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Recurra a los cereales integrales para obtener un refuerzo nutricional

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(Family Features) Una alimentación nutritiva, incluidos los refrigerios más inteligentes, es una forma importante de proteger su corazón y mantener la salud y el bienestar en general. Si bien muchas personas entienden los conceptos básicos de una alimentación saludable, por ejemplo, evitar demasiados dulces azucarados, algunos están confundidos acerca de las categorías importantes de alimentos que pueden afectar la nutrición.

Según una encuesta realizada por The Harris Poll en nombre de la American Heart Association, los adultos estadounidenses tienen menos conocimientos sobre los granos refinados frente a los integrales en comparación con otras categorías de alimentos como frutas, verduras y proteínas. Los cereales integrales son, de hecho, una característica clave de las recomendaciones de la Asociación para una dieta saludable para el corazón.

Hay dos tipos de productos de cereales: cereales integrales, que contienen todo el grano, y cereales refinados, que se han molido hasta obtener una textura más fina, como la harina o sémola. La mayoría de los adultos, según la encuesta, pueden distinguir los granos integrales de los refinados. Sin embargo, hay algunas percepciones erróneas.

La mayoría cree incorrectamente que el pan multigrano es integral. Además, solo el 17 % cree que el sorgo es un ejemplo de grano entero cuando, de hecho, es una opción de grano entero. Los cereales integrales como el sorgo, la avena y el arroz integral son fuentes ricas en fibra dietética, pueden mejorar los niveles de colesterol en la sangre y proporcionar nutrientes que ayudan al cuerpo a formar nuevas células, regular la tiroides y mantener un sistema inmunológico saludable.

Estas dulces y masticables barras de granola con nueces y dátiles de la iniciativa Healthy for Good de la American Heart Association, respaldada por Sorghum Checkoff, son un refrigerio perfecto para disfrutar durante toda la semana. El sorgo reventado agrega un ingrediente sorpresa para una textura crujiente, mientras que la avena y las nueces tostadas en seco brindan un delicioso sabor tostado.

Para descubrir más recetas integrales que pueden ayudar a tener un corazón sano, visite Heart.org/healthyforgood.

 

Barras de granola con nueces y dátiles

Receta cortesía de la American Heart Association y Sorghum Checkoff
Porciones: 12 (1 barra por porción)

  • Aceite en aerosol antiadherente
  • 1 1/2 tazas de copos de avena
  • 1/4 taza de rodajas de almendras o almendras enteras, picadas en trozos grandes
  • 1/4 taza de pistachos sin cáscara, picados en trozos grandes
  • 1 taza de dátiles sin carozo
  • 1/2 taza de arándanos secos sin azúcar
  • 1/4 taza de sorgo integral crudo
  • 1/4 taza de miel
  • 1/4 taza de mantequilla de maní baja en sodio
  • 1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla
  • 1/8 cucharadita de sal
  1. Precaliente el horno a 350 F.
  2. Cubra el fondo y los lados de un molde para hornear cuadrado de 8 pulgadas con una envoltura de plástico o papel pergamino. Rocíe ligeramente con spray antiadherente para cocinar.
  3. En una bandeja para hornear grande, extienda la avena, las almendras y los pistachos en una sola capa. Hornee de 10 a 15 minutos, o hasta que estén ligeramente doradas, revolviendo ocasionalmente. Deje enfriar un poco.
  4. En un procesador de alimentos o licuadora, procese los dátiles y los arándanos de 1 a 1 1/2 minutos, o hasta que estén picados y grumosos. Transfiera a un tazón grande.
  5. Coloque 2 cucharadas de sorgo en un recipiente de silicona apto para microondas o en una bolsa de papel marrón limpia. Si usa un recipiente apto para microondas, cúbralo con una tapa. Si usa una bolsa de papel, ciérrela y colóquela en un plato para microondas con el doblez hacia abajo. Cocine en el microondas a temperatura alta durante 2 minutos o hasta que haya más de 10 segundos entre los saltos. Repita con el sorgo restante, calentándolo en el microondas durante 1 1/2 minutos, o hasta que transcurran más de 10 segundos entre los saltos.
  6. Revuelva el sorgo reventado, la avena, las almendras y los pistachos en la mezcla de dátiles.
  7. En una cacerola pequeña a fuego lento, caliente la miel y la mantequilla de maní durante 5 minutos o hasta que la mantequilla de maní esté suave y la mezcla esté tibia, revolviendo ocasionalmente. Retírelo del calor. Agregue la vainilla y la sal.
  8. Vierta la mezcla de mantequilla de maní sobre la mezcla de dátiles, revolviendo para romper en pequeños grumos. Transfiera la mitad a la fuente para hornear. Usando el fondo de un vaso para beber o los dedos ligeramente rociados con aceite en aerosol antiadherente para cocinar, presione hacia abajo firmemente para aplanar y empaque bien para que los grumos se adhieran entre sí. Repita con la mitad restante. Congele, tapado, alrededor de 1 hora, hasta que esté firme.
  9. Coloque la tabla de cortar sobre la fuente. Voltee la sartén. Deseche la envoltura de plástico. Con un cuchillo, corte en 12 barras. Refrigere las sobras en un recipiente hermético hasta por 1 semana.


SOURCE:
American Heart Association

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Get Creative with Easter Sweets

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Kid-friendly crafts that bring loved ones together

(Family Features) Holiday hams and deviled eggs may take center stage at Easter gatherings, but edible crafts offer a reminder of the magic of the season that’s found in moments spent together. Simple recipes that call for a dose of creativity are perfect ways to bring the kids to the kitchen, made even easier when all that work leads to sweet treats.

While plastic eggs may have led to a decline in good, old-fashioned egg-dyeing, there are still fun ways to bring crafts back to Easter celebrations. Consider these Kids Krafty Easter Cake Pops, which call for little ones to help dip seasonal shapes in chocolate, use cake molds and more.

Children of virtually any age can relish in the joys of using cookie cutters and decorating Easter Sugar Cookies, all with a little supervision and short list of instructions. This version shows how to make the cookies and homemade icing so you can create any color you desire for maximum creativity.

Remember, these delicious crafts don’t have to be perfect – having fun and making memories that last a lifetime are what make Easter truly special.

Visit Culinary.net to find more Easter inspiration and recipes from “Cookin’ Savvy.”

Kids Krafty Easter Cake Pops

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 can frosting
  • 1 bunny chocolate mold
  • 1 cakesicle mold
  • ice pop sticks
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips or melting chips
  • cake pop sticks
  • 1 bag orange melting chips
  • 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil, divided
  • 1 bag green melting chips
  • pastel sprinkles
  • 1 piece hard foam (optional)
  • edible markers
  1. Bake cake according to package instructions and let cool completely.
  2. Crumble cake and mix with 1/2 can frosting until dough forms. Add more frosting, if needed. Using small cookie scoop, form dough into balls and set aside. Place dough in bunny molds then pop out and set aside with balls. Place dough in cakesicle mold, insert ice pop stick in each slot and freeze 5-10 minutes.
  3. Melt handful of white melting chips. Stick tip of each cake pop stick in chocolate then insert into every cake ball and bunny until each has one stick. Set aside to dry.
  4. Remove cakesicles from freezer and pop out of molds. In bowl, melt orange melts then mix in 1 tablespoon oil and transfer to cup. Dip cakesicles and scrape off excess using rim of cup. Place on parchment paper to dry.
  5. In bowl, melt green melts then place in zip-top or piping bag. Cut tip off bag, pipe carrot leaves onto piece of parchment paper and let dry.
  6. Melt remaining white melts and mix in remaining oil. Transfer to cup and dip ball-shaped cake pops and bunnies then tap stick on edge of cup to remove excess.
  7. Over separate bowl, sprinkle ball-shaped pops with pastel sprinkles. To keep ball shape, let dry by sticking in piece of hard foam. Bunnies can dry face side up on parchment paper. After bunnies are dry, use edible markers to make face and color in ears.
  8. When carrots and leaves are dry, remelt orange melts and place in piping or zip-top bag. Cut off tip and drizzle orange over carrots. Add small line of orange on each ice pop stick and place leaves on each stick. Let dry.

Easter Sugar Cookies

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”

Icing:

  • 1/3 cup meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water, plus additional for thinning (optional), divided
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 bag (2 pounds) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • assorted food coloring

Cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  1. To make icing: Mix meringue powder, 1/2 cup warm water, vanilla, powdered sugar and corn syrup. Separate into bowls and add food coloring; mix with water, as needed, to thin for piping.
  2. To make cookies: Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time to form dough. Roll dough out to 1/4-1/2-inch thickness.
  4. Cut into shapes, place on baking sheet and freeze 10 minutes. Bake 8-12 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  5. Place icing in zip-top or piping bags and cut off tips. Put cookies on parchment paper. Trace outline first then fill in middle. Use toothpicks to smooth out.
  6. Let dry 6 hours and finish decorating with different icing colors or edible markers.


SOURCE:
Culinary.net

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Sipping Sunshine: Celebrating National Margarita Day

Celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd with a glass rimmed with salt, savoring the taste of summer whether on the rocks or blended! 🍹☀️ #NationalMargaritaDay

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February 22nd marks a beloved occasion for cocktail enthusiasts worldwide – National Margarita Day! This festive day invites individuals to raise their glasses and indulge in the tangy, refreshing flavors of this iconic beverage.

The classic Margarita, with its perfect blend of zesty lime, smooth tequila, and a touch of sweetness, encapsulates the essence of summer in every sip. Whether you prefer it on the rocks, elegantly garnished with a salted rim, or blended to icy perfection, National Margarita Day is a celebration of versatility and taste.

Beyond its delightful flavors, the Margarita embodies a spirit of relaxation and enjoyment. It’s a drink that beckons you to unwind, kick back, and savor the moment. Whether shared with friends at a lively gathering or enjoyed solo as a personal indulgence, the Margarita has a way of brightening any occasion.

So, on this National Margarita Day, take a moment to treat yourself to this timeless cocktail. Allow yourself to be transported to a sun-soaked beach with every sip, relishing the flavors and embracing the carefree spirit that the Margarita embodies.

Whether you’re a devoted Margarita aficionado or new to the world of tequila-based delights, National Margarita Day is the perfect excuse to raise a glass, toast to good times, and celebrate the joy of this beloved cocktail. Cheers to National Margarita Day – a day dedicated to sipping sunshine in a glass!

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Creamy and Delicious Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Indulge in the creamy goodness of our Chicken Alfredo recipe: tender chicken, al dente pasta, and a rich Parmesan sauce—a true culinary delight!

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Authentic Italian fettuccine alfredo pasta dish with grilled chicken breast

Welcome to our kitchen! Today, we’re going to show you how to make the best chicken Alfredo that will leave you craving for more. This classic Italian dish is creamy, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying. Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Ingredients:
  • Cook the fettuccine pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook them in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove from the pan and slice into thin strips.
  1. Make the Alfredo Sauce:
  • In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  • Pour in the heavy cream, stirring constantly until it starts to simmer.
  • Gradually whisk in the grated Parmesan cheese until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  1. Combine the Ingredients:
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the Alfredo sauce. Toss to coat the pasta evenly.
  • Gently fold in the sliced chicken strips, ensuring they are well coated with the sauce.
  • Let the dish simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  1. Serve:
  • Plate the chicken Alfredo and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  • Optionally, sprinkle some extra Parmesan cheese on top for an added cheesy kick.
  • Serve hot and enjoy your homemade creamy chicken Alfredo!

There you have it – a simple yet decadent chicken Alfredo recipe that is sure to impress your family and friends. This dish is perfect for a cozy night in or a special gathering. Bon appétit!

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