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Wise Choices – Making Them Last
Wheresoever you go, go with a healthy snack.
Choices for Healthful Eating
Step 11. Involve the Family in Planning
Armed with new, health-focused cookbooks and recipes, ask each child and all the other family members to choose new recipes to try. That way, it’s fun for the whole family. They have been a part of the planning and you will have a collection of new recipes that everybody likes. Don’t keep the ones they don’t like. Just keep trying new ones. If your children are old enough, get them involved in making some of the recipes or in helping you make them.
“If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise,” says a familiar tune inviting us all to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Would there be anything more surprising than a whole picnic area decorated with teddy bears made from our favorite Gingerbread Men or the Best Ginger Cookies recipe? If everyone brought his favorite teddy bear and pajamas, we could pitch a tent and have an overnight, too.
Is there a week or two at day camp in the park for your kids this summer? If there is, hearty healthy snacks are the issue for the day! Here are some they could make or help you make for the whole crowd. Cook the syrup and the kids can shape all kinds of balls from Raisin Peanut Butter Balls. Low fat and full of energy and other goodness, those and the Sunshine Snack Mix that they can put together themselves will take care of the most strenuous day. For even more energy from the beginning of the day, Breakfast Raisin-Banana Tortilla Roll-up and Raisin Banana Energy Bars are good grab and go meals that kids can make the day before.
Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts
Hot off the grill is this month’s feature and nothing is better than this recipe from one of our 2005 Consumer Recipe Contest winners, Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts. Shannon Kohn’s asparagus salad with hearts of palm and California Raisins topped with grilled salmon steaks shines at any gathering — backyard barbecue, neighborhood grilling or casual supper. It’s simply the very best!
Chef in the Spotlight
Chef in the Spotlight — Chef James Perillo
On the cutting edge for healthy restaurant food, Chef James Perillo has provided a number of outstanding recipes for the Raisin Industry Chefs Collection. One of his best, California Raisin and Toasted Granola Style Trifle, Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries with Hazelnut Cream, should have a place at your Fourth of July Celebration for it is truly red, white and blue, all through. Any trouble finding all of the fresh fruits listed, join Chef Perillo and buy local fruits in season to fill the bowl — almost any of them will make it good. And, as he would say, “Don’t forget generous portions of those good-for-you California Raisins loaded with potassium, antioxidants and other nutrients galore.”