Power Up Your Fruits and Veggies for National Nutrition Month

 

Apple Romaine Lettuce Cups are arranged a bright yellow and orange plate that sits atop a wooden tableThis month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is raising awareness about national nutrition. 2017’s slogan “Put Your Best Fork Forward” acts as a reminder that each bite counts. This got us thinking about snacking and how it fits into a well-balanced diet. In a Cleveland Clinic Wellness article, Janel Ovrut, MS, RD. says, “If you go more than five hours between meals, a nutritious snack can tie you over so you don’t overeat when you sit down to lunch or dinner.”

In that case, it’s good to be prepared. Rebecca Subbiah, registered dietitian and founder of Chow and Chatter based in Winston-Salem, NC, suggests keeping healthy snacks on hand at home and on-the-go to avoid succumbing to junk food when hunger calls. Her recommendations are packing a piece of fruit, nuts and yogurt when out and about, and keeping a well-stocked fruit bowl and healthy snacks in the pantry at home. If nutritious, flavorful options are readily available then making the healthy choice will be a no brainer. We can’t wait to try Rebecca’s recipe for Apple Chips and popcorn with Parmesan and Za’atar spice. Both snacks are low in calories and high in fiber — great for a well-balanced diet.

Speaking of fiber…What your grandma may fondly refer to as “roughage” is the indigestible part of plant foods that aid digestion. It can also help you stay fuller longer. Subbiah recommends filling half of your plate with fiber-rich vegetables, legumes and whole grains such as oatmeal, lentils, and broccoli.

Another low-calorie and high-fiber snack is our Lettuce Wraps with Crunchy Apple Salad. Did you know? One large apple has a whopping 5 grams of fiber. For an afternoon treat, try these delicious wraps during National Nutrition Month. They’re sure to turn into a year-round favorite!

For more about Rebecca Subbiah RDN (US and UK), LDN, go to her website, blog and follow her on Twitter @chowandchatter

Lettuce Wrap with Crunchy Apple Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head of Pete's Living Greens Butter Lettuce or Baby Romaine
  2. ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  3. 2 TB Orange Juice
  4. 2 TB Orange Zest
  5. 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  6. 1 Cup Grated Carrot
  7. ½ Cup Chopped Celery
  8. 1 Red Apple, Cored, Chopped
  9. 2 Green Apples, Cored, Chopped
  10. 1 Cup Red Seedless Grapes, Halved
  11. ½ Cup Golden Raisins (or chopped dates)
  12. ½ Cup Chopped Roasted and Salted Cashews
Instructions
  1. Mix the yogurt, orange juice, orange zest and Garam Masala in a small bowl to blend. (You can prepare this dressing up to a day ahead of time)
  2. Add the grated carrot, diced celery, diced apples, halved grapes, raisins or dates and cashews to a bowl. Add the dressing to salad and toss.
  3. Cut the roots off the head of the lettuce and lay a leaf out flat. Place a couple of tablespoons of the salad in the leaf and repeat with the remaining leaves.
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Live Gourmet Heads to Viva Fresh Expo and Shares New Living Baby Romaine Product

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On April 2 we’ll be heading to San Antonio, TX to the Viva Fresh Expo. The regional trade show allows exhibitors like Hollandia Produce to network and share their products with retail and foodservice buyers. Additionally, attendees can take part in educational offerings with topics ranging from emerging techniques for growers to the latest trends in produce merchandising.

We’re proud to launch our Living Baby Romaine retail product at the Expo. It’s our newest product in our Live Gourmet® family! The green, like our Living Butter Lettuce, Watercress and Upland Cress, is sold with its roots attached to preserve maximum freshness.

Baby Romaine 2It’s also is non-GMO verified, meaning it doesn’t contain genetic material that has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third-party verification for non-GMO food and products. This endorsement represents Hollandia Produce’s ongoing commitment to use all natural ingredients in the production of its products, be it conventional or organic.

Living Baby Romaine is the perfect portion for one to two people, which also helps minimize waste. Why introduce Living Baby Romaine into your diet? The leafy green has more vitamin A than a carrot and is a rich source of vitamin K (a key role in helping blood clot) and omega 3 fatty acids (say goodbye to fish oil supplements!). Live Strong provides more reasons to eat romaine lettuce to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Living Baby Romaine is a great addition to a variety of wraps, sandwiches and, of course, salads. After all, what would Caesar salad be without romaine?

We look forward to sharing our experience of the Viva Fresh Expo, and stay tuned for news of Live Gourmet® Living Baby Romaine coming soon to a grocery store near you!