August 2006

In This Edition
Spice Up the Dog Days of August with California Raisins
Back To School with California Raisins
Our Chef of The Month Robert Gadsby
Health and Nutrition
Make smart choices from every food group everyday.

– Emphasize Fruits, Vegetables and whole grains.
– Use fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products.
– Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
– Limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Find your balance between food and physical activity.
Get the most nutrition from your calories.

California Raisins – The FUNdamental Fruit, a vital part of your diet!

The FUNdamentals – Lots More Fruits and Vegetables!

California Raisins Add up to More Fruits Everyday

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans single out some very important nutrients that Americans in general and especially children and adolescents are not consuming in sufficient quantities to maintain good health. Intakes of minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium; fiber and vitamins A, C and E need to be improved. These nutrients, almost without exception, are found in fruits and vegetables. So an easy way to be sure to get enough of these is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to 8 to 13 servings a day – up to a total of 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit everyday.

Because dried fruits with equivalent nutrients do not contain as much water as fresh, frozen or canned fruits, smaller portions of these count as a serving, i.e., 1/4 cup (about 1.5 ounces) of California raisins is equivalent to 1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) of fresh grapes. An easy way to take advantage of this is to include California Raisins in a variety of food preparations.

Spice Up the Dog Days of August with California Raisins

– Barbecuing and Grilling

– Salsas, Relishes and Chutneys

Just try these sauces and marinades anytime you fire up the grill! California Raisin Soy Sauce and Marinade, Golden Raisin Glaze, Housemade Steak Sauce, or Raisin Garlic Barbecue Sauce.

Nothing spices up burgers, chops or steaks, hot off the grill, like some of these spicy accompaniments – California Golden Raisin Tequila Salsa, Mango, Coconut and Lemongrass Salsa, Sun-dried Tomato Raisin Relish or cool Cucumber-Raisin Raita; Tangy Raisin Cream Mustard; Apple Raisin Chutney; California Raisin and Fruit Chutney; and California Golden Raisin Relish.

Back To School with California Raisins

• Good Food for Kids’ Lunches
Looking for good food to fill back to school lunch boxes? Try some of these great ways to include California raisins. Raisin Banana Energy Bars, Tempting Tuna Pita Pockets, Ham Pitawiches.

• Great Breakfasts
Fill up the family every morning with this Easy Oven-baked French Toast with Raisin Syrup that you can prepared the night before or Raisin Sesame Muffins to heat quickly right from the freezer

• After School Snacks
Sunshine Snack Mix, Raisin Oatmeal Crispies, Granola Crunch Mix, Yogurt Clusters are great snacks to keep on hand for those starving students in the afternoon.

Plan Early for Labor Day Picnics

Whether you picnic in the park or in your own backyard over this long weekend, think

• Portable Salads like Couscous Salad with California Raisins or Bean and Shrimp Salad. Make sure to chill all salads thoroughly and pack in insulated containers for keeping them safe to eat.

• Other Great Picnic Fare should include Burgers with Raisin Salsa or Mogul Kebabs with Raisin-Pistachio Stuffing right from the grill or Beef Picadillo Empanadas that you prepare ahead and serve very cold or warmed.

For the best of picnic desserts, Baked Peaches with Golden Raisins or an old fashioned Raisin Crumble can’t be beat. Homemade ice cream is tons of fun so prepare to make Old Fashioned California Raisin Oatmeal Cookie and Buttermilk Ice Cream Sandwiches at the next family gathering.

Our Recipe of The Month

California Raisin Tomato and Onion Seed Chutney

Our Chef of The Month Robert Gadsby

Executive Chef at Noe Restaurants in Los Angeles and Houston and Concept Chef to Omni Hotels, Robert Gadsby is inspired by the flavors, textures and ingredients that provide his guests with an extra-special dining experience. He chooses California raisins to make his grilled creations meet that goal. His Seared Sea Scallops with Mushroom Goulash and California Raisin Tomato and Onion Seed Chutney are quick work on any grill, as well.