Happy & Healthy in the New Year

Getting a Happy and Healthy Start to the New Year

We may have just found the key to happiness—a daily dose of fruits and veggies. We are all well-aware that fruit and veggie consumption has been linked to various health benefits such as lowered risk for heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure, but did you know that science has found that people who eat more fruits and veggies are actually happier, have increased life satisfaction, and better mental well-being?1

Researchers from the University of Warwick analyzed dietary habits of 80,000 British women and men.1 Over a 24-month period, it was found that extra servings of fruits and veggies led to increased happiness levels and that consumption of 7-8 servings per day led to the happiest people. Just how much happier are these individuals? According to the study, if an individual went from eating no produce to eating eight servings per day over the 24-month period, they experienced a 0.24 increase on average in their happiness score (scored 1-10). Although that may not sound like a large boost, the increase can be compared to the feeling of going from unemployed to employed.1

With just 1 in 10 adults meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie consumption, researchers (and dietitians alike) hope this added benefit of fruit and veggie intake, increases people’s motivation to consume more.2

With health-related New Year’s Resolutions in full-gear, this is the perfect time to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. Look for creative ways to boost your consumption, such as adding seasonal produce to classic Midwest dishes. Try one of our team’s favorite easy breakfast recipes: Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bake.

Looking for more ways to boost your fruit and veggie intake for you and your family? Check out these kid-friendly recipes 

or head on over to our Dietitian’s Corner for all of our latest recipes, articles and resources!

Happy and Healthy Eating,
Emily, RD, LD


1News & Events. Retrieved December 29, 2017, from https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/7-a-day_for_happiness/

2CDC Newsroom. (2017, November 16). Retrieved December 29, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html

Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Wow! We are getting so close to Thanksgiving and I’m already starting to plan. This year I don’t have to cook the entire holiday meal because my daughter-in-law just called me and invited me over for Thanksgiving Dinner and I’m going to take her up on it. 

If you don’t know already I love to cook so I volunteered to bring a couple things and I just have to share what I am bringing because they are fabulous. The first recipe I decided to make something a littler lighter. It’s called Grapefruit & Pomegranate Salad. It has so many awesome flavors in it like avocado and feta cheese! It’s sure to be a favorite all year long as well as a great side dish for the Holidays! 

Then I’m going to bring something hot since it’s been so cold lately! So I have this awesome recipe for Cranberry Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. It’s a favorite for us because we are mad about Brussel sprouts in our family. Again, this is an extremely easy recipe and is ready in no time. The best part is the easy clean up and only needing one sheet pan to make it! 

These recipes will really delight your guests and make your Thanksgiving prep work so much easier. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!!!

Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

There’s No Place Like Halloween

There’s no place like Halloween! 
It’s our 4th annual Halloween video and I am so excited for this year because I have so many fun ideas and great recipes to share. As I’m sure you all know by now, I have so much fun planning for my Halloween party every year, and this year is no exception! 

First, I made a Cauliflower Brain to hold some chip dip. Simply remove all the leaves from a head of cauliflower and slice the end of it flat so it stands. Then cut out a bowl shape on top of cauliflower to hold the dip. Decorate the brain by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit strips between the florets to make veins and arteries. Then it’s time to add the dip and I just had to use Crazy Fresh Guacamole because it’s the best!

Every menu needs something hot to serve and these Eyeball Sandwiches using Simek’s meatballs are the perfect way to really make your Halloween theme come to life! Using a nice chunky sauce adds flavor and makes the eyes look bloody. A little melted cheese over the meatballs makes the whites of the eyes. Top them with a sliced black olive to complete the look. You can cut these into smaller sections to serve as an appetizer or keep them bigger and make this a fun meal too! 

Next, it’s witch’s brooms and these are so cute and easy! All I did was cut Crystal Farms Mozzarella Cheese sticks in half, then shred one end of the cheese and the other end I placed a pretzel stick in. Then take some chives to tie just above the broom bristles to really make it look awesome!

Variety is always nice when throwing a party. One of my new favorite dips is that’s perfect for Halloween is Dead Man’s Dip and this recipe is fantastic and so quick and easy. Simply combine all the ingredients and bake it in the oven. The corn is an unexpected surprise that really makes this dip one people will remember! 

Now to make some fun and healthy items for the kiddies. I cam across some seriously adorable ideas that kids are sure to love. I made some little carved oranges and all you do is hollow out an orange and carve it like a pumpkin. Then add a variety of blueberries and raspberries. Another quick and easy kid friendly idea is monster munchies. For these I cut rambutan fruits in half and filled the spikey shells with pomegranate seeds. White fruit from the rambutan is perfect to toss in the punch recipe for some spooky eyeballs too! 

Next I made little Frankenstein heads that I thought were so cute. First, cut off the bottom of a kiwi so that it sits flat, then use a vegetable peeler to remove the fuzzy skin from the kiwi leaving some on the top for hair. To make neck bolts, take a pretzel stick and break it into three pieces. Push the ends of the broken pretzel on each side of the kiwi towards the bottom so they stick out just a little bit. For the mouth, take the center piece of your broken pretzel and gently push that piece sideways into your kiwi where the mouth should be. Lastly, use two mini chocolate chips and push them each into position above the mouth to make his eyes. These are a great way to get the kids to eat some fresh fruit by making it fun! 

Now, the kids need something fun to drink too so make sure to serve Kemps Chocolate Milk! October is usually pretty chilly in the Midwest, so what better way to have chocolate milk than to heat it up and turn it into hot chocolate! This is great for when the kids get back from trick or treating… and make sure to add Kemps new whipped topping before serving! 

Of course, kids aren’t the only ones that enjoy Halloween! I love using dry ice to set the mood and make some spooky fog flowing out of my punch bowl. This recipe for Eye Of Newt Punch is a tasty adult beverage and the greenish glow makes it look like a potion  straight from the witch’s cauldron. Adding the rambutan fruit for eyes makes it even spookier! 

When decorating for a party, don’t forget there are fun ways to make your food be part of the decor! We have Here are some more fun and creative decorating tips to make your food the life of the party! 

  • Order fun halloween themed desserts from any of our bakeries. It will save you tons of time and you can custom order cakes, cupcakes, giant sugar cookies or our 12 inch chocolate chip cookies to fit your halloween theme! 
  • Turn whole carrots into witch fingers by placing a dab of cream cheese on the pointed end of the carrot. Then add a sliced almond for a nail. Then place them into your dip bowl for a dramatic look. 
  • Use whole carrots instead of candles in candelabras to add more color and texture. 
  • Serve dips in small, hollowed out pumpkins. They add color and variety, plus save on dishes! I put our new spinach and artichoke dip in a pumpkin and added the witch finger carrots to it as well to make it even more interesting! 
  • Adding small decor to your food like plastic spiders, skulls or fake cobwebs can really help set the theme and take a simple plate of chips and turn it into a spooky spider web! 

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

Blueberry, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Bowl

Serves: 1-2
  • 1 Cup Blueberry Low-Fat Lifeway Kefir
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Avocado
  • 1 Banana, frozen
  • Additional Toppings
  • Granola
  • Blueberries
  • Banana Slices
  • Fresh Mint
  1. Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Pour into 1-2 Bowls. Top with desired toppings. 
Try adding 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed or 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds for added nutrition!



Mr. Dell’s Original Potato Casserole


Mr. Dell’s Original Potato Casserole

Author: Mr. Dell’s
  • 10 Cups Mr. Dell’s Original Potato Shreds
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Butter Or Margarine
  • 1 Can Cream Of Chicken Soup
  • 12 Oz. Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Crushed Corn Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Preheat Oven To 375ºF
  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine and pour into 9″x13″ baking dish, then add half of the Mr. Dell’s Potatoes. (No need to thaw)
  2. In separate bowl, mix soup, sour cream, milk and green onions, then pour 1/2 of mixture over hash browns. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Sprinkle one cup grated cheese on top.
  4. Add remainder of hash browns and pour remainder of of mixture on top, salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, then cover with crushed corn flakes.
  6. Pour 2 Tbsp melted butter or margarine over mixture and bake for 55 minutes.


White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 16 oz boneless, chicken breasts
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans
  • 15 oz can no salt added black beans
  • 16 Oz. salsa verde
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2-3 Tbsp corn starch
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours, until chicken is cooked through. Shred chicken with a fork and return to slow cooker. Mix well.
  3. Serve with desired toppings.
Topping Ideas:
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • green onion
  • crumbled tortilla chips
  • avocado
  • bread

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef & Cabbage

  • 2 whole yellow onions, peeled
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 1/2 lbs corned beef, preferably bottom round
  • 3 whole carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
  • 2 bay leaf(s)
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 medium whole head green cabbage
  • 5 whole russet potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • hot-sweet mustard, to taste (optional)
  1. Stud onions with cloves. Rinse corned beef in cold water to remove brine. Put beef in a large pot and add onions, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, skimming occasionally.
  2. Wash cabbage, remove core and any torn leaves, then cut into 6 wedges. Add cabbage and potatoes to beef, then cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer beef to a cutting board and cover with a plate weighted with heavy cans (weighting makes meat easier to slice).
  4. Transfer onions, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes to a platter. Remove cloves from onions. Strain cooking liquid, discarding bay leaves and peppercorns. Return liquid to pot and cook over high heat until reduced by one-third, 20 – 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  5. Return vegetables to stock and heat through for about 5 minutes. Remove plate and cans from meat and cut across the grain, in 1/4 inch-thick slices. Arrange beef and vegetables on warmed platter. Moisten with stock. Serve with additional stock and hot mustard if you like.

St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A few years ago, I tried Corned Beef and Cabbage for the first time and found a new comfort food. The combination of Cabbage, Carrots and Corned Beef was fantastic. This year I thought why not try some appetizers for those St. Patrick’s Day parties. Continue reading

Happy New Year From Your Coborn’s Dietitians


For those of you who are starting off 2018 with goals related to health & wellness, kudos to you! It’s a perfect time of year to get into a new routine. As far as better nutrition, just remember that it’s up to you to purchase good items at the store and eat your meals and snacks throughout the day to prevent yourself from getting too hungry!

The biggest struggle for individuals seems to be meal planning. Typically, dinner is the hardest for most families. With activities in the evening and coordinating when everyone will be home, planning dinner can be difficult. Others may struggle planning for dinner if they are cooking for just 1 or 2 people as well. Continue reading

Jayne’s Top 10 Holiday Appetizers

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Happy Holidays! As you know, I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. There are so many wonderful traditions, tons of beautiful decorations and of course, great food to try! Here’s my Top 10 Holiday Appetizer Recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends during this Holiday Season.

You can find videos for all these recipes and more on our youtube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can stay up to date on all my upcoming videos! Enjoy! Continue reading

Halloween Entertaining Done in a Snap!

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Happy Halloween Everybody!

I could hardly wait to show you my 3rd Annual Halloween Video! They get more fun to do every year! We try so hard to come up with a new theme every year to out due the one before. Here are the recipes that we enjoyed after the video was complete. They are tasty and so easy to make. I love easy recipes because when you are hosting the party you need quick and easy so you can enjoy the party too. Continue reading