You just got back from the grocery store loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables for the week. Your countertop is filled with bright colors and flavors to add to every meal! So how do you help your produce last the longest and stay the freshest? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from customers and the answer is… proper storage! Different fresh fruits and veggies have different storage requirements.
After all the lifting, sweating, running and stretching you killed your workout! Time to hit the showers! But not so fast, what you do and what you eat right after your workout can help your body recover and help you get the most out of your hard work.
The next time this happens, skip right past the shelves and pull out the drawer where you placed the veggies you bought on your last trip to the market. Vegetables are the perfect snack! They taste good, are good for you and can be eaten raw or cooked. You can enjoy them whole, chopped, or sliced with a dip or spread. The options are endless and the many different flavors will satisfy any craving. Vegetables have high water content too so you’ll feel full in less time than it takes to eat that bag of chips that you were just going to have a handful of (not judging, we’ve all been there!).
So, what makes vegetables the perfect snack?
The original convenience food, fruits and vegetables! Ready to eat after a rinse under water, fruits and veggies are an easy grab and go snack. With a little extra prep time and an oven, you can make your own veggie chips with kale or sweet potato to pack and go. Just bake them, let them cool and then pack them in reusable containers for pre-portioned chips any day of the week... a healthy alternative to that bag of chips we mentioned earlier.
Vegetables are delicious on their own, but add a dip or spread and you’ve got a whole new flavor combination. Peppers and hummus, apples and peanut butter, cucumber slices and ranch dressing… all perfect pairings to power through those 3:00pm hunger pangs.
The crunch of a carrot, the snap from a pepper or the smooth texture of an avocado; if you crave a certain texture at snack time, veggies have you covered. Or you can bounce from one texture to the next by mixing different veggies together. Toss your favorites together in a bowl or a reusable container to have on the go when you’re in the mood for a snack.
Feel Good Food
A snack you can feel good about eating! Full or vitamins and nutrients, veggies will curb your craving and leave you feeling satisfied with no regrets and zero guilt. Best of all, adding veggies to your meals and snacks is a proven way to help reduce the risk of many diseases.
Good for Everyone
Packing veggies into your kid’s lunch box for school, or your brown bag for the office, is a win for everyone as a snack. With so many colors, flavors, and textures to pick from, boredom is not an option. And if you have a picky vegetable eater on your hands, try hiding vegetables in their food.
No matter what your taste buds are craving, there’s a vegetable for you to snack on. We want to know, what’s your favorite veggie snack?
Everyone wants to be Irish today. Why wouldn’t you want to be? The music, traditions and food are enough to make anyone Irish for a day.
Have you ever wondered… how did a holiday about a Saint turn into a day to drink green beer and eat green food? This day celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish. Celebrations of the past involved parades, festivals and wearing shamrocks. In many churches, drinking alcohol was not permitted and fasting was common practice. But on St. Patrick’s Day, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted just for the day. Over the years this stuck, and encouraged the holiday’s tradition we know now of drinking and eating to celebrate St. Patrick.
In Hawaii, the word “Aloha” has many different meanings -- love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. That’s why it’s the perfect thing to say to just about anyone in any situation. The beauty and wonder of the aloha spirit was the inspiration behind the colorful, tropical peppers we introduced last year that are now back in supermarkets throughout the country!