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Enjoy a new way to savor coffee

The popular trend, known as “proffee,” got its name from a protein and coffee combination that adds nutritional benefits to coffee drinks.

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Mornings may look different from the norm for many families but staying on track with healthy choices remains a top priority. While you may not be stopping at your favorite coffeehouse on the way to work or school drop-off, a new way to enjoy coffee has grown in popularity, allowing you to get more out of your cup of joe from home.

The popular trend, known as “proffee,” got its name from a protein and coffee combination that adds nutritional benefits to coffee drinks. By adding a protein-rich option like Premier Protein 30g High Protein Shakes to your coffee, latte or cappuccino – hot or iced – your cup can provide you with up to 30 grams of protein and 24 vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants vitamins C and E that help support a healthy immune system.

Available in nine flavors – including fan favorites like Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Cinnamon Roll and Cookies and Cream – these shakes make it easy to stay on track with your health goals and allow for “proffee” personalization. Plus, they can be enjoyed straight from the container as part of a nutritious breakfast, afternoon snack, post-workout boost or as an ingredient in a protein-packed recipe.

For those looking to make their own proffee, a Chocolate Latte is as simple as it is nutritious. Basic in the best way, you can enjoy the benefits of coffee, but with protein, vitamins and the addition of delicious chocolate notes. Or, for another warm coffeehouse-style option, you can take advantage of the many health benefits of curcumin and turmeric in a Golden Turmeric Vanilla Protein Latte. A sprinkle of pepper may sound odd in your latte, but the pepper can actually improve your body’s absorption of the turmeric.

To learn more, visit premierprotein.com.

Chocolate Latte

1/2       cup hot brewed coffee or 2 shots espresso 
1          Premier Protein 30g High Protein Chocolate Shake
2          teaspoons cocoa nibs

1.      In large 14-16-ounce mug, prepare espresso or coffee.

2.      Pour chocolate shake on top to combine.

3.      Top with cocoa nibs.

Nutritional information per serving: 203 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 189.6 mg sodium; 7.7 g total carbohydrates; 4 g dietary fiber; 1.1 g total sugars; 30.9 g protein; 6 mcg vitamin D; 23 mg vitamin C; 3.8 mg vitamin E; 650 mg calcium; 3.5 mg iron; 538 mg potassium.

Golden Turmeric Vanilla Protein Latte

1          Premier Protein 30g High Protein Vanilla Shake
2          shots espresso
1/2       teaspoon turmeric
1/4       teaspoon cinnamon
1          dash black pepper

1.      Froth vanilla shake using frother on warm setting. If you don’t have a frother, simply shake in container 45 seconds, pour into mug and microwave 45 seconds.

2.      Add espresso to 14-16-ounce mug then top with frothed shake, turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper; whisk to combine.

Nutritional information per serving: 171.3 calories; 3.3 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 238.6 mg sodium; 6.6 g total carbohydrates; 1.7 g dietary fiber; 1.1 g total sugars; 30.1 g protein; 6 mcg vitamin D; 23 mg vitamin C; 3.8 mg vitamin E; 650.2 mg calcium; 2.5 mg iron; 348 mg potassium.

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Family meals cooked with convenience in mind

From a tangy twist on traditional tacos to a favorite to-go flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen, the options are nearly endless when you use versatile, ready-to-use ingredients.

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Part of the fun of family meals is finding inspiration in the variety of dinner ideas you can create together. From a tangy twist on traditional tacos to a favorite to-go flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen, the options are nearly endless when you use versatile, ready-to-use ingredients.

When you include protein that’s prepared, seasoned and precooked, you can cut down on time in the kitchen, while adding precious seconds to spend with loved ones. For example, Chef’s Craft Gourmet Chicken offers a line of gluten-free, preservative-free, all-natural chicken skillfully crafted by experts and perfectly suited for culinary creations. The varieties are always fresh and perfect for preparing in 30 minutes or less. They can be enjoyed on their own or in an array of family dishes.

Consider these Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos to call loved ones to the table with chunks of tender chicken piled high with homemade spicy vinegar slaw, fried onions and avocado drizzled with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing.

Or, for a taste of takeout you can make in your own home, turn to Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry. If you don’t own a wok, don’t fret – this dish can easily be made in a skillet. Just be sure to give the veggies enough room as a crowded skillet is likely to result in steamed veggies.

Find more quick, convenient family meal ideas at chefscraftgourmet.com.

Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos
Servings: 4

Spicy Vinegar Slaw:
2 1/2  cups shredded purple cabbage
1/2     cup shredded carrot
2jalapenos, thinly sliced
1 1/2  tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1teaspoon sugar

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper
Fried Onions:

canola or vegetable oil, for frying
1/2      cup all-purpose flour

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper
1yellow or Vidalia onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
8taco-sized flour tortillas, warmed
1package Chef’s Craft® Breaded Chicken Chunks, cooked according to package directions

spicy vinegar slaw
1avocado, chopped

fried onions
1/2    cup barbecue sauce
1/2     cup ranch dressing

chopped cilantro (optional)

To make spicy vinegar slaw: In medium mixing bowl, combine cabbage, carrot and jalapenos.

In separate small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar and sugar; season generously with salt and pepper.

Drizzle over coleslaw mix and stir to combine. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving.

To make fried onions: In small skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2 inch oil.

In small bowl, season flour well with salt and pepper. Coat onion slices in flour mixture and shake to remove excess flour.

Fry in batches until golden brown and crisp, about 30-45 seconds per batch. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle with salt.

Top each tortilla with cooked breaded chicken chunks, spicy vinegar slaw, chopped avocado, fried onions, barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Honey Soy Glaze:
1/2  cup chicken broth
1/2   cup soy sauce
6tablespoons honey
1/2   teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2   teaspoon dried ground ginger
4teaspoons cornstarch
3teaspoons water
2tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1large yellow onion, sliced
3bell peppers, sliced
1large zucchini, sliced
4ounces snow peas
10ounces sliced mushrooms
2-3   cups broccoli florets, steamed to tender crisp
1package Chef’s Craft® Chicken Breast Fillets, cooked according to package directions, sliced

sesame seeds, for garnish

To make honey soy glaze: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Bring to simmer.  In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; stir into honey soy sauce and let cook approximately 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.

In large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion, pepper and zucchini; cook 2-3 minutes. Add snow peas and mushrooms; cook 2 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender but maintain texture. 

Add broccoli and chicken to pan; stir all but 3 tablespoons sauce; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Drizzle with remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

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Family-friendly foods fit for Lent

Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide familiar flavors in appetizing ways.

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As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide familiar flavors in appetizing ways.

For example, you can take your taste buds on an international trip with tasty Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos for an easy-to-prepare meal bursting with the flavors of citrus and herbs for a winning weeknight dinner. You can even increase the fun by serving with toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese and shredded lettuce to allow kids to garnish their tacos however they’d like.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice is an Asian-inspired option with additions of bok choy, lime juice, fresh ginger root and mango for zesty flavor. Both dishes require half an hour or less in the kitchen, leaving more time for family fun in the evenings.

Plus, you can add to the convenience of these meals by incorporating an option like Success Rice with its taste, texture and quality that help make mealtime a cinch. With its “Boil-in-Bag” cooking process that provides a satisfying shortcut, simply add water to a saucepan, drop the BPA-free bag into the water, boil for 10 minutes and remove with a fork for a no measure, no mess timesaver that pairs perfectly with sauteed shrimp for Lent-inspired dinners.

Find more family-friendly Lenten meal ideas at SuccessRice.com.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

2bags Success Jasmine Rice
2tablespoons canola oil
1pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
8baby bok choy, trimmed and quartered
1/2  cup diced fresh mango
1tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1/4   teaspoon salt
3tablespoons soy sauce
2tablespoons lime juice

Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.

In wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook shrimp, bok choy, mango, ginger and salt, stirring, 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl and bok choy starts to wilt.

Stir in rice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until well coated. Stir in soy sauce and lime juice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until rice is heated through.

Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

1bag Success Jasmine Rice
2tablespoons olive oil
1pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
2cloves garlic, minced
1teaspoon chili powder
1teaspoon ground cumin
1/2   teaspoon dried oregano
1/2   teaspoon salt
1/4   teaspoon black pepper
1can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2   cup orange juice
3tablespoons lime juice
8corn tortillas, warmed
1ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
1/4   cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Prepare rice according to package directions.

In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shrimp, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; saute 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl.

Stir in rice, black beans, orange juice and lime juice. Cook 5-8 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed.

Serve shrimp and rice in warm tortillas garnished with avocado and cilantro.

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Eat and drink your way to daily wellness

For some, the most difficult of these goals is changing eating habits to consume more nutritious foods.

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Committing to a daily wellness routine may include many components from eating healthy and exercising to meditating and achieving quality sleep. For some, the most difficult of these goals is changing eating habits to consume more nutritious foods.

However, rethinking the way you eat (and drink) doesn’t have to mean a colossal shift in your diet. According to Healthline, clean eating and the addition of a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your daily routine can help support healthy digestion, weight range maintenance, healthy glucose levels and a functioning immune system. In fact, some experts recommend consuming 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar each day as a shot or part of a recipe.

Consider an apple cider vinegar option from Marukan, which has brewed premium vinegars for 370 years, to create dishes from breakfast to dinner. Start your day by enjoying this Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie that takes just 5 minutes to make so it doesn’t throw off your morning routine.

A quick, nutritious and easy weeknight dinner is what many families strive for, and you can accomplish that feat with Apple Cider Vinegar Beef and Broccoli. Cooked broccoli florets and beef strips are combined with an apple cider vinegar and ponzu soy dressing-based sauce and served over cooked rice for a 20-minute meal your loved ones can savor together while simultaneously enhancing your nutrition.

These recipes can help you participate in the Marukan Apple Cider Vinegar 24-Day Challenge, which encourages entrants to consume 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar each day and share the benefits they experience while creating daily wellness habits on their journeys to healthier routines.

Find more information about participating in the challenge along with nutritious recipes at MarukanACV.com.

Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

1          cup spinach
1/2       cup water
2          tablespoons Marukan Organic Apple Cider & Rice Vinegar Drink Blend
1          tablespoon almond butter
1/2       cup bananas, frozen
1/2       cup blueberries, frozen
1          tablespoon chia seeds
1/4       teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/4       teaspoon ginger, minced
1/2       cup almond milk yogurt, plain 
            fresh blueberries, for garnish

In blender, blend spinach, water, organic apple cider, almond butter, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger and yogurt until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with fresh blueberries.

Apple Cider Vinegar Beef and Broccoli
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

1          tablespoon vegetable oil
1          pound broccoli florets
1          pound beef strips
1          tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2       cup Marukan Ponzu Premium Soy Dressing with Sudachi Citrus
1/2       cup low-sodium beef broth
1          tablespoon sesame oil
2          tablespoons brown sugar
1/4       cup honey
3          tablespoons Marukan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1          tablespoon cornstarch 
            cooked rice 
            sliced green onions, for garnish 
            cilantro, for garnish 
            sesame seeds, for garnish

In skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Cook broccoli 3 minutes until slightly softened; set aside. Add beef to pan and cook 3 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.

In bowl, mix ponzu soy dressing, beef broth, sesame oil, brown sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar and cornstarch. Add sauce mixture to beef in skillet and cook 10 minutes until sauce mixture cooks down. Toss in broccoli and cook 2 minutes. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds.

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