June 2005

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In This Edition
Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest in Full Swing
Health Watch: Is Fiber the Next Diet
Celebrate Dads and Grads with Great Grilling Accomapaniments
Health and Nutrition

1. Toss a snack-size box of California raisins in your purse for on the go nutrition.

2. Sprinkle chopped nuts and raisins on top of frozen yogurt or fruit dessert and add your favorite caramel or chocolate topping.

3. Keep a dish of yogurt-covered raisins instead of candy-coated treats for quick pick ups.

4. Stash a supply of homemade trail mix in your gym bag and your desk drawer for quick energy anytime.

5. Have some raisin-peanut butter balls before your afternoon jog. The fiber in the raisins coupled with the protein in the peanut butter will keep you energized.

Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest in Full Swing

All across the country, hundreds of Americans are answering the California Raisin Marketing Board’s call for favorite raisin recipes and for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize. The Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest began May 1 and home chefs have until July 31 to dazzle a panel of esteemed judges with their favorite California raisin recipes. Each recipe must include two tablespoons of California raisins per serving. (Note: 1 cup of raisins equals 8 servings). Highly decorated Olympic swimmer and CRMB spokesperson, Jenny Thompson, has been selected to be one of the judges.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, the CRMB is offering a wide range of high stakes prizes, including top-of-the-line cookware sets and gift certificates galore from a leading culinary retailer. Jenny Thompson will select one outstanding Healthy Raisin Recipe and award the winner a $1,000 gift certificate at a leading sports retailer. Along with prizes, each of the winning recipes will be featured in a beautiful 2006 California Raisin Recipe Calendar.

Contest submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2005 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Log onto www.calraisincontest.com to submit your winning recipe today!

Health Watch: Is Fiber the Next Diet

Low-fat, low-carb, no-sugar, what’s next? Perhaps, a sensible approach to weight loss that promotes the oft-neglected nutrient, fiber. For years, health professionals and nutritionists have touted fiber for long-term health and wellness. The increasing popularity of trends that put more processed foods on our plates and insufficient roughage in our diets may be a driving force behind Americans’ expanding waistlines.

Refined foods such as white bread and rice spike insulin levels, promoting hunger and ultimately packing on the pounds. High-fiber foods combat this progression because they’re broken down slowly, requiring more energy to digest, and contributing to fullness. What’s more, fiber stimulates the release of chemicals that send satiety signals to the brain, making you feel full on fewer calories, and warding off hunger for hours.

Unfortunately, few Americans reach the recommended 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. To get your fill, load up on fruits — 5 to 9 servings a day and be sure to include just one serving (1/4 cup) of California Raisins. Then add lots of vegetables, whole grains and legumes along with plenty of water to aid digestion.

Chicken Breast Rolls with California Golden Raisins and Spinach
Pair iron-packed spinach with fiber-filling raisins and you have the perfect meal to fuel up.
Jicama, Avocado and Orange Salad
An abundance of contrasting flavors, textures and colors come together in this festive salad of jicama, sweet orange, creamy avocado and chewy California raisins. If these ingredients are not available in your produce department, try mixing it up. Pair together apples, celery and fennel, or tomatoes, avocado and cooked shrimp.
Tempting Tuna Pita Pockets
You can bank on canned tuna, crunchy apples and raisins to make a sandwich that’s mouthwatering and economical, too.

For more high fiber recipes, click here.

Celebrate Dads and Grads with Great Grilling Accomapaniments

Between Father’s Day barbecues, graduation picnics and summer potlucks, June is just a month-long celebration. And, no celebration is complete without the natural goodness of California raisins. So, when Father’s Day rolls around on June 19 or when your favorite graduate is awarded top honors, pull together an unforgettable barbecue. After all, who could pass up delicious grilled meats, complete with sweet, flavorful salsas and relishes!

Raisin relishes and salsas are so easy to prepare, appreciated by guests of all ages, and nutritious to boot. Make them well in advance of the party and store them in the refrigerator or keep them available for quick snacking anytime. Here are a few “out of the box” ideas to get you started.
– Serve raisin relishes and salsas for dipping pita points, whole grain crackers or baked corn chips at a moment’s notice.
– Spoon raisin salsas over hot nachos for a tasty contrast to the hot cheese.
– Top grilled meats with sweet and savory raisin relishes for that irresistible touch.
Intrigued? Give the following sweet-tasting salsas a try:

Chicken Breast with Zesty Raisins Relish
This entree is a take-off on a Southern favorite updated with zesty California raisin relish.
Sun-Dried Tomato Raisin Relish
Serve at room temperature as a condiment for meats or seafood. Also makes great dip or spread.
Citrus, Golden Raisin, Pickled Onion Salsa
Serve with grilled chicken or steak. Also try this sauce with crispy tortilla strips.
Grilled Pineapple, Chipotle and Raisin Salsa
Caramelized grilled pineapple plays in perfectly with the hot chipotle peppers and rum-soaked raisins.