supplies to your shopping cart and contributing to
your local food bank.
Here are six most needed food categories to
donate to your community food bank:
1. Fruits and vegetables
The most needed item in food banks is fruit. Addi-
tionally, both fruit and vegetables contain essential
vitamins and fiber everyone needs.
Choose non-perishable items in unbreakable con-
tainers. Pop-top or easy-to-open packaging is a
plus, as not everyone has can openers.
In addition to its well-known choices like canned
pineapple chunks, Dole offers jarred fruit such
as sliced peaches and mandarin oranges in easy-
to-open plastic jars. Dole Fruit Bowls or Organics
come in small packages great for kids¡¯ lunches.
2. Baby food
Canned infant formula and boxed baby cereals are
essential for families with infants. Choose products
that are not in breakable glass containers, as most
food banks cannot accept them.
3. Beans and peas
Canned or dried beans and peas have a long shelf
life and they are very versatile for a wide range of
recipes. They¡¯re also packed with vital nutrition,
containing lots of protein, fiber, vitamins and min-
erals, and are rich in antioxidants.
Canned meat or chicken can be used in many dif-
ferent kinds of recipes, and canned fish such as
tuna or salmon is extremely nutritious, containing
calcium, vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids.
Additionally, products like peanut butter and nuts
such as almonds are easy to store and are a good
source of fiber and protein.
5. Soups and stews
Choose varieties with less sodium for the best
nutritional value, and opt for cans that are easy to
open. Many options today contain organic ingre-
dients and a wide variety of flavors for easy-to-fix
meals any family can use, whether served alone or
in combination with pasta or rice.
This may not immediately come to mind, so food
banks can always use more. Cooking delicious
meals relies on ingredients like oil, vinegar, spices
and dried herbs.
Olive oils are healthy and often come in plastic
containers. Pick up a few extra flavorings that
you might typically use for cooking a tasty meal,
including salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, cin-
namon or garlic powder.
To further inspire people to Let Sunshine In, Drive
Hunger Out, Dole is participating in this year¡¯s
Rose Parade for its ninth year in a row.
Dole¡¯s ¡°Rhythm of Paradise¡± float pays homage to
Dole¡¯s Hawaiian heritage while also honoring the
company¡¯s commitment to hunger relief and the
local California community.
Join Dole Packaged Foods and give back to your
Eating to age gracefully: Top tips
from a registered dietitian
(BPT) What if you were 60 but felt more like
you were 30? Consider taking charge of your
nutrition by adding in foods that help you
feel decades younger.
¡°What you eat and drink can have a tremen-
dous impact on how you look and feel,¡± says
Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian
¡°Eating healthy is important at any age, but
as you get older, certain foods can have a
powerful impact on your overall well-being.¡±
Dawn¡¯s top picks for food that fight aging
¡°Try substituting fish into meals a few times
a week,¡± says Dawn.
¡°Americans tend to eat less fish than people
in other parts of the world and they are miss-
ing out on great-tasting protein that¡¯s packed
Omega-3s support brain and heart health,
two important considerations as you age. In
fact, Mayo Clinic doctors believe that omega-
3s reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.
¡°Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and
mackerel are good options,¡± she says. ¡°Try
buying wild-caught versus farm-raised when
¡°Many people don¡¯t realize the benefits of
eating eggs, and when you choose the right
type of egg, you get higher levels of omega-
3s, B12, and vitamin E, all nutrients needed
for healthy aging,¡± says Dawn.
She suggests Eggland¡¯s Best eggs, which
have 25 percent less saturated fat, more
than double the omega-3s, 10 times more
vitamin E, and more than double the amount
of vitamin B12.
Eggland¡¯s Best has superior nutrition due to
its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that
contains healthy grains, canola oil and a
wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa,
sea kelp and vitamin E.
Our ability to absorb energizing B12 decreas-
es with age, so getting B12 in places like
eggs is important. Also important in EB eggs
is the antioxidant vitamin E, which can act
like an internal ¡°sunscreen¡± to protect skin
from sun damage and help skin age more
¡°A better egg equals a better recipe,¡± she
says. ¡°Eggland¡¯s Best eggs are the only eggs
I recommend to my clients and serve to my
family - double the omega-3s will help pro-
mote healthier aging.¡±
¡°Antioxidants protect your cells from dam-
age and support a strong immune system,¡±
says Dawn. ¡°This is incredibly important as
you age so you can stay healthy and feel
Packed with vitamins C and E, berries are a
superfood great for snacking and cooking.
Try eating an array of colorful berries each
week to give your body the antioxidants it
Blueberries are particularly well-known for
their antioxidant properties.
¡°The sky is the limit for berry versatility,¡± she
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¡°Sprinkle some in yogurt, make a
smoothie, add some to a salad or
eat as a healthy dessert.¡±
¡°Pack your plate with cruciferous
vegetables as you age,¡± says Dawn.
¡°These are members of the cab-
bage family and include broccoli,
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok
choy and kale.¡±
These tasty greens are great fresh
or cooked, providing plenty of fiber
to help keep your digestion on
track, which is a concern for many
as they age.
But there¡¯s more: The National
Cancer Institute states that cruci-
ferous vegetables may help reduce
the risk of some cancers.
¡°These dark-green powerhouses
pack a nutritional punch that supports healthy
aging, so discover recipes that include cruciferous
vegetables and other ¡®anti-aging¡¯ foods.¡±
Dawn shares one of her favorite recipes featuring
some of these ingredients:
Omega 3 Burrito - Makes 2 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
4 Eggland¡¯s Best eggs (large)
4 lacinato kale leaves, de-stemmed with leaves
4 ounces sliced smoked salmon
2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas
salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-
Once oil is hot, add onion stirring occasionally until
softened, approximately 3 minutes, then add garlic
and cook for one minute.
Add kale to skillet and toss to combine with garlic
Continue saut¨¦ing for five minutes, or until kale
Add Eggland¡¯s Best eggs into skillet with kale and
scramble until cooked through.
Remove mixture from heat and set aside.
If warm tortillas are desired, simply place them
on a microwavable plate and cover with a damp
paper towel. Microwave in 30-second intervals until
Spread cream cheese on the tortillas and lay
salmon onto tortilla.
Spoon egg and kale mixture into center of tortillas.
Roll up burrito-style, tucking in the ends and enjoy.
Let Sunshine In Drive Hunger Out
6 best foods to donate to food banks
(BPT) Donating to local food banks is one way to
ensure that everyone in your community feels the
warmth this winter.
With this mission in mind, Dole Packaged Foods
launched its ¡°Let Sunshine In, Drive Hunger Out¡±
hunger relief campaign, in partnership with Kroger
and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.
You can participate by adding a few much-needed