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Friday, July 3, 2015

Gearing Up for July 4th with Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs! #whatsinyourhotdog #yougrillgirl #giveaway

Tomorrow is July 4th, so we're heading to Houston to spend the long holiday weekend celebrating with our families! If you're like me, your celebration is going to involve firing up the grill and having a Summer BBQ with family or friends. I'm partnering with Applegate on their Grill Power initiative -- and part of that power comes from knowing exactly what’s in your hot dog. Applegate is ready to help you serve up some cleaner wieners this Summer that contain only four simple ingredients: 100% grass-fed beef (raised without antibiotics or hormones), water, salt, and spices. That's it...and these all natural beef hot dogs taste fantastic! 

Face it...when you don’t have to worry about yucky artificial ingredients, synthetic nitrates, or antibiotics in your hot dog, there’s more time for the fun stuff – like tasty condiments and accessories! My friends at Applegate sent me a fun Summer grilling package that contained everything necessary for a delicious Summer hot dog party! The kit is pictured above and includes:
  • Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs (now made with 100% grass-fed beef)
  • Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and Mustard
  • Vermont Bread Company Natural Potato Buns
  • Applegate Cooler Bag
  • Applegate “You Grill, Girl” Apron
  • Applegate Grilling Mitt
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Applegate Bandanas & hair accessory tutorial
  • Applegate Hot Dog Boats
The trio of juicy Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs, tangy Sir Kensington's ketchup and mustard, and pillow soft Vermont Bread Company potato buns ensured the end results of my hot dog grilling adventure were delicious. The fact that I didn't have to worry about any unwanted "extra ingredients" was especially nice. I'm always looking for ways to eat cleaner, and these hot dogs definitely fit the bill!
How would you like to win one of these fun Applegate You Grill Girl packages? Well, you're in luck...because I'm teaming with Applegate to do just that! To enter, simply go to my Instagram page via your smart phone. If you're not already following me, I'm WEEKENDGOURMET on Instagram. You'll find a picture of the prize pack in my profile...simply comment to enter, and I'll select a winner via random number generator on Monday, July 6th. Good luck...and have a fabulous July 4th three-day weekend!!

Disclosure: Applegate sent me a You Grill Girl prize pack to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wendy's Favorite Things for June...

Just in time for the end of the month, I'm sharing this month's Wendy's Favorite Things. This month's Great Eight features a fabulous frozen treat, healthy snack ideas, and a way to make baked chicken that's juicy and flavored to the bone. I hope you're ready, because this month's selections are really great!

(1) Talenti Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Gelato. Talenti makes some of the most decadent gelato that you can buy. Their silky smooth gelato has been one of my favorite frozen indulgences for awhile now -- I just love their Caramel Cookie Crunch and Sea Salt Caramel flavors! I recently tried a duo of the newest flavors: Salted Peanut Caramel and Hazelnut Chocolate Chip. I obviously have a serious obsession with caramel! Both of the new flavors I tried were excellent, but the Hazelnut Chocolate Chip knocked my socks off! It starts with Talenti's smooth hazelnut gelato...and then adds pieces of toasted hazelnut and dark chocolate chips. Every bite is a fabulous combination of flavors and textures that work so perfectly together. To find Talenti's Hazelnut Chocolate Chip -- and all of their flavors of gelato and sorbetto, visit their online Store Locator.

(2) Falksalt Natural Cyprus Sea Salt Flakes. I recently tried Falksalt's line of flavor-infused salts, and I'm hooked! The large flakes of Cyprus sea salt are sprinkled on foods either before or after cooking. They provide a nice salty crunch, and they're infused with a range of seasonings and natural flavorings. Flavors in the line include Chile, Smoke, Citron (lemon), Wild Garlic, and Rosemary. Each imparts a subtle flavor to whatever food they're added to. I especially love the Citron and Rosemary flavors. Citron is a perfect finishing salt for sauteed fish or roasted chicken, and the Rosemary is delicious on roasted potatoes! Falksalt can be found at select retailers -- my Texas readers can find it at Central Market. It can also be purchased via the Falksalt online store.

(3)  KIND Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks that also taste great. Enter KIND's new Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt snack square from its Healthy Grains line. This delicious bar contains six super grains: oats, millet, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, oat flour, and popped sorghum. They're a little bit chewy, and the popped sorghum's a bit like popcorn. The bits of dark chocolate and sea salt work very nicely here. It feels like a decadent snack, but it's good for you! Each bar weighs in at 140 calories 2 grams of fiber. To find these tasty treats at a store near you, visit KIND's Store Locator.

(4) Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks. If you're looking for a flavor-packed lunchbox addition or afternoon snack, look no further than Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks. These fruity snacks come in both Strawberry and Blueberry flavors and feature a fruity center coated in creamy yogurt. Each box contains eight .8-ounce packets of Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks. The creamy coating melts in your mouth, revealing a sweetly tart center. Both flavors are delicious, and each packet contains just 80 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. They're also gluten free if that's a dietary concern for you. I enjoy eating them for a quick pick-me-up in the afternoons. They satisfy my sweet tooth for less than 100 calories! Visit Welch's store locator to find Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks at a store near you.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

#sponsored Dole Get Up and Grow Tour San Antonio Recap...Featuring Banana & Blue Breakfast Smoothie

I'm a blog ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, so I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the San Antonio stop of Dole's Get Up and Grow Tour earlier this month. This nationwide 11,700-mile, 115-day journey was created by the Dole Food Company and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze to give Americans information and recipes to make Summer 2015 their healthiest and happiest EVER! They challenged San Antonio-area residents to eat better this Summer to receive some exciting health and wellness rewards. Between now and September, the Get Up and Go Tour will stop at 480 supermarkets and special events across the U.S. The San Antonio event took place from June 13-18 at several local H-E-B grocery store locations. 

I attended a tour event at an H-E-B near my neighborhood, and it was a blast! The Get Up and Grow Tour Caravan featured a sampling tent that offered free recipe samples, a make-your-own smoothie bar for the kids, fun giveaways, expert nutritional advice, and other fun surprises! Visitors also created a customizable, interactive pledge that gave them an opportunity to receive wellness rewards like free DOLE fresh produce, Fitbits®, and even a wellness getaway to California! Participants sampled lots of fresh fruit, veggie, and salad recipes created specifically for the Get Up and Grow Tour. My favorite dish was the colorful, tasty Fresh Fruit Salad with Baby Spinach and Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing.
I also had the opportunity to take part behind-the-scenes for a television shoot that spotlighted the San Antonio Get Up and Grow Tour. I did the recipe prep work and food styling for a television interview with a Dole representative that aired on a local television station. I had a great time preparing four different Get Up and Grow Tour recipes: a green power smoothie, vegan spinach hummus, yogurt parfaits with grilled bananas, and chilled gazpacho. All of the recipes presented were healthier options for meals and snacking --and all of them featured delicious Dole fruits and vegetables. The representative from Dole was super friendly and very knowledgeable -- demonstrating on camera how to garnish the chilled gazpacho before serving.
Another Get Up and Grow Tour recipe that I tried and enjoyed was the Banana & Blue Breakfast Smoothie. It's an ideal breakfast: quick to make, dairy-free, delicious...and very filling. One of these smoothies for breakfast keeps me satisfied for hours -- thanks to the addition of fiber-rich oatmeal!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out for June...Sunday Brunch at New York's Iconic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Photograph provided by the Waldorf-Astoria
This month's edition of The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out is featuring our truly remarkable Sunday brunch experience earlier this year at New York's iconic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. If you're a fan of weekend brunch, then the Waldorf Brunch at Peacock Alley is a definite must if you find yourself in Midtown Manhattan. This is an over-the-top culinary experience unlike any other brunch Michael and I have experienced before. We like to think of it as brunch on steroids! The lavish buffet is served in Peacock Alley restaurant, located adjacent to the hotel's main lobby. The decor is elegant, and the staff is very attentive. We were seated and offered perfectly prepared mimosas. Then, it was time to check out the food. Oh...what food it was!! 
The expansive brunch is served buffet style, with a wide range of both cold and hot foods to choose from. With so much delicious food to sample, we needed a strategy! We decided to start with a sampling of fresh fruit, bakery breads, cheese, and salads. The Waldorf-Astoria has a rooftop garden that supplies many of the herbs and vegetables served at their restaurants -- including Peacock Alley. We sipped our mimosas and nibbled on perfectly ripe fruit, artisan baked goods, and cheese. Our brunch was off to a great start!
After enjoying some of the buffets cold items, it was time to move to the entree portion of our brunch. I started out by visiting the impressive cold seafood display. It featured a caviar station with fresh-made blini, raw oysters, huge boiled shrimp, and lobster tails. Caviar and lobster aren't typically found at a Sunday brunch buffet...but this is definitely NOT a typical Sunday brunch!!
We also enjoyed a sampling of hand-carved, perfectly roasted meats -- including succulent rosemary-infused leg of lamb. If you love artisan charcuterie, you're in luck! This brunch also features a two-tiered display of cured meats that pair nicely with the breads and cheeses offered on the buffet. We were in heaven!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill's June EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Campaign

I recently became a blog ambassador for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which I'm very excited about. I've always been a fan of Chipotle's delicious, freshly prepared Mexican food. In fact, it's my favorite fast-casual restaurant! Today, I want to tell you about Chipotle's June partnership with the (RED) campaign to support the fight against AIDS. Through next TuesdayChipotle is offering a limited-edition (RED) gift card, which is available both in restaurants and onlineChipotle will donate 5% of of the sales of every (RED) gift card of $25 or more to the Global Fund to fight AIDS -- up to $100,000. With your limited-edition (RED) gift card, you can purchase signature Chipotle menu items like their huge made-to-order burritos. Maybe you'll decide to try my favorite meal instead: a trio of soft corn tacos with a side of Chipotle's fresh, delicious house-made guacamole!
(RED) partners with iconic brands and influencers to raise money and awareness, supporting the critical work of the Global Fund to fight AIDS. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES began in 2014 and enlisted more than 500 participants from the culinary world to join the campaign by creating specialty items, menus, and offers that benefit (RED). (RED) was founded in 2006 by U2's Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. To date, (RED) has generated more than $315 million. 100% of that money goes directly to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. 

June's almost over, so I hope you'll visit your neighborhood Chipotle Mexican Grill this weekend. You can enjoy yummy personalized burritos, burrito bowls, and tacos -- and purchase these limited-edition gift cards too. It's a win-win scenario, really! Purchase (RED) gift cards, enjoy Chipotle's delicious non-GMO Mexican food, and help fight AIDS around the globe too! 

Disclosure: Chipotle provided me with gift cards to visit my local restaurant. We sampled food and learned about the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Campaign. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Celebrating Sea Island Shrimp House's 50th Anniversary #FreshAt50 Island Shrimp House is a San Antonio icon. Generations of local residents have been enjoying their delicious, freshly prepared seafood since 1965. I moved from the Gulf Coast near Houston to San Antonio in 2000, and Sea Island quickly became one of my favorite places to eat. After one visit, it was easy to see I'd be a return customer. The Anthony family started Sea Island with one location in 1965. The restaurants is still family owned five decades later, and they have expanded to six locations all throughout the city. Whenever Michael and I are in the mood for seafood? Sea Island is our first choice for their casual atmosphere, delicious food, and reasonable prices! Sea Island and I have two things in common: we're both turning 50 this year, and we're both #FreshAt50!

Last week, Sea Island invited Michael and I to visit one of their locations to try some items from their new #FreshAt50 menu.  This special menu features lots of great new items to celebrate their 50th anniversary. We arrived at the location near my office for an early dinner and were warmly greeted by the manager. Although we were there to showcase the new menu items...we just couldn't resist starting our meal with our favorite classic Sea Island menu item: Colossal Shrimp!
Sea Island uses wild Texas Gulf shrimp, and they're fried perfectly crispy. They're my very favorite item on the Sea Island menu: crispy outside, plump and juicy inside! While we enjoyed our Texas-sized shrimp, we enjoyed some iced tea and admired the restaurant's casual nautical atmosphere.
We looked over the #FreshAt50 menu and wanted to try everything! Since our stomachs couldn't hold that much food, we decided to try a slightly different approach.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Certified Angus Beef® Brand Summer Grilling #SundaySupper…Featuring Chile-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chunky Tomato-Avocado Salsa #GrillTalk

Today, #SundaySupper is celebrating Father’s Day with a full menu of fantastic Certified Angus Beef® Brand recipes! Our challenge is to create dishes that showcase delicious Certified Angus Beef® Brand steaks. My Native Texan Daddy loves a good steak, so I used Certified Angus Beef® Brand NY Strip Steaks to create an extra-special recipe for our family's Father’s Day celebration today. My Chile-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chunky Tomato-Avocado Salsa feature lots of his favorite flavors in one amazing dish! Certified Angus Beef® Brand strip steaks are rubbed with a robust chile spice rub, then grilled to juicy perfection. Just before serving, they’re topped with a chunky salsa that features juicy Summer tomatoes and creamy avocado.

The Certified Angus Beef® Brand was founded by a group of Angus cattlemen in 1978. Angus is a breed of cattle that offers superb marbling and flavor. The Certified Angus Beef® brand has ten different specification requirements that are designed to ensure its marbling, tenderness, and consistency. USDA graders examine Angus beef to determine whether it meets all of the standards necessary to be labeled Certified Angus Beef® Brand. When you see the Certified Angus Beef® Brand logo on a package of beef, you can rest assured that it will cook up beautifully tender and juicy -- with a great beefy taste. Wait until you see the Certified Angus Beef® Brand Chile-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chunky Tomato-Avocado Salsa that’s on my Father’s Day menu this weekend!

Chile-Rubbed Strip Steaks 
with Chunky Tomato-Avocado Salsa
a Weekend Gourmet Original
Ingredients (serves 4 people):
  • Four Certified Angus Beef® Brand New York Strip Steaks
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
For the spice rub:
  • 2 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. onion powder
  • 1 tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 tbs. dried cilantro
  • 1 tbs. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
For the salsa:
  • 1 large Haas avocado, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1.5 cups chopped tomato
  • 1/3 cup chopped purple onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated
  • Juice of one lime
Step 1: Approximately 30 minutes before you’re ready to grill your steaks, remove them from the fridge. Rub each with a bit of the canola oil, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. Let the oiled and salted steaks rest at room temperature; this helps ensure even cooking. Combine the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl, and generously rub both sides of the steaks with the spice mixture.
Step 2: Prepare your grill and heat until the temperature is high. To test, carefully place your hand 1” from the grate – if you can only hold it there a second or two, that’s perfect! Place the steaks on the grill. For medium rare steak, cook over high heat for 4 minutes per side. We prefer our steaks medium, so we cooked them for 5 minutes per side. Love those pretty sear marks!
Step 3: Remove the steaks from the grill and place them on a serving platter. It’s tempting to grab a knife and start cutting…but don’t! Be patient, and let the steaks rest for 5-10 minutes to ensure all those flavorful juices are absorbed back into the meat.
 Step 4: To serve, place a strip steak on each plate. Top with a generous amount of the chunky salsa. I served the steaks with tortillas and sour cream on the side in case anyone wanted to slice their steaks for impromptu tacos. Mexican rice and a corn on the cob are good side dishes too.
This strip steak is an explosion of flavors that any father would love to have for Father’s Day…or any day! The Certified Angus Beef® Brand strip steaks were amazingly tender and juicy, with a nice smokiness from the charcoal grill. The chunky tomato and avocado salsa worked really nicely with the spicy steak rub – with the avocados providing the perfect cooling touch. Wait until you see all of the great Certified Angus Beef® Brand recipes that the rest of this week’s #SundaySupper participants are sharing…they’re perfect for the beef lovers in your life!

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For more great Certified Angus Beef® Brand recipes, be sure to follow their Pinterest board. Also be sure to follow the rest of Certified Angus Beef® Brand’s social media channels for lots of great information – and even more great recipes!
To find Certified Angus Beef® Brand near you, be sure to visit their convenient Store LocatorMy Texas readers can find Certified Angus Beef® Brand products at the following grocery stores: Randall’s, Tom Thumb, and Brookshire Brothers. Popular restaurants here in Texas that feature Certified Angus Beef® Brand include Saltgrass Steak House, Cheesecake Factory, and Smashburger.

Be sure to join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today! We tweet throughout the day, and we share delicious recipes from all over the world. Our fun and lively weekly Twitter chat starts this evening at 7:00 pm ET/6:00 CST. Simply follow the #SundaySupper hashtag -- and remember to include it in your tweets -- to join in on the chat. To get even more great Sunday Supper Recipes, please visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy -- and so much fun! You can sign up for the Sunday Supper Movement by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Certified Angus Beef in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Layered Italian Beefy Polenta Bake...Featuring Laura's Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground Beef

A few years back, I decided to reduce my consumption of red meat to save fat and cholesterol. I began using more ground turkey in my recipes. Then, I discovered Laura’s Lean Beef. I still use ground turkey in some recipes, but sometimes a recipe really needs a rich beefy flavor. That’s when I turn to Laura’s Lean Beef. It has no added hormones or antibiotics, and its cows are fed a vegeterian diet. Laura's Lean Beef is lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories…but not flavor! The recipe I’m sharing today is a perfect showcase for Laura’s Lean Beef’ 92% lean ground beef. If you’re like me, casseroles and other one-dish recipes are a mainstay of your weeknight dinner menu rotation. These dishes are easy to assemble and filling, and they let you make a complete meal! Casseroles often get a bad rap for being boring or high in calories...which I think is unfair!

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for a Layered Italian Beefy Polenta Bake. This zesty dish a snap to assemble and is bursting with my favorite Italian flavors. It’s also higher in fiber and lower in fat than the typical casserole thanks to Laura’s Lean Beef 92% lean ground beef, the addition of zucchini and baby portabella mushrooms, and reduced-fat Italian cheese blend. If possible, make this oven bake in a clear baking dish to show off its colorful layers. Best of all, simply add a simple green salad on the side, and dinner’s done! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tea-rific Red, White & Blue Sangria...Featuring Owl's Brew Tea-Infused Mixers

Summer has definitely arrived here in Central Texas…and the afternoons are starting to get hot. That means we’re always on the lookout for icy beverages to keep us cool and refreshed. Iced tea and Texas basically go together like peas and carrots. Thanks to Owl’s Brew cocktail mixers, I now have a fun way to incorporate iced tea into my Summer cocktails! Owl’s Brew describes its creative cocktail mixers as “a tea crafted for cocktails." Owl's Brew combines tea blends, fruit juices, and agave into delicious mixers. Owl’s Brew is fresh brewed from tea, spices, fruits, and herbs -- and it comes in four fun flavors: Classic (English Breakfast-based), Pink & Black (Darjeeling with a hint of hibiscus), White and Vine (white tea and watermelon), and tropical Coco-Lada (sweet with spices and coconut). For easy cocktails, simply mix two parts Owl’s Brew with one part alcohol of your choice. Owl’s Brew also offers lots of simple, creative cocktails recipes on its website.

I recently received samples of Owl’s Brew mixers to create a fun and fruity tea-infused Summer cocktail. I used Owl's Brew White and Vine mixer to create a fruity, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday -- but it can be served all Summer long! White and Vine features light-tasting white tea paired with flavors of pomegranate, lemon peel, and watermelon. My fruity Tea-rific Red, White & Blue Sangria is simple to make and full of refreshing flavors and colors. The red comes from strawberries and watermelon, the blue from frozen blueberries, and white from diced green apple. I’m sharing the method to create individual sangria cocktails, but you can also easily multiply the ingredients and combine them in a pitcher if you’re planning a large party. This tea-rific sangria is pretty much an automatic Summer party in a glass!

Tea-rific Red, White & Blue Sangria
a Weekend Gourmet original
Ingredients (for each cocktail):
  • 1/2 cup Owl’s Brew White and Vine mixer
  • 1/2 cup sweet wine [NOTE: I used a rose moscato]
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda (regular or sugar-free), well chilled
  • 2 strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup small cubes of watermelon
  • 1/4 cup peeled, diced green apple
  • 2 tbs. blueberries [NOTE: freeze the berries a day ahead if you have time – it’ll keep your sangria chilled without watering it down!]
Directions: Place the strawberries, watermelon, apple, and blueberries in a large wine glass or tumbler. Add the Owl’s Brew White and Wine, white wine, and lemon-lime soda. Stir well to combine and serve immediately.

That’s it…so simple and delicious! This fruity sangria is lightly fizzy and features a burst of fruit flavor in every sip. The addition of white tea is subtle and refreshing, and the remaining alcohol-soaked fruit is also fun to eat when the sangria is gone. Don’t drink alcohol? No problem! Owl’s Brew is an alcohol-free mixer that can also be mixed with fruit juice or sparkling water to create fun mocktails and punch. Owl’s Brew can be purchased online at their website, as well as at select retailers nationwide. I also have good news for my Texas readers: starting this month, you can purchase Owl’s Brew at most Texas H-E-B locations!

Disclosure: Owl’s Brew provided me with samples of their products to facilitate this article. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Friday, June 12, 2015

June Mode Contributor Program...Featuring Seven Refreshing Ways to Enjoy Shrimp This Summer!

For this month's Mode Contributor Program, I'm sharing Seven Refreshing Ways to Enjoy Shrimp This Summer. To me, shrimp and Summer are a natural pairing. Shrimp are low in fat, quick to cook...and their sweet taste is simply amazing! Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, I learned to love shrimp from an early age. We typically enjoy them at least once a week during the warmer months, so I'm always on the look for new ways to prepare them. For this recipe collection, I wanted to highlight light and refreshing Summer meals featuring shrimp.

All seven 0f these recipes are a snap to make -- and they're not going to heat up your kitchen on a hot Summer day. You'll find several cooling salads, gazpacho topped with seared shrimp, spicy grilled shrimp skewers, tropical shrimp tacos, and even my tequila-infused guacamole topped with shrimp cocktail. If you love shrimp, these recipes are a must for your Summer dinner rotation!

Disclosure: I am a member of Mode Foodie, and I was compensated for this Mode Contributor article. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dole's Get Up and Grow Tour Is Coming to San Antonio June 13-18 #sponsored #getupandgrow

I'm excited to share that Dole's Get Up and Grow Tour is coming to the San Antonio area starting this weekend! This nationwide 11,700-mile, 115-day journey was created by the Dole Food Company and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze to give Americans information and recipes to make Summer 2015 their healthiest and happiest EVER! They're challenging San Antonio-area residents to eat better this Summer to receive some exciting health and wellness rewards. Between now and September, the Get Up and Go Tour will stop at 480 supermarkets and special events across the U.S. The San Antonio event will take place from June 13-18 and will visit a number of area H-E-B locations -- so there's sure to be an event near you!
June 13th
San Antonio
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10718 Potranco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78251

San Antonio
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4100 S New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78223

June 14th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
420 West Bandera Rd.
Boerne, TX 78066
San Antonio
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9238 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78250
June 17th
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
17460 North I-35
Schertz, TX 78154

June 18th
San Antonio
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
20935 Highway 281 North
San Antonio, TX 78259

San Antonio
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
24165 I-H 10 West, Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78257

This event is going to be a blast! The Get Up and Grow Tour Caravan features a van and trailer that includes a kitchen and sampling tent offering free recipe samples, a make-your-own smoothie bar, fun giveaways for the kids, expert nutritional advice by a Registered Dietician or produce expert, and lots of other fun surprises! Visitors can create a customizable, interactive pledge that gives them an opportunity to receive wellness rewards like free DOLE fresh produce, Fitbits®, and even a wellness getaway to California! Participants can also sample a variety of fresh fruit, vegetable, and salad recipes created specifically for Get Up and Grow. Check out this menu: Banana and Blue Breakfast SmoothiePower Punch Smoothie, and Spinach-Avocado Hummus. Also Grilled Banana ParfaitSouthwestern Gazpacho, and Caesar’s Bounty Salad. The spotlight recipe is Charred Summer Salad, 2015’s Official Salad of Summer.
I’m so excited to be attending one of these fun events during the San Antonio leg of the Get Up and Grow Tour!! Be on the lookout for lots of live social media shares during my visit via Instagram (follow: WEEKENDGOURMET) and Twitter (follow: @TheWeekendGourm). I’ll also be sharing a full follow-up story later this month featuring lots of pictures from the live event -- as well as my personal spin on the Southwestern Gazpacho official tour recipe! If you visit one of these fun -- and delicious -- live Get Up and Grow Tour events, make sure to tag me on your social media so I can re-share...and drool over your amazing pictures!!
Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Dole provided me free salad and banana coupons to facilitate this post -- as well as monetary compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.


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