The balance of mind and body starts with the balance of diet.
Wise Choices and Better Eating Save Food Dollars
Searching for the perfect balance of food and nutrition? Find a path to California Raisins. Filled with flavor, dietary fiber, potassium, essential vitamins, minerals and important antioxidants, California Raisins are fat and cholesterol free, too! All of these elements combine to make California Raisins the natural, sun-sweetened fruit snack that is always a wise choice. And makes them fit right into your resolve to manage the rising cost of food and still feed your family healthy nutritious meals — to eat better while spending less on food.
As Valerie Waters states in her Eat right! tip of the month, “… you can’t forget about eating right -– not only at meals, but while snacking, too. A lot of moms reach for their kids’ snacks when hunger hits, and that’s fine, just make sure those snacks are healthy for them and you, too. Dried fruit is one of your best bets, especially California Raisins. They are a naturally sweet, fat-free, portable snack, and that’s a big plus when you are looking for healthy eating on the go. And more good news…for adults, 1/4-cup of raisins equals one whole daily fruit serving.
It’s really pretty easy to manage food costs when you (1) plan your meals and shop with a list keyed to that plan, (2) buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season, and (3) use frozen fruits and vegetables when they are not in season, and (4) plan to serve economical California Raisins frequently throughout the year. So plan some family meals around these wise choice recipes using California Raisins and eat better for less all year long.
Hot Foods for Cold Winter Days
Soups and Stews
January is National Soup Month and what better way to warm those frosty toes and fingers than to warm the inside with a cup or bowl of hot soup!
One of the first fast foods, soups offer a wide range of nutritional benefits, and are good to eat, too. Loaded with beans and vegetables, they are great sources of fiber and phytochemicals. Adding California Raisins just increases the nutrition, so celebrate soup’s wide range of flavors and health benefits and ring in the New Year with simple to make, easy to store, absolutely delicious, and good for you, too, soups.
Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They lower cholesterol and overall are good for you. Fresh, canned, frozen or dry, beans are great for your body, inexpensive, and are so versatile; they can make a whole meal by themselves. Add raisins and they are perfect to get the New Year off to a great start.
National Pie Day is a fun holiday that falls on January 23, and it is time to make some of your favorite pies and try some new ones, too.
Even though his birthday falls on National Popcorn Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been more apt to choose his favorite pecan pie. The Raisin Fudge Pecan Pie, the perfect combination of chocolate, raisins and pecans commemorates both National Pie Day and Martin Luther King’s birthday and Southern Praline Pie, an award-winning recipe topped with a praline crunch, is irresistible.
No-Bake Ribbon Cake takes an ordinary pound cake and makes it extraordinary with golden raisins, nuts and chocolate chips. Easy to prepare, it’s high in fiber and low in sodium, too.
To avoid getting too far off track, our Recipe of the Month, Happy Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes, provides single portions and leftovers can hide in the freezer until the next time a chocolate craving hits.
If you think you have gone too far with this chocolate celebration, Valerie Waters’ Cardio Without a Gym video will add exercise to all those indulgent antioxidants for even more heart health.
Are you ready for the clash of the titans on February 1? It’s time to start planning a super special Super Bowl Party. Make it a time for hearty and fun foods to satisfy even the toughest critics. Plan ahead and free up your time to participate in the Super Bowl Celebration.
Choose Picadillo Pork Chili as the main attraction, and serve with warm tortillas or tortilla chips. If finger food is the menu for the day, Lightened Up Pulled Pork wrapped in corn or flour tortillas fill the bill with a spicy, low sodium repast.
These are just a few of the great recipes to be found at LoveYourRaisins.com. Wherever you go, whatever you do, California Raisins add something truly unique and often unexpected to all the holiday fun. From snacks to desserts, they are the Wise Choice for better eating, every time!
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