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[caption id="attachment_4934" align="alignnone" width="300"]McAlister's Deli strives to be your family's first choice for "Quick Casual" meals McAlister's Deli strives to be your family's first choice for "Quick Casual" meals.  Over 320 locations throughout the United States.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4935" align="alignnone" width="300"]The 16 McAlister's Deli Locations in Indiana will now offer a Produce Mom Picks Menu to help patrons identify choices that meet The Produce Mom criteria and include fruits & veggies! Options from the McAlister's Sandwich, Salad, Spuds, Tea & Kids Menu are included in The Produce Mom Picks Menu! The 16 McAlister's Deli Locations in Indiana will now offer a Produce Mom Picks Menu to help patrons identify choices that meet The Produce Mom criteria and include fruits & veggies!
Options from the McAlister's Sandwich, Salad, Spuds, Tea & Kids Menu are included in The Produce Mom Picks Menu![/caption] Best part of all - Kids Meals now INCLUDE a Fruit or Veggie side! :-) [caption id="attachment_4936" align="alignnone" width="226"]Anytime a patron chooses an item from The Produce Mom Picks Menu and/or a Fruit or Veggie side - they will be rewarded! Anytime a patron chooses an item from The Produce Mom Picks Menu and/or a Fruit or Veggie side - they will be rewarded![/caption] Working with McAlister's Deli has been such a wonderful experience - I'm overjoyed to get this partnership rolling.  From McAlister's dedication to handmade, fresh food to their welcoming & friendly atmosphere... I am HONORED to be involved with such a great organization!  This is a huge milestone for The Produce Mom & like everything we celebrate and accomplish, it would not be possible without your support!  Thank YOU for reading the blog & sharing this brand with your friends. I hope the Produce Mom Picks menu inspires families to incorporate more fruits & veggies into their lives. Now... I'm off to lunch at McAlister's Deli! xoxo Produce Mom   Please subscribe if you would like email notifications of my posts.   [post_title] => Produce Mom Picks Make Restaurant Debut [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => produce-mom-picks-make-restaurant-debut [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-03-03 11:53:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-03-03 16:53:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 571 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4908 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-02-26 17:45:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-26 22:45:58 [post_content] => This week I was interviewed by KFSN-TV out of Fresno, California... reporter Dale Yurong got his hands on my Find Your Favorite video of NBA All-Star Paul George talking about his favorite fruit, GRAPES. Fresno, California is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, where grapes are the top crop!  Our Find Your Favorite Grape Hero is a Guard for the Indiana Pacers & that connection is how I met Paul George.  But PG hails from Palmdale, California & went to college at Fresno State.  So he is just as much of a hometown hero in Cali as he is here in Indiana.  And his celebrity is most definitely growing across the nation... from NBA All Star to Find Your Favorite Grape Hero!!! :-) I love ya, Paul George, & I cannot thank you enough for joining forces with me & volunteering your time to help inspire children to eat more fruits & vegetables!  And thank you so much to Fresno's ABC30, Journalist Dale Yurong, Fresno State & the California Table Grape Commission for the support & coverage of this campaign.  It is appreciated! For more information about Find Your Favorite, the Produce Mom's educational program that promotes the consumption of fruits & vegetables to children, please visit  This campaign currently is active in select Indiana schools.  It is our hope to expand this program throughout the entire United States - but children everywhere can benefit now from the website.  Make sure you take the time to enjoy the video testimonials & stories from our Heroes about their favorite fruits & veggies! The 1 thing almost all of the Find Your Favorite Heroes have in common: Mom introduced them to their favorite. What's Your Favorite? xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => Paul George & Grapes featured on ABC30 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => paul-george-grapes-featured-on-abc30 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-26 17:45:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-26 22:45:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 572 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8865 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-02-23 15:07:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-23 15:07:45 [post_content] =>

8 Produce Shopping Habits of Millennial Moms

Millennial Mom The Produce Mom study, “8 Produce Shopping Habits of Millennial Moms,” was conducted based on the need to communicate the produce shopping habits and desires of the demographic with the most powerful purchasing power at the grocery story—Millennial Moms. My hope is that the results of this survey will prompt conversation and ideas on how we can help more people enjoy the taste and benefits of fruits and veggies! I’ve included my thoughts and translations on what this data means to me, and how I think it should impact the produce and grocery industries. 8 Produce Shopping Habits of Millennial Moms 1.     88% of consumers shop the grocery 1-2 times a week The days of planning and shopping for weeks or even a month in advance, as some of our mothers did, are gone. The opportunity for consumers to purchase more perishable items (fruits and vegetables) is there because they’re already at the store once or twice a week. 2.     77% of consumers visit the produce department during each visit This is a high number, but it could be higher. Keep in mind that this data is from a group that is already making efforts to eat more fruits and vegetables—followers of The Produce Mom. How can we help more consumers purchase fruits and vegetables at each and every visit? 3.     66% of consumers buy the same produce during each visit Not to sound cliché, but variety is the spice of life. There are literally hundreds of types of fruits and vegetables. Eating the same thing, day-in and day-out, gets boring. If consumers learn more about the myriad of delicious and nutritious options, they will be more likely to include more of them in their diets. 4.     44% of consumers buy sale items each week This number was actually a little surprising for me. I would have guessed that more purchases were price driven. However, if you take into account that most people are buying the same fruits and vegetables every week, it makes this point more understandable. 5.     62% of consumers like the variety in the produce department Grocers are already doing a good job at providing the variety of produce that consumers want. However, there is definitely room to improve. 6.     65% of consumers want more samples Who doesn’t love grocery store samples? Samples are a great way to give consumers the opportunity to try unique fruits and vegetables without the risk of spending money on something their family might not eat. If grocers can provide more samples with supporting information about storage and preparation, it will help consumers find ways to incorporate additional fruits and veggies into their lives. 7.     69% of consumers want more prepackaged and ready-to-eat produce This should be no surprise. Everyone needs convenience and time-saving choices. Millennial Moms want meal options that are nutritious, delicious, convenient and affordable. 8.     100%  of consumers said if they had more recipes, they would buy and try more produce This is a wake-up call! 100% of study participants need more recipes! What makes this even more interesting is that we live in a day and age where there are plenty of recipes out there. In fact, there’s an overload of recipes—Pinterest, Cooking Shows, Cookbooks, Blogs…. But there must be some kind of disconnect if 100% of consumers still want more recipes! How can grocers, growers and suppliers help consumers discover more ways to use fruits and vegetables? Increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables is the number one objective of The Produce Mom. It’s also one of the most important steps in solving our country’s obesity crisis. Please consider joining me in this movement. Whether it be by following The Produce Mom on social media, introducing your kids to the Find Your Favorite program or learning how your organization can help consumers eat more produce, I’m so honored to have everyone’s support in the journey to help people eat more fruits and veggies! [post_title] => 8 Produce Shopping Habits of Millennial Moms [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-produce-shopping-habits-of-millennial-moms [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-23 15:07:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-23 15:07:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 573 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4852 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-02-19 13:50:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-19 18:50:01 [post_content] => By Guest Blogger, Sonnie Boudia, RD, Wife of David Boudia, Olympic Gold Medalist! Thank you to The Produce Mom for inviting me to be a guest blogger! I hope some of my experience in nutrition and being married to an Olympic athlete can provide some guidance or motivation for anyone struggling to get their kids to eat more fruits and veggies, or even just eating more fruits and veggies themselves! Here are my answers to The Produce Mom’s questions! When did David start diving? David started diving at the age of eleven after one of his friends won free diving lessons and David tagged along. He had previously done gymnastics, but had gotten burnt out on that! How important is nutrition in David’s day-to-day life? Nutrition is very important in the world of Diving. Many people often confuse Diving with Swimming and assume David needs to eat the large amount of calories that swimmers do. In all reality, the amount of time he spends physically jumping on one dive is very short. However, divers do require more calories than the normal person because they lift weights and have a couple of practices a day. When David is in "all out" training, he cuts back on portions and incorporates healthy proteins, fruits, veggies, etc. He is very disciplined when he needs to be. Did David like to eat fruits and veggies as a child? It was more of a chore. He would eat fruits, but not vegetables. His favorite meal as a child would probably have been pizza. Now he is definitely very flexible and open-minded about vegetables. However, his favorite meal is still probably pizza or beef stroganoff! Luckily, we've found ways to make these dishes lighter and more packed with nutrients during his training time. What’s your favorite thing about living with an Olympian? Considering that I am a dietitian…I LOVE the fact that eating healthy and staying active is important to him! It makes cooking dinner and buying groceries easy and fun for me. He isn't picky and trusts what I make because he values a healthy lifestyle. I get to try new things as well as not have to make two different meals for each of us. He will eat almost any fruit or vegetable I put in front of him! What’s the hardest part about living with an Olympian? The travel time is bittersweet. We've been able to see some amazing places because of his career in diving. I am so thankful this, but he is also gone a lot in mid-season. I know this will be more of a challenge as our family grows, but so far we are thankful for the memories we have made traveling. Do you have any advice for parents trying to get their kids to eat more fruits and veggies? I would tell them to "keep trying." Many kids become more open-minded as they get older. Also, try incorporating finely diced vegetables into pastas, casseroles, omelets etc., where it may not be so obvious to them. Then, very carefully, reveal to them later that they may actually not mind the fruit or vegetable added. Also, consider having them help you prepare food in creative ways. They may be more willing to eat what they help prepare! Lastly, You are the mama and that means you are helping them understand what is good for them. Make what you decide to make and don't offer alternatives like fast food. That's true love. Tough love. :) Teach them to love and value good food. Besides nutrition, what other lifestyle factors have been critical to David’s success? David is very active and enjoys sports. He is extremely disciplined and will do yoga or Pilates on the side to stay flexible and strong in the core. If he isn't already exhausted from his weights or practices, he will play pick-up basketball, soccer or volleyball. Besides being active, David does a superb job of staying hydrated, stretching and getting excellent sleep. Being married to an Olympic athlete includes going to bed early. This was quite the adjustment for me being pretty fresh out of college! After laying in bed, staring at the ceiling for an hour or two the first few weeks, I quickly got the hang of it and started feeling the wonderful effects of a good night's sleep! Then I quit asking him "Are you serious? We're going to bed this early??" :) xoxo Sonnie Boudia2 A huge thank you to Sonnie Boudia for taking the time to be our very first guest blogger! I love the insights she brings and appreciate the thought she put into answering these questions!
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[post_title] => Living with an Olympian [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => living-with-an-olympian [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-19 13:50:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-19 18:50:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 574 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4794 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-02-18 17:20:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-18 22:20:34 [post_content] => Despite the wintery mix Indianapolis received last night, nothing could keep me away from my appearance on Indy Style (an Indianapolis Lifestyle/News Show) this morning! As usual, I had a blast making some of my favorite recipes and discussing important produce information! On today’s show I shared two recipe variations for baked apples and a champagne pears recipe! It was also a great opportunity to discuss criteria your produce has to meet in order to be certified organic by the USDA! Indy Style was extra exciting today because my good friend, WISH-TV Daybreak Anchor Lauren Lowery, was able to join me to share her apple recipes! We created a savory and a sweet baked apple. Lauren Lowrey Baked Apples For the sweet apple, the raisins and cranberries in the granola mix makes it seem so light, yet hearty and the flavor is very familiar & reminiscent of a traditional apple pie or cobbler. For the savory apple, the goat cheese provides a rich texture, while the rosemary, pine nuts and cranberry provide layers of flavor that are so perfectly balanced. The apple, of course, brings a bit of sweetness to this warm and flavorful dish. Click Here for Lauren Lowrey's Sweet Baked Apple Recipe Click Here for Lauren Lowrey's Savory Baked Apple Recipe Today on the show we used Viva Tierra Organic Pink Lady Apples! Pink Lady apples are a great variety for baking & Viva Tierra is credited as one of the first organic suppliers to provide the United States with organic produce year-round. As the domestic apple season comes to a close, consumers will start to see their produce being sourced from the southern hemisphere. Regardless of where your organic produce is grown, it still has to meet the same criteria to be USDA certified organic! What is the USDA criteria for organics?  I like to summarize it into 3 basic points:
  1. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers
  2. No genetic engineering during the farming process (no GMOs)
  3. No exposure to radiation (also known as irradiation)
How do you know if it's organic? The way you can identify organic produce is by its coding system & the USDA seal. The PLU number (shown below) will start with a 9 if it's organic & of course always look for the USDA certified organic seal! Organic LogoUSDA Organic Logo Produce Moms, remember this... ALL produce is good for you! When you are choosing fruits & veggies for your family, you are making an excellent choice! The ag industry is dedicated to providing fresh produce consumers with an abundant amount of choices & we are constantly improving our farming methods so you can always select the produce that is best for you and your family!  Everyone in this industry wants YOU to eat MORE fruits & veggies! For the second segment of Indy Style I again used Viva Tierra Organic Produce & demonstrated my favorite USA Pears recipe... Champagne Poached Pears! Pears are such an elegant produce item. They really are "the suit & tie" of the produce department and this recipe only makes them more classy - who wouldn't be impressed with a menu boasting Champagne Poached Pears???  And they are the easiest fancy thing I've ever made; you must try this recipe!  Poach the pears in a sparking fruit juice if you want to keep it kid-friendly. Poached Pears Click here for the recipe! Here is the entire Indy Style segment if you would like to watch! I'm on again next month! What would you like to see?! xoxo Produce Mom   [post_title] => The Produce Mom on Indy Style [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-produce-mom-on-indy-style [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-18 17:20:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-18 22:20:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 575 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4788 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2014-02-18 16:18:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-18 21:18:36 [post_content] => Apple Baked with Ginger & Granola[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Apple Baked with Ginger & Granola - - apple (Pink Lady apple recommended), honey granola with raisins, butter (at room temperature), crystallized ginger (finely chopped), apple cider, cinnamon, cinnamon stick (for presentation (optional)), Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the top 1/3 of the apple. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds and core so that the walls of the apple are about 1/2 in. thick. ; In a bowl, combine the granola, butter and crystallized ginger. Fill cavity of the apple with mixture. Dust top of apple with cinnamon. ; In a glass baking dish, pour enough apple cider (I used apple jack and water because I didn’t have any cider) in the bottom to coat the dish. Place apple in dish and tent with aluminum foil so the apple doesn’t dry out. Cook 45 minutes. ; After cooking, baste the apple flesh with liquid from dish. Let stand a few minutes before eating… it’ll be HOT! ; - I just bought a pre-made granola from Marsh, but any will do. For apple cider, I used AppleJack &amp; water. Recipe compliments of <a title="Lauren Lowrey " href="" target="_blank">Lauren Lowrey</a>. &nbsp;[/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Apple Baked with Ginger & Granola [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => apple-baked-with-ginger-granola [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-18 16:18:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-18 21:18:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 481 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4783 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2014-02-18 16:13:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-18 16:13:24 [post_content] =>

A show-stoppingly elegant dessert

We can think of no more elegant dessert than Champagne Poached Pears! Your guests will ooh and aah as you serve this stunningly beautiful dessert [recipe] Champagne Poached Pears[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Champagne Poached Pears - - pear (firm and ripe (I recommend using Bosc USA Pears)), water, lemon juice, champagne ((750 ml)), sugar, rosemary (3 to 4 inch sprigs), mascarpone cheese, rosemary, Peel and core pears from the blossom end, leaving stem in place. Cut bottom of pear so it will stand on a flat surface. Place pears in bowl of water and lemon juice to prevent discoloring. ; Bring champagne, sugar and 3-inch sprigs of rosemary to boil in a large saucepan. Stand pears in champagne mixture; cover with lid or foil and simmer 25 to 35 minutes or until tender. Baste every 8 to 10 minutes to cover all surfaces with champagne mixture. ; Remove pears from heat and cool; baste occasionally. Remove pears from liquid. ; In large skillet or shallow pan, reduce liquid and sugar by half. Cool. ; Pour sauce on individual serving plate. Stand poached pear in pool. Garnish with mascarpone cheese and a small sprig of rosemary. ; - Recipe compliments of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">USA Pears</a>  [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Champagne Poached Pears [post_excerpt] => Champagne Poached Pears are showstoppingly beautiful! Your guests will ooh and aah over this elegant dessert. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pears-champagne-poached [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-20 00:22:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-20 00:22:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 482 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4963 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2014-03-13 12:59:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-03-13 12:59:56 [post_content] => Who is ready for St. Patrick's Day???  I have your menu for a traditional & festive Irish meal... just click on the pictures for your easy step-by-step recipes! [caption id="attachment_4967" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Scotch Eggs are a must on St. Paddy's Day! Scotch Eggs are a must on St. Paddy's Day![/caption] [caption id="attachment_4969" align="aligncenter" width="300"]It isn't an Irish meal until the potatoes are served!  I LOVE POTATO CAKES It isn't an Irish meal until the potatoes are served! I LOVE POTATO CAKES[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4966" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Corned Beef & Cabbage is always the star on March 17th!  Yes, you can make Corned Beef!!! Corned Beef & Cabbage is always the star on March 17th! Yes, you can make Corned Beef!!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_4970" align="aligncenter" width="300"]And to finish... an adorable rainbow fruit tray with the most delicious yogurt fruit dip! And to finish... an adorable rainbow fruit tray with the most delicious yogurt dip![/caption]   Irish blessing to you all!  Have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day!!! xoxo Produce Mom   Please subscribe if you would like email notifications of my posts. [post_title] => St. Patrick's Day Menu [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => st-patricks-day-menu [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-03-13 12:59:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-03-13 12:59:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 569 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 1164 [max_num_pages] => 117 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 76b92fe42c5e1e927931dd9c3a5bc836 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) -->
Champagne Poached Pears