Checking Out - Cracker Barrel Sliced Cheeses

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutrionist

Cheese please! Cracker Barrel cheeses have been pleasing Americans for generations. The brand was launched in 1954 by Kraft, a heritage brand itself in cheese, as a premium product named for the tradition of socializing around the cracker barrel, an icon of small general stores. Friends and neighbors would gather around the cracker barrel, and spend time connecting, sharing and creating stronger communities.

The sliced cheeses of the Cracker Barrel line, found in the dairy aisle, bring favorite flavors to the table, with Extra Sharp Wisconsin Yellow Cheddar, Heartland Swiss, Wisconsin Mozzarella, Vermont Sharp White Cheddar tapping into dairy traditions from around the U.S. Consistently rich in flavor, the award-winning cheeses are made with proprietary heritage starter cultures that have been part of the Cracker Barrel tradition for over 50 years. The signature black packaging is easy to open and zips closed to maintain freshness. These packages are also very portable, great for day trips and picnics, when you want to grab and go.

Cheese and dairy are getting fresh research on benefits – the matrix of nutrients in dairy includes being a good source of calcium and protein, and using sliced cheeses helps those working on managing calories and serving sizes. Sliced cheeses are a convenient and quick way to top dishes with flavor as they finish cooking, add a creamy layer of flavor in a casserole or sandwich, or power up a quick snack of cheese and (of course) crackers!

With shoppers looking for ways to eat something interesting, and reduce food waste, exploring ways to update leftovers with cheese is a win-win. Leftover grilled chicken? Add some pasta sauce and a slice of Wisconsin Mozzarella for a quick new meal. Leftover veggies? Top with a slice of Extra Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar for a quick flavor boost. Powering up produce? Pair sliced apples and Vermont White Cheddar for a sweet and savory snack! Enjoy!

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Checking Out - Creative Roots Coconut Beverages

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutrionist

It can be challenging to ensure children are drinking enough – they get busy, are easily distracted, and can also be chronically fussy about what they will drink. Busy parents have a lot going on right now, especially concerning in a time when everyone is working harder to choose well and provide choices that support good health habits. Drinking water and staying hydrated is essential, and for families on the go, there is a new option on the shelves to explore and enjoy.

The Creative Roots Coconut Water plant-based beverage line starts with coconut water, and is then flavor enhanced with 15 % juice and natural sweetener stevia. Simple ingredient lists and exciting flavors, like Watermelon Lemonade and Peach Mango may be enough to tickle their taste buds and get them to finish up the right-sized 8.5 oz bottle every time they take one. Younger children may also like the fruity characters, The Sploots, decorating the label and sharing smart hydration messages. They feel good when they are hydrated, and you feel good knowing they are improving hydration without added sugars – one gram of sugar in each bottle.

How does this fit into your busy family routine? The Creative Roots Coconut Waters are perfect for grab and go when you are late for the game, headed out on the summer road trip, or playing in the backyard sandbox. It may be a great addition to a child or teen backpack as a handy hydrator in the middle of the day. More than 50% of children may be under-hydrated per a study published in the American Journal of Public Health ¹ – and with new policies in schools likely limiting access to water fountains, the Creative Roots line may be a good back up plan. Families can be confident in their risk management and supporting positive immune system biochemistry with hydration. Kids and adults love the flavor, and some seniors are packing these for their busy days as well. Explore all four flavors to find your favorites. Enjoy!

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What is in Your CANtry? Five Fabulous Recipes Starring PICS Canned Foods!

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Canned foods have flown off the shelves lately as folks prepare to cook more at home over the next few weeks. Canning was a transformative food preservation advance, a process invented in the late 1700s, in response to a call from Napoleon Bonaparte, who was looking for a way to safely store and transport food to feed his army. It was perfected in the early 1800s, with the first commercial canneries starting up in England and America in 1812 and 1813, respectively. Ironically, the can opener was not invented until 1858! Though it was clear heat was key to the process, it was not understood why until Louis Pasteur demonstrated the presence of microorganisms and the temperatures that killed them in the late 1800s. Foods lose nutrients, quality and appeal as time passes, canning was a game changer for home cooks and commercial food service, and remains a great way to create recipes that are delicious and convenient.

The benefits of canned foods are many – fruits and vegetables are usually canned within a few hours of harvesting, capturing their nutrients and flavor right at the peak, and preserving them for a minimum of about two years, sometimes longer. Most canned items are single ingredient, no other additives necessary to maintain flavor, color and texture. Canned foods are budget and time-friendly, prepped and ready to use. Cans are also one of the most recyclable containers – made of 100% recyclable steel, important to sustainability efforts.* Finally, adults and children who regularly eat canned foods have a better intake of fruits, vegetables and fiber than those that do not.

PICS canned fruits, vegetables, tuna, chicken, beans and soups are top quality – you will love exploring the wide variety and flavors. Check these great recipes out – we are powering up the protein and produce content with a focus on canned beans. Beans are a rising star as families become focused on eating more plant-based and plant-forward foods. Let kids add the beans and some of the ingredients while you supervise – they love eating what they help preparing, and it is a positive way to connect them to food skills. Combining beans and other proteins is a budget-smart way to add benefits and a fresh twist to old favorites.  Better meals are in the can!

Cowboy Caviar – A versatile recipe that comes together in just a few minutes! Dress it up with chopped mango or canned pineapple, use it as a dip, a side or a salsa on fish or chicken – delish!

For more canned food recipe ideas check out…

Hearty Healthy Turkey Chili

Pasta Fagioli

Pork Navy Bean Soup

Zoodle Chickpea Avocado Salad

 

*Ref. Canned Food Alliance
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Essentials: Prepping for Health and Wellness 

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

If you have been to our stores, you know that they are busy, and folks are grabbing items they feel they will need to manage during this unprecedented time. Given that it is still cold and flu season, it may be wise to include some of the list below on your shopping list. Those with chronic issues like diabetes or high blood pressure should follow health care provider recommendations and check with your pharmacist for personal information.  

Consider adding these items to your list:  

  •    • Clear liquids
  •          • Broths/clear soups
  •          • Clear soda, such as ginger ale
  •    • Ice pops/lollipops
  •    • Clear juices, such as apple juice
  •    • Dry cereal, such as PICS Toasted O’s
  •    • Saltines/Oyster Crackers
  •    • Tea – tea bags and prepared bottled tea

To assist with managing mild symptoms after diagnosis and promote social distancing if someone in your home becomes ill:

  •    • Acetaminophen/Tylenol
  •    • Ibuprofen
  •    • Cold medicine*
  •    • Pedialyte/Gatorade
  •    • Hand soap
  •    • Cough medicine* or cough drops

*Check with your pharmacist or health care provider if on medication for high blood pressure, or you have concerns regarding interactions.

Follow all health guidance from local authorities and your health care provider. Follow good hand washing and food safety guidelines as we all work together to keep well. We will all get through this together!

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Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

The Family Fruit Bowl

The family fruit bowl, fresh and fragrant, can make enjoying fruit easy and accessible for everyone that encounters it. Teach kids and cue your own appetite for wellbeing by creating that fresh display in your home every week. March is National Nutrition Month – what better way to kick off a delicious and nutritious spring than creating a beautiful fruit bowl full of flavor and benefits!

Many nourishing fruits need a little time to ripen before you can enjoy their best flavor. Pears do not ripen on the tree, they only ripen after they are picked. In addition to pears, avocados, bananas, and mangoes can all benefit and promote ripening together. The few days generally needed to finish ripening makes pears uniquely suited for that fresh fruit bowl – including a variety of fruit at varying stages of ripeness each week will ensure you can enjoy something every day!

Pears are a powerhouse of flavor and fiber, and perfect for some sweet and savory meals that energize the transition from winter to spring. Chilly mornings that still merit a warm breakfast create a perfect setting for PICS Oatmeal with chopped pears, ginger and pecans. Roast American Heart Association Certified Pork Tenderloin with crushed rosemary on a sheet pan alongside acorn squash stuffed with pears and baked to tasty tenderness. They earn a quick drizzle of PICS Maple Syrup or Honey to finish – yum! Take that Market 32 Honey Turkey panini to the next level with sliced pears and brie – the heat melts it all together into a delicious combo you can share (but you probably won’t!).

Some pear varieties change color from green to gold as they ripen, others do not, so check the neck for ripeness – a little give means you get their best flavor. Join in the fun and share an Instagram picture with #whatsinyourfruitbowl. Learn more here and you might win some great prizes. Check out more wonderful pear recipes at www.pricechopper.com/recipes.

Enjoy!

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Sarah Wingate

Pharmacy Intern

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes? Additionally, 1 in 4 Adults with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease. Undiagnosed or poorly managed diabetes can have many serious complications including but not limited to kidney disease, blindness and in some cases amputations.

Risk factors for developing diabetes include:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Little to no physical activity
  • High blood sugar

Diabetes is manageable with healthy lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise. March 24, 2020 is known as the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day. This is a one day wake up call to inform the public about the importance of diabetes, especially when left undiagnosed or untreated. The ADA encourages everyone to take a Type 2 diabetes Risk Test that can easily be found on their website: www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/

If you receive a high risk result, it is important to consult your doctor before taking any next step as only a blood test can determine a diagnosis. You are able to email the results to yourself and share them with your physician. You and your doctor can
work on the next steps to prevent a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

If you receive a low risk result, continue with a healthy diet and exercise plan as well as schedule regular check-ups with your doctor. Additionally, if you are 45 or older, the ADA recommends diabetic screening every 3 years.

At Price Chopper and Market 32, we strive to make Diabetes a manageable disease for our patients. Our Diabetes Advantedge Program can provide you with free diabetes medications and free diabetic supplies. Free Medications include- Glimepiride, Glipizide, Glipizide XL, Glyburide, Metformin and Metformin ER. Free Diabetes supplies include- Super thin lancets, insulin syringes, pen needles and an auto lancing device. We are here to help you live a happier and healthier
life with Diabetes. Ask your pharmacist for more details.