Ten Tips to a Healthier Feast

As everyone prepares to enjoy great food, family and friends, here are a few tips to make the day a little healthier:

  1. Eat something before dinner–don’t forego breakfast or lunch in anticipation of the “big meal”.
  2. Make time for exercise–tossing the pigskin is just one idea.
  3. Socialize away from the food–it keeps the temptation to graze to a minimum.
  4. Make smart food swaps–milk for cream, sweet potatoes for mashed potatoes.
  5. Integrate new, healthier dishes with traditional favorites–roasted veggies, a fresh salad, or a fruit dessert.
  6. Use a smaller plate–it gives food a chance to settle before heading back for seconds (or thirds).
  7. Stay hydrated–water promotes a full feeling while helping body process the extra food.
  8. Stick with one dessert–select the best one and savor it!
  9. Don’t leave with leftovers–once again, it removes the temtation to graze.
  10. Ditch the guilt–it’s a once (maybe twice) a year endulgence.  Enjoy it!

These tips are courtesy of MSN.com’s Fitbie.  To see more, check out their link:http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/10-ways-have-healthier-thanksgiving

Do you have any tips to a healthier feast?  We’d love to hear them!

Gwatney Chevrolet’s “Drive Against Hunger”

Gwatney Chevrolet and the Arkansas Foodbank have teamed up to fight hunger in Arkansas this holiday season. Gwatney Chevrolet has created an amazing incentive to donate non-perishable food items. When purchasing a new Chevy, Gwatney will knock $100 off the price of the vehicle per non-perishable food item you bring in, up to 10 items or $1,000. This is an incredible deal if you are looking to purchase a new Chevrolet car, truck or SUV. In addition to this, Gwatney has pledged to match each non-perishable item you bring in 2-for-1. So if 1,000 items are donated, Gwatney will throw in 2,000 extra!

This is event runs through the end of this month, so you only have a little more than a week to take advantage of this wonderful offer!

Where: Gwatney Chevrolet
When: Through November
Contact: See Sales Manager James Miller or Shawn McClish or call 501-982-2102

First Security Bank Brings New Dish Ideas to Your Table

What is the holiday season without the standard fixin’s? Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries… As a news anchor recently said, “It’s a meal we wait all year for”, then most of us repeat it (very willingly) at the end of December.

But if you’re looking for a new addition to the family meal or something different to take to the potluck, check out First Security Bank’s new cookbook. You can reserve a copy now to get yours by mid-December. Recipes are from bank employees, customers and family members–from delicacies passed down generations to dishes kids of all ages can help make. And to make it better, proceeds benefit the Arkansas Foodbank, where each dollar received becomes three meals for Arkansans in need.

You can make your pre-order at any First Security Bank location. Check here for a location near you: http://www.fsbank.com/.

Easy Banana “Ice Cream”

What do you do with your brown bananas?  Banana bread and banana pudding tend to be the old standby recipes, but if you’d like something different, give this nifty “ice cream” recipe a try:

  • Freeze the overly ripe bananas until you’re ready to use them.
  • Blend frozen bananas.
  • Serve.

Yes, it’s that easy!  The frozen bananas make an easy, nutritious ice cream treat that have no added ingredients.  If it’s not sweet enough, just add some honey to it.

This delicious treat makes a great topping for any plain cake as well as warmed up banana bread!  And speaking of banana bread, freezing bananas is a great way to keep them until you’re ready to make your bread.  Just thaw when ready, snip one end, and squeeze out the fruit.  (For a great Banana Nut Bread recipe, check out this one from AllRecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/extreme-banana-nut-bread-ebnb/detail.aspx)

What is your favorite cooking tip or easy recipe?

Poultry Federation donates 600 turkeys to the Arkansas Foodbank

Take a minute of your time to watch this wonderful video from ArkansasOnline. The Poultry Federation has donated 600 turkeys to the Arkansas Foodbank to distribute to hungry families this Thanksgiving. What a generous gift!

http://www.arkansasonline.com/videos/2011/nov/07/5378

Food Drive at Twilight: Breaking Dawn premiere!

Are you a huge Twilight fan? Just going because your girlfriend is dragging you kicking and screaming? Regardless of your motivation for going to see the new sure-to-be blockbuster Twilight: Breaking Dawn, you can make a difference in some hungry Arkansans lives. Rave Motion Pictures is holding a food donation drive while the throngs of eager fans await the midnight release Breaking Dawn. The food drive will be held from 7-9 p.m on November 17th. Here are some guidelines from ArkansasFoodbank.org on what to bring if you plan on donating:

TOP TEN ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Canned meats/fish/poultry
  • Canned/Packaged Meals
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Soups
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • 100% Juices
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauces
  • Diapers

All donations should be non-perishable, and nothing should be in glass containers. Unfortunately the Health Department does not allow us to accept homemade items.

Opportunity to support Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Here’s a quick way to support Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, who donate plenty of food to the Arkansas Foodbank each year. With every purchase of this cool car flag that says “Head’n to the Deer Woods”, you not only look stylish as you cruise to your hunting spot, but you also help fight hunger in Arkansas. For every purchase of a flag, $5 will go to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, who donate the fruits of their hunts to the hungry in Arkansas.

If you’re a big hunter or know someone who is, be sure to purchase your flag today!

 

Help Your Favorite Radio Personalities Raise Food, Money and Awareness

DJs from some of your favorite Crain Media radio stations will be holding a radio food drive next week, collecting donations for the Arkansas Foodbank. Tune in to Mix 106.3, KHITS 96.5, My Country Y107.1 or Big Rock 93.3 to find out how and when to donate, as well as keep up with how well the drive is going. They’ll be collecting canned goods as well as cash donations.  I hear they’ll have a big-rig at their remote location to haul away their donations. Let’s help them fill it up!

If you were thinking of giving, this is a great time—before the season of giving carries us away. There will be more information available Monday.  Until then, keep listening, and follow your favorite station on Facebook, Twitter, and their official sites:

How many cans of food do you think it would take to fill a tractor trailer?

Donate canned goods at the Cornbread Festival this Saturday!

There’s a great opportunity to donate to the Arkansas Foodbank this weekend. The Arkansas Cornbread Festival will be held this Saturday, Nov. 5th at the Bernice Garden in Little Rock. Here’s the deal: for every can good you donate to the Arkansas Foodbank, you’ll receive a chance to win dinner at the wonderful Brave New Restaurant! This is a simple way to help fight hunger in Arkansas and enjoy some wonderful cornbread and have the opportunity to win a free dinner at an amazing restaurant. Sound good? Here are the details:

Where: Bernice Gardens @ Daisy Gatson Bates and South Main

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: $5 per adult, $3 for children 6-12, children 5 & under are free

The cornbread tasting will be from 11-2 p.m., with an awards ceremony from 2-3 p.m. There will be live music the entire day!