A new partnership in Sioux Falls is aimed at getting you closer to salt-of-the-earth foods. Nancy Naeve Brown has more on why Avera Heart Hospital Dietitians are shopping at the Pomegranate Market and what signs to look for when you are there.
Avera Heart Hospital Registered Dietitian Nikki Ver Steeg is perusing the aisles at Pomegranate Market in Sioux Falls with the store's media manager Amanda Day. The Avera Heart Hospital has partnered with Pomegranate to encourage us to get back to nature by choosing more whole foods the very items you'll find prominently displayed here.
Nikki says, "Whole foods are back to basics, closer to nature kind of what Grandma used to eat. Think of good wholesome food that not a lot of people have been messing with or adding ingredients to or taking good things out. Those are things to look for instead of eating a lot of processed foods that have been manipulated or the nutrients have been removed and potentially bad things have been added in."
What Nikki and her Avera Heart Hospital colleagues will be adding to store shelves each month are these white heart tags marking the selected products of the month. November's recipe is Ginger Beef Stir Fry featuring long grain brown rice and sirloin. Yes, I said steak. Nikki says healthy can include meats besides fish and chicken.
Nikki says, "Sirloin is packed full of good protein, great vitamins, it's a great mineral source. You are getting a nice lean cut with sirloin steak so using in that stir fry instead of higher fat options."
For November, the kick off month, when you go through the check out line hand a coupon to the clerk that you got off the websites of either the Avera Heart Hospital or Pomegranate Market and the clerk will give the first 100 customers a free re-usable grocery bag with a book of heart healthy recipes.
Amanda Day with Pomegranate says, "It's another step toward educating the public, teaching them about healthy eating and how to incorporate more natural foods into their diet."
So feed your happy by feeding your belly wholesome good for you foods. Your arteries will thank you in the long run.
Ginger Beef Stir-Fry
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp minced ginger root
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 lbs Sirloin Steak, cut in thin strips
1/2 lb broccoli flowerettes
1 cup snap peas, fresh or frozen
1 small onion, sliced
1 medium red pepper, sliced
2 medium carrots, cut into strips
1 cup beef broth, low sodium
1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
1 Tbsp cornstarch
3 cups cooked long grain brown rice
Heat oil in skillet or wok.When hot, quickly stir fry garlic, ginger and onions until onions are translucent - about 2-3 minutes.
Add beef and stir fry until cooked. Add vegetables and stir fry until tender crisp.Warm the broth, soy sauce and cornstarch in saucepan or microwave.Add to skillet. Cook until thickened.
Turn heat down to holding temperatures. Be careful not to overcook.
Serve over brown rice.
Nutrients Per Serving: Calories: 388 cals, Protein: 23 g, Total Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g, Omega 3 Fats: <1 g, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sodium: 610 mg, Magnesium: 100 mg, Potassium: 820 mg