An Apple A Day Keeps The Athlete Okay!
Written by our home.grown. friends at the New York Apple Association
You know apples are healthy and nutritious. You may not know that they can also help athletes go further by improving endurance.
A study at the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan took 18 healthy volunteers who either received Applephenon [a polyphenol extract from unripe apples], or a placebo of vitamin C. All the subjects were then took part in two fatigue-inducing workload trials on a bicycle ergometer for two hours. 30 minutes after the start of the tests – and 30 minutes before the conclusion – the participants also performed non-workload trials at maximum velocity for 10 seconds.
The tests found that maximum velocity was higher in the group that received Applephenon prior to the test than for those who received the placebo. This led to the conclusion that Applephenon replicates antioxidant activity, reducing physical fatigue.
And that’s just the beginning of the advantages. Watch NYAA Consulting Dietitian Linda Quinn and learn more about the Nutritional Benefits of Apples for Athletes in just 90 seconds!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist
Feeling the blues about cooler weather? No worries, we can bring some sunshine into your day with fresh Citrus from Chile! Navel oranges, $10 for 10 this week, have a lot going for them – perky, packable, and a great way to earn AdvantEdge Rewards points! Easy to peel, slice or chop, these oranges will brighten up your plate and your attitude. A great source of Vitamin C, and a good source of Thiamin and Fiber, they are a sweet way to energize and appetize. Check out the recipes and serving suggestions below – we are sure we can warm you up to some delicious ideas!
Power up your morning with a Chocolaty-Orange Smoothie!
Crunch at lunch! Pomegranates are in, but you can also sub dried cherries or cranberries in this easy recipe for Spinach Pomegranate Orange Salad with Quick Pickled Red Onions.
Orange-Almond Parfait – Snack attack, or fresh dessert.
- Layer PICS Vanilla Greek Yogurt, and peeled, chopped oranges. Top with Market 32 Sliced Almonds, toasted for extra flavor.
Orange Chia Pudding – make one or 5, they will “chill out” for a few days when covered and refrigerated.
- Combine 2 TBSP Chia seeds, ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, and ½ Tsp of PICS Honey (optional), mixing well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meantime, peel and chop one orange. After 30 minutes, add chopped orange and top with ½ Tsp of Shredded Coconut.
Want to taste some citrusy goodness in-store? Stop by any of these stores between 11am-4pm on Friday 9/27:
Wilton NY Market 32
Clifton Shoppers World NY Market 32
Amsterdam NY Market 32
Plattsburgh NY Market 32
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Family Meals – Fresh and Fast
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist
September is a time the majority of us hit the reset button, pull out the calendar and get back to school and work routines. No doubt, many of us find we are already overcommitted before we even get started! Catching up around the dinner table is a great way to reconnect after these busy days, but getting that organized can be one more thing on that already long list. Don’t worry, we have your back with #TimeBetterSpent solutions to kick off National #FamilyMealsMonth, an annual celebration of all of the benefits every occasion you can eat together with family and friends can bring.
Sunday – Get ahead and power up Monday breakfast with a delicious, easy overnight oats and berries recipe (see below). September is also #WholeGrainsMonth! Give everyone the protein and #wholegrains they need for brain power, and know some morning time eating together will get the week off to a great start!
Tuesday – First night for sports, Scouts, homework – way too many things to think about cooking too! Rustle up a fresh Rotisserie Chicken, bagged Fresh Express salad, and the leftover corn bread. Fresh and fast!
Wednesday – Mac and Cheese please (see below)! Comfort food that connects the dots – time and kid-friendly, make it with #wholegrain PICS whole wheat rotini so they get what they want, and you get what you want – healthy, happy kids!
Thursday – Dinner is in the bag! Seal and Cook fresh seafood meals made daily in stores include cut fresh vegetables, 4 different seafood choices, and are made with or without garlic butter. They can be steamed in the store, microwaved or baked at home. Seafood is brain food, smart families are enjoying more with this no muss, no fuss solution!
#TimeBetterSpent on #FamilyMeals pays off with a lifetime of benefits for your whole family. Learn more about #FamilyMealsMonth at https://www.pricechopper.com/time-better-spent/. You bring the kids, and we’ll bring you the meal solutions!
Overnight Oatmeal and Berries by Jodie Fitz
2 1/2 cups PICS Greek plain or vanilla yogurt
2 cups PICS old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup PICS honey
1 teaspoon Full Circle cinnamon
1 cup PICS frozen blueberries or strawberries
In a large bowl, stir the yogurt, oats, honey and cinnamon together. Divide the mixture among 4 airtight containers*. Add the frozen berries on top. Seal the containers and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Grab and go in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast!
*Small canning jars work great!
Macaroni and Cheese
8 oz. PICS whole wheat rotini
4 T. PICS unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
4 T. PICS all-purpose flour
2 cups PICS milk
Salt and pepper to season
Pinch Full Circle organic nutmeg
2 cups PICS shredded macaroni and cheese blend
1 cup crushed PICS snack crackers
2 T. PICS melted butter
2 tsp. smoked paprika
Cook pasta until tender, drain and rinse.
Meanwhile, melt 4 T. butter in a sauce pan and add the flour to make a roux. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded cheeses.
Toss the pasta and sauce together to coat well. Spoon into a lightly greased casserole dish or 4 individual ramekins.
Combine the crackers, 2 T. melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese, and place in a preheated 375° oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Serves 4.
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- Whole grains
- Olive oil
- Red meats
- Butter and stick margarine
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- Fried or fast food
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The Whole Story on Whole GrainsHealth experts say that everyone—men, women, young, old—needs grains as part of a healthy everyday diet. And at least half of our daily grains should be “whole grains.” Contrary to popular belief, whole grains don’t taste like cardboard! Whole grains include wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, rye—even popcorn! Whole grains contain disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, plus are a good source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber. Eating whole grains helps to lower cholesterol levels, plus reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Few foods offer such diverse benefits. This is why the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that all adults eat at least 3 to 5 servings of whole grains every day; children need 2 to 3 servings or more. Beyond buying whole grain breads, pastas and cereals, try these easy ways to enjoy whole grains: • Add a half-cup of cooked bulgur, wild rice or barley to bread stuffing • Enjoy whole grain salads like tabbouleh • Stir a handful of rolled oats into yogurt for a satisfying and healthy crunch
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