January 2006

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January 2006
Getting Back on Track with California Raisins
Chef of the Month – Paul Fischbach
Health and Nutrition
New Year’s resolutions include getting more exercise?
Think about…

• Walking with a friend (or your dog)

• Changing the pace or routine

• Using the stairs whenever possible

• Parking further away from your destination

• Setting fitness goals

• Rewarding yourself

• Making it fun

• Eating more fruits and vegetables

• Remembering that 1/4 cup California raisins counts as one whole fruit serving!

January 2006

Kicking It Up a Notch After the Holidays

The holidays are over and it’s time to kick it up a notch! Eating right and organizing a fitness program were high on your list of New Year’s resolutions — But it’s January and it’s cold and the holidays have left you craving some good old-fashioned comfort foods. Here’s how to get both.

Walking isn’t fancy but it’s easy and it burns as many calories as jogging. Jumping rope is an inexpensive way to get your heart rate up. A good pair of shoes and a jump rope will aim you towards a healthier you, while toning your buttocks, calves and thighs. Invite a friend or walk with your dog. Walking gets you outdoors and it’s fun, too! Walk one day and jump rope the next.

Getting Back on Track with California Raisins

Those old-fashioned comfort foods and eating right go hand in hand with California raisins. These easy, gourmet meals will keep you satisfied while sticking to a fitness program.

Start with Dried Fruit and Nut Scones or Applesauce Bread Pudding to boost your fiber intake and keep cholesterol and fat down at breakfast.

Remember when Mom welcomed you home from school with hot vegetable soup on a winter day? This low calorie Moroccan Vegetable Ragout with California Raisins or our Carrot Vichyssoise with Raisins will warm you inside and out.

Getting in shape and back on track calls for lots of salads. Our Favorite Carrot Salad is low cholesterol, low sodium and packs a wallop of flavor, while the Imperial Waldorf Salad cuts calories. To kick it way up a notch, California Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette is a low sodium, low cholesterol, low fat and high fiber choice for lunch!

Looking for a one-dish comfort food? Sweet and Spicy Chili, our tasty, nutritious recipe of the month, is low fat, low cholesterol, and high in fiber.

More omega-3 fatty acids on your to-do diet list? We suggest Saffron-infused Sea Bass with California Raisins, Butter Beans and Garlic for dinner once in awhile. If chicken is more your style, Fricassee of Chicken Casserole with Bourbon and Raisins is a healthy choice.

Coast-to-Coast Recipe Contest winner Spiced Honey Raisin Couscous with Yogurt Rum Sauce received the Jenny Thompson Award for the healthiest recipe. You can’t beat it for satisfying and tasty eating!

For snacking, we recommend Spicy California Raisin-Pumpkin Caponata. There are more healthy recipes listed under Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, Low Calorie and High Fiber at www.calraisins.org.

Chef of the Month – Paul Fischbach

At the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, Chef Paul Fischbach, our “Look Who’s Cooking with California Raisins” Chef of the Month, bristles at the mere thought of hunger and mediocre cuisine. He makes sure that his guests never have a chance to experience either. Chef Fischbach chooses only the finest ingredients, including California raisins, for his exquisite pastas, sizzling steaks, flavorful fajitas or fresh seafoods.