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5 Healthy Road Trip Snacks

5 Healthy Road Trip Snacks Kitchen CouncilThe summer season is almost here, and thanks to vacations and other outings, more of your time is likely going to be spent in the car. In this post, Holley from our Kitchen Council shares 5 tasty and healthy snack ideas to keep you and your family well fueled during your next road trip. Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, and you’re ready to set out on a road trip. Whether you’re heading home from college, taking a family vacation to the beach, or venturing across the country, you need to be sure to pack one important thing—snacks! The long open roads have always felt kind of therapeutic to me. It’s a time to catch up with each other or just sing along to the radio. My husband laughs because I always have my pen and paper in-hand ready to make to-do lists or brainstorm ideas for my

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Are Stemilt fruits GMO?

Are Stemilt fruits GMO? TateThe top question we get asked by consumers is whether or not Stemilt fruits are genetically modified. The answer is simple – no, they are not. In an effort to be transparent and without getting into the hotly debated topic of genetically modified or genetically engineered foods, this post will focus on why our apples, pears, cherries, and summer fruits are non-GMO, and how new varieties of fruit that Stemilt grows are developed. A new apple tree (or other fruit tree) is not grown from a seed as you might think, but rather is grown from an existing tree, and rootstock, that a grower selects for his or her orchard site. A rootstock is the root system of the plant, which produces new growth above the ground. Today’s apples are grown primarily on small, or dwarfing,

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Homemade Creamy Apple Vinaigrette

Homemade Creamy Apple Vinaigrette Kitchen CouncilMay is National Salad Month and to honor this celebration, Sally from our Kitchen Council is sharing a delicious homemade creamy apple vinaigrette recipe with you. Enjoy! It goes without saying, but dressing can really make or break a salad. When it comes to freshness, homemade salad dressing trumps store-bought any day of the week. Because you’re making it at home, you can also control the amount of fat and sodium in the dressing—and you’ll avoid additives like the preservatives or added colors often found in the bottled kind. Fresh, crisp apples make a perfect base for this light, springtime dressing. I chose Stemilt’s Pink Lady apples but feel free to use your favorite: Granny Smith for extra tang, Pinata for a tropical twist, or Braeburn for a note of spicy-sweetness. Be sure to chop

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Three Sweet Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Three Sweet Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day BriannaI don’t think I really understood the meaning behind or importance of Mother’s Day until becoming a mom myself. Of course, I pampered and expressed my gratitude for my own mother on this special day each year growing up (and still make sure I treat her now that I’m an adult), yet I never fully understood the all-encompassing energy it takes to be a mom and how that job never ends  – until I had a child. While it’s important to tell the caretakers in our lives how much we appreciate them every day, Mother’s Day gives us a great opportunity to extend an extra thank you to Mom, and maybe even spoil her a bit. To me – and probably for many moms – the best Mother’s Day gifts are simple and personalized. But if you aren’t sure what

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3 Creative & Healthy Kids Snack Ideas

3 Creative & Healthy Kids Snack Ideas Lorie  Infusing creativity into an already busy day is not always easy for moms and dads on the go. When it comes to snack time, simplicity needs to be the name of the game… yet often with the crunch of the day, it’s also the moment that a quick nibble might trump more healthy, nutritious options. That’s where Stemilt’s fresh, delicious fruit – and specifically its kid-sized fruits called Lil Snappers – come into the picture. With a few easy cuts… and cutouts… beautiful, nutritious apples and pears turn into a tic-tac-toe board game, a flower garden, or a few cute critters… All of these preparations require only a few simple steps that are as easy as slicing fruit into halves, slices or wedges… with a bit more fun tossed into the mix! Tic-Tac-Toe

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Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Piñata Apple & Mango Salsa

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Piñata Apple & Mango Salsa Kitchen CouncilMeet Holley, a registered dietician and mom to two from Birmingham, AL, and proud member of our Kitchen Council. For her first guest post on The Stem, Holley has created a vibrant dinner recipe with our signature apple variety, Piñata. It’s the perfect spring meal for upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations! After a frigid, snowy winter, the weather is finally warming up so it’s time to dust off the grill (or more like defrost it!) and wake up your taste buds with a festive and tropical meal. I’m all about simple, quick, and flavor-packed recipes that the entire family will eat which is why a fruit salsa paired with a simple grilled protein option like seafood, chicken, beef, or pork is a common go-to dinner at our house. One taste of this grilled shrimp tostada topped with colorful

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Twisted Apple & Blackberry Custard

Twisted Apple & Blackberry Custard Kitchen CouncilCoryanne from Kitchen Living with Coryanne and our Kitchen Council is sharing a delicious dessert recipe inspired by the wonderful combination of Granny Smith apples and blackberries. Enjoy! My kitchen is anything but quiet, especially on the weekends when everyone is home and hungry. With more time to tinker in the kitchen, and many hands there to help, we never miss an opportunity to bake something as a family that will keep us sweet all weekend long, and our favorite nibble is a quick twisted custard pastry.  There are so many options with this recipe, but our favorite is a tart blackberry and Granny Smith apple blend that offers all the tang of a fresh Granny Smith apple and all the sweetness of a blackberry. This is the sort of pastry that gets better over time, but is just as

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Tart Apple, Strawberry & Basil Hidden Greens Smoothie

Tart Apple, Strawberry & Basil Hidden Greens Smoothie LorieThe popularity of “green” smoothies… loaded with kale, spinach or other good-for-you leafy greens… remains strong, with a seemingly endless variety of combinations possible. They are a staple of our own morning routine nearly every day of the week, give or take only one or two. And while they can vary from day to day… both in flavor and hue… Stemilt apples are a common thread. In our smoothies, apples are kind of the canvas that all other flavors get layered into. If this sounds a bit artsy…it’s truly not far off. I think of the layers of flavor as much as I do the color of these smoothies. (Though I have to admit that mornings I’m not in charge of the blender, color is not a point of consideration. Oftentimes, these equally delicious and nutritious

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Money & Time Saving Tips for Juicing

Money & Time Saving Tips for Juicing BriannaAs healthy as it is, juicing can be quite an event! It involves multiple ingredients, electronics and money that can deter people from the greater benefits of juice. However, juicing doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are a few tips to save you both minutes and money while you do your juice thing. Tip #1: Buy In Bulk Fruit, especially when not in season, can get expensive. Not many people think to buy their fruit in bulk because of the shelf life on produce, but one of the best ways to save money on juicing ingredients is to buy large quantities when fruit is on sale or in season. Many fruits come in packs, allowing juicing lovers to buy their favorite ingredients at a lower price. Our Fresh Blenders, a bag of apples that is ideal for juicing and smoothies, is a perfect

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The One Workout Smoothie You Shouldn’t Live Without

The One Workout Smoothie You Shouldn’t Live Without Kitchen CouncilSally from Real Mom Nutrition is kicking off our Kitchen Council posts with a delicious and filling smoothie that is perfect for helping you recover from a great workout. If someone were to ask me for a perfect post-workout snack, I’d suggest crisp apple slices dunked into natural peanut butter, washed down with a small glass of chocolate milk. But you can also whirl this snack into a portable smoothie. It’s refreshing, filling, has just the right amount of sweetness, and covers all the bases needed after exercise: Fluids from apple and milk to replace those lost through sweat. Protein from milk and nut butter to heal muscles. Carbohydrates from apple and milk to boost your blood sugar and replenish the stored carbs your body may have burned through. (Tip: You’ll restock those stored

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