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Month: February 2022

Understanding The Health Benefits Of Plant-Forward Eating

The importance of plant-forward eating isn’t exactly new news. Strong evidence over several decades shows consuming fruits and vegetables promotes well-being even beyond basic nutrient requirements. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans support nutrient-dense, plant-forward eating patterns, including vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat dairy, lean meat and poultry, seafood and oils (including nuts) to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. As plant-forward patterns grow in popularity, so does the evidence supporting their role in optimizing health.

Living Longer: Enjoying a plant-forward eating pattern, including consumption of fruits and vegetables at recommended levels and a higher intake of nuts, has been associated with a reduced risk of all causes of mortality.

Losing Weight & Reducing Obesity Risk: Small studies have indicated that overweight adults who followed a plant-forward diet can lose weight more effectively than those not following this type of eating style. One factor is likely the role of antioxidants and fiber in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which can promote satiety or feelings of fullness.

Reducing Risk of Cancer: Significant evidence has illustrated how eating more plants can help reduce the risk of cancer. The research highlights the role of cancer-pro-tective nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which are abundant in vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Consider adding more fruit into your diet with the help of Wawona! Check out our products on our website to learn more.

Try Tomato Peach Crumble Squares!

Sweetpop tomatoes are so sweet you absolutely can make a dessert out of them, and of course, Wawona can provide our Signature Sliced Peaches! This delicious spin on a peach crumble will have your customers begging for more.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour (soft flour)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Butter or coconut oil for greasing the pan

Filling

  • 4 peaches (3 cups pitted and cut into pieces)
  • 24 Red Sun Farms Sweetpops tomatoes
  • ½ cup yellow sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Crumble

  • ½ cup yellow sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

To make the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Put the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor and process it until it starts to bind together a bit.
  3. Grease and 8” x 8” square pan with butter or coconut oil. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan.
  4. Put the crust mixture in the pan. Spread it out evenly and press it down into a solid mass.
  5. Put it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

To make the filling

  1. While the crust is cooking, cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Cut all the peaches into small one-inch pieces.  Put into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Cut the Sweetpops in half and add them to the bowl.
  3. Mix the yellow sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and flour together in another bowl. Add to the peaches and tomatoes.  Mix by hand with a spoon, fork or spatchula.

To make the crumble

  1. Put all the ingredients for the crumble in a food processor. Process until the crumble starts to slightly bind together.
  2. Once the crust is baked, put the filling on top of the crust and sprinkle the crumble on top.
  3. Put back in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is baked and slightly golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Go around the edge of the square pan with a flat knife.  Lift a little to make sure it is not stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Place a large plate on the top of the pan and flip it over to have the square fall out of the pan and onto the plate.  Remove the pan.  Remove the parchment paper if it’s stuck to the square.  Place another plate on top and flip the square so that it is right-side up.
  5. Cut into 12 pieces and serve.
  6. If not serving right away, place in an airtight container.

Wawona is proud to offer Signature Sliced Peaches that are picked at peak ripeness, so you never have to worry about them being “in season” or under/overripe! Contact us today to learn more!

Recipe link: HERE

Delicious Peach Green Smoothie!

Looking to add something new and delicious to your menu? Look no further — a scrumptious smoothie using Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches is going to have all of your customers running! Below is the recipe, from American Frozen Food Institute:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Wawona frozen peaches
  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, washed under cold running water

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender. Puree until smooth.
  3. Garnish with peach slice before serving, if desired.

To see more delicious recipes, visit affi.org.

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