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In Bloom: Cherries

Friday, May 25, 2018 11:20:31 AM America/Detroit

With the National Cherry Festival on the horizon it seems fitting to do an ode to the amazing benefits of Montmorency tart cherries!

Nutritional benefits

Antioxidants:

  • High concentration of anthocyanins, through antioxidant benefits
    • Are cardio-protective and may reduce the risk of heart disease
    • Are anti-inflammatory and may decrease inflammation in the body
    • (For athletes) may help with muscle recovery after a workout

Naturally occurring melatonin:

  • Promotes better sleep by improving the quality and duration of sleep once you hit the pillow

Dietary Fiber:

  • helps us feeling full and in effect we may eat less
  • may help with blood sugar control
  • has cholesterol lowering effects
  • contributes to digestive health

Make them a part of your daily routine to achieve the benefits

Easy snacks for families

  • Nuts, pepitas, dried cherry mix
  • Top a yogurt parfait
  • Add to tuna salad and spread on a whole grain pita
  • Add as part of a cheese board
  • Toss on a bowl of oatmeal or granola

Your Super Fruit Sidekick, Tara

Posted By Jordan Fekete

Memorial Day Picnic Checklist

Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:17:08 PM America/Detroit

Guys, it’s finally here!!! Warm weather! My family has been living it up outside and enjoying some good outdoor eats. Here is our handy checklist for planning a picnic:

Picnic basket items:

  • Supplies
    • Plates
    • Cups
    • Silverware – some for eating and some for serving
    • Napkins
    • Cutting board - provides a flat surface to serve on
    • Corkscrew
    • Food
      • Tip: Try not to over pack perishable foods as this will help you limit waste and also lower food poisoning risk.
      • Easy, nutrient rich, and balanced packables:
        • Cut up fruits and veggies
        • Dried fruit
        • Nuts
        • Whole grain crackers
        • Hummus
        • Olives
        • Cheese
        • Sandwiches
        • Flatbreads packed with veggies
        • Drinks
          • Ice water works two fold – to hydrate you and to keep your food cold
            • Bring plenty of water if it’s hot or throw in some la croix as well if you want some favor in your hydrator
  • Wine – yes please
  • Cold pack

Tip for packing your picnic basket:

  • Place bottles of ice water on top to keep food cold
  • Having reusable containers for packing your picnic will help your picnic packing and is more earth friendly than plastic sandwich baggies…GO GREEN!

Other items to bring:

  • Sunhats
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic blanket
  • Frisbee
  • If you have a doggie – a bowl for water

Your Super Fruit Sidekick, Tara

Posted By Jordan Fekete

Graceland Fruit Announces Wisconsin Expansion

Friday, April 27, 2018 11:51:57 AM America/Detroit

Addition of State-of-the-art Production Facility Provides 30 Percent Increase in Manufacturing Capacity

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Introducing Super Fruit Sidekicks!

Friday, April 27, 2018 8:56:59 AM America/Detroit

We're excited to announce the launch of Graceland Fruit Super Fruit Sidekicks (SFS); a group of taste makers, educators, and food lovers who share our passion for enjoying a happier, healthier life. What makes a Super Fruit Sidekick, you may ask? Here are some qualities that our Sidekicks are known to possess: 

  • They're foodies! They put deep care and thought into their food choices, appreciating the heathfulness, tastiness and aesthetic of a wide variety of foods. They're constantly browing Pinterest and Instagram for new recipes or food applications, and love to stay up to date on the latest food trends.
  • They're "proud Midwesterners" at heart (although you certainly don't have to reside in the Midwest to be a Sidekick). They're kind, hard working, community-minded and love helping others.
  • SFS are life learners. They're raving readers, always looking for answers to their questions. They live with a curiosity that makes every day fun.
  • Speaking of fun, Sidekicks are fun lovers! They're witty and love connecting through humor and other fun content. They're truly "a child at heart."
  • Lastly, SFS are entrepreneurial spirits. They have a growth midset, enjoy the challenge of overcoming obstacles, and are constantly thinking of innovative ideas to put into action!

Do you resonate with any of these values? Let us know you're interested in becoming a SFS! You'll see Sidekick content such as wellness blogs or new recipes on our social channels and blog. For more Sidekick information, check out our current line up of tastemakers. We can't wait to continue spreading the goodness of Super Fruit around the globe with the help of our Sidekicks!

Posted By Jordan Fekete

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 20, 2018 1:25:50 PM America/Detroit

5 ways to eat for our Earth:

  1. Use a reusable lunch box and water bottle. Planet boxes (https://www.planetbox.com) are perfect because they are not only reusable, but also remove the need for plastic bags due to compartments in the box. This adds up to a huge annual reduction of trash in landfills, oceans, or who knows where else. There are also fun options for kids because who doesn’t want to uncover a unicorn or a T-rex as they eat their food?!
  2. Shop your local farmers market or participate in community supported agriculture. These local options travel significantly less miles to get to you which is more environmentally friendly, but also can result in more nutrient rich foods for your body and support the local economy.
  3. Eat off your own land – garden, forage! If you want to decrease transit time even further between you and your produce, consider starting a garden and/or foraging. Bonus green points if you eat it raw as cutting out the cooking will decrease energy use!
  4. Buy in bulk. This reduces packaging waste and it can help save money...cha ching!
  5. Eat your fruits and veggies. By eating more plants and less meat you can help conserve water, land, and energy usage!

There are certainly more ways to eat green, but these are a great place to start!

Your Super Fruit Sidekick,

Tara

Posted By Jordan Fekete

Travel Tips: Healthy Snacks on the Go

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 2:17:02 PM America/Detroit

This time of year, many people are planning fun weekend adventures, road trips and family vacations. But one common travel challenge is how to stay healthy on the road.

As any road warrior knows, it can be tough to make good food choices when you’re faced with fast food, convenience stores and cranky kids. If you’re planning to take a trip, make sure to fuel up with some healthy snacks before you hit the road.

For longer trips, take a small insulated bag with freezer ice packs, so you can safely bring along your favorite (portable) refrigerated items such as yogurt, string cheese and hard-boiled eggs.  

Shopping List

Here are some of our favorite healthy, snacks-on-the-go.  

  • Bobo’s Bars - delicious oat bars 
  • KRAVE - flavorful jerky 
  • Brekki  - diary-free overnight oats  
  • Hippeas -  organic chickpea puffs   
  • Living Intentions Popcorn – superfood and super good 
  • Yumbutter - portable almond, cashew and peanut butter     
  • Siggis- Icelandic style yogurt  
  • Graceland Fruit - And remember to throw some of our dried fruit into yogurt, overnight oats or enjoy right out of the bag. A sweet snack you can always feel good about.  
Posted By Jordan Fekete

Seasonal Living – Think Spring!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:14:22 PM America/Detroit

With spring officially making its arrival today, visions of new blooms and sunshine are dancing around my mind. Here are some seasonal living ideas to help you think spring. 

Spring food picks 

  1. Dandelion greens are best enjoyed in the spring when they are young and less bitter and, hello, did someone say free food?! I know it sounds strange, but surprisingly they are extremely rich in nutrients. You can enjoy them raw in salads or cook them. Quick safety tips, only grab them from yards that are not treated with pesticides or fertilizers and also away from roadways where they can pick up pollutants.
  2. Asparagus is coming into season and is of course delicious so now’s the time to grab some and grill it up. Here is a great recipe to enjoy asparagus with cranberries and pine nuts https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/174361/asparagus-with-cranberries-and-pine-nuts/
  3. Here is my dietitian brain at work, dandelion (especially the root) and asparagus happen to be a couple of the best sources of inulin, a prebiotic fiber that may make you feel fuller longer!
  4. Strawberries and rhubarb together in a pie…need I say more?! Here’s a lovely recipe if you plan to make it yourself http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249889/strawberry-rhubarb-pie/ or pick up a fresh made pie from a local pie shop. We are planning to grab one from the Grand Traverse Pie Company!

Spring fun picks

With spring being a time of rebirth, here are a few renewal themed choices that center on simplicity:

  • Watch the sun rise
  • Open up the windows and let the fresh air flow in (I’m especially excited for this one!)
  • Stop to smell the flowers
  • Sit outside and bird watch
  • Try out a yoga class
  • Stroll your local downtown for “new to you” hidden gems

 

Posted By Jordan Fekete

"Spring” into some Fun Outdoor Activities

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:57:54 AM America/Detroit

With warm weather on the horizon, spending time outside without all the extra layers is nearly in our grasp! Here are the top activities that the nature lover in me is daydreaming about:

  1. Trail hiking and practicing plant identification – this is great done alone, as a couple, or with the whole family. It offers the serenity that comes with enjoying nature as well as the benefits of physical activity. Plant identification is a fun activity to add to a hike. There are, of course, apps for this but we like to go old school and use a book…Foraging and Feasting by Dana Falconi is perfect, offering beautiful illustrations as well as practical applications for learning about the plants you encounter along the way.
  2. Go on a scavenger hunt – whether you find a preplanned hunt or organize one yourself, this can be a blast! To plan one, pick a theme, write down and hide your clues, and be sure to include a fun prize at the last stop…viola!
  3. Head out for a picnic – my girls love a beach picnic, but my personal favorite is setting up lunch right in my own yard! Spread a blanket, brings lots of handy snacks, and invite some friends!
  4. Shop the local farmers market – browsing through the farmers market and choosing from the gorgeous, fresh fruits and veggies is my happy place. Buying freshly picked produce is prefect as nutrient density will be at its highest!
  5. Start a garden – this doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it may sound. Simply purchase some great soil and large pots. Choose a couple of produce items (tomatoes, zucchini, or herbs work well) and purchase starter plants. Put the soil in the pots along with the plants and water them. Seriously, so easy!  

There you have it. Now to spring-forward and make this (spring) daydream a reality.

Posted By Jordan Fekete

9 Superfoods to Transform Your Pantry

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:50:18 AM America/Detroit

Pantries are undergoing a transformation – move over sweet and salty treats! 

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Our Top 7 Picks from Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018 4:52:22 PM America/Detroit

Members of our team jetted to San Francisco, California this past month to discover the most up-and-coming products of 2018 at the Winter Fancy Food Show. With firm resolve (and full bellies), we can hardily recommend the following products for their healthfulness, unique attributes and tantalizing flavor:

  1. Hope Hummus: As self-proclaimed health-focused foodies, Hope Foods brings a unique twist to a fan favorite (read: chocolate hummus). As a fan of the Kale Pesto myself, they have delicious, minimally processed hummus for every palette, backed by a belief in the power of better food.  
  2. Creative Snack Clusters Almond Clusters: The delectable pairing of almonds, dried cranberries and cacao nibs in a bite-sized cluster reminded me of my favorite trail mix- only better! Balancing each bite becomes effortless as each cluster is a perfect combination of all flavors. Creative Snacks is all about creating better snack food: affordable, great tasting, and free from any harmful ingredients. 
  3. Bobo's Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Bar: A Colorado mother-daughter duo started baking oat bars in their Boulder, CO kitchen, creating a product that won consumer's hearts nationwide. Their banana chocolate chip oat bar is no exception- a delicious, gluten-free baked good that leaves you full and satisfied. Keep up the great work on these small-batch goodies!
  4. In Season Snacks Trail Mix Crackers: A perfect blend of nut, dried fruit, seed and cracker, these trail mix crackers are great right out of the bag or coupled with your favorite cheese. As the versatily of a cracker meets a unique take on trail mix, In Season Snacks hit it out of the park with this new creation.
  5. Rustic Bakery Tart Cherry, Cacao Nib & Almond Artisan Crisps: A great pairing with cheese, soups and salads, these surprisingly supple crisps get an A+ for flavor profile and delectable inclusions. Low in fat and high in fiber, these flatbreads are sure to make their way into your list of pantry staples. 
  6. Barney Butter Almond Butter Blend: Did someone say nut butter? While you can't go wrong with any type of creamy, nutty concoction in my book, Barney Butter does it all right. Gluten-free, Non-GMO and packed full of almond-boasting health benefits, this butter comes in a variety of fun flavors including vanilla and espresso, cocoa and coconut, and honey and flax. 
  7. Miyoko's Creamery Vegan Smoked VeganMozz: Last but not least, the heavens truly blessed us with the arrival of a vegan creamery at Fancy Foods. For those with lactose and other dairy-associated issues, Miyoko's cheese brings back a beloved ingredient that pairs well with so many dishes- you wouldn't even know it's not the "real thing!" For all of those that have said “I’d go vegan, but I just can’t give up cheese” Miyokos has the answer for you. 

Have you tried any of these hits? What's your favorite?

Posted By Jordan Fekete
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