Dr. Kracker Whole Foods Baking Event

I was recently invited to a private baking event for Dr. Kracker‘s Crackers here in Manhattan hosted by Dr. Kracker, himself.

It was such a pleasure to meet him and bake his yummy Dr. Kracker crackers right alongside of him…talk about exciting and hands-on learning.

We baked a vast array of cracker and flatbread flavors including my favorite the Klassic 3 Seed.


All of the baking took place at Whole Foods Market here in Manhattan…how adorable is this kitchen?

Dr. Kracker even had samplings of his tasty crackers: the new Chocolate flavor, Seeded Spelt and Cherry Semolina.

It’s hard to believe that I created these cute little crackers from scratch with Dr. Kracker…I just love his packaging…the flatbread package is on the left and the square crackers are on the right…both varieties are so tasty.

Here is Dr. Kracker explaining his baking tips and sharing his knowledge and expertise for his famous crackers.

Here is what I started with…

And after a little bit of instruction and demos…I created my very own Dr.Kracker crackers.

Thank you, Dr. Kracker for a wonderful cracker baking event…I had a wonderful time!

Be sure to check out my Dr.Kracker recipes on the Dr.Kracker website for some tasty ideas and yummy snacks.

Have you tried Dr.Kracker’s crackers?

If so, what are your favorite flavors?

And Now For…In The News

Whole Foods Market To Grow it’s own Produce

Modified Peanuts May Cut Risk of Allergic Reactions

Sears to Bring Food to Your Fridge

Spices Don’t Have Satiety Benefits

Hummus Catches On In America

Mollie Katzen: Connecting Food and People

Inexperienced Female Athletes Risk Health Problems

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Super Bowl Savers: Touchdown Worthy Snacks Without the Padding

Americans consume over 30 million pounds of food on Super Bowl Sunday, twice the normal amount. In a girth-growing world, Doctor Kracker offers some simple solutions to cut the fat.


According to recent studies, the average American consumes over 1,200 calories during the Super Bowl- a full day’s worth. It’s not surprising however, when looking at consumer shopping habits. Leading up to the big day, Americans buy over 11 million pounds of chips and sales of flavored snack crackers increase by a whopping 68%, most of which are laden with hydrogenated oils (which increase the chances of developing heart disease), corn syrup, sugar and empty calories.

But never fear, the Doctor is here. Doctor Kracker, a brand of artisan baked nutritious, satisfying and organic flatbreads and crackers, offers a few simple solutions that will make your Super Bowl snacking taste indulgent while cutting the fat.

First, take inventory of your Super Bowl standbys: chili, chips, wings, cheese and buttery crackers, to name a few.  While the #1 cracker in America might only set you back 80 calories per serving, most consumers eat double that. By substituting one serving size of Ritz crackers (16 grams, or 5 crackers) with the same serving size of Doctor Kracker (15 grams, 4 crackers), you can save 20 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates. Additionally, that same serving of Doctor Kracker provides a healthy 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, flax and omega-3s, leaving the processed, butter-filled crackers in the dust.

Available in a variety of flavors and sizes, Doctor Kracker makes the perfect vessel for dips and hummus, as well as a deliciously healthy key ingredient in burgers, sandwiches and even lasagna. The result? More flavor, better nutrients, less fat.

I love serving Dr. Kracker flatbreads and crackers at my Super Bowl party; they’re always a hit and you can create a beautiful spread of hummus, guacamole, salsa and bean dips.  Your guests will be pleased with your healthy Super Bowl offerings…but be sure to save some for yourself as these tasty nibbles will surely go fast!  Dr. Kracker is my favorite  cracker brand and their flavor varieties are sure to please your taste buds on any occasion….

I know you’ll love them too.

For healthy recipes sure to be a touch down at your Super Bowl party, visit www.drkracker.com.

In The News This Week…

Whole Foods launches nutrition-education program

Fresh and Easy Launches Gluten-Free Line

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Scrumptious Sage Stuffing

You simply cannot go wrong with a gluten-free bread stuffing, especially when its enlivened with fresh sage, white balsamic vinegar and dried cherries. Chunks of bread, golden and crisp on top, soak up turkey stock and buttery juices from the sautéed onions and celery.


Ingredients

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripened avocado, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cups gluten-free bread, chopped into cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. sage, chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • Sea salt and crushed white pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, cook onion and celery in a large skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper; stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and toss with bread cubes, dried cherries, white balsamic vinegar, mashed avocado, celery leaves, and sage.  Set aside to cool for five minutes.
  • Whisk together vegetable broth and egg in a large bowl.  Gently toss with bread mixture until absorbed.
  • Transfer to baking dish and bake, covered with foil for about 45 minutes.

In The News This Week…

Sodium Reduction- A Top Trend

Relaxation Snacks- A Trend for 2010

Whole Foods Endorses Healthy Lunches

Sunflower Seed Oat Balls

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Plant some new seeds into your diet and reap the health benefits.  If you are looking for an alternative to your ordinary bean and nut balls or perhaps looking for a way to get more nutrients in your diet, take a glance down the ‘seed’ aisle of your local market.  Unlike nuts, seeds are not common allergens- which is great news for those of you who suffer from food sensitivities.   Furthermore, seeds are packed with nutrients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Last week, I was venturing through the aisles of Whole Foods Market when I stumbled upon the ‘seed’ section…suddenly, a tiny light bulb went off in my head and I began brainstorming seed recipe ideas…(yes, these are the crazy things that I do in the food store..and the reason that it takes me hours to get through one trip).  I whipped out my handy-dandy tiny note pad and started jotting down seed recipe ideas…Let’s just say you’ve gotta lotta seed recipes coming your way because I literally bought five different types of seeds because I simply couldn’t decide on one.  Plus, it’s more fun when you have five fun seeds to choose from in the pantry instead of one lousy option, right? Well, that was my thought…I had created eleven recipes right there in the seed aisle of Whole Foods Market…I finally had to move out of the way since I was ‘hogging’ the aisle amongst many rushed Manhattan folks.  Eleven recipes was enough, I thought, so I tossed the five different seeds into my cart and went on my way…Can you take a guess as to what the other four seeds are?  Well, you’ll see them soon enough…they’ll be popping up in my recipes within the next few weeks because I have ten more exciting seed recipes to share with you.  I hope you enjoy baking these delicious balls; let your imagination run wild and toss in a new grain or seed of your choice…let me know how your balls turn out!

This recipe can easily be made with sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flax seeds.  I enjoy using sunflower seeds with these balls, however, your seed opportunities are endless- get creative and have fun. Many of us are familiar with the mild nutty taste of sunflower seeds, which make a great snack and can easily be tossed into salads, stir fries and baking recipes.  A handful of sunflower seeds will curb your hunger while supplying you with a healthy dose of vitamin E, selenium and magnesium. So, go ahead…have a ball in your kitchen and create these tasty balls for your dinner tonight!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cup rolled dry oats
  • 2 cups water (to cook oats)
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup crispy whole grain cereal
  • 1 cup bran crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 cups finely ground sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat-free tamari
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard
  • Dash of cumin
  • Dash of pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well until texture resembles cookie dough.
  • Roll mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with tomato sauce and vegan Parmesan cheese topping.
  • Enjoy!

You CAN Save Money and Eat Healthy!

We’re all pinchin’ pennies these days…the economy sure isn’t looking so hot and we could all use a little recession lesson on how to cut back without cutting out.’

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Here are a few of my money-saving healthy tips for your food store trips:

Make a List-BEFORE You Arrive

  • Always arrive with a complete list of everything you need.  This way you are more likely to purchase the foods that you need and will cut back on impulse shopping on expensive and unhealthy foods.

Choose Whole Produce

  • In the produce section, steer clear of pre-washed and pre-cut veggies; these tend to be much more pricey than their whole produce friends.  For instance, an entire bunch of kale or collard greens is about .99/lb. compared to a pre-washed, pre-cut Dole package of Kale, which can run you up to $2.50!  Skip the bagged pre-washed/pre-cut veggies and stick to their whole buddies.  You’ll be surprised how much more volume you can purchase for less money!  Plus, I always find that the fresh, whole produce tastes so much better than a packaged, pre-cut option.

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Shop Generic

  • When looking for each specific item on the food store shelves, be sure to purchase the store’s brand name items; this will always save you money.  I love Whole Foods 365 brand; it tastes amazing and it is usually cheaper than the other brands.  Trader Joe’s also carries a wonderful variety of foods using their own Trader Joe’s label.  If you do not see a generic brand when shopping, feel free to ask an employee at customer service-they will be able to show you where these products are located.
  • Moreover, many generic brands are placed on lower or higher shelves instead of at eye-level.  This is mainly so that ‘impulse’ shoppers grab the first package they see, which is the ‘expensive’ brand name option.  Take a minute to bend down or stand on those tippy-toes to see what generic options are available.

Buy in Bulk

  • Have a membership to B.J.’s or Costco Wholesale? Purchase your meat and poultry in bulk to save you and your family money (as well as countless trips to the food store).
  • Whole Foods has many basics in bulk including granola, beans, whole grains and nuts.  Be sure to stock up on these essentials by saving money and buying them in bulk.
  • Many wholesale food stores also offer beans and frozen vegetables in bulk.  These can easily be frozen into individual Ziploc bags for your convenient use.

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Always Eat Before You Shop

  • We all know what happens when we end up walking the isles of the food store when our little tummy is growling for some grub.  Don’t make the mistake of going food shopping on an empty stomach.  If you are hungry before you go, have a snack before you head out.  This way, when you arrive at the store–you won’t have the urge to purchase based on impulse because you’re hungry.  Moreover, this will keep your paws away from the items that you do not need in your cart and your pantry.

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Super Foods On a Budget

What are your favorite ways to save money at the food store?