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Mini Veggie Corn Dogs Carne Asada Sweet And Spicy Sandwiches Tropical Honey Coconut Water Cooler Guacamole Cilantro Lime Cheeseburgers Breakfast Yogurt
Parfait
Less than 500 calories Soy Milk Nutritious Fight Aging Naturally

Make A Better After-School Snack

(NAPSI)—Between school, homework, sports practices and other after-school activities, families have a lot to juggle. With such busy afternoon schedules, kids may need a quick and appetizing snack before dinner.

Don’t worry, it’s easy to choose tasty snacks that the entire family will love. Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Serve a group of youngsters a time-tested favorite—“ants on a log.” Kids will have fun filling their stalk of celery with peanut butter and topping it with raisins. Parents can try mixing up this recipe by offering a variety of different ingredients for each child’s taste, letting them make their own snack creation. As an alternative to peanut butter, try cream cheese or hummus. Use granola, peanuts, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds for the “ants.”

  • Enjoy an all-American classic without all the fat by serving up Morningstar Farms Mini Veggie Corn Dogs at snack time. These mini veggie corn dogs contain 65 percent less fat1 and are a great substitute for traditional beef dogs. For a delicious way to refuel after school, just pop them in the microwave and serve in about a minute2. They taste great with ketchup and mustard, or dip them in salsa or other favorite sauces.

  • Keep precut fruits, veggies and cheese in the refrigerator so snacks are ready at a moment’s notice. Kids will have fun using a toothpick to dip slices of fruit into yogurt or using their fingers to dip veggies like carrots or celery into hummus or veggie dip. Also, cheese slices are great to munch on with whole grain crackers.

  • Create homemade trail mix that can be enjoyed immediately or stored for a quick, on-the-go snack. Combine items such as kids’ favorite cereals, dried fruits, nuts, mini whole grain crackers and even a few chocolate pieces.

Learn More

These are just a few great snacks for your family during a busy day.

For more recipes and fun food ideas, visit www.MorningstarFarms.com.

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1The leading beef corn dogs contain 10g total fat per 76g serving; MorningStar Farms Mini Corn Dogs contain 3.5 total fat per 76g serving.

24 mini corn dogs: 45−60 sec.

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Cool Ideas For Warm-Weather Meals

(NAPSI)—To add a subtle touch of sweetness to your next get-together, consider treating your guests to tasty Hawaiian bread.

The family-owned company best known for its line of Original Recipe Hawaiian Sweet Bread, King’s Hawaiian wants to help party hosts add some “Aloha Spirit” to their party menus.

Slightly sweeter than ordinary bread, Hawaiian bread and rolls can serve as a terrific side to many meals and the main ingredient in recipes, such as:

  • Filling King’s Hawaiian Rolls with egg salad—they’re easy to hold while mingling with your guests.

  • Serving up your favorite dip in a hollowed out King’s Hawaiian Round Bread—the leftover bread makes for great dipping.

  • Adding deli meat to King’s Hawaiian Snacker Mini Sub Rolls—it’s a quick way to amp up any sandwich.

You can also serve “Carne Asada Sweet and Spicy Sandwiches,” which feature thinly sliced marinated and grilled skirt steak on King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Buns, topped with guacamole and salsa.

CARNE ASADA SWEET AND SPICY SANDWICHES

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. carne asada spice blend

  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 lb. skirt steak

  • 4 limes, juiced and divided

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 Jalapeño chile, seeded and diced

  • ½ cup prepared salsa

  • 4 King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Buns

Directions:

  1. Place spice blend, soy sauce and olive oil in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Add steak to bowl, tossing to coat.

  3. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours.

  4. Preheat grill, or place a grill pan over high heat.

  5. Remove steak from marinade and grill for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.

  6. Mash avocados in a bowl and add chopped cilantro, chile and half of the lime juice to make guacamole. Set aside.

  7. Transfer steak to a cutting board and thinly slice. Sprinkle remaining lime juice over steak.

  8. Divide steak on King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Buns and top with guacamole and salsa. Cover with roll tops and serve.

For more family-favorite recipes, visit the King’s Hawaiian Bakery website at www.kingshawaiian.com/recipes.

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Discover The Beauty Of Pure Honey

(NAPSI)—As a popular all-natural ingredient, honey has often been used in everything from hand lotions to bar soaps and bubble bath elixirs. And now, according to a recent double-blind clinical study conducted by cyberDERM Clinical Studies and the National Honey Board, honey was scientifically proven to effectively moisturize the skin.

As a natural humectant, honey attracts and retains moisture. Honey can help keep skin hydrated and glowing, providing a homemade alternative to store- bought products. Maintaining proper moisture is crucial during seasonal challenges like dry, cold winters or, conversely, hot summer weather when moisture is drawn from the skin.

“Wholesome, all-natural honey is a perfect fit for a variety of moisturizing beauty remedies,” said Regine Berthelot of Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. “That’s why we include honey in several of our skincare treatments, from the Crushed Cabernet Scrub and Honey and Wine Wrap to our signature Caudalíe Grand Facial. Honey moisturizes while the other ingredients exfoliate and protect the skin.”

For those looking to enjoy the benefits of honey at home, try making a do-it-yourself (DIY) honey spa treatment for yourself or creating a “Girls’ Night In” party with friends. Here’s a how-to guide for your party: Following a DIY honey beauty recipe, set out one medium-sized bowl for mixing and additional bowls containing the necessary ingredients for the mixture. Mix the ingredients together, apply as directed and rinse off using warm wet washcloths. Remember to have hand mirrors, elastic hair bands and wooden spa spatulas or a blender for mixing handy. After your treatment, sip on the refreshing Tropical Honey Coconut Water Cooler included below.

For more information about honey as a natural beauty ingredient and for more honey recipes, visit www.honey.com.

Use these recipes for yourself and friends:

Cucumber Honey Eye Nourisher

(Makes 4 treatments)

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. chamomile tea

  • 2 tsps. cucumber, peeled with seeds removed

  • 1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel

  • ½ tsp. honey

Directions:

Steep chamomile tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In food processor or blender combine cucumber, aloe vera and honey. Blend on low setting. Add chamomile tea. Blend until smooth. Apply gently under eyes using ring finger. Store in glass dish covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to one week. Best applied chilled.

Tropical Honey Coconut Water Cooler

Prep time: 5 minutes

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

  • ½ cup banana, thickly sliced (1 small banana)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract

  • Toasted coconut

  • Optional: 3 tablespoons rum or tequila

Directions:

In blender, combine all ingredients except toasted coconut. Blend on high speed until frothy; pour into a 16-ounce glass and sprinkle coconut on top. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (without alcohol): 287 calories; 1 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 51 mg sodium; 865 mg potassium; 74 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 2 g protein.

 

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Here’s A Topping Idea: Go Guacamole

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re looking for a way to add a new twist to your old favorites or looking for a healthier alternative to mayo or ranch dressing, consider the flavorful creaminess of avocados.

Avocados are often dismissed from healthy foods for being high in fat. A closer look at this fruit proves that they are, in fact, high in monounsaturated fats—otherwise known as “the good fats.” Avocados are also rich in vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, folic acid, lutein and vitamins B, E and K. They also boast an impressive 60 percent more potassium than a banana; are high in fiber (including soluble fiber), even compared to other fruits; and are naturally sodium and cholesterol free.

If you’re finding the price of avocados too high or have problems with over/underripe fruits causing issues, try premade all-natural avocado products like Wholly Guacamole. Found in the produce section of your grocery store, Wholly Guacamole is preservative and additive free with only five ingredients: avocado, jalapeno puree, onions, salt and garlic. Easy to use and full of flavor, the product is available in larger servings as well as single-serve 100-calorie snack packs—perfect for sandwiches, lunch boxes, after-school snacks and more.

Guacamole isn’t just for chips. It also makes a great dip with carrots and other veggies and a terrific topping for hot dogs, grilled chicken and in this delicious twist on your grilled burgers:

Wholly Guacamole Cilantro Lime Cheeseburgers

Ingredients:

  • Wholly Guacamole

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 1 tsp garlic

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup diced tomatoes

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef

  • 6 slices of Monterey Jack cheese

  • 6 hamburger buns

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef and the juice of half a lime, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Form the meat into 6 patties. Cook the burgers to the desired doneness on a preheated grill. Add a slice of cheese to each burger during the last minute of cooking. Serve on toasted buns with a healthy dollop of Wholly Guacamole.

As with all Wholly Guacamole products, it’s truly all natural. The company does not preserve its products using heat or chemicals, which can damage flavors.

Valuable Coupons

For valuable coupons and more information, visit www.eatwholly.com.

 

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Morning Fuel For School—“Break The Fast”

(NAPSI)—There are many good reasons breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. Most significantly, breakfast gives you energy. When you wake up in the morning, your body has been fasting, or going without food, during the hours you were asleep. Eating breakfast means you “break the fast” and give your body (and brain) the energy needed to function—very important for school-aged children.

Studies have shown that children’s learning is stimulated and they perform better academically when they are “fueled for school.” Eating breakfast also helps to develop better eating patterns—you and your family will feel more satisfied and be less likely to overeat or eat too much junk food later in the day. Breakfast provides a great opportunity to get all the daily vitamins and minerals needed by eating nutritious foods such as whole grains, fruits and dairy products.

So how can you conveniently make sure your morning routine is healthful? The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association recommends stocking your freezer and refrigerator with convenient, tasty, healthful options from the cool aisles of your local grocery store. There are many quick, tasty, nutritious options that will please both parents and kids.

You can have these delicious breakfasts ready in minutes:

  • Fill toasted whole grain waffles with peanut butter and jam for a unique breakfast sandwich; serve with orange juice.

  • Mix yogurt, frozen strawberries, skim milk and bananas in a blender for a tasty smoothie.

  • Heat frozen pancakes and top with fruits and with syrup or honey.

  • Make breakfast sandwiches with bagels, cheese, egg substitute and precooked sausage.

For a special morning treat, create this delicious yogurt parfait to make everyone in your family smile.

Breakfast Yogurt Parfait

  • 1 ½ cups vanilla low-fat yogurt

  • ½ cup low-fat granola

  • 1 cup berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), frozen or fresh

Layer in parfait glasses or bowls: granola, yogurt and fruit. Repeat layers. Serves two.

For more tasty recipes and information on frozen and refrigerated foods, visitwww.EasyHomeMeals.com, and on Facebook, “like”www.facebook.com/EasyHomeMeals.

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TASTE WITH BENEFITS

(NAPSI)—Rush, rush, rush, a bag of chips for lunch, and before you know it you are down for the count. Busy schedules often sabotage our goals of eating well.

According to the recently published U.S. government dietary guidelines, a key to eating well, even with a busy schedule, is balancing physical activity with appropriate calorie intake. Unfortunately, it can be really difficult to stay within a 2,000 calorie a day diet and, let’s face it, it’s not really fun. But did you know you can get a quick, delicious, satisfying meal for less than 500 calories?

When you’re trying to stay within a controlled calorie lunch but craving the comforts of Turkey Breast with Stuffing, Cheese Tortellini or Herb Roasted Chicken, you can have the satisfying homemade taste of more than 34 varieties of Marie Callender’s for less than 500 calories.

There’s no need to go over budget eating at restaurants and risking “calorie uncertainty” or spending time you don’t have making homemade meals. This way, you can have a satisfying meal that can be made in minutes.

Everyone wants to eat well whether they are dieting or splurging, and taste is paramount. These meals allow you to have the taste you crave without the guilt of extra calories. To top it all off, these frozen entrées virtually eliminate the time demands of cooking at home, making them the perfect option when you’re on the run.

To view the wide array of varieties and for more information, visitwww.mariecallendersmeals.com.

 

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Surprising Facts About “Plant-Based” Diets

(NAPSI)—The newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture provide advice on how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

A major recommendation is that more people pursue a plant-based diet. According to 61 percent of dietitians, however, most Americans don’t understand what a plant-based diet is. This could pose a major obstacle to combating obesity and related illnesses because 85 percent of the dietitians also believe the Guidelines will only be effective if consumers implement them in their daily diets.

A plant-based diet, the dietitians explain, emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. The vast majority of dietitians surveyed by Zoomerang say they promote a plant-based diet to most of their clients and that it has at least some influence on their own diets.

Reasons for their recommendations include that plant-based diets are:

  • More nutrient rich vs. an animal-based diet (70 percent)

  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly (40 percent)

  • Cost effective (29 percent).

“Most Americans just think ‘eat more vegetables’ when they hear ‘plant-based.’ In fact, they’d be surprised to know that great-tasting foods like soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk also count as a way to get more plant-based foods into your diet,” said Andrea Carrothers, MS, RD. “Seventy-seven percent of dietitians agree that soy milk is nutritionally comparable to cow’s milk, while also helping consumers build a more plant-based diet.”

Dietitians believe that barriers to incorporating a plant-based diet include consumers viewing them as not as flavorful or tasty (66 percent), not having a clear definition of what a plant-based diet is (44 percent), and thinking plant-based foods are hard to prepare (33 percent) or costly (29 percent).

The good news is that there are more options than ever when it comes to plant-based nutrition. Silk, a brand long known for its creamy and delicious soy milk, has recently begun offering other plant-based alternatives to dairy milk, such as almond milk and coconut milk. All Silk products are plant based and contain no dairy, no lactose and no cholesterol.

Most dietitians (77 percent) say that nondairy milk alternatives, such as soy milk, are comparable to dairy in helping individuals meet nutrient needs for protein, calcium and vitamins A, D and B12.

For more information, visit www.SoyNutrition.com.

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A Natural Way To Fight Aging

(NAPSI)—Many people resign themselves to living with the signs of aging—when they don’t have to.

The Problem

The vast majority of skin aging comes from exposure to sunlight, which triggers the generation of melanin, the pigment in freckles. Sunlight also damages the collagen and elastin in the skin, producing wrinkles. But even if you’ve had your fun in the sun, that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable for your skin to become less elastic and more wrinkled as you get older. In fact, if you can improve your circulation, you’ll be well on your way to fresher, younger-looking skin.

An Answer

Fortunately, there’s an all-natural and clinically proven way to save your skin and get your blood moving again: consuming antioxidants found in plants. Lychee fruit, in particular, is high in polyphenols-powerful antioxidants that help improve circulation. Its polyphenol content is second only to that of strawberries.

Made from concentrated lychee fruit extract, a nutritional supplement called Oligonol is available from Quality of Life Labs. The polyphenols in Oligonol help improve blood flow to the subdermal layer of the skin, which leads to faster skin cell turnover. As a result, Oligonol has been shown to help reduce both freckles and wrinkles. Using a camera-equipped electronic device to assess skin condition, one study in women aged 26-60 found that around half the participants taking Oligonol had an improved skin condition, especially in the area of skin roughness.

Freckles were reduced in 29 percent of the cases and wrinkles improved in 47 percent. Results were most visible in those over 40 years old. In addition, participants noticed less fatigue.

Learn More

You can learn more by calling (877) 937-2422 and visiting online at www.q-o-l.com.

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