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Apr 1 2014
No Fooling!
No Fooling!
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Ever had an “April’s Fool” joke played on you?   Most of us have.   Now is the time to turn the tables.  You can surprise family and friends with recipes that contain creative ingredients.   They may never know the moist chocolate cake they are enjoying actually has green tomatoes in it… unless, of course you tell them.   Personally, I like to have fun with people guessing the “secret ingredient”   after they have eaten some of it.

Mar 25 2014
Naturally Green Foods
Naturally Green Foods
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Are you going green? Do you eat green foods? Are you being earth friendly? We can help you.

Mar 18 2014
Moooove Over Meat: Simple Truth Vegetarian Cooking
Moooove Over Meat: Simple Truth Vegetarian Cooking
By Sarah Koeninger, RD LD, Dietitian Supervisor, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Have you recently had a meatless meal? Did you realize it at the time? What about your parents or grandparents — do you think they would have chosen to eat a meatless meal out of preference and not necessity? Chances are you may have decided to eat certain foods because they are vegetarian, but people in previous generations ate meatless meals only out of necessity. Families tended to be bigger, so diets were made up of foods that would go a longer way. In addition, modern-day amenities such as refrigeration have come a long way in the last couple of decades.

Mar 14 2014
A Chip Off the Ol' Potato
A Chip Off the Ol' Potato
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Love potato chips but want a healthier, fresher option? Create your own with just a basic potato, a microwave (or oven) and a dash of seasoning. It is amazing how simple and addictive these homemade chips are. Using the microwave or oven allows us to skip using a vat of hot oil, which can pop, splat, burn and add unnecessary calories.

Feb 19 2014
Keeping Resolutions
Keeping Resolutions
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Have you been keeping true to your New Year’s Resolution?  If so — great! If not — it is never too late to have a restart. Think of it as a car that has stalled. Put it in neutral and turn the key. Then you (or the car) will be on the way again toward a wonderful destination.

Feb 13 2014
The Benefits of Chocolate
The Benefits of Chocolate
By Molly McBride, RD, LD, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Chocolate. We thought we caught your attention in one word. The decadence of chocolate: drizzled on your favorite dessert, used as a dip for fruit or just a simple piece to satisfy a craving, it can be heaven on earth for some of us. But what about the touted health benefits of chocolate? Is it too good to be true that something so indulgent can also be valuable in our diets?

Feb 11 2014
Heart Healthy Recipes
Heart Healthy Recipes
By Submitted by Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

It’s American Heart Month! Here are some recipes promoting cardiovascular health that we really “heart.”

Feb 2 2014
Simple Game-Day Snack Ideas
Simple Game-Day Snack Ideas

Today’s the big day! Are you ready to enjoy the game, discuss your favorite commercials and munch on your go-to snacks? We certainly are.

Jan 27 2014
Chia Seeds 101
Chia Seeds 101

Loaded with filling fiber, bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3 fats, these ancient seeds are well deserving of their recent superfood status. Chia seeds are basically tasteless, making them a terrific addition to your morning bowl of oats or lunchtime salad. When combined with liquid, these super absorbent seeds develop a gelatinous texture that’s perfect for pudding and smoothies. And get this--unlike flaxseed, chia seeds don’t have to be ground prior to eating in order to reap all the health benefits! Here are ten easy ways to get your daily dose of this tiny nutritional powerhouse.

Jan 23 2014
Coconut Oil 101
Coconut Oil 101

Unrefined, virgin coconut oil in all its rich and creamy glory has been quite the trendy fat source ever since hitting the shelves. Whether you use it to tame those luscious locks, remove eye makeup or sauté your favorite veggies, its mild, subtlety sweet and nutty flavor is sure to satisfy. Coconut oil is extremely high in lauric acid, a saturated fat categorized as a medium-chain fatty acid. Unlike the saturated fats in animal products like butter, evidence shows that coconut oil may have a neutral and even beneficial effect on cholesterol levels! Furthermore, because this superstar oil contains a variety of plant nutrients, it’s also loaded with antioxidants. Hit the tropics with one of these unique ways to use this versatile oil today.