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Mango Recipes Your Customers Will LOVE!

Mangos are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Mangos are also a good source of vitamin B6, fiber and copper. Mangos contain no fat, saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium. Adding mangos into your menu is easy with the help of Wawona Frozen Foods! Here are some recipe ideas:

Mango Lassie Smoothie Bowl

Combine the yogurt, orange juice, ¼ cup water, cardamom in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add the mango and chia seeds and blend until very smooth and thick, about 2 minutes. Taste for sweetness and add honey or agave, if you desire. This is light and refreshing for the summer!

Quinoa Chicken Bowl

Add grilled chicken, quinoa, black beans, corn, and any other vegetables you desire with mango, adding cilantro and lime for a little pop!

Tropical Fruit Guacamole

This sweet and spicy version of guac is the perfect topping for summer fish tacos! Make guacamole as you would, adding diced mango. Add a serrano pepper to spice it up, too!

Finish off National Mango Month in style by adding mangos to your menu all summer long.

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ABC of Mangos in Supporting Immune Function

ABC of Mangos in Supporting Immune Function!

Do you know that mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping to make them a superfood? Some nutrients in mango may help support your body’s immune system.

Add Mangos to Your Diet to Help Support a Healthy Immune System

In addition to their amazing fruity flavor, mangos contain several key nutrients which may help your body’s natural immune system to work properly. These include important micronutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Just one 3/4 cup serving of tasty mango provides 8% of your daily Vitamin A, 8% of your daily vitamin B6, and 50% of your daily vitamin C!

Three Essential Micronutrients in Mango – A, B6, C

Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C are essential micronutrients. This means that your bodies cannot manufacture them and therefore they have to be included in the food and drink you consume. You should be able to get all the vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Adding mango to your daily regimen, whether in meals, in drinks (such as smoothies) or as healthy snacks, helps to get your required amount of these three key nutrients which help support a strong immune system.

Click here to try a few mango recipes with the help of Wawona’s frozen fruit!

Don’t Forget…March is National Frozen Foods Month!

March is National Frozen Food Month, which is a great reminder that frozen foods are a convenient and delicious way to eat within a family’s food budget, according to the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). AFFI highlights the benefits of frozen food with its 2022 Frozen Advantage Toolkit.

The advantages include:

  • Frozen foods are nutritious: Fruits and vegetables are harvested and quickly flash-frozen within hours to lock in key nutrients, vitamins and minerals like Riboflavin, Vitamins C and E, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Fiber, Phenolics.
  • Frozen foods reduce consumer food waste: Frozen foods don’t spoil in the freezer so consumers can eat all that they buy; unused portions can be returned to the freezer to be used for another meal. This reduces food waste and saves families money.
  • The frozen food aisle is packed with affordable healthier choices: Grocery stores now stock a wide array of healthier frozen foods with fewer calories, less saturated fat, sugar and sodium, and more fiber and whole grains.
  • Frozen foods are easy to prepare: They help families save time cooking and cleaning in the kitchen so they can spend more time together at the table.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has developed resources that are helpful in understanding the important role frozen food plays in a healthy eating pattern. For more information, check out the Frozen Advantage, a comprehensive resource guide along with their various toolkits. For more information and to view AFFI’s Frozen Food Month toolkit, click here.

Click here to read the original article on AFFI.com.

The Behavioral Science Of Increasing Fruit Consumption

One of the most common reasons many of the resolutions people made on January 1st will be abandoned is that people choose resolutions that are too difficult, and promise themselves changes that are too big because they want big results. Here are three, simple evidence-based ideas you can share with consumers to help them stick to their fruit resolutions:

Create a habit

If you can manage to create a habit, your desired behavior will become automatic – and so much easier to do. Habits aren’t easy to create, but there is a formula that works if you can put in the early effort to keep on track: pick a simple behavior, pick a time and place to do it, repeat the behavior at that time and place, and enjoy a little reward when you do it.

Make It Easy

Easy to see, grab, find, eat immediately, plan, keep around, buy, get in your mouth, get in your kids’ mouths, swallow, like, clean, pack, remember and habitualize.

Cultivate enjoyment

The evidence is strong: systematic exposure increases liking over time. It’s all about repeatedly trying to eat fruits and find new ways to incorporate them into your diet. Exposure works well with kids if you keep the experience positive by giving praise for trying and if you remain realistic: change won’t happen overnight, and the goal isn’t to create a connoisseur – just a kid who at least tolerates fruits.

You can read more about these and other evidence-based tips at fruitsandveggies.org.

This article was originally featured in the Have a Plant Ambassador Activation Kit, Winter 2022, and was written by Dr. Jason Riis, Chief Behavioral Scientist for the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH).

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.

The Health Benefits of Frozen Fruit

It’s important to eat healthy and maintain a diet chockfull of fruits to provide your body with all of the components it needs to function correctly. Here are some of the health benefits that come from enjoying a daily dose of frozen fruit.

Vitamins And Nutrients

Frozen fruit contains several essential nutrients and vitamins that are necessary for hundreds of functions within the body, from repairing cellular damage to converting food into energy.

All-Natural

A large part of what makes frozen fruit so good for you is that it is all-natural and comes directly from mother earth. 

Weight Loss

Consumption of regular frozen fruit can help encourage weight loss. So if you’re primary goal is to drop a few pounds, consider sticking to essential fruits and veggies.

Adds Delicious Flavor To Any Dish

Besides being healthy for you, frozen fruit also offers the benefit of adding a crisp, moist flavor to any dish you use them in.

Are you a restaurant, hotel, or caterer looking for a new source of superior quality frozen fruit? Contact our team today to learn more about our complete line of high quality frozen fruits.

Image courtesy of Blendtopia.

Enjoy the Benefits of Frozen Fruit!

Over the years, frozen fruit has gotten a rotten reputation. However, it really is an excellent choice for your establishment. Here are five fantastic reasons why your restaurant should be using frozen fruit.

Picked and the Peak of Perfection

The moment that you pick fresh fruit, it begins to lose vital nutrients. Freezing this ripe fruit can lead to keeping it full of vitamins and minerals. 

Frozen Fruit is Nutritious

Because these fruits are picked and frozen while they are in their prime, they often have more nutritional value than fresh produce that often has a distance to travel.

Frozen Fruit is Simple

The process to preserve the fresh fruit is to freeze it. No additives are needed. So you can easily serve fruit exactly as it should be: natural.

Frozen Fruit is Versatile

There are many ways that you can use frozen fruit on your current menu. They can easily be thawed or warmed up for delicious desserts or added to creamy smoothies.

Related: Incorporate Fruit into Your Summer Entrees 

Frozen Fruit is the Ultimate Healthy Shortcut

Because the freezing process does all the work of peeling and de-pitting for you, using frozen fruit can save your cook line valuable prep time. 

Are you looking for the best place to get frozen fruit? Wawona Frozen Foods has everything your kitchen needs. Contact them today!

Maintaining Sustainability in Your Operation

Even in the best of times, sustainability can be a challenging factor heaped onto the daily bustle of cafe and restaurant owners. When operators need to take inventory, source food, and budget expenses, it can seem like a lot to ensure all recycling and sustainability efforts are met.

Amidst COVID?

As if owners, operators, and managers didn’t have enough on their plate, COVID-19 has created the additional enormous tasks of overhauling take-out programs, dealing with restrictions, and facing occupancy issues. As daunting as it may seem, sustainability efforts are vital now more than ever for restaurants and cafes. COVID has led to the setback of many sustainability efforts as a renewed need for plastics such as bags and single-use PPE items take the front seat. It is incredibly important to keep your business sustainable to care for the Earth and your community by taking the steps below. 

Keeping sustainable

As a decision-maker of your business, the responsibility lies with you to revisit your sustainability efforts and do a once-over of your eco-friendly habits. 

  • Manage Waste by taking out anything that can be reused, recycled, or composted is a cost saver and an easy way to improve sustainability
  • Source food from the right places. Finding quality ingredients from community-minded companies will go a long way in building partnerships with the right people.
  • Keep your community and staff included and welcome new ideas. Being a part of your community’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and people-oriented will make your company better equipped to handle anything. 
  • Make small changes when you can. Making small changes like switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs sends the right message to your community and customers.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of keeping sustainable are simple — you put your brand in a positive light while showing your staff and community that your business cares. Taking care of the environment can decrease expenses and offers the best way forward as a business leader.

We can provide all of the highest quality frozen fruits out there. Contact Wawona Frozen Foods today to see how we can assist you in creating a successful and healthy operation for you to work in!

The Benefits of the IQF Process

Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) foods use a flash-freezing process to preserve food at the height of ripeness to ensure fresh flavor in every bite. Produce such as peas, corn, berries, and peaches are common IQF foods.

Explaining IQF

The IQF process involves sending food pieces through a cold blast that flash freezes the food pieces individually. Packaging occurs after freezing, so they will remain individual pieces instead of freezing together. IQF works because it forms smaller ice crystals that are not damaging to the cells in the food product.

Benefits

There are several benefits to using IQF foods. Efficiency is one of the top benefits, and IQF provides a solution to maintain the shelf life of fresh-tasting produce. IQF is also a healthier alternative because flash-freezing produce at the peak of ripeness preserves nutrients typically lost by the time the food reaches the consumer.

Wawona’s IQF Offerings

Wawona Frozen Foods offers a full selection of IQF fruits, including peaches, berries, pears, plums, and mixes for year-round enjoyment. We are committed to offering the highest quality IQF fruits that deliver premium appearance, texture, and sweetness.

Contact us TODAY for more information about our high-quality IQF products!

Utilize Wawona’s Frozen Fruit for Delicious Appetizers

The health benefits of fruit can’t be understated. They’re an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Diets high in fruit reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, inflammation, and heart disease.

Additionally, with Spring and Summer upon us, customers are craving the delicious taste of in-season fruit. Here are some fruit appetizer ideas:

Looking for even more appetizer ideas? Check out our fruity appetizers article.

If you want to create your own appetizers, here is a list of fruit that’s in season for spring and summer:

  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries 

Wawona Frozen Foods is proud to offer extremely high-quality fresh frozen fruit products, including plums, peaches, pears, strawberries, and more. We’ve been family-owned and operated for over 55 years and are committed to being an industry leader in supplying America’s fruity favorites.

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