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Apple-Raspberry Sorbet

Happy Friday, everyone! To celebrate the weekend, here is a deliciously healthy recipe to enjoy. Gather your family and friends to enjoy this sweet treat and beat the heat!

This raspberry sorbet recipe is a wonderful way to use extra summer berries to make a dairy-free, healthy and light dessert perfect for any hot day. If you can’t find apple-raspberry juice, apple juice works well.

MAKES 6 SERVINGSDF8430_Krasner
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 3/4 hours
Course: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of raspberries (about 1 pound), fresh or frozen (see Tips)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple-raspberry juice
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar

Directions

  1. Puree raspberries in a food processor until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and press on the solids to extract all the juice.
  2. Combine water, juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir the syrup into the fruit puree. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours.
  4. Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker. (No ice cream maker? See Tips.) Freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Tips: If using frozen fruit, measure it frozen and then thaw before pureeing. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the mixture in a shallow metal cake pan or ice cube trays until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Make Ahead Tip: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Let soften slightly before serving.

Nutrition Information Per serving: 116 calories; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g dietary fiber; 1 mg potassium; 10 mg sodium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)

By EatingWell.com, ©Meredith Corporation.

Did you know that stretching can prevent repetitive motion injuries?

Anaco Stretching Exercises Training

A few years ago, Anaco researched how they could prevent injuries in jobs with the highest levels of repetitive motion. After much discussion about the best way to address the problem, they instituted a stretching program where team members stretch for 2 minutes at the top of the hour throughout their shift. We are happy to report that these stretching exercises have helped reduce and almost eliminate repetitive type injuries from these departments!

Anaco recently decided that it was time to “refresh” the stretching program. If you’ve ever tried to stick to an exercise program, you know that doing the same exercise every day can get boring, make you quickly lose interest, and even no longer challenge you as your body begins to adapt to the repetitiveness. To avoid this, Anaco brought in a physical therapist from a local clinic to observe how team members perform their tasks and recommend stretches that would best prevent injuries.

After the initial observations, the entire team came together in the training center in groups for a hands-on demonstration and practice of some new and improved stretches. Great job, Team Anaco! Way to be proactive!

Give Stress a Rest

April is Stress Awareness Month. It is important to be aware of our health. Here are tips to remember during the demanding times:

Stay active! Don’t let the hotter temperatures keep you indoors and away from the heat. Think of options such as swimming or biking to stay active and cool. You could also do things like parking farther away while shopping and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, when possible.

Beware of constant snacking! Prepare healthy snacks in advance. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, multigrain snacks and low sugar alternatives. It is important NOT to skip out on summertime treats (like popsicles and ice cream…yum!), just enjoy them in small portions and balance with healthy alternatives.

Drink water! During the spring and summer, the air is more humid, the temperature is higher, and dehydration is real. Drinking plenty of water is especially important.

Get your ZZZs! Sleep not only helps the body repair itself, but also energizes you for your next adventure.

Get organized! High amounts of stress are linked to many health complications. To-do lists or calendars help keep stress under control; just beware not to OVER schedule yourself!


“Take time to unwind…It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate” | For more information on managing stress, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Federal Occupational Health stress campaign website.

Celebrate #WorldHealthDay + Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad recipe

Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad

The theme for World Health Day 2015 is “Food Safety.” There are many germs and bacteria that our foods are exposed to, and sometimes those bacteria even make it into our bodies causing many of us to experience a food or water borne disease at some point in our lives. In order to help prevent these illnesses, it is our duty to make sure we always practice safe food handling practices.

The World Health Organization had this to say about food safety:

The great majority of people will experience a food or water borne disease at some point in their lives. This highlights the importance of making sure the food we eat is not contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

“Food safety: from farm to plate, make food safe” is the theme of World Health Day 2015. The day focuses on demonstrating the importance of food safety along the whole length of the food chain in a globalised world, from production and transport, to preparation and consumption.

Over the past half century, the process by which food gets from the farm to the plate has changed drastically. Food contamination that occurs in one place may affect the health of consumers living on the other side of the planet. This means that everyone along the production chain, from producer to consumer, must observe safe food handling practices.

As you can see, food safety is very important and we should always take proper precautions when handling food. To celebrate #WorldHealthDay, we have shared an awesome recipe for “Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad” that we hope you enjoy! Remember to observe safe food handling practices when preparing this dish!


To learn more about World Health Day, please visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/en/

Seasonal Health Tips

During this fall/winter season, make sure to take proper precautions to ensure that you are in the best health possible!

Fall for Good Health

AB&I Holds Fifth Annual Wellness Fair and Offers Free Flu Shots to Team Members

AB&I Wellness Fair

AB&I held their Fifth Annual Wellness Fair for team members on September 25. The goal of this year’s Wellness Fair was to raise awareness through education the importance of keeping fit and eating healthy as well as the critical importance of preventative care.

To accomplish this, AB&I partnered with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama to offer onsite biometric screening. Team members took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the voluntary confidential biometric screening that was provided to them at no cost on-site. The screenings included measurements of blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Team members were furnished the results right away so they could begin making any necessary changes to improve their results.

AB&I’s insurance broker, Filice, provided a healthy lunch, massages, and a fun way to find out your brain age through a card game. AB&I’s Mickie Nguyen finished the game in 28 seconds making her the youngest team member in “brain age” under 20 years old.


AB&I Free Flu Shots - Isaac Beltran, Jr.

AB&I Team Member – Isaac Beltran, Jr.

As part of the preventative care program, AB&I provided on-site flu shots to all team members free of cost and through U.S. Health Works on October 2.

This program followed the recent Wellness Fair at AB&I.

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce Recipe

Photo Courtesy of: EatingWell.com / http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY
Photo Courtesy of: EatingWell.com / http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY

Almost everything is better from scratch – and making your own foods with fresh ingredients is a much healthier alternative than consuming pre-packaged, pre-cooked foods. So instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy recipe for spaghetti with meat sauce and extra vegetables. Serve with steamed broccoli or a green salad, garlic bread, and roasted pears for dessert. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you’re serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

Ingredients (makes 8 servings):

  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4-6 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt.
  4. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving 389 calories; 9g fat (3g saturated, 3g monounsaturated); 48mg cholesterol; 53g carbohydrate; 0g added sugars; 28g protein; 9g fiber; 416mg sodium; 709mg potassium

Recipe adapted from EatingWell.com – http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY

Tyler Pipe Announces “Right Stuff” Winners

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Right Stuff Grand Prize Winners

L to R: Gary Young, Lori Cook, and Mike Cantrell

Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri, concluded the Right Stuff Challenge for Wellness on August 15. They celebrated the finals with a meal and prize presentation on Friday, August 22.

Team members collectively lost 129 pounds and 56 ¼ inches in route to a healthier lifestyle. Eating a healthy breakfast daily, drinking plenty of water, getting 30 minutes or more of exercise daily, and 7 hours or more of sleep per night made everyone who participated a winner when it comes to developing healthy habits.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize Winners
1st Place – Mike Cantrell, $150 Academy Sports Gift Card
2nd Place – Gary Young, $100 Academy Sports Gift Card
3rd Place – Lori Cook, $50 Academy Sports Gift Card

Other Prize Winners
Tim Graham
Jo Bowers
Bill Hoffman
Jim Sartin
Alan Dickerson
Randy Witherspoon
Angela Dotson
Rick Hutsell

Congratulations to all winners and participants! Job well done!