Posts Tagged ‘local markets’

5 Ways To Grocery Shop Healthier

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Are you looking for ways to make your grocery shopping healthier? If yes, we are here to help by providing five tips on how to navigate the supermarket in the most effective way. Read below to start making smart choices in the grocery store.

 

To cook healthy meals, you need the right ingredients on hand in your kitchen. Most grocery shoppers do not have the time to look carefully at food labels and find the best nutritious foods at great buys.

 

Here are just a few ways to shop and eat better:

 

 Plan Your Meals Per Week

Before you step into the grocery store, have a game plan. Figure out what meals you want for the week or two weeks. List ingredients you will need to make these meals. Make sure you check out weekly discounts in grocery ads and never go to the grocery store hungry. When you go to the grocery store hungry, you setup yourself to spend more.

 

Shop For Variety

When shopping, make sure you shop for food included on the food pyramid such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean meat, fish, poultry, beans and nuts. Buy food with the most nutritious values. For example, you should buy sweet potatoes over white potatoes because sweet potatoes are richer in beta-carotene.

 

If you enjoy eating something new every week, pick a new fruit or vegetable for you diet every week. Eat plenty of produce.

 

Look for the Least Processed Foods

When it comes to breads, cereals and pasta, buy the whole grains with the least amount of processing. Oatmeal is a great whole grain to eat.

 

Eat Fish Two Times a Week

Fish is affordable and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are not a fish eater, choose lean cuts of meat such as round, top, sirloin and tenderloin. If you prefer chicken, pick skinless poultry.

 

Do not forget your Dairy

Dairy foods are a great source of calcium and vitamin D you need for bone growth. You should have three servings a day (this can include yogurts and cheeses as well as milk).

 

For a great selection of nutritious and fresh foods, shop at Hearn Kirkwood, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

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Source: 10 Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping

How Hot and Spicy Food Helps You Stay Slim and Trim

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

International Hot & Spicy Food day was this month, January 16th! You should keep spicy food in your diet because it is good for your health. If you love spicy food, you are in for a treat. We have two great spicy, meat- free recipes to wake up your taste buds, while keeping you healthy and slim. Read below to start heating up your kitchen.

 

Did You Know?

 Did you know capsaicin, a compound in chilies, could help boost your metabolism? It can! A tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies can improve the performance of your nervous system and burns calories up to 23%! Not to mention, spicy foods can support heart health by increasing blood flow throughout the body.

 

Here are some great, spicy recipes you should try today:

 

 Tangy Tofu Stir Fry

 Add to your next tofu stir-fry sriracha. Sriracha is a tangy, sweet, Thai hot sauce.  All you need is a food processor to cut your vegetables well. Use rice vinegar to bring out the flavor in the vegetables and noodles. Here are the ingredients:

 

Ø1 box of extra-firm tofu

Ø2 tablespoons sriracha sauce

Ø8 ounces of dry soba noodles

Ø 2 teaspoons peanut oil

Ø3 cloves garlic, minced

Ø1 1”piece fresh ginger, finely chopped

Ø3 medium carrots, cut into strips

Ø1 medium red bell pepper, julienne

Ø1 cup of sliced mushrooms

Ø4 scallions, cut into 1” pieces

Ø1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Ø1 tablespoon cornstarch

ؽ cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth

Ø3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

Ø2 tablespoons natural rice vinegar (not seasoned)

Ø1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil

 

Read directions and nutritional facts here.

 

Low-Fat Spicy Mac and Cheese

 Are you a Mac and Cheese lover? If yes, this is a wonderful comfort food dish to make! The Mac and Cheese contains chipotle chile pepper to give you the perfect kick. It can be made healthier with reduced-fat milk. Here are the ingredients:

Ø3 C elbow macaroni

Ø3 Med Scallions, Chopped

Ø3 tbsp all-purpose flour

Ø2 ½ C shredded reduced-fat (2%) sharp cheddar cheese (10 oz).

Ø ½ C reduced-fat sour cream

Ø 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Ø 1 tsp chopped chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce

Ø ½ tsp salt

Ø 3 tbsp dried bread crumbs

Ø 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Ø 2 tsp olive oil

 

Read the directions and nutritional facts here.

 

For a great selection of nutritious, fresh and spicy foods, shop at Hearn Kirkwood, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Source: Meatless Monday: Hot and Spicy Food

 

Must Have Meals at Christmas Brunch

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Are you planning on having a Christmas Brunch this year? If yes, we have a few great recipes to share with you to make it a pleasant one! Read below to start cooking!

 Turkey Filled Omelette

 Do you enjoy eating turkey, then you will love this omelet filled with turkey and savory seasoning. It takes only 15 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook.

You need the following ingredients:

-         1 Tablespoon Olive Oil.

-         2 Teaspoons Unsalted Butter

-         1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Shiitake Mushroom

-         1 Shallot, Finely Chopped

-         ¼ Teaspoon Salt

-         1 fresh sage leaf, minced

-         ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

-         ¼ cup shredded cooked turkey

-         1 teaspoon dry vermouth (optional)

-         2 eggs, chilled

-         1 pinch ground white pepper

-         2 teaspoons olive oil

-         1 tablespoon crème fraiche

Directions to cook your Turkey Omelette are here.

 Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole

 This is a great Christmas morning meal. It is delicious and sure to become a household favorite. It takes 20 minutes to prep and 1. 5 hours to cook.

The ingredients are as followed:

-         1 pound ground pork sausage

-         1 teaspoon mustard powder

-         ½ teaspoon salt

-         4 eggs, beaten

-         2 cups milk

-         6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes

-         8 ounces mild Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Read the directions here.

 Overnight Blueberry French Toast

 This is a fresh and fulfilling dish that you can make for the family Christmas day. Use blueberries and cover them with blueberry sauce to make a one of a kind French toast meal. It takes 15 minutes to prep and 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook.

The ingredients are as followed:

-12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes.

- 2(8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into1-inch cubes.

- 1-cup fresh blueberries.

- 12 eggs, beaten.

- 2 cups milk

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

- 1/3-cup maple syrup.

-1 cup of white sugar

–2 tablespoons cornstarch

–1 cup water

–1 cup fresh blueberries

–1 tablespoon butter

Directions for this delicious dish are here.

To learn how to cook more great Christmas Brunch dishes, read this article from AllRecipes.com.

 

For more information on cooking a great meal contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

How To Identify And Cook Steak Cuts

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

 

Do you know how to identify and cook steak cuts? If no, we are here to help you! Read below to learn!

 

Eye Round

This is an nonredeemable cut of meat. It is tasteless and tough. You can save money by buying it.

 

Chuck Steak

Chuck steak is the shoulder of an animal. This cut of meat has great flavors and a good balance of tenderness and toughness.  If you have a cut with a long flat bone, it originates close to where the prime rib is cut. It usually has a piece of the tender part of a rib eye. Cut the rib eye out and use the chuck steak for stew or burgers. You can freeze what you do not use for meals later.

 

How to Cook Your Steak Right

 

If you enjoy tender steaks, the best technique to use to get your cuts tender is to cook them low and slow. If you want your steaks juicy, brown your steaks on high and then heat down to a medium low and cook slowly. Make sure to turn them often.

 

To learn how to cook to perfection your steaks well done, medium rare or bloody rare, read this article from the Huffington post.

 

For more information on cooking a great steak cut, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

15 New Ways to Give Your Thanksgiving Turkey An Incredible Flavor

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

 

Are you determined to make the best Thanksgiving Turkey you have ever made this Thanksgiving? If yes, we are here to help by giving you 15 new ways to cook your Turkey! Read below to learn!

 

The best ways to make your Turkey special and delicious is giving it a flavorful glaze and filling it with amazing stuffing.  Here are just a few recipes to get you started:

 

Soy Sauce and Honey Glazed Turkey

 

This Turkey is marinated and basted with Asian ingredients of soy, sesame, honey, and ginger. It will have a superb flavor and the color will be mahogany. Read the recipe here .

 

Slow Roasted Herbed Turkey Breast

 

By searing your Turkey breast in a skillet before you roast it, you can keep the moisture you desire in your meat with this recipe. The sage, rosemary, and thyme give the turkey a delightful flavor. Best of all, you can add your favorite herbs to the dish. Read the recipe here .

 

Rosemary Maple Glazed Turkey Breast with Gravy

 

If you enjoy using rosemary in your meals, you will enjoy this Turkey recipe. This recipe uses a rosemary orange butter glaze to give your turkey breast an incredible flavor. Read the recipe here .

 

For more wonderful recipes, read this article from the HuffingtonPost.com.

 

For more information on making a great Thanksgiving Turkey, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

5 Tips on How to Avoid Over Indulging During Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

 

Are you looking for ways to make your Thanksgiving dinner a healthy choice? If yes, we are here to help by giving you five great tips on how to avoid overindulging. Read below to learn!

 

Thanksgiving promotes families to overboard with the calories and consumption, then regret it later. The temptations of gooey apple pie and dense sweet potatoes topped with melted marshmallows make it hard for most to be disciplined during dinner.

 

Here are five ways experts suggest you do to avoid over indulging on not so healthy foods during Thanksgiving:

 

 

Stick to Healthy Portions

 

Experts recommend that you have one plate of Thanksgiving food. They say it is all you need. Fill up half of your plate with vegetables, fruit, whole wheat roll, a quarter of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, another quarter should go for the meats of turkey or ham. The more color to your plate, the better. Add leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers and beets to your veggie spread.

 

When you fill up on these types of food, you have a lower caloric density and a higher level of nutrition to serve your body. You will not only feel full but you will not be bloated or tired because it is a lighter, healthier and well-balanced meal.

 

As for dessert, pick fruit or pumpkin pies, they have fewer calories than chocolate or pecan pies.

 

Have Single Servings of the Most Unhealthy Foods

 

If you stick to single serving of the unhealthiest foods, you will avoid feeling bloated. Have a half of cup of mashed potatoes- that is the regular size of a cupcake. Have Turkey the size of your checkbook.

 

 

Eat before you indulge.

 

Make sure you do not starve yourself the whole day waiting for the big dinner. You are not saving room for your big meal but preparing yourself to over eat. Eat breakfast. Eat lunch. Have snacks. You will thank yourself later.

 

For more great tips on how to avoid overindulging, read this article from MyHealthyNewsDaily.com.

 

For more information on eating healthy, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Hearn Kirkwood in the Community: The 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Hearn Kirkwood is proud to be a part of the 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Sunday, November 12, 2011 at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, Maryland. We joyfully are donating Oranges and Bananas for the participants.

 

So get in the spirit this holiday season and join us at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

 

If you are interested in participating, sign up before it is too late. Online pre-registration ends Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at noon.

 

Event Info:

Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun, festive event for the whole family! Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and come join us for some holiday cheer.

 

Event Location:

Marley Station Mall

 

Event Schedule:

Registration 6:30am 11/13/2011 6:30 am – 8:00 am
Warm-up 7:45am 11/13/2011 7:45 am – 10:30 am
Race Start 11/13/2011 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Kid’s Rudolph Romp 11/13/2011 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Post Race After Party, Awards, and Costume Contest 11/13/2011 9:15 am – 10:00 am

 

Fees:

JBR Registration: $30.00

 

Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Or, you can simply make a donation. There are numerous ways in which you can help.

INSPIRE.BELIEVE.LOVE

Encourage a friend to put on their reindeer antlers, running shoes, and come join us for some holiday cheer.

 

For more information on Hearn Kirkwood’s involvement in the 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, contact us by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!

 

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Since our founding in 1946, we have grown from a store front on the downtown Baltimore Produce Market to a 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Hearn Kirkwood purchases 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.

 

Hearn Kirkwood currently operates a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. Our service area includes all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia – with limited service to Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

 

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!