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ENTERTAINMENT January 24, 2015

Make Your Winter Party Pop
As your winter schedule is sure to be packed with gatherings that bring family and friends closer, have plenty of treats that are gentle on the waist and wallet. Sweet, spicy, salty or with an Asian twist - any way you pop it - popcorn is a satisfying snack suitable for every chilly weather occasion.
Whether you're hosting a game-day party or simply enjoying a family movie night, popcorn's wholesome taste can take on a variety of flavors to please every guest. Plus, popcorn snacks are healthy and whole grain, which means they're a more nutritious alternative to traditional party nibbles and noshes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Score big with game day snacks
The game is on, and your home is filled with friends decked out in those familiar colors, ready to cheer their team to victory. Now there's only one more thing you need to make this game day gathering great - a feast of delicious, easy to enjoy goodies.
Whether your team consists of spice fanatics or sweets enthusiasts, Blue Diamond offers a huge variety of delicious snack almonds perfect for every preference or craving. Complete your game day spread with delicious dips - and don't forget the dippers. Add variety and color with sliced up carrots, bell peppers and broccoli to serve alongside tasty Blue Diamond Nut Thins, a perfect, crunchy dipper that's also gluten-free.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snappy Beans
Green beans are no longer a plain side dish for dinner. Here are some fun, kid-friendly recipes to try at home to help encourage your kids to eat a healthy serving of green beans.
"Florida green beans are great with a dip. Try them with hummus, ranch or any of your favorite dressings," suggested Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Powerhouse potatoes
The average person's caloric needs have decreased since the 20th century when lifestyles were more active, yet nutritional needs are generally the same. Getting the nutrition you need without consuming too many calories can be as simple as incorporating nutrient-dense foods, such as potatoes, into your diet.
Not only are potatoes a cost-efficient kitchen staple, there are dozens of quick and easy ways to prepare this ultimate comfort food while taking advantage of an extra helping of nutrition.
A medium-size potato (5.3 ounces or 148 grams) has only about 110 calories, 4 to 5 percent of the average adult's total daily calories, but provides much higher percentages of many nutrients.
The potato actually delivers a wide spectrum of valuable nutrients. For example, the potato is an important source of complex carbohydrates, often lacking in the American diet. The potato also is a good source of vitamin C and hard-to-get B6 and has long been known to be a storehouse of minerals. The potato contains valuable supplies of essential trace elements such as manganese, chromium, selenium and molybdenum.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Classics Reinvented
When you are looking for a taste of yesteryear this holiday season, look no further than your pantry for a staple you can incorporate into holiday meals, including snacks, breakfast, the big dinner and even desserts. Instant white or brown rice and multi-grain blends provide easy ways to put a fresh twist on traditional recipes your family knows and loves.
For a delicious, modern take on classic family favorites, look for ways to integrate current or seasonal flavors that complement the original recipe. Start new family mealtime traditions with easy recipe make­overs. For example, traditional broccoli, cheese and rice casserole only gets better with bacon, and using quinoa adds a subtle new texture. You can also give your sweet potato casserole a lift with white or brown rice for an updated take on this revered dish

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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