July 2005

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There’s Still Time to Enter the Coast-to-Coast Raisin Recipe Contest
Celebrate Summer with Cool Raisin Recipes that Sizzle
Health Watch: Look Mom, No Cavities!
Health and Nutrition
1.     Keep a box of raisins in your desk at work.  That way, when you need a snack, you can reach for the raisins rather than             spend money at the vending machine and get a healthy dose of fruit to boot.
2.     Keep a journal of what you eat for a few days.  It will make you more aware of what you are feeding your body.
3.     Don’t know what to do with that pile of magazines?  Tear out the exercise sections and combine for a fun, easy, at-home             workout.
4.     Be sure to get lots of water.  In addition to your water throughout the day, drink a glass of water first thing when you get up         and right before you go to bed to get you started for the day and to combat sleep dehydration.
5.     Many things you do throughout the day can work just like exercises.  Take a few minutes to clear the stack of papers that         has been piling up on your desk or walk up the stairs at work instead of using the elevator.

There’s Still Time to Enter the Coast-to-Coast Raisin Recipe Contest

With the buzz about the California Raisin Marketing Board’s Coast-to-Coast Raisin Recipe Contest – featuring a $10,000 grand prize, top-of-the-line cookware sets and coveted culinary gift certificates – chances are, you’ve already jumped on board with your favorite raisin recipe. But, if you somehow missed the boat, there’s still time to crack open those recipe boxes and submit your favorite raisin recipe.

The California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB)’s call for America’s best raisin recipes kicked off May 1 and home chefs across the country have until the end of July to dazzle judges with their favorite signature raisin dishes in these categories: 1.) appetizers / snacks 2.) soups / salads / side dishes 3.) main courses / entrees 4.) desserts / baked goods (including breads).

A panel of judges, including California raisin farmers and their wives along with Jenny Thompson, CRMB Spokesperson and former U.S. Olympic Swimmer, and an esteemed California chef are evaluating entries. And, Jenny will select one outstanding Healthy Raisin Recipe and award the winner with a $1,000 gift certificate at a leading sports retailer!

Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2005 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Consumers may enter by logging on to www.calraisins.org and clicking on “Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest,” or by visiting www.calraisincontest.com Don’t get left behind!

Celebrate Summer with Cool Raisin Recipes that Sizzle

Outdoor picnics, festive parties and long days at the beach are the hallmarks of summer. But, celebrating this great season wouldn’t be complete without the natural goodness of California raisins. And, for the extreme heat of summer, the CRMB offers a whole host of raisin recipes that don’t require the oven. So, try your hand at some sweet treats without the heat!

Recipes:

Tropical Shrimp Cocktail

No-Bake Happiness Cookies

No-Bake Ribbon Cake

Raisin Delights

Independence Day kicked off the season, and the history of California raisins is as rich as our nation’s history! Check out this link for more historical Raisin information.

Health Watch: Look Mom, No Cavities!

The sweet flavor and chewy texture of plump and delicious California raisins come with a bonus: preventive health care for your mouth! New data released by researchers from the Chicago Center of Dentistry, University of Illinois, shows that raisins fight the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease. So, in addition to ranking among the top antioxidant foods, California raisins can add better oral health to its impressive list of healthy benefits such as protecting blood lipids from oxidation and providing conditions in the gut that reduce the chance for cells to grow abnormally and form tumors.
The study, which was funded by the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB), debunks the idea that raisins promote cavities. According to the lead author Christine D. Wu, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Center, the research showed something completely contrary. Her research showed that the phytochemicals in raisins actually suppressed the growth of several types of bacteria that are linked to cavities and gum disease. The study also noted that raisins contain mainly fructose and glucose. These sugars are less cavity producing than table sugar (sucrose).
Wu presented the research on June 8, 2005, at the 105th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Atlanta.
“It’s common knowledge that cavities can be prevented by reducing the amount of plaque and bacteria in the mouth,” said Julie Jones, Ph.D., the CRMB’s nutrition spokesperson. “The best way to do this is by daily brushing and flossing and professional dental cleanings twice a year. Food selection is also important. This study shows that certain foods such as California raisins make an ideal snack choice for oral health.”

Recipes:
Poached Chicken Salad with California Raisin Vinaigrette, Shredded Garden Carrots and Toasted Pine Nuts

Seaside Prawn and Summer Fruit Salad

Coconut Shrimp Salad with California Golden Raisin Vinaigrette (Jingha Salade)

Picnic Rice Salad