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DIY Watermelon Bouquet
July 17, 2018
Summer is in full bloom and there are so many great flowers available this time of year. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at designing your own floral centerpiece, this watermelon bouquet is a great place to start! You’ll need: 1/2 Watermelon, scooped out Floral Foam, presoaked in water Floral Tape or Skinny Duct Tape Floral Knife or Shears Floral Greenery – I used Leather Leaf and Salal (Lemon Leaf) in my arrangement! 1 Dozen Red Roses 5 Pink Carnations 5 Stems Kermit Button Mums 3-5 Stems Baby’s Breath You can use any colors of the flowers that you prefer, make it your own and have fun with it! Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you’re creating your masterpiece. Determine where the front of your centerpiece will be. Although you’ll push the stems into the center of the foam, you’ll want to angle the leaves or flowers slightly towards the front of the design to get the best view. When you’re putting the stems in the foam, remember it’s not very forgiving! So once you stick it in, leave it there. Be mindful of where you’re putting it beforehand. Strip away the extra leaves on the stems of the flowers. Those tend to die off first and grow bacteria making them mushy. By removing them you’ll allow for more air flow and your design will last much longer! If you have extra baby’s breath left over, you can put that in a vase with water and they’ll stay good for a long time so you could use them in a future arrangement as well. You can also use any left over items by creating a second, smaller version of your bouquet! Repeat the same process using a green pepper, just use much smaller pieces of greenery and the smallest mum buds so it’s proportional to the pepper. I hope these tips will help you succeed with your DIY floral projects! They’re the perfect addition to summertime parties and will get you LOTS of compliments from your friends and family! ADVERTISEMENT Ashley Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids...
Practice Sun Safety
July 11, 2018
Summer is here in full force! We have already had several days over 90 degrees with multiple heat advisories being issued as well. We wait a long time for this weather, and put up with some pretty ridiculous winter weather as well, but it is important to protect yourself from the powerful effects of the sun. As great as the sunshine feels, there are two types of light from the sun that can harm your skin, UVA and UVB. The UVA rays can prematurely “age” your skin, they cause wrinkling and age spots. The UVB rays are what cause the “sunburn” effect. The main reason we want to protect our skin from the sun is that excessive exposure to either UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. There are three main strategies to focus on sun safety;ADVERTISEMENT Avoid the sun during its’ strongest hours – 10am to 2pm Wear protective clothing – Pants, shirts with long sleeves, sunglasses, hats. Use sunscreen – Apply generously and reapply often. Most questions around sun safety come from sunscreen. Make sure you are using a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, it will usually say that it covers both types or it will be labeled as a broad spectrum or full spectrum sunscreen. Also, use a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF rating. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well it protects against the UVB rays. The SPF rating is calculated on how long it takes to sunburn skin that has been treated with sunscreen compared to skin with no sunscreen protection. Of note since we live in the land of 10,000 lakes, water resistant sunscreen will maintain the SPF for up to 40 minutes while swimming, very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for up to 80 minutes. You can apply sunscreen to children as young as age 6 months. Keep younger children in the shade as much as possible. When you use sunscreen: Apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin before you go outdoors. Use sunscreen on all skin that will be exposed to the sun; face, ears, hands, arms and lips. If you’re like me and you don’t have much hair on your head, apply sunscreen to the top of your head or wear a hat. Reapply sunscreen every two hours — and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating even if you’re using a product that’s water resistant or very water resistant. You can still get sunburned on cloudy days, use sunscreen even when it’s overcast. Have fun out there, practice good sun safety, and have a great summer! Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program ManagerADVERTISEMENT...
July 2, 2018
Summertime is here in the beautiful Midwest which means backyard barbecues, days on the lake, and plenty of family get togethers. Navigating the food selection can be a big challenge, but navigating the beverages can be a whole separate challenge in itself! With so many great summertime beverages like ice cold beer, fruity mixed drinks and sweet lemonades, it’s even more important to be aware of what those tasty drinks contain. Here’s a quick run down on some of those favorite drinks along with some healthier options to try out this summer! Alcoholic Beverages There’s something pretty refreshing about a cold adult beverage on a hot day… keep in mind that some are better than others though! Make sure you’re always drinking responsibly and know the recommended amount of alcoholic beverages. The recommendations for ‘moderate’ intake is 1 drink per day for women, and up to 2 drinks per day for men, 21 years of age or older. 1 drink is considered 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of spirits. Wine Almost every 5 ounce glass of wine has about 100 calories in it, so it’s best to watch your portion size with these. Due to their fermentation process with grapes, and other sweet fruits, they do pack a bit more of a calorie punch.ADVERTISEMENT Beer Stay away from heavy, dark beers such as porters and stouts. Even craft beer is going to be denser, packing in the calories. Try to choose light beers such as American lagers and pilsners that are lighter in color, body and calories. Mixed Drinks These are the trickiest of all to navigate due to the amount of ingredients, and many summery beverages call for a simple syrup as part of the recipe. All light spirits are going to be lower in calories compared to dark colored hard alcohol. Vodka is a great option because it is so versatile. It can be mixed with 100% juice, diet soda, sparkling water or water with a twist of lime or lemon. Tequila actually comes from an agave plant which can have some potential health benefits. I personally, love margaritas, however they are high in added sugars and potentially sodium if you salt the rim. Try mixing tequila with 100% orange juice and a splash of grenadine for a beautiful tequila sunrise! Or try it with a reduced-sugar, or light lemonade for an invigorating drink out on the boat! ADVERTISEMENT Gin has a very unique, acquired flavor, however can be extremely refreshing. Try a lime-twist gin mixed with diet lemon-lime soda for a new drink packed with flavor! Whisky or Rum with a diet soda, sparkling water, water or over ice can decrease the added sugar and calories if you enjoy drinking dark spirits. Dark spirits are naturally more calorie dense, causing an even greater energy intake when mixed with full sugar sodas. Non-Alcoholic There are plenty of ways to cool off and enjoy a beverage without consuming alcohol. This can be anything from a glass of homemade lemonade, some kombucha, or one of our “Mocktail” Recipes, all of which can be incorporated into a well-balanced diet. We have several non-alcoholic drink recipes that would be a great addition to any party, plus they’re great for both kids and adults! Try one of these tasty Dietitian’s Choice recipes this summer: Bluberry Mojito Frozen Raspberry Lemonade Lipton® Sparkling Sangria Tea Pineapple Banana Smoothie Strawberry Watermelon Frozen Slush. When looking for healthier beverage options in the grocery store, be sure to look for the Dietitian’s Choice logo to help you identify the better-for-you options. Some of my summertime favorites include: sugar free iced teas green tea sparkling water light colored, diet sodas sparkling waters water enhancers Many of these come in a variety of flavors making it easy to find one you’ll enjoy. The water enhancers are one of my personal favorites because they are almost calorie free, have no sugar and taste awesome! They also store nicely, are individually wrapped so everyone can have their own flavor and require nothing other than water to mix and enjoy! Most importantly of all, don’t forget to stay hydrated and rotate water into the mix of your fun summer activities. Especially when it’s hot out! The best way to keep hydrated is with regular old water. Enjoy these short summer months & happy adventuring! Becca, RD, LD...
June 28, 2018
I love summers up here in the Midwest because of the weather and of course the food! Today we are featuring a couple recipes for The Blend, which is perfect timing for grilling over the 4th of July! What is The Blend you ask!? Well, it’s a blend of ground meat (or poultry) + mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms! It’s such a great way to sneak in some great nutrition without sacrificing great flavor. I look forward to grilling up some good ol’ burgers using The Blend all summer long! You can’t go wrong with the Classic California Burger, but I’d love it if you tried out the Fiesta Burger, too! You won’t be disappointed! This is a perfect fit for upcoming meals with family and friends over the 4th of July. Try The Blend in other recipes as well including meatballs, lasagna, tacos, spaghetti, and so many more! Let us know how you like it! Check out the video above for tips and tricks for making a delicious (as well as nutritious!) Blend!ADVERTISEMENT Happy Blending! Amy, RD, LD A proud #blenditarian...
4th Of July
June 26, 2018
It’s so close to the 4th of July and I am so excited! This has got to be my most favorite holiday! I love having my family and friends get together at the lake to play games, go boating, swimming and enjoying all day in the hot sun!! The best part is at the end of the night getting on the pontoon and heading down to the bay for a show of the most beautiful fireworks under the stars. You couldn’t ask for a better summer. This year I am way ahead of the game and have my menu planned for the 4th of July and I just have to share it with you. This year I want to make it easy for me since I am the head cook at our event! It’s going to be Four Brothers Burgers all the way. They have so many flavors including Bacon and Cheddar Burger, Bleu Cheese Burger, Buffalo Bleu, Mushroom and Swiss and Hot Pepper Burgers and they are all so yummy. Just pick up your favorite flavor at anyone of our Meat Departments. Every good get together, especially if it’s a hot day, needs some refreshing fruit. This recipe is easy to prep ahead of time if needed! Mixed Berry Salad ADVERTISEMENT While the burgers are on the grill and the salad is in the fridge, there’s no better way to relax and enjoy the sunshine than with a nice tropical drink. Here’s a new favorite of mine! It’s called Island Living, and trust me, once you have a taste of this, you’ll feel like you’re on an island! Island LivingADVERTISEMENT Now you can’t forget dessert on the 4th of the July and I love to serve something that ties in with the holiday. We have a new Cream Cake flavor that has just arrived in our Bakery Departments and it’s so decedent and scrumptious you just have to check it out. It will be perfect for your holiday table. It has beautiful fresh blueberries sprinkled all over the top and drizzled with icing. On the inside it has those large tart cranberries that put this dessert over the top. This is a fun celebration and it’s time to enjoy these summer months so make sure you are serving something easy so you can have fun in the sun! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
Simek’s Fiesta Turkey Meatball Bowl
June 23, 2018
Simek’s Fiesta Turkey Meatball Bowl Ingredients: 1 pkg Turkey Meatballs 1 cup whole grain brown rice 2 cups water 1 teaspoon Salt Juice of 1 lime 2-3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 14.5 oz. can no salt added or reduced sodium black beans, drained 10 oz. can fresh tomatoes, diced 1 avocado 1 red pepper 1 yellow pepper Lettuce Directions: ADVERTISEMENT Add the rice, water, salt, lime juice and cilantro to a medium pot. Stir well. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 14 minutes. Set aside and keep covered. While rice is simmering, thaw and heat Turkey meatballs per package. Cut peppers, avocado, and lettuce. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and serve. *Recipe adapted from Simek’s. Find this and many more of their great recipes here! ...
ReadyMed Prescription Auto Refill Program
June 20, 2018
The simple act of taking your medication the right way may not seem like a complex matter, but non-adherence (or not taking medication as directed by your physician) is a complicated and very common problem. It is estimated that three out of four people in our country do not take their medication as directed. Often times, people do not realize the effects that not taking their medication as prescribed can cause. When patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease do not take medication as directed, the repercussions can be severe. For instance, not keeping your blood pressure under control can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. It is hard to directly correlate poor health outcomes to non-adherence, but some studies estimate that poor medication adherence takes the lives of 125,000 Americans each year and costs the health care system nearly $300 billion. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD. once stated, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” There are many reasons why someone may not be adherent with their medications; It can be easy to forget to take a dose, or they may run out of refills Some people don’t like to admit they have a medical condition or can be in denial Many medications cause side effects or make people feel poorly when taken Some medications are very expensive! People often try to split doses or take every other day to save money. At our pharmacies we have solution to help with adherence, ReadyMed. ReadyMed is a prescription auto refill program that will make sure your prescriptions are ready for you when you need them. Our pharmacy team will work to prepare your prescriptions, contact your provider for refills when necessary, notify you when they are ready, and ensure that you have less to worry about! Life is busy, let us help you manage your prescriptions.ADVERTISEMENT Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
June 13, 2018
Happy Father’s Day everyone! It’s hard to believe Father’s Day is right around the corner and I need to start planning the menu and I know that so many dad’s just love a great steak on the grill along with an outdoor party that includes the entire family. I have some exciting news! We now have 1881 Certified Hereford Steaks. These steaks are so delicious and they are aged to perfection, great marbling with great quality and consistency. The best way to grill them is to sear them on both sides on high heat. Then slide the steaks to a part of the grill that is not so hot or over indirect heat and finish cooking them safely. Always make sure to watch your steaks to prevent flair-ups. Although the internal temp will vary depending on how you like your steak, I heat mine to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Let’s not forget to serve some bread with your steak and we have a new bread in our Bakery Departments called Firecracker Bread and it is perfect with steak and salad. It has a hint of Siracha flavoring in it and it’s fantastic!!! We also have a new item that pairs with this bread perfectly and it is Garlic Expressions and it can be used several ways. It’s great for marinades, salad and dipping bread in the oil. Speaking of salads let’s not forget a great fresh salad with these two items to tie it all together. Here is a recipe of one of my favorites: ADVERTISEMENT Raspberry Poppy Seed Salad Ingredients: 9 oz. Romaine 2 cups Raspberries 2 Kiwi, sliced and cut in half ½ cup thinly sliced onions ½ cup Poppy Seed Dressing Directions: Carefully mix romaine, raspberries, kiwis and onions together in large bowl. Pour dressing over the top and lightly toss. Now Father’s Day is not complete until you serve dessert, right? Not only does Dad love it but so does the entire family. It’s called Sweet Me Creamery Ice Cream and it is out of this world with flavor! Speaking of all those flavors… there is so many to choose from that the hardest part is making up your mind! Enjoy and Happy Father’s Day!!!ADVERTISEMENT Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
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