Harvest of the Month Features Avocado Peanut Chocolate Truffles

By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director 

Avocado Peanut Chocolate Truffles  Photos: Katie Schmidt

Avocado Peanut Chocolate Truffles Photos: Katie Schmidt

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Avocado

Harvest of the Month

 Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at www.brmh.net/recipes

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Turn Out for These Avocado Events:

Watch WEAU-TV-13 Thurs April 18, 4 p.m. Newscast. “Avocados” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN,CD

BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Avocado Event –April 24, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

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Avocado Tips & Nutrition 

 -An avocado has more potassium than a banana. A 1-ounce serving contains 150 mg or 4% of the daily recommended value of potassium.

- Avocados make a great butter substitute in baked goods when used in the right quantities.

 - An avocado has more potassium than a banana. A one ounce serving contains 150 mg or 4% of the daily recommended value of potassium.

  More Avocado information here.                        

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Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

RECIPE: Avocado Peanut Chocolate Truffles

Healthful fats (avocado) versus heavy cream

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

  • PREP TIME: 15 MINS

  • COOK TIME: 0 MINS

  • TOTAL TIME: 15 MINS

Makes 18 Truffles

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 5 oz. dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter (or shredded coconut)

  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar

  • ¼ t. vanilla extract

  • ⅛ t. salt

  • 2½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)

METHOD: Cut avocado, remove pit and mash the flesh with a fork until completely smooth and lump free.

Add to melted chocolate (Melt slowly either the microwave or on the stove; careful not to burn). Stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and half of the cocoa powder. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. Scoop into rounds or form balls with your hands.  Roll in the remaining 1 ¼ Tbsp of cocoa powder. DEVOUR! Variations: Substitute 2 Tbsp. fine minced almonds or other nuts for the peanut butter. The word “truffle” originates from the Latin word meaning lump. They resemble gourmet wild mushrooms (truffles).

    MORE RECIPES: www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes

To view a video of the recipe and printable recipe, go to www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes

Video coming soon:

For more harvest of the month recipes visit www.brmh.net/recipes or www.jacksoninaction.org/recipes

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Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community. 

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Celebrate Nutrition Month with Aromatic Carrot Salad

By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director 

Aromatic Carrot Salad  Photo: Katie Schmidt

Aromatic Carrot Salad Photo: Katie Schmidt

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Carrots

Crispy, healthy!

 Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at www.brmh.net/recipes

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Turn Out for These Carrot Events:

Watch WEAU-TV-13 Thurs March. 14, 4 p.m. Newscast. “Carrots” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN,CD

BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Almond Event –Thurs. March 28, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

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National Nutrition Month (R) is an annual nutrition education and information campaign in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. More at www.eatright.or

National Nutrition Month (R) is an annual nutrition education and information campaign in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. More at www.eatright.or

Carrots Tips & Nutrition 

 Carrots are 7% natural sugars

The carrot is one of the top 10 most economically important global vegetable crops

Ancient Greeks and Romans ate red, purple and white carrots harvested in the wild.

The green tops of the carrot are edible but not many people eat them.

 More carrot information here.                              

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Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

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RECIPE: AROMATIC CARROT SALAD

Colorful and delicious with slightly spicy and sweet Moroccan flavors—A Mediterranean delight.

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

  • PREP TIME: 15 MINS

  • COOK TIME: 0 MINS

  • TOTAL TIME: 15 MINS

Makes 12 ½ c. servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5  medium carrots – grated or spiral cut

  • 2 c. spinach or kale

  • 1 can (14 oz.) garbanzo beans (chick peas)

  • ½ c. walnuts or almonds

  • ½ c. dried cranberries or raisins

  • ½ c. Kalamata olives (or traditional olives) or feta cheese

Dressing: Honey Dijon Aromatic Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp.  honey

  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard

  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin  or more

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric or more

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or more

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

 DIRECTIONS:

1.  In a large bowl, combine the carrots, spinach, chick peas, nuts, cranberries and olives.

2.  In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, honey, Dijon, salt and spices together with a fork.

3.  Toss the dressing over the salad just before serving. Add more spices if desired.

Serve with your favorite protein – grilled chicken, salmon, boiled eggs, shrimp, etc.

This spice combination is slightly sweet with a Moroccan flavor

 Nutrition info per ½ c. serving: Approx. 160 Calories, 10g Fat, 15g Carb, 4g Fiber, 3 g Protein

 MORE RECIPES: www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes

To view a video of the recipe and printable recipe, go to www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes

For more heart healthy recipes visit www.brmh.net/recipes or www.jacksoninaction.org/recipes

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Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community. 

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