lemon juice
  • 1          pinch sea salt
  • 8          seedless California grapes
  • 1/3       cup chia or hemp seeds
  1. In bowl of food processor, pulse almonds and walnuts 5-6 times to coarsely chop. Add dates and process until mixture is finely chopped. Add juice and process until just combined; transfer mixture to small plate.
  2. Dry grapes. Pack 1 tablespoon date mixture around each grape, completely covering to seal. Repeat with remaining grapes and date mixture.
  3. Roll balls in seeds to coat. Store in covered container in refrigerator up to three days.

Nutritional information per energy bite: 120 calories; 3 g protein; 12 g carbohydrates; 7 g fat (53% calories from fat); 0.5 g saturated fat (4% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 20 mg sodium; 3 g fiber.

Heart Smart Grape and Peanut Butter Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup red California grapes, chilled
  • 2/3       cup unsweetened almond milk, chilled
  • 1/2       cup ice cubes
  • 1/2       small banana
  • 1          tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2          teaspoons cacao powder
  1. In blender on high speed, blend grapes, almond milk, ice, banana, peanut butter, flax seed and cacao powder until smooth.

Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 8 g protein; 53 g carbohydrates; 14 g fat (36% calories from fat); 2.5 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 220 mg sodium; 7 g fiber.

Quinoa, Cauliflower and Grape Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          cup white quinoa
  • 1          small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets
  • 1 1/4    cups red California grapes, halved
  • 3          scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2          ripe avocados, diced 1/3 inch

Dressing:

  • 2          tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2       teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and drain on two layers of paper towels. Transfer to mixing bowl. Add cauliflower, grapes, scallions and avocado pieces.
  2. To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk vinegar, lime juice, honey, cumin, oregano and salt until blended. Gradually whisk in oil. Drizzle dressing over quinoa mixture and toss gently. Season with pepper, to taste.

Nutritional information per serving: 260 calories; 5 g protein; 27 g carbo hydrates; 16 g fat (55% calories from fat); 2 g saturated fat (7% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 6 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Videos 26 August 2021

Energy Bites

Having enough energy and fuel to make it through a long day can be challenging. No matter if you’re a stay-at-home parent, corporate worker or small business owner, having a high energy level that lasts throughout the day is important for both you and those around you.

Having enough energy helps you stay alert and attentive to what is going on around you, whether that’s cleaning up after your little ones or filing a report your boss asked for.

When it comes to snacking during the day, these delicious, mouth-watering Energy Bites can give you the boost you need. They are made with creamy peanut butter and honey to curb your sweet cravings but still provide plenty of texture with shredded coconut and raw oats.

They are a perfect snack time nosh, rolled into simple balls, that can help you finish the  task at hand.  

Not only can they be that 2 p.m. pick-me-up, they are also simple to make and simply delightful to eat. You can store them in the refrigerator in a container for anytime snacking. Plus, the recipe makes 20 servings, which means it’s easy to prep your snacks for the entire week ahead of time.  

Stop settling at snack time for stale crackers or high-calorie dips. Eating something that can make your body feel good and energize you for the rest of the day keeps you prepared for what’s to come.

Find more snack recipes at Culinary.net.

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Energy Bites

Servings: 20

  • 1/2       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3       cup honey
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          cup raw oats
  • 1/2       cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2       cup flaxseed meal
  • 6          tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  1. In medium mixing bowl, stir peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until combined.
  2. Add oats, coconut, flaxseed meal and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Meal Ideas 30 July 2021

Plan a Perfect Reunion for Family and Friends

(Family Features) After an extended period of social distancing, this year will be a time for reuniting with family and friends. Picnic get-togethers filled with delicious food are one of the best ways to reunite with loved ones when you’re ready for those long-overdue laughs.

While planning the perfect outdoor gathering can feel overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, it can be easy to organize a memorable picnic reunion.

Make it fun. Whether it’s a water balloon toss or a three-legged race, organizing a few games for your guests can be a simple way to reconnect and have fun together. Outdoor games like ring toss and potato sack races or arts and crafts are activities all ages can enjoy.

Reach for pantry staples. No picnic is complete without good food. When planning your menu and packing your cooler, don’t stress. Before you make an extra trip to your local farmers market or grocery store, be sure to check your pantry. You probably already have the makings for simple yet delicious meals and snacks. For example, canned fruits, vegetables and proteins – like wild-caught tuna, salmon and sardines – can help you create and elevate your picnic recipes.

Host an eco-friendly picnic. Good food and good weather help make a successful picnic, but ensuring you leave your space as you found it is equally important. To minimize waste, invest in reusable picnicware, like utensils and plates. Also consider swapping your paper napkins for cloth versions. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’ll also elevate the overall look of your picnic.

No grill, no problem. As more people seek out substitutes for red meat, change up your menu and serve seafood as a delicious alternative. For example, an Albacore Bliss Bowl made with Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water is a versatile choice that can be topped with veggies like cabbage, cucumber and carrot then drizzled with a homemade dressing. Since there’s no cooking required, you can easily prep ahead of time or even on-site. For those taking part in the day’s games and activities, try these Salmon Rollups which make perfect handheld snacks.

For more recipe inspiration while planning your next picnic reunion, visit chickenofthesea.com .

Albacore Bliss Bowl

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          cans (5 ounces each) Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained and flaked
  • 2          cups cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2       cup chopped purple cabbage
  • 1/3       cup diced cucumber
  • 1/3       cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3       cup diced red pepper
  • 1/3       cup diced mango
  • 1/3       cup chopped green onions
  • 4          tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1          teaspoon sesame seeds or black sesame seeds
  1. Divide cooked quinoa between four bowls. Top each with evenly divided tuna, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, red peppers, mango and green onions.
  2. In small bowl, whisk apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle over each bowl. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Salmon Rollups

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          can (5 ounce) Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2       cup thick and chunky salsa, plus additional for dipping (optional)
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          cup corn chips, crushed
  • 4          flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 4          large leafy green lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
  1. In bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup salsa until light and fluffy. Stir in salmon, cheese and corn chips.
  2. Spread 1/4 filling to within 1/2 inch of each tortilla edge. Arrange one lettuce leaf over filling. Roll up tortillas and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1-3 hours.
  3. To serve, remove plastic wrap, trim ends from rolls and cut each into 3-4 slices. Serve with additional salsa, if desired.

Source: Chicken of the Sea

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