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Red, White and Barbara’s

Posted on October 16, 2017

Memorial Day may mark the beginning of the vacation season for you and your clients, but the 4th of July is when summer really blasts off (literally!) for most. Independence Day is traditionally a time for the five Fs: friends, family, fun, fireworks, and food. Your clients can handle the first four, but we’d like to pitch in on the food ideas with some heart-healthy suggestions for the remainder of the summer.

If your clients like meat, make sure they look for hamburgers and hot dogs without antibiotics or added hormones. Grass fed or organic meats are a terrific option. If they’re looking for a meat alternative, I recommend grilling wild salmon with a side of veggie kabobs. Salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and easy to make. Simply marinate one-inch thick salmon steaks in your favorite marinade (I love San-J’s Asian cooking sauces), grill over medium-hot charcoal 4 to 6 minutes per side, and serve with lime.

Make your veggie kabobs colorful and healthy! Cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper slices, white mushroom caps, and purple eggplant squares serve as the perfect lineup and provide heart friendly nutrients. Simply brush the veggies with marinade and grill your kabobs alongside the salmon.

Instead of potato salad, have your clients try a quinoa salad with roasted cherry tomatoes. Quinoa is an easy-to-prepare grain that’s also a complete protein and a great source of heart-healthy nutrients: magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and fiber. The tomatoes provide lycopene (an antioxidant) and other nutrients. For the dressing, use the juices from the tomatoes and add a squirt of lime juice.

Beverages can be good for the heart as well if you make a batch of iced green tea with lemon slices and fresh mint. Green tea (my go-to brand is Bigelow) is a super source of catechins, plant nutrients shown to possess cardiovascular (and weight loss!) benefits.

Keeping the young ones busy by having them make their own Snackimals Banana Roll Ups is fun and easy. It has just four simple ingredients—Barbara’s Vanilla Snackimals, bananas, whole-wheat tortillas, and peanut butter.

For the adults, a variation of Barbara’s Peaches and Crème Dessert Shots is a fun choice. Substitute holiday-appropriate berries (blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, raspberries) for the peaches.

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Why Fiber Is So Fabulous!

Posted on October 16, 2017

Only about 5 percent of people get enough fiber in their diet. “Enough” is defined as 25 to 30 grams or more per day, yet most people get only about 15 grams.
Why is fiber so fabulous and what can you do to help your clients and their families boost their fiber intake?
Let’s face it: fiber isn’t sexy, but it can be fun and delicious!

Facts on dietary fiber:
• Has no calories because the body cannot digest it due to its structure
• Doesn’t add any carbs to your diet, even though it’s present in carbohydrate foods (e.g., whole grains, veggies, fruits)
• Grabs onto waste, fat, cholesterol and toxins as it leaves the body, making it a great detoxifier and a supporter of heart health
• Makes you feel full, which helps with weight control
• Keeps blood sugar levels in balance
• Assists with digestion and works to keep you regular

Now how do you get your clients to add more fabulous fiber to their diet? High-fiber foods such as split peas, beans, lentils and green peas make for tasty fiber filled soups. These same foods can also complement salads, sandwiches and grain-based dishes.

Here are two tasty fiber-filled recipes, combining Barbara’s cereals with other high-fiber foods.

Summer Squash Fritters (4-5 fritters)
1 lb zucchini or yellow squash, grated (pat dry)
¾ Barbara’s Shredded Wheat, crushed
¼ cup onion, chopped
¼ cup grated cheese
1 whole egg plus 3 whites beaten
Oil cooking spray
Combine the squash, shredded wheat, cheese, onion, and eggs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper (to taste). Spray a large nonstick skillet with the cooking oil and place over medium heat. Scoop 1/3 cup of the batter for each fritter. Flatten the batter and cook until golden brown (3-4 minutes), then cook the other side. Serve hot.
Puffins Parfaits (4-6 servings)
2 cups raspberries and/or blueberries (both high in fiber)
2 cups Puffins Cereal, Honey Rice, crushed
1 cup vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular)
1/3 cup flaxseeds, hempseeds, or chia seeds (optional)

In parfait glasses, layer each of the first three ingredients in a 1:1:1 ratio. Sprinkle flaxseeds, hempseeds, or chia seeds on top for extra fiber!

Including more fiber in your diet is a fabulous, tasty way to support your health. Adding a little extra fiber at every meal and snack can bring you closer to your health goals every day.

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September Is Better Breakfast Month

Posted on October 16, 2017

Parents typically think of September as the time when their kids go back to school, but it’s also known for something that is closely related: Better Breakfast Month. It can be challenging for parents to convince their kids, and especially teens (up to nearly one-third skip this critical meal), to take time for breakfast, yet the benefits are well worth it. For example, kids who eat breakfast:

• Are less likely to be overweight or obese. Carrying excess weight is a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions.
• Consume less saturated fat, another risk factor for heart disease.
• Have more energy and better concentration, which translates to improved scholastic performance and mood.
• Have better overall health.

Time is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting kids to eat breakfast. Kids like to hit the snooze button and delay getting up until they barely have enough time to get dressed and out the door. Sufficient sleep is critical for your client’s growing kids, so slight adjustments in going to bed and waking up may be necessary to allow time for breakfast.

Everyone will be happier and less stressed if breakfast is quick and easy, as well as delicious and nutritious. Fortunately, there are numerous options that fit the bill and can be enjoyed at home or on the run. Examples include:
• Scrambled tofu or eggs, with fresh bell peppers, mushrooms, and sea salt. It takes a little extra time, but is well worth it!
• Monkey Trail Mix, made with dried fruit, protein-rich seeds, and Puffins cereal. Perfect pocket food that kids can enjoy on the way to school.
• Breakfast muffins, breads, and bars. Parents or kids can make a batch or two of breakfast muffins, breads, or granola bars the night before, so they will be ready for noshing in the morning. Barbara’s whole-grain, naturally sweetened, GMO-free cereals are the featured ingredients in these breakfast treats that are perfect for the whole family, including: Apple Honey Puffins Muffins, Snackimals Cereal Bars, Barbara’s High Fiber Bars, and Builder Banana Bread.
• Don’t forget smoothies, which can pack an incredible amount of nutrition in a single glass. The Tropical Shredded Smoothie provides fiber from Barbara’s Shredded Wheat Biscuits, while the Puffins Power-up Smoothie Bowl can be enjoyed in a glass or bowl, topped with fresh fruit. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder to help balance blood sugar.

Make September and every month Better Breakfast Month!

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The Whole Truth about Grains and GMOs

Posted on October 16, 2017

Grocery store shelves, TV ads, and internet popups frequently explode with foods based on refined, processed grains. It’s no wonder why it can be a challenge to convince some clients to include whole grains, and especially non-GMO (genetically modified) whole grains in their diet.

Yet, if they knew what they and their families are missing by passing up non-GMO whole grains, they just might change their minds and shopping habits. For example, refined processed grains have been stripped of their bran and germ, leaving behind a mere shadow of their original natural nutrition. The bran and germ are an abundant source of B vitamins, protein, fiber, antioxidants, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc. When your clients eat whole grains, they are helping reduce their risk of developing heart disease, obesity, digestive disorders, some forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

If clients argue there are not enough whole grain choices, they may be shocked at the list. What’s important is for them to look for “whole grain” on the product label. Words such as “100% wheat,” “multigrain,” and even “organic” do not mean the food contains whole grains. Those that do, however, say “whole-grain corn,” “whole oats,” “whole rye,” “millet,” “quinoa,” “buckwheat,” “brown rice,” “cracked wheat,” “triticale,” and “100% whole wheat flour.”

Why ask your clients to choose non-GMO whole grains? Because we don’t really know the human health impact of ingesting foods that have had their genetic makeup altered. Since certified organic whole grains and other foods are not allowed to contain GMOs, consumers should look for USDA Organic labels on their whole grain food selections, or the Non-GMO Project Verified label.

Are non-GMO whole grains tasteless and boring? Far from it! The delicious options offered by Barbara’s are just one example. From Barbara’s wide selection of breakfast cereals to its tasty snacks and sweet desserts, the common thread is non-GMO, whole grain ingredients. Clients who are new to the whole grain scene can whet their appetites by trying some of these treats and the dozens of recipes using these products.
The world of non-GMO whole grains is vast, and there are scores of recipes to try and enjoy. Whole grains can be used in everything from breads and desserts to soups, salads, snacks, main entrees, and side dishes. Once consumers are introduced to these nutritious, delicious whole grain foods, there could be no turning back!

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