Dec 21

4 Nutritious Reasons to Drink Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is more than just a sweet treat. The drink you enjoyed as a kid actually has many nutritious benefits, in addition to its delicious, chocolatey taste.

It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse
Nutrition experts recommend adults consume three servings of milk and milk products a day, as milk is one of the top sources for three key nutrients – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

And like regular milk, chocolate milk provides eight essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium, as well as protein, vitamins A and B12, riboflavin and phosphorus.

It Ups the Calcium Ante
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 50 percent of boys ages 9-13, girls ages 9-18, women over 50 and men over 70 are failing to meet their daily calcium requirements from diet alone.

“Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the human body,” said Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, Appetite for Health. “Not only is calcium essential for building strong, healthy bones, it also helps muscles, nerves and hormones function optimally.”

Made with 50 percent more calcium per serving than regular low-fat white milk, TruMoo Calcium Plus low-fat chocolate milk is the perfect way to introduce more calcium into your diet. With no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial growth hormones and no artificial sweeteners, you can feel great about enjoying it on its own or using it as a base in delicious smoothies, such as the Fuel Up Smoothie and Chocolate Berry Blast Smoothie.

It Helps Build Bone Mass
Bones grow throughout childhood and adolescence, with peak bone mass occurring around age 30. The more bone you have at the time of peak bone mass, the less likely you are to break a bone or develop osteoporosis later in life.

Meeting daily calcium and vitamin D needs by consuming foods rich in calcium, such as low-fat chocolate milk, or other low-fat dairy products like yogurt and fortified cereal, can help build strong, healthy bones and, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

It’s a Great Workout Recovery Drink
Recent studies have shown that, compared to juice, water or some sports drinks, low-fat chocolate milk’s unique blend of carbohydrate and protein is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids and electrolytes that are lost during exercise.

Unlike water or most sports drinks, low-fat chocolate milk, such as TruMoo Calcium Plus, packs the additional benefit of calcium and includes a great balance of sodium and sugar – which may help you stay hydrated longer and regain energy.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup TruMoo Calcium Plus low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
Preparation
  1. In blender, combine chocolate milk, frozen mixed berries and flaxseed meal. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve.

 

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups TruMoo Calcium Plus low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup baby kale
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
Preparation
  1. In blender, combine chocolate milk, baby kale, ice cubes and almond butter. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve.

Dec 21

Unbeetable Recipes for the Holidays

(Family Features) Everyone has favorite recipes for the holidays, but it’s fun to add something new to the tried-and-true repertoire. Here are three delicious ideas made with a surprise ingredient – pickled beets.

Yes, pickled beets. They are the perfect ruby-red color of the season and their tangy-sweetness complements so many other ingredients. Aunt Nellie’s makes it easy; just open the jar and get going with one or more of these unexpected seasonal sensations.

Cocktail cheer
A signature cocktail is a memorable way to kick off a holiday celebration. Pickled Beet Martinis – a festive combination of pickled beet liquid, gin and orange liqueur with just a hint of lime – are a perfect choice.

Awesome appetizers
Baby Beet & Tortellini Appetizers made with Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets are amazing bites of savory flavors. Prosciutto-wrapped tortellini, bite-sized beets and bell peppers create a deliciously simple skewer.

A holiday gift
Mini Beet & Carrot Gift Loaves are flecked with carrots and pickled beets, which not only add flavor, but help keep the spicy loaves moist and tender. They make great gifts, drizzled with snow-white glaze and wrapped with festive ribbons and evergreen sprigs.

Pickled Beet Martini
Servings: Four 1/2-cup servings

  • 1          cup gin or vodka
  • 1/2       cup Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets liquid
  • 1/4       cup orange liqueur
  • 2          tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges (for garnish)
  • Baby whole pickled beets (for garnish)
  1. Combine gin or vodka, beet liquid, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice in pitcher. Stir to combine; add ice and stir again. Garnish with lime wedges and beets.

Tip: Use reserved pickled beet liquid from any jar of pickled beets.

Baby Beet & Tortellini Appetizers
Prep time: 45 minutes
Servings: 36 appetizers

  • 1/4       pound thinly sliced prosciutto or deli ham
  • 1          package (9 ounces) refrigerated tortellini, any variety, cooked and cooled
  • 2          tablespoons prepared vinaigrette
  • 2          medium bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets
  • Fresh herbs
  1. Cut prosciutto into 1-inch-by-3-inch strips. Wrap one strip around tortellini; skewer with appetizer pick. Brush lightly with vinaigrette. Add one piece of pepper and one beet to skewer. Repeat until all beets are used. Sprinkle with herbs.

Mini Beet & Carrot Gift Loaves
Servings: 4 loaves (6 servings per loaf)

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets, drained
  • 1 3/4    cups all-purpose flour
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup vegetable oil
  • 2          eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4       cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Topping:

  • 1/4       cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4       cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2          tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2       teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Glaze:

  • 1/2       cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-2 1/2 teaspoons milk
  1. Chop beets into 1/4-inch pieces. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 4 mini loaf pans or disposable 5-inch-by-3-inch foil pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; stir to mix well. Combine brown sugar and oil in large bowl; mix well. Stir in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in beets, carrots and nuts just until combined. Spoon batter into pans.
  3. Combine topping ingredients in small bowl; stir until crumbly. Divide evenly over batter.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack; cool completely.
  5. To make glaze, stir together sugar and milk. Drizzle glaze over cooled loaves.
  6. Store at room temperature up to 3 days. You can also freeze it, unglazed, up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature; then drizzle with glaze.

Note: It is not necessary to remove loaves from disposable foil pans to cool.

 

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