March 2005

In This Edition
Raisin’ the Bar on March Madness
Celebrate National Nutrition Month!
St. Patrick’s Day with a Kick!
Health and Nutrition

Healthy Eating on the Run!

  1. Take time to look over the menu and make a careful selection.
  2. Choose fried foods only sometimes -go for grilled, broiled or steamed foods more often.
  3. Ask if smaller portions are available.
  4. Try a side salad instead of fries.
  5. At the salad bar, pile on the dark leafy greens, carrots, pepper, raisins and other fruits and veggies for a colorful and healthy salad.
  6. Eat your lower-calorie food first. Soup or salad is a good choice.
  7. Try a smoothie made with juice, fruit and yogurt for a light lunch or snack.
  8. For dessert, choose fresh fruit or a granola snack mix.
  9. For the fastest breakfast of all, go with dry cereal and milk. Dress it up with raisins and get fiber along with B vitamins and complex carbohydrates.
  10. Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your purse or backpack for on-the-go snacking. Small boxes of raisins are a great source of energy in the middle of the day.

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Raisin’ the Bar on March Madness

Dress up your sporting snack time fare with the flavor enhancement of California raisins. Rather than turning to the same ol’ ho hum chicken wings and chips, why not test your culinary prowess with grilled meats accompanied by tasty raisin chutneys and salsas? The sweet and savory flavor is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. And, since raisins don’t require refrigeration, there’s no risk of the salsas and chutneys spoiling even if they’re left out for hours on end. Intrigued? Click the link below for a sampling of sweet-tasting salsas:
Quick Raisin Relish
This sweet and tangy relish is delicious with ham!
Citrus Golden Raisins, Pickled Onion Salsa
Serve with grilled chicken or steak. Also try this sauce with crispy tortilla strips.
Olive, Jicama and Orange Salsa
Smother on crackers or toasted French bread for a March Madness appetite pleaser!
Raisin Apricot Chutney
For a sweet but treat, try this chuteny with raisins, apricots and oranges. Serve with ham, turkey or pork.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month!

In today’s world of deadlines, stress and never-ending “to do” lists, it’s easy to see why nutrition tends to fall off the priority list. But with National Nutrition Month in full gear, now is the perfect time to take stock of your habits and recommit yourself to a healthy lifestyle. One of the easiest ways to make a positive change is by incorporating raisins into your daily diet. Raisins enhance the flavor of foods without adding fat or calories. What’s more, a handful of raisins equals one serving of fruit and is loaded with powerful antioxidants, fiber and potassium.

Raisins are a convenient, high energy, low fat snack. They’re easy to pack, easy to eat, and almost never go bad. What’s more, reaching the recommended three to five servings of fruit is a snap with countless ways to incorporate raisins into meals and snacks throughout the day. Try these tips for your favorite pantry staple:
– Mix a handful of raisins into your morning cereal
– Add raisins to your mid-morning yogurt
– Toss raisins in your lunchtime salad
– Sprinkle a few handfuls into rice pilaf dishes, couscous or on top of vegetables
– Top desserts with raisin syrup (blend ½ cup raisins with ½ cup water).

St. Patrick’s Day with a Kick!

Traditional Irish fare is somewhat predictable – corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. At times, these foods can be too bland for the savvy American palate. The good news: Adding a handful of raisins to a traditional Irish meal can kick things up a notch with unmatched flavor that would make even St. Patrick proud. Incorporate them into Irish potato dishes, bake them in scones or rum raisin balls. And make sure you St. Patrick’s Day menu includes our recipe for Irish Soda Bread!