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Something to Rave About: Food-On-A-Stick
August 13, 2020
Something to Rave About: Food-on-a-Stick Coborn’s has been committed to helping our shoppers enjoy favorite state fair foods despite the Great Minnesota Get Together not taking place this year. We’re taking it one step further by combining two fair favorites – food-on-a-stick and apples, specifically Rave® apples, the first off the tree each year and available now in our stores. Here are some ideas for combining these two fair favorites: Grilled Cheese Apple Skewers Make your favorite grilled cheese sandwich. We recommend whole wheat bread as a flavor complement to the cheese and apples. Then cut the sandwich into six squares. While the sandwich is cooking, cut a Rave® apple into 8-12 chunks. Using skewers, alternate each sandwich square with 1-2 apple chunks. This recipe is a great way to incorporate fruit directly into a main dish. According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, market research suggests eating fruit and veggies every day of the week can help improve happiness, life satisfaction and emotional wellbeing. These skewers are also a great change of pace for breakfast, the meal where the fewest fruits and vegetables are eaten. #PasstheRave and Dip. For an easy peanut butter dip, mix 1 cup Greek yogurt, ¼ cup peanut butter, 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Portion dip into individual cups for each person. Core Rave® apples and cut into large slices. Put one slice on a skewer, continuing until all slices are used. Enjoy! The Perfect Pairing: Rave® + Cheese. Because it’s so juicy and crisp, Rave® is best for fresh applications, like dipping in the recipe above or paired with cheese. For a snack kids can assemble themselves, cube your favorite cheese and cut Rave® apples into chunks. Alternate on skewers. Now’s the time to #PasstheRave on-a-stick in celebration of the great tradition of the Minnesota State Fair....
Essential Oils: Useful or Harmful?
August 10, 2020
Essential Oils: Useful or Harmful? We have another guest blogger, introducing Tifany Steentra….Tifany is a Student Pharmacist from NDSU spending a couple weeks with us at our main office. Tifany wanted to share some information around the use of Essential Oils. The use of essential oils are becoming more popular as a natural alternative to medicine, but the effectiveness and safety are unclear. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. They were used in religious ceremonies, added to cosmetics, used in traditional medicine, and added to various items for the aroma of the oils. 1 They were first recorded in ancient Egypt, India, and Persia. At the time, these oils were prepared by placing the flower, leaves, or roots in fatty oils. It wasn’t until the Golden Age (500 to 300 BC) that Arab culture developed the first distillation process for essential oils. 1 People have been claiming essential oils are natural alternatives for many different ailments, but what really is an essential oil? Essential oils are plant extracts made by steaming or pressing the plant’s flowers, bark, leaves, or fruit. When inhaled, the molecules of the oils travel from the olfactory nerves, the nerve fibers relating to the sense of smell, straight to the brain. The brain then sends a signal to the amygdala, the center of the brain responsible for emotions.2 Due to the lack of regulation, the quality of these oils vary on the market between different companies. Some essential oils are purer than others, which can be diluted with less expensive ingredients, therefore ingestion is not recommended. 2 Lavender is one of the most used essential oils and is claimed to be an effective sleep aid. A clinical trial was conducted on seventy-nine college students with self-reported sleep issues. This trial studied the effect of inhaled lavender on sleep hygiene. The patients using lavender demonstrated a significant improvement in sleep quality compared to the controlled group at post-intervention and at the two week follow up. However, it did not show a significant difference in sleep quantity.3 Peppermint is another commonly used essential oil. This oil is generally used to improve nausea and vomiting. A clinical trial was conducted to test the effect of peppermint oil aromatherapy on the severity of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The severity of nausea and vomiting in the pregnant population and the controlled group significantly decreased, but there was not a statistically significant difference between the two groups. 4 These essential oils may show improvement in some instances, however that does not exclude them from having side effects or drug-drug interactions. Lavender oil can cause an unusual side effect called reversible prepubertal gynecomastia in 7-10-year-old male patients. Prepubertal gynecomastia refers to the growth of breasts in this younger population of males. After discontinuing lavender use in these patients, the abnormal defects disappeared. 5 Lavender oil may also cause drug-drug interactions. These interactions are said to be caused by the activation of a couple receptors (GABAa and H3 receptors) that certain medications commonly bind to. If these medications cannot bind to the receptors, they will stay in your system, which could decrease their efficacy and increase your risk for side effects.6 The most common side effect of peppermint oil is the exacerbation of heartburn symptoms. Peppermint may also increase the risk of bronchospasms, tongue spasms, or even respiratory arrest in children, and therefore should be avoided. There is also a significant amount of drug interactions with the use of peppermint oil due to its inhibition effects on an enzyme called CYP1A2. This enzyme is used to break down certain medications. If these medications cannot be broken down appropriately, it can increase your chances of experiencing dangerous side effects.7 Overall, it can be concluded essential oils have been shown to be effective for some uses and are relatively safe for adults. However, they have been shown to cause adverse reactions and drug interactions, therefore they should be used with caution. The use of any natural supplement should be discussed with your pharmacist or doctor to ensure it is safe to be taken with your other medications. Studies are currently being done to investigate further uses and safety. The next question is, will essential oils be a part of the future of healthcare? REFERENCES 1. Essential oil Plant Substance. Britannica [Internet]. [Cited 2019 Nov 3] Available from: https://www.britannica.com/topic/essential\oil 2. Gujral H. Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work? John Hopkins Medicine [Internet]. [Cited 2019 Nov 3] Available from: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness\and\prevention/aromatherapy\do\essential\oils\really\work 3. Lillehei AS, Halcón LL, Savik K, Reis R. Effect of Inhaled Lavender and Sleep Hygiene on Self\Reported Sleep Issues: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Jul; 21 (7):430-8. Doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0327. Epub 2015 Jun 2. PMID: 26133206; PMCID: PMC4505755. 4. Joulaeerad N, Ozgoli G, Hajimehdipoor H, Ghasemi E, Salehimoghaddam F. Effect of Aromatherapy With Peppermint Oil on the Severity of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy: A Single\blind, Randomized, Placebo\controlled trial. J Reprod Infertil. 2018; 19(1):32-38 PMCID: PMC5960050 5. Henley DV, Lipson N, Korach KS, Bloch CA. Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oils. N Engl J Med. 2007 Feb; 356:479-485. Doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa064725 6. Koulivand PH, Ghadiri MK, Gorji A. Lavender and the Nervous System. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013: 681304. doi:10.1155/2013/681304. Epub 2013 March 14. PMID: 23573142; PMCID: PMC3612440 7. Kligler B, Chaudhary S. Peppermint Oil. Am Fam Physician. 2007 April 1; 75970:1027-1030 PMID: 17427617...
S’mores and More S’mores!
July 24, 2020
S’mores and More S’mores! Soak up these beautiful Midwest summer nights with S’mores! Although the traditional recipes is always a classic, we’ve come up with s’more recipes that will make your taste buds dance! Chocolate Covered Strawberry S’mores Chocolate covered strawberries are for more than just Valentine’s Day! Plus, when combined with a toasty marshmallow, we’re confident that you’ll roast a second one. Graham Crackers + Dark Chocolate + Sliced Strawberries + Roasted Marshmallows Peanut Butter & Banana S’mores Peanut butter and bananas are a match made in heaven, and when united with dark chocolate and a gooey marshmallow, it’s home run! Graham Crackers + Dark Chocolate + Sliced Bananas + Peanut Butter + Roasted Marshmallows Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Jam S’mores Jam is for more than topping your toast for breakfast. Instead, let’s toast a marshmallow and enjoy it smashed between graham crackers generously spread with raspberry jam and of course, you can’t forget the dark chocolate. It’s good on everything! Graham Crackers + Dark Chocolate + Raspberry Jam + Roasted Marshmallows Dark Chocolate + Strawberries + Coconut Remember when we put strawberries on a S’more? Well, we didn’t think that was quite enough, so we’re adding shredded coconut. Or if you need a little more inspiration add your favorite fruit like pineapple or mango! Let this perfect s’more take you on a tropical oasis! Graham Crackers +Dark Chocolate + Sliced Strawberries (pineapple, mango) + Roasted Marshmallows + Shredded Coconut And there you have it! Just a small list of scrumptious ideas to kick-start your campfire cravings! ...
Kids Cook at Home – Featured on WCCO!
July 1, 2020
Click here to watch: Today’s WCCO Segment – Kids Cook at Home with Coborn’s Registered Dietitian In our “all family time, all the time” lives this summer, it is becoming clear for many families that one can only eat mac & cheese so many days in a row before even that beloved pantry staple loses its appeal. That’s why we’ve created our Kids Cook at Home program! Our Registered Dietitian, Amy, talked all about the Kids Cook at Home program today on WCCO- she even shared her top 3 favorite recipes. The Frozen Yogurt Bark is perfect for the upcoming 4th of July weekend! Frozen Yogurt Bark Confetti Quesadillas Egg-Cellent Egg Cups One of the best ways to get kids interested in trying food is to get them involved in making food. The videos and recipes at Kids Cook at Home focus on tasty, nutritious and fun dishes that aren’t too difficult (and don’t make too much of a mess!). Next time one of your kids says “I’m bored!” find a recipe on this site to make with your kids! It’s a great opportunity to transform your kitchen into a classroom and feed those hungry bellies! This summer, kids can learn basic cooking and grocery shopping techniques, and develop a sense of adventure and play in the kitchen – lifelong skills that serve them long after the day is over. Best of all, Kids Cook at Home is interactive- We want kids and their adults to share their creations, their triumphs and yes, even their disasters. (It’s all learning, right?) We can’t forget to spread the love on social media! We encourage families to share their photos and experiences with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @Cobornsgrocery and using the hashtag #KidsCookAtHome – we can’t wait to see your photos!! Be sure to check it out at celebratemore.com/kids-cook-at-home...
June 30, 2020
Your Pharmacist Can Now Play an Even Bigger Role in Helping You Quit Smoking Greetings all. We have another guest blogger for you, Courtney Ackerman is a Pharmacy Student from NDSU who is with us for a learning experience. She will share an update to pharmacy practice that will hopefully help many Minnesotans have easy and affordable access to product that help them quit smoking. Take it away Courtney… Cigarette smoking and tobacco use are the leading causes of preventable deaths and diseases in the United States. According to America’s Health Rankings, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the CDC, smoking is responsible for greater than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S., with over 6,000 of those deaths being Minnesotans. On average, people who smoke will live 10 years less than nonsmokers. It takes many people 30 or more attempts to quit before successfully doing so. It is important to understand this and to not become discouraged after a few unsuccessful attempts. A local pharmacist may be a great source of information and aid in a smoker’s attempt to quit. There is health benefit to quitting at any age – yes, even lifelong smokers. Soon, access to smoking cessation products will be more accessible and potentially less costly to those wishing to quit. Effective August 1, 2020, Minnesota legislation has authorized pharmacists to prescribe nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) medications provided they follow a protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy, complete appropriate training programs and continuing education, and provide appropriate counseling and information to patients. NRT consists of nicotine patches, lozenges, chewing gum, nasal sprays, and inhalers used as aids to help stop the continuing use of cigarettes or tobacco products. With this new provision, a pharmacist will be able to write a prescription for any of the above NRT medications, therefore allowing it to be ran through a patient’s prescription insurance. These products have been and are available over the counter but can be costly. With the pharmacist’s ability to now prescribe and apply insurance to NRT products, the associated cost to the patient will likely decrease. Most insurance companies will cover NRT as they see benefit in overall health upon smoking cessation. Also, many federal laws do require most health insurance plans in the U.S. to cover some level of smoking cessation products and treatments. Coverage will be dependent on individualized plans, but again, many do cover the entire cost of NRT due to the health benefits and long-term effects of quitting cigarette or tobacco use. The pharmacist will be able to provide patients who are looking to quit smoking with proper recommendations concerning product, dosage, and duration. The pharmacist may also be able to provide support to the patient to help overcome any barriers, as nicotine is very addictive and smoking cessation can be a process. Relapse is common, but it is important to never give up. Talk to your local pharmacist today if you are or have ever thought about wanting to quit, they can help set you up for success. Thank you for letting me share this information on the blog!...
Tips For Reducing Food Waste
May 21, 2020
Let’s talk food waste. Many families stocked up on groceries in the beginning of this pandemic and are now doing their best to limit extra trips to the grocery store. Although we may be enjoying more meals at home with our family, many of us are also struggling with food waste. Below are some great tips to keep your produce lasting longer, plus we’re sharing a delicious recipe that can have dinner on your table in less than 20 minutes! Proper Storage Clean and organize your fridge. Simply organizing your refrigerator may help you from wasting food. Always be sure that your food is visible! If you can’t see it- you’ll likely forget about it and it will spoil before you find it again. When bringing home groceries, always be sure the older items are closer to the front, and the newer items in the back. We call this the FIFI Method (First in, First Out). Where do I store what? When it comes to fresh produce, it can be tricky to know what items to store where in order for them to last longer. Here is a breakdown: On the Counter Bananas Cucumbers (FYI -if you store them in the fridge, they are best within about 3 days.) Garlic Grapefruit Lemons/Limes Onions Potatoes + others In the Fridge: Apples Asparagus Berries Cherries Leafy Greens Cilantro + others Don’t forget about ethylene producing foods! Apples, Avocado, Bananas, Cantaloupe, tomatoes, + more give off an ethylene gas. Be careful to place to not store these items next to each other or other ethylene sensitive produce items like cucumbers, lemons/limes, potatoes and grapes. Why does it matter? Produce that is stored incorrectly, will spoil quickly! Plan your Weekly Menu We’ve created a great Meal Planning Guide that will walk you through the HOW to meal plan, AND it even gives you a 7 day meal plan including recipes and shopping lists! (Can you say, “Yes, please!”) Since we are all home more often, don’t forget to have a plan for breakfasts, lunches, and even snacks. My favorite tip: Check your inventory (the refrigerator, freezer and pantry!) Plan your meals with the food that you already have on hand. For example, if you already have sweet potatoes, frozen corn, and a can of black beans, you already have some of the main ingredients for a simple recipe like our Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes And if you REALLY want to make grocery shopping and meal planning easy… shop ONLINE from your HOME! It’s the best of both worlds…check your inventory as you shop and only purchase what you need! (Shop in-store or order online for pickup at all locations! (Or delivery if you are in the St. Cloud or Elk River area! Featured Recipe Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes ______________________________________________________ How does Date Labeling Impact Food Waste? We’ve turned to Kim, our Food Safety and Nutrition Manager, Registered Dietitian to talk about this. Do you ever wonder when you go grocery shopping “what do those dates on the packages actually mean”? Best if Used By, Sell By, Use By….what are these dates telling us?? Well, let me help explain. Product dating is truly up to each manufacturer. Federal regulations actually do not require food products to be labeled with a date, with the exception of baby formula. If a food manufacturer does choose to date a product, this is where the requirements kick in. If using a calendar date, it must include both the month and the day. They must also include a year if it is a shelf stable or frozen item. In addition, this date needs to include a statement such as “Sell By”, “Use By”, etc. Interesting Tidbit – Although Federal regulations do not require dating on product labels, dating of select food items is required in 20 or so states, Minnesota and North Dakota are among those. Product dating can be presented in basically two ways. Either through what is called Open Dating or Closed Dating. Open Dating is essentially calendar dating which is easily understood by the consumer. As I talked about earlier, this will include a month and a date and often the year. Closed Dating, on the other hand, also known as coded dating, is just that….a code. These codes can be presented in various forms including random numbers and letters which are not intended for the consumer to understand. These codes allow the manufacturers to track their products and may often represent the date of production, which manufacturing plant the product was produced in, etc. A little more about open dating and the words typically used (from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service): Sell By – tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires. Best if Used By – recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date. Use By – is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product. As stated above these dates refer to the quality of the product not the safety which is a common misconception. Foods impacted by spoilage bacteria may exhibit changes in flavor and appearance and may have an off odor, these products should not be used due to poor quality. It is important to note that spoilage bacteria do not impact the safety of the food. Pathogens (organisms that will make you sick) do not give off any odors nor do they make food taste or look badly. It is also important to remember that mishandling of the product can cause rapid bacterial growth and if pathogens are present at even the slightest level this mishandling can cause the levels to grow and then foodborne illness can result. So, it is very important to handle foods properly, specifically those food items that are perishable (requiring refrigeration). Some examples of mishandling include: Allowing product to sit too long in the Danger Zone..…remember “The Danger Zone”?? this is from 41°F-140°F Thawing product at room temperature – this should always be done under refrigeration or if in a hurry under cool running water or in the microwave and cooked immediately afterwards —- Happy & Healthy Eating! Amy, MS, RD, LD – Supermarket Registered Dietitian Kim, RD, LD, CP-FS – Food Safety Manager, Registered Dietitian ...
April 24, 2020
Salad Girl The Salad Girl Organic Dressing Company sprouted from a summer job Pam Powell had as a teenager working as the “Salad Girl” at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake in Minnesota. Her favorite part of the job was crafting the house-made salad dressings from a variety of delicious, fresh ingredients. She had no idea then that she would someday start an organic salad dressing company. Salad Girl was the first Certified Organic, Fresh Dressing for Fresh Greens on the refrigerated shelves in Minnesota. Their unique varieties, inspired by seasonal garden flavors and made with the finest, freshest organic ingredients, are organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, certified kosher, and non-GMO. Salad Girl’s vibrant flavor combinations complement fresh greens and power slaws and add incredible flavor when drizzled on quinoa, couscous, ramen noodles, and fresh pasta. Our vinaigrettes also provide a marvelous marinade and delectable finishing sauce for grilled meats, poultry, and fish. Additionally, Salad Girl Organic Dressings are fantastic for dipping (think veggies, fruit, wings, fries, potstickers) and as condiments to give new life to your sandwiches wraps, tacos, and burgers. Salad Girl’s Promise: Salad Girl believes eating fresh, organic goodness benefits us individually, communally, and environmentally. Salad Girl is committed to bringing healthy, safe, and tasty organic products to your table. Our partnerships with local suppliers extend beyond the Meat Department. In 1921, Coborn’s began as a local produce market and almost 100 years later we remain true to our roots. We live in America’s heartland so we source as much as possible from our local neighbors. Local sourcing brings the freshest products to your table, minimizes carbon emissions, keeps dollars local and is simply the right thing to do. Try our local apples from Pepin Heights Farm in Lake City, MN, peppers and cabbage from Riverside Farms in Elk River, MN, potatoes, corn and squash from Stoneybrook Farm in Foley, MN, along with dozens of other family farms to bring you the freshest possible produce – only a day’s drive (or less!) away! www.saladgirl.com...
Simplifying Meals and Snacks At Home – Tips for Using Pantry Staples To Nourish Your Family
March 25, 2020
Our Registered Dietitian, Amy, was recently on WCCO (check out the segment HERE) sharing tips for feeding your family during this time. Check out our resources on simple ingredients that can keep your kiddos happy, healthy & full! Tip #1 Simplifying Your Snacks Many parents are now home with their kiddos and while we are all practicing social distancing, it can be stressful when you’re doing your best to limit trips to the grocery store and all while purchase foods that nourish your family. My best advice is to keep it simple. There always seems to be pressure on parents to feed their kiddos the absolute best and Pinterest-worthy meals. Parents need to know that no meal or snack is perfect, and at the end of the day, the most important thing is that our kids are happy, healthy and full. Below are a few snack and meal ideas to help parents pivot their thinking when it comes to healthy eating and feeding their family. S I M P L E S N A C K I N G We recommend snacks to include a carbohydrate + a protein/healthy fat. And remember, we don’t need to over engineer it. Examples of healthy carbohydrates include fruit (all forms count), dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese), and whole grains (such as crackers, bread, rice, oats, granola, etc.) When it comes to produce, don’t forget that all forms of fruits and vegetables are nutritious! Of course, keep purchasing fresh produce, but don’t forget about canned, frozen, or dried. Purchase no sugar added frozen, canned, and dried fruit, and purchase no salt added canned and frozen vegetables. These are great options to choose at the store to help you and your family #haveaplant We have a list of healthy snack ideas on this handout. Plus, a few fun & easy recipes below. Banana Sushi (1 serving) Ingredients 1 banana, peeled 1 Tablespoon nut butter Toppings: ½ cup granola, whole grain cereal, or dried fruit (such as raisins) Directions Spread nut butter over banana evenly. Either sprinkle or roll banana in toppings until well coated. Using a knife, cut the banana into ½ inch pieces. Enjoy your banana sushi! Tuna Cracker Stackers Ingredients Whole grain crackers Cheese Canned or Pouch Tuna Pickles Directions Add some cheese to each cracker (can be string cheese, sliced cheese, shredded cheese). Top each cracker with some tuna & top with a pickle. Serve with a side of fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, or dried). ———— S I M P L E M E A L S Snack Platters – perfect for meals or snacks! What is a snack platter? It’s a blend of different fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and proteins that you spread out on a large plate or a cutting board. The purpose of this snack platter is to give your family nutritious, yet simple options that they can choose from. This is a great opportunity to put out some thawed frozen fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts/seeds, peanut butter, canned fruit, dried fruit, tuna packets, etc. It’s a perfect solution for one of those times when no one wants to cook! Here is what was on the snack platter in the WCCO segment: Whole grain crackers Nut butter Walnuts, Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds Carrots and Grape tomatoes Fruit Cups (in 100% juice) Dried fruit Luncheon meat (lower sodium ham and turkey) Cottage Cheese Cheese Sticks Tuna One Pot Meal! Ground Beef Pasta Primavera And last, but certainly not least, here is one of our favorite recipes using pantry staples and it cooks all in one pot! Check out the link for the full recipe of our Ground Beef Pasta Primavera. Here are a few substitutions you can make to use the items you have on hand: Although lean (93%) lean ground beef is recommended, you can also pick 80% lean and drain the extra fat after cooking. No beef? Try ground turkey, ground chicken, or even substitute it out for some beans! The zucchini can be swapped for any other fresh or frozen vegetable such as broccoli, cauliflower, green bell peppers, etc! Use what you have on hand. Ground Beef Pasta Primavera For additional resources from our dietitians including recipes, articles and more, please visit celebratemore.com/dietitians. You can also find great resources about produce from our friends at the Produce For Better Health Foundation. Don’t forget to #HaveAPlant to support a healthy immune system! Amy, MS, RD, LD Registered Dietitian...
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