Volume 19 • May 2012
 
Kick Your Picnic Off Right
With longer days and warmer nights finally arriving, the time for picnicking with friends and family is here. So dust off the day packs, picnic blankets and stock up on portable snacks, like delicious dried fruit, or tasty, crunchy trail mix. One thing people don’t always think about is picnic food safety. To avoid illness, pack your cooler tight, with colder items at the bottom. Keep frozen food frozen to help other items stay cold and make sure to put leftovers back in the cooler. To learn more about picnic food safety, click here.
 
 
  Portable and Delicious Picnic Recipes  
 
 
  As the weather gets warmer and you need a break from your regular routine, why not try out this delicious recipe for a Quinoa Plum salad? It’s quick and tasty for even the pickiest eaters under your roof.
Quinoa, Grape and Dried Plum Salad
 
 
Ingredients:
Salad:
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 cup halved red grapes
1/2 cup Sunsweet® Plum Amazins™
1/2 cup each: thinly sliced
celery, green onions, and
chopped toasted walnut
 
Salad:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
 
INSTRUCTIONS:
Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer; drain well. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and let cool. Place in a large bowl with remaining salad ingredients. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over salad; toss well to coat. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Makes 6 servings.
 
 
 
A Satisfying on the
go Sweet Snack
  Try the Apricot and Cherry
Honey Cluster Trail Mix
 
A Tasty Treat for the
Sweet-Tooth in you
  Try Jan’s Plum Amazin
Oatmeal Cookies
 
     
 
Stronger Bones
May is National Osteoporosis Month, and we want to help. Although Osteoporosis is generally thought to occur mostly with postmenopausal women, it can affect younger women and men as well. The following are a few ways to lower your risk:
Maintain a healthy diet with foods rich in calcium and magnesium and Vitamin D.
Stay active, whether it’s walking, running, swimming or anything else that gets you moving.
Minimize your alcohol and caffeine intake and stop smoking as soon as possible.
 
 
 
Starting your own vegetable garden saves money, tastes great and isn’t that hard! All you need is a spot that receives six hours of direct sunlight a day and some decent soil (and the soil can be helped along with some fertilizer). Click here for more practical tips to help turn any black thumb green! Can’t you just taste those heirloom tomatoes already?
 
  If anyone deserves an indulgent little treat, it’s moms. Nothing feels as nice as taking a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious Plumsweets™. They’re decadent, they’re indulgent, bite-sized pieces of dried plums covered in rich, dark chocolate. So find a comfortable spot, turn the phone off and indulge.
 
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