Cuisine…Smart choices for the New Year

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Leading a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean making dramatic changes. It means making smarter choices.

Looking and feeling better starts by making conscious choices every day that may be small, but will add up in the end. Here are some simple tips and recipes that will help you make smarter food choices so that you can truly live better.

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CALIFORNIA TURKEY WRAPS

Add a fruit or vegetable to every meal. When you add a little bit here and there, before you know it you’ll be eating your five cups of fruits and veggies a day without even thinking about it. Here are some simple ways to increase your intake:

•Lighten up your cheese omelet by adding fresh tomatoes, onions and avocado.

•Fill your sandwich with crunchy veggies such as green peppers and cucumber slices and add a pickle on the side.

•Keep mid-afternoon cravings at bay by stashing a bag of baby carrots or sugar snap peas in your office refrigerator for a healthy snack.

•Satisfy your sweet tooth by tossing a handful of frozen berries on top of your frozen yogurt.

Choose smart staples. Many families have a set of go-to ingredients they purchase on each trip to the grocery store. It only takes small adjustments to your current grocery list to achieve a better-for-you mix of foods and beverages. Try these easy tips:

•Low fat or fat-free plain yogurt is an ideal choice because it’s often higher in calcium than other dairy products and is a good source of protein and potassium.

•When buying deli sandwich meat, going all natural is a great way to cut down on additives and preservatives. For example, Hormel Natural Choice deli sandwich meats are free of preservatives and artificial colors and flavors so they taste the way meat is supposed to taste: fresh and full of flavor.

•Instead of drinking sugary sodas and juices, quench your thirst with tea. Whether you drink it hot or cold, unsweetened tea is calorie-free and loaded with antioxidants.

Lighten up lunch. Start a “Lunch Bunch” at work where members take turns bringing in a healthy lunch item for the group. Healthy lunch clubs are an excellent way to experience foods that are new and different and also good for you. Share recipes and make sure you know ahead of time about any food preferences or allergies that group members may have.

(For more tips and recipes visit http://www.hormelnatural.com.)

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California Turkey Wraps

Serving Size: 4
4 9-inch burrito size flour tortillas
1/2 cup ranch dressing, divided
1 9-ounce package Hormel Natural Choice oven roasteddeli turkey
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, peeled, thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled, sliced and drizzled with 1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 cup baby spinach leaves or arugula
Lay tortillas on clean surface; drizzle each with 1 tablespoon dressing. Layer each tortilla with equal amounts turkey, tomato, cucumber, avocado, sprouts and spinach. Drizzle with remaining dressing.
Roll up tortillas tightly; cut in half diagonally. Secure each half with wooden pick.

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Savory Smoked Turkey and Blue Cheese Salad

Serving Size: 2
1 8-ounce package Hormel Natural Choice smoked deli turkey, cut into strips
4 cups bite-size pieces red leaf lettuce
4 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 tart, crisp apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup candied pecans
Prepared vinaigrette
Freshly ground black pepper
In large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. Add vinaigrette to taste. Season with pepper. Toss well.

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Chicken Tacos

Serving Size: 2
2 spinach or whole wheat tortillas
1 package Hormel Natural Choice oven roasted carved chicken breast strips
1/2 cup whole kernel corn, cooked, drained
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
2 tablespoons low-fat ranch salad dressing

Layer each tortilla evenly with chicken, corn and cheese. Drizzle each with dressing; top with lettuce.

For child-size portion, use 1/2 spinach or whole wheat tortilla, 1 ounce chicken (size of average adult ring and little fingers) and 1 tablespoon each corn, cheese, lettuce and dressing.

 

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Panzanella Salad

Serving Size: 4
8 slices Italian or rustic bread, 4 to 5 days old, crusts removed
3 medium tomatoes, coarsely diced
12 Kalamata pitted olives, quartered
1 medium red onion, minced
1/3 cup vinaigrette
12 large fresh basil leaves, shredded

1 (8-ounce) package Hormel Natural Choice smoked deli ham, cut into strips

Tear bread into pieces; soak in bowl of cold water 2 to 3 minutes. Drain; squeeze bread dry, removing all water. In large bowl, tear bread into smaller pieces with fork.

In small bowl, combine tomatoes, olives, onion and vinaigrette; stir gently.

Add vinaigrette mixture to bread pieces; mix well. And basil and ham; mix gently to combine.

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