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Recipe of the Month – Sweet and Spicy Chili
Balance of Flavor. Balance of Diet. Balance of Life.
California Raisins and Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Valerie Waters, Offer Advice on Getting Red Carpet Ready in 2011
From school reunions and weddings to anniversaries and date nights, life is never short of occasions when we want to look and feel our best. That’s why California Raisins has teamed up with trainer to the stars, Valerie Waters, to offer fitness and healthy eating advice on getting paparazzi prepared in 2011 for all of life’s red carpet moments.
Along with guidance from Waters, California Raisins is also launching a new, easy-to-enter sweepstakes called, “What’s Your Red Carpet Moment?” Now through March 15, participants can share their upcoming red carpet moments on the California Raisins’ Facebook page for a chance to win a four day/ three night trip to the red carpet capital of the world — Hollywood, CA, plus $1,000 in spending cash!
“Getting in shape is no different for super stars or super moms; it is all about making your mind up to eat right, snack smart and get active — regardless if you are preparing for a movie premiere, your 20-year class reunion or a milestone birthday,” says Waters. “Feeling your best for life’s special occasions is a matter of consistently making wise choices.”
Following are some tips from Waters on how to begin making wise choices now:
For more tips from Valerie and to learn more about the “What’s Your Red Carpet Moment?” sweepstakes, click HERE.
Meal Planning Tips and Tricks with California Raisins
Because a lot of you will be looking at the result of those extra special holiday indulgences and thinking it is time to get back on track and maybe even take off a pound or two, we would like to talk about meal planning! Not only is it almost essential to any fitness plan or healthy eating program, it can actually save time and money, as well as help you reach your goal to shed a few pounds. Planning meals for several days at a time helps to evaluate portion sizes and balance nutrients while adding variety to your meals. Here are some things to think about as you begin:
January is National Soup Month
You may want to celebrate this month with a sweet soup like Cream of Raisin Soup, or an Indian raita or cucumber soup like Minted Yogurt Soup with California Raisins, Walnuts and Chives. Curried Monkfish and Golden Raisin Soup is a spicy, thick, blended soup to warm chilly toes and fingers on a cold January day.
National Popcorn Day
An entire day to celebrate popcorn? Sign me up! On January 19, National Popcorn Day, grab some of your favorite movies and celebrate this day right. Whether you like your popcorn spiced, cheesy, buttery, salted, or covered in caramel, it doesn’t matter because today is the day to experiment.
Beyond Good Old Raisins and Peanuts makes super munchies, spiced with Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic and ginger. Popcorn with an ethnic flair happens when you combine cilantro, paprika and other spices with popcorn, sesame sticks and pumpkin seeds in Spanish Tapas Snack Mix, and a tantalizing blend of spices, sprinkled over popcorn in the Curried Popcorn Mix can be savored, time and time, again.
National Pie Day, January 23
If pie is the first thing you think of when anyone says, “Dessert”, this day is for you. Jump into the spirit of the season with All American Raisin Pie. It has raisins and cranberry-apple juice, while our Raisin Custard Pecan Pie is chockfull of raisin and nuts. For you lemon pie lovers, Lemon Delight Pie is really hard to beat – those raisins taste even better with the tart lemon.
Remember 1/4 cup, just about 1-1/2 ounces (40 grams) of California Raisins counts as a serving of fruit. Make Wise Choices every time and eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, everyday.
Written by Melinda on January 14, 2011