April 2009

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The World, Your Family and You
Mother’s Day
Health and Nutrition
Valerie Waters’ Tip of the MonthEducation Through Sampling

Valerie Waters’ Health and Fitness Video Tips – Time Crunch Workout

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Recipe of the Month – Orange Raisin Sticky Buns

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Everything has its beauty. Some will see it, others will taste it.

The World, Your Family and You

Just three weeks into spring with Easter gone and Passover coming to an end, it is only fitting that we turn our attention to the world outside and some beautiful spring days outdoors. Along with Keep America Beautiful this month, there is time to think about you and your family as well as the whole Earth. If you didn’t catch up on World Health Day, April 7, and National Start! Walking Day on April 8, there is no time like the present to get in the groove, get outside, and rev up a fitness program for you and your family.

A commitment to family fitness can help you and your kids improve both health and confidence, and set the right course for a healthy future. One of the first places to start is the television. Set limits on how much time you and your kids watch it, and develop some alternative activities that will get you off the couch and out the door. Explore opportunities to exercise together. Strengthen bonds when you drive them to or pick them up after school by parking a few blocks away and walking together while you exchange plans for and news about the day. Make exercise fun with picnics and short hikes, trips to a local pool or amusement park, or a walking tour of a nearby town or your own downtown, or visit a local museum on the weekends.

What would be more fun than a trip to the farmers market, this weekend? You can’t control everything your family eats, but you can help them learn to enjoy different foods. As Valerie Waters points out in her Education through sampling tip, “We all know kids can be notoriously picky when it comes to food. Try taking them to a farmer’s market where they will learn that food doesn’t just come from the supermarket and that there are seasons for different foods. They will be encouraged to sample a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and often nuts or dried fruit, too. A farmer’s market is a fun outing for the whole family.” Get to know your local farmers and the foods that grow closer to home.

April is Keep America Beautiful Month and sees some very important events on the calendar. Beginning with World Health Day on April 7 and the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day April 8, there are many opportunities to have some fun and think about health around the world, as well as your family’s and yours.

National Start! Walking Day

With its Start! Program, the American Heart Association wants to get America walking. The message is very simple – Walk more! Eat well! Live longer! They claim that you could gain as much as two hours of life for each hour of vigorous exercise. Walking just 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and increase life expectancy. So get up and get going! If none of this is your cup of tea, just plug in Valerie Waters’ Health and Fitness Video Time Crunch Workout and keep on going!

Grab 'N Go Raisin Energy Bars Raisin Banana Energy Bars Start your day with a Fruit Shake or Cocoa Raisin Muffins and a healthy breakfast or take a couple of Grab ‘N Go Raisin Energy Bars or Raisin Banana Energy Bars along on a quick hike around the park.

Beef and California Raisin Picadillo Plan on a Beef and California Raisin Picadillo for lunch.

Sweet and Spicy Jerk Chicken Crunchy Raisin Rice Indulge in Sweet and Spicy Jerk Chicken or Crunchy Raisin Rice for dinner.

And know that you have eaten well!

Earth Day

From Keep America Beautiful to World Health Day to National Walking Day to Earth Day, awareness builds from us and our families to our surroundings, both local and national, and culminates in a day dedicated to inspiring awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Every year, Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by more than a half billion people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.

As you join people from 175 countries on Earth Day, April 22, a good way to celebrate the Earth is to eat environmentally friendly. Prepare dishes that are easy on the environment and feature locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. Eating local supports your economy and involves fewer miles traveled – and fewer pollutants emitted – to get dinner to your plate. California Raisins are dried in the sun – no fossil fuels used here, and no pollutants generated. Their reduced weight means reduced pollution as they are moved to market, too.

Onions, avocados, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, frozen peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and papayas are most apt to have the lowest pesticide residues. During your family visit to the farmer’s market, look for asparagus, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms and peas, this time of the year.

Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts At home, again, present the asparagus with delicious California Raisins in Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter and Raisins or Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts.

Coleslaw with Raisins and Peanuts Sweet and Sour Coleslaw Cabbage stars with raisins in Coleslaw with Raisins and Peanuts or Sweet and Sour Coleslaw; or make it hot in Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Raisin Sauce.

Cauliflower-Raisin Salad Tame cauliflower with a bit of parboiling and toss it with tangy raisins in Chef Roy Harland’s Cauliflower-Raisin Salad or Chef Bernard Ibarra’s Curried Tuna and California Raisin Salad.

San Joaquin Valley Chicken Wild Mushroom Raisin Salad with Serrano Ham Mushrooms fresh from the farmer’s market can be the beginning of something special with San Joaquin Valley Chicken from Chef Bernd Mueller or Wild Mushroom Raisin Salad with Serrano Ham by Chef Kim Canteenwalla.

Thai-style Mango SaladThai-style Mango Salad or California Raisin Chicken Salad will showcase any mangoes, snow peas or mushrooms that you may turn up at the market.

Astronomy Week

Some night during the week of April 27, Astronomy Week, take time to look at the stars or watch for a star gazing event sponsored by a local astronomy club, science museum, university, library or nature center to get answers to questions about the stars and astronomy.

California Raisin-Walnut Wontons with Goat Cheese and Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce Sweet and Savory Argentine Empanadas Schedule an “Out of This World” celebration on Astronomy Day, Saturday, May 2. Start with something cold like Berry Berry Freeze, and move forward into clusters and constellations of California Raisin-Walnut Wontons with Goat Cheese and Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce, Sweet and Savory Argentine Empanadas or Gnocchi with California Golden Raisin and Orange.

Chicken with California Raisin Mole Then, leave this world propelled by Chicken with California Raisin Mole or Oven-roasted Pork Loin Rack “No Regret” with California Raisin and Golden Curry Sauce.

Raisin Fudge Pecan Pie Top off and begin orbiting with Raisin Fudge Pecan Pie or Heavenly Chocolate Dutch Cake.

Raisin Cashew Toffee For true weightlessness choose Raisin Cashew Toffee.

Raisin Nachos with Cinnamon Dipping Sauce Then, know that Beyond Good Old Raisins and Peanuts or Raisin Nachos with Cinnamon Dipping Sauce will shine as under-the-stars munchables.

Mother’s Day

Orange Raisin Sticky Buns Ginger Raisin Biscotti A very special day to honor a very special person, Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, calls for something very special. If breakfast with Mother is on your schedule – and you are cooking – there is no way to beat our Recipe of The Month, Orange Raisin Sticky Buns. Looking for something lighter? Ginger Raisin Biscotti will fill that bill.

Chicken Breast Rolls with California Golden Raisin and Spinach Beef Carpaccio and Club-style BLT with Honey and Pepper Glazed California Raisins and Red Wine Balsamic Syrup Either Chicken Breast Rolls with California Golden Raisin and Spinach or Beef Carpaccio and Club-style BLT with Honey and Pepper Glazed California Raisins and Red Wine Balsamic Syrup would make lunch on this special day something to remember.

If you scored big at the farmer’s market, you might want to consider the San Joaquin Valley Chicken or the Wild Mushroom Raisin Salad with Serrano Ham.

Double Glazed Rum Raisin Chocolate Cake A generous slice of Double Glazed Rum Raisin Chocolate Cake seems to be the perfect finale to any of these meals.

No-Bake Raisin Chocolate Cherry Liqueur Balls While No-Bake Raisin Chocolate Cherry Liqueur Balls when boxed and wrapped would make the perfect gift for Mom to take with her and enjoy later.

Here’s to a very special Mother’s Day with California Raisins.

These are just a few of the great recipes to be found at LoveYourRaisins.com. Wherever you go, whatever you do, California Raisins can add to the fun and enjoyment. From snacks to soups and sauces to special desserts, they are the Wise Choice for better eating, every time!

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