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Hot Fudge Sauce Cinnamon Sugar Spread Grilled Green Beans Peanut Butter Banana Muffin  Jarlsberg Dip Slider Bites  Red, White And Blueberry Pies Brisling Sardines Tropical Delicious

A Sweet, Cool Treat To Try

(NAPSI)—Americans, it seems, are really hot for ice cream. People in theUnited States indulge more than those in any other nation, averaging 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year. Ninety-eight percent of all U.S.households purchase ice cream, with more sold on Sunday than any other day of the week. Here are a few more Cool Facts:

  • The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776.

  • George Washington loved ice cream and had two ice cream machines at his home.

  • It takes 12 gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

  • The most popular flavors are Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Strawberry and Neapolitan, followed closely by Chocolate Chip, French Vanilla and Cookies & Cream.

  • Cherry is the No. 1 Popsicle flavor.

  • Twin Popsicles were invented during the Depression so that two children could share one treat.

Now you can find special deals on ice cream and novelties at the grocery store as the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) celebrates this love for cool treats with an annual June/July Summer Favorites Ice Cream & Novelties promotion.

Those experts on cool foods remind you to make the ice cream aisle your last stop, keep frozen purchases together in a separate section of the cart, and pack ice cream in an additional brown paper bag for the ride home.

Once you get home, you may care to try this tasty, favorite ice cream dessert:

Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

  • 2 (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate

  • 1 Tbsp. butter

  • ⅔ cup sugar

  • ½ tsp. vanilla

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • Maraschino cherries (for garnish)

Directions:

For sauce, heat, melt and stir chocolate, butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together. Gradually add the evaporated milk, continuously stirring. Bring to a light boil over medium heat and cook until sauce is smooth and thickened (about 10 minutes). To serve, place large scoops of ice cream in each dish and top with Hot Fudge Sauce and cherries. Serves 6.

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Five Tips For Tasty Entertaining

(NAPSI)—Sunny skies mean impromptu potlucks—and when your friends call, you don’t want to be left scrambling. These five tips will keep you prepared when an invite comes your way:

  1. Use what you have. Save time by keeping a few cupboard-friendly basics on hand: crackers, veggies or pita bread are great options that pair well with a cheese plate, dip or spread.

  2. Try heatless recipes. Save yourself the sweat: Abandon the stove in favor of no-cook favorites like salads and crudités—they’re not just faster, but often healthier, too.

  3. Spice up store-bought. Basic French bread turns into a swoon-worthy side when you mix up a flavored spread, such as the recipes below for Cinnamon Sugar and Nutty Island spreads.

  4. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Keep it simple; when paired thoughtfully, simple ingredients—such as lemon and olive oil or cinnamon and sugar—can truly shine.

  5. Taste is key. Love using butter in your recipes? The spreads below use the new Smart Balance® spreadable butter, which tastes like regular butter but has 40 percent less saturated fat because it is blended with pure canola oil—a great option for those looking for a better butter.

Cinnamon Sugar Spread
Time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

  • ½ (7.5-oz.) container Smart Balance® Spreadable Butter & Canola Oil Blend

  • 3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer until blended. Yield: 8 (1-Tbsp.) servings.

Per serving: 106 calories, 0g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 10g fat, 3.8g saturated fat, 4.3g monounsaturated fat, 1.4g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fat, 14mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 0g fiber.

Nutty Island Spread
Time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

  • ½ (7.5-oz.) container Smart Balance® Spreadable Butter & Canola Oil Blend

  • 1 Tbsp. pineapple juice

  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Directions:

Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer until blended. Yield: 10 (1-Tbsp.) servings.

Per serving: 92 calories, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrates, 9.3g fat, 3.1g saturated fat, 3.5g monounsaturated fat, 1.8g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fat, 1mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium, 0g fiber.

For more recipes, visit www.smartbalance.com.

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Less-Than-100-Calorie BBQ Sides!

(NAPSI)--BBQ lovers, you can have it all—delicious, quick, better-for-you side dishes in 100 calories or less per serving! Registered Dietitian and weight-loss instructor Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, says that “every BBQ should have tasty, easy-to-prepare side options that won’t derail your diet.” Here are her three grill favorites, from the fruity to the traditional to the unexpected.

1. Fruity favorite: Pineapples rings. “I like to add a little fruity sweetness to my BBQ menu by grilling fresh pineapple rings,” says McCary. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit, and one fresh, thick slice of pineapple is about 80 calories.

2. Traditional favorite: Corn on the cob. For a buttery corn on the cob, spray your husked ears of corn with 10 sprays of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray Original instead of using butter. McCary says, “The spray adds the great butter taste to corn with 0 grams of fat, 0 calories and 0 grams of trans fat per serving.*”

3. Unexpected favorite: Green beans. “I rarely hear of people grilling their green beans, but it’s a super simple way to make a tasty BBQ side that has 90 calories per serving,” says McCary. Try her favorite recipe made with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light Spread, which has 50 percent less fat and calories than butter and no partially hydrogenated oils, so there’s 0 grams of trans fat per serving.*

GRILLED GREEN BEANS
4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed

  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion, cut into wedges

  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp. honey

  • 2 Tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light Spread, divided

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light Spread in center of 30 x 18-inch sheet heavy-duty aluminum foil. Wrap foil loosely around mixture, sealing edges airtight with double fold. Place on another 30 x 18-inch sheet of foil; seal edges airtight with double fold in opposite direction. Grill, shaking package occasionally and turning package once, 10 minutes or until green beans are tender. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon Spread.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories 90, Calories From Fat 25, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 2.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 50mg, Total Carbohydrate 15g, Sugars 6g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 70%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 4%, Iron 8%

 

*I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray contains 0g fat (0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat) and 0 calories per serving. 1 serving = 1 spray for topping & 5 sprays for cooking. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light Spread contains 5g fat (1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat) and 45 calories per serving. One serving (1 Tbsp.) of butter contains 100 calories, 11g total fat, 7g saturated fat (http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/).

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Start Your Day With Peanut Butter

(NAPSI)—If you’re looking for a better way to start the day, try some peanut butter.

This nutrient-dense food is a smart option for breakfast because it’s filling and tastes great. Two tablespoons of smooth-style peanut butter offers 8 grams of plant-based protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. “Making time for breakfast and choosing a meal that has fiber, protein and good fats can play a role in maintaining a healthy diet,” said Registered Dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins. “Research shows that a balanced breakfast including fruit, whole grains and protein such as peanut butter gives you the fuel and nutrients needed to stave off hunger until lunchtime.”

Here are four easy breakfast ideas:

  1. Swirl peanut butter into oatmeal.

  2. Add smooth-style peanut butter into a breakfast smoothie for an easy portable meal.

  3. Toast whole grain frozen waffles and top with peanut butter instead of syrup for a low-sugar start to the day.

  4. Spread peanut butter on whole grain bread and top with slices of banana.

According to National Peanut Board research, 90 percent of American households contain one or more jars of peanut butter.

For a new twist, try one of the slightly indulgent gourmet chocolate peanut butters, such as those from Peanut Butter & Co. or Sunland Peanut Butter. Flavored peanut butter is a great way to perk up a dull breakfast routine.

Peanut Butter Banana Power Muffin 
Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 medium bananas

  • ½ cup peanut butter, smooth

  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil, salad or cooking

  • ½ cup prune puree

  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 Tbsp peanut flour, defatted (optional)

  • 1½ tsp baking powder

  • ¾ tsp baking soda

  • ⅛ tsp salt, table

  • ½ cup multigrain cereal

  • ½ cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or use muffin tin liners. In a large bowl, mix honey, egg, mashed bananas, peanut butter, peanut oil and prune puree. In a separate bowl, mix whole wheat flour, peanut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and multigrain cereal. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Mix until almost completely combined. Fold in peanuts. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter between 12 muffin tins. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Adding peanut butter to your morning meal can help provide the energy necessary to live, work and play well.

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Say Cheese And Dip Into Deliciousness

(NAPSI)—For instant entertaining and casual get-togethers, few foods can help you glide into host mode more than these easy, elegant slider bites.

Jarlsberg Dip Slider Bites 
(From www.kitchenminions.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 French baguette

  • 1 8-ounce container Jarlsberg Original Cheese Dip

  • Melted butter

  • Grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced thin

Directions:

Cut baguette into ¼”-thick slices. Spread each slice with a generous layer of Jarlsberg dip. Place tomatoes on half of the bread slices and top those halves with “no tomato” slices (spread side down), to finish sandwich. Heat a grill pan on medium low. Lightly brush top of sandwiches with butter and place them on hot grill, butter side down; brush tops with butter. Grill 3 minutes, until golden brown and dip is melted, before carefully flipping to grill the other side (3 minutes), before removing from pan. Serve warm and enjoy.

Some Tasteful Variations

  • For a meatier “bite,” replace tomatoes with sliced ham or crispy bacon bits.

  • For an earthier flavor note, use truffle oil instead of melted butter.

  • Replace tomatoes with a teaspoon of apricot preserves, a sweet complement to the tang and creaminess of the cheese.

  • Try these slider bites with different breads—sourdough, rye, pumpernickel or whole grain.

Known for its unique, mellow-nutty flavor, shredded Jarlsberg is the main ingredient in the new dip made with mayo and red onion. You may care to keep a cup on hand for quick and easy entertaining, picnics, tailgating and anytime you get together with friends. It also tastes great melted on a hamburger, steak or baked potatoes or stuffed into jalapeños, mushrooms or chicken breasts. It’s now available in supermarkets.

Learn More

Check www.jarlsbergusa.com for more recipes, tips and store locations.

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Red, White And Blueberry Whoopie Pies

(NAPSI)—When it’s time to celebrate, what’s more fun than whoopie pies: Blueberry whoopie pies! Fresh delicious blueberries nestled in fluffy marshmallow crème, layered between mini-size cake rounds, make a supertasty snack or dessert. This controlled-portion treat has a fat-free filling and the great benefits of nature’s little blue dynamos.

What’s more, making these little gems yourself is easier than you might think when you start with a red velvet cake mix. Let the children help spread the crème on the cakes and top it off with plenty of fresh blueberries before sandwiching them all together.

Red, White And Blueberry Whoopie Pies—Mini Size

Ingredients:

  • 1 red velvet cake mix (18.25 ounces)

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ½ cup water

  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1½ cups marshmallow crème from a jar

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Heat oven to 350° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, water, oil and eggs. With an electric mixer, beat at medium speed until smooth, 2−3 minutes. Scoop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart, to make 24 small cakes. Bake until puffed, 8−10 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. With a small spatula or knife, spread 1½ teaspoons marshmallow crème onto the flat side of each cookie. Divide blueberries onto 12 of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches. Serve immediately or store chilled in an airtight container, layered between sheets of waxed paper.

Yield: 12 whoopie pies

Per portion: 302 calories, 47 g carbohydrate, 12 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat

Blueberries never need to be peeled, pitted or sliced. Just rinse and they’re ready to go. Blueberries have only 80 calories per one- cup serving, so go ahead and sprinkle them on cereal, toss in green salads and stir into fresh fruit salsas.

Learn More

For further facts about blueberries and loads of great recipes, go towww.littlebluedynamos.com.

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Eating Fish May Help Protect The Brain

(NAPSI)—A new and large-scale study says that enjoying a diet that includes fish and other foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can be a bright idea. That’s because research indicates these fatty acids can help to protect the brain against the effects of aging.

Dr. Zaldy Tan, a researcher at UCLA and the lead author of a study on the effects of omega-3s on cognitive functions, said that even after controlling for participants’ age, gender, education, body mass index and smoking, “The relationship was still there.”

Tan and others believe fish oil provides the greatest concentration of dietary omega-3 fatty acids. The types of fish that provide the highest concentration of the fatty acids are mackerel, lake trout, herring and sardines, such as the type sold under the King Oscar brand.

Dr. Brian Appleby of the Cleveland Clinic thinks the findings provide an important link between brain health and cardiovascular health.

To learn more, visit www.kingoscar.com.

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Sweet Talk

(NAPSI)—If you are sweet on someone with a sweet tooth, getting a gift can be a piece of cake—or something else equally tasty.

Here are a few gift ideas for the object of your affections or anyone who has ever done anything sweet for you:

  • Arrange for a year’s worth of deliveries of the ice cream flavor of the month.

  • Bake that special person a cake and decorate with a photo transfer of the two of you together.

  • Give candies specially printed with the person’s name.

  • Bring over a basket full of flavored coffees and cookies with similar flavors.

  • Send a tasty fresh fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements®. Each local store makes delicious fruit bouquets, as well as delectable boxes of chocolate-dipped fruit, fresh made and delivered same day.

And this summer, you can visit their website for the sweetest deals of the season.

Edible Arrangements® Sweet Savings CelebrationSM runs May through August and invites you to experience the unique world of Edible Arrangements® by enticing you with different deals all summer long.

Banana Boardwalk is up first. Take a stroll down Banana Boardwalk, a summer vacation for your taste buds and your wallet, with delicious deals on all things dipped banana. The next stop is Watermelon Wonderland, refreshing savings on their limited-time-only, fresh fruit watermelon arrangements.

During the dog days of summer, treat yourself to their Dipped Fruit Days with savings on The Best Dipped Fruit, Period And be sure to step inside the Coconut Cabana, as Edible Arrangements® takes you to a tropical paradise with their limited-time-only tropical arrangements.

Wrap up the summer with a ride on the Carousel of Savings, big deals on select fresh fruit arrangements and a special free offer in mid August.

For more information, visit www.ediblearrangements.com/savings.

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