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RECIPE: National Pistachio Day

February 26th, 2016 · No Comments

It’s World Pistachio Day! These little green nuts are packed with more antioxidants per serving than green tea. They are also an excellent source of fiber, copper, manganese, and Vitamin B6.  We thought we’d find a recipe that included this powerful nut into a tasty snack! We found a great recipe from Betty Crocker that we tailored so you can use Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Yogurt Fruit Dip. It was a hit and pretty quick to put together. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

What You’ll Need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple cider or apple juice
2 eggs, beaten
3 trays Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Yogurt Fruit Dip
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pistachios

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1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom only of 8×4-inch loaf pan. In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in oil, 1/3 cup cider and eggs until smooth. Stir in peeled apple slices, cranberries and 1/3 cup pistachios. Spoon and spread evenly in pan.
2. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Although we also tried some warm…it was wonderful.
3. Drizzle the yogurt fruit dip over top of bread. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped pistachios.
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Resolve to Healthier Eating and a Healthier You with Snacks from Dippin’ Stix

January 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

New Year’s resolutions are something everyone strives to set, achieve, and keep. They are fun to make, yet often times hard to maintain. Of these New Year’s resolutions, losing weight, eating healthy, and exercising are in the list of top 5 for most Americans. Dippin’ Stix can help you achieve the goals of losing weight and eating healthy.

Studies show that typically one in three Americans set resolutions and try to better themselves throughout the year. This may be through losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, stopping smoking, or saving money. Whatever the resolution, about 75 percent of Americans stick with the resolution for the first week or two, and only 46 percent are maintaining their resolution and goal after a 6 month period of time.

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be a chore or boring. For instance, instead of a couple of cookies for an afternoon snack, try a package of Dippin’ Stix apples and yogurt. Feeling the need for a little something different? Dippin’ Stix carrots and ranch dip are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Celery and peanut butter, apples and peanut butter, or apples with caramel are a few of the many options for healthier eating for you and your family. And to make it even more appealing, they are quick and easy!

From sporting events to school lunches, break time at the office, or even a midnight snack, Dippin’ Stix make snacking fun, all while being healthy and helping you achieve your weight loss goal. It may be tough to keep the excitement and enthusiasm of your resolutions after several weeks or months into the New Year, but it certainly isn’t impossible.

Dippin’ Stix single serving packs or bulk cartons are convenient, easy, and most importantly, healthy. Let us help you meet your New Year’s resolution of healthier eating and weight loss with our products that are full of nutrients for a balanced diet. Don’t be one of the statistics who lose their excitement, enthusiasm, and goal to make 2016 a better and healthier year. Visit our website at www.dippinstix.com or your local grocer and resolve to healthier eating for a healthier you!

 

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Eat Healthy Snacks as Part of Your New Year’s Resolution with Dippin’ Stix

January 15th, 2016 · No Comments

The New Year is upon us and plenty of resolutions are being made! How many times have we set those resolutions with good intentions, but find in a month or two they don’t ever seem to come to fruition? Many Americans start the New Year resolving to join a gym, living a healthier lifestyle, and eating better. Healthy snack choices from Dippin’ Stix can help you keep that resolution without it being a chore.

Eating healthy really doesn’t need to be a chore or boring. Walking into a grocery store filled with pastas, chocolate goodies, and scrumptious pizza with extra cheese can really be tempting and downright daunting. Try to change your mindset from “all foods that taste good are not good for you” to “eating healthy can actually be delicious!” Forget about the sugary cookies, salty chips, and indulgent cheesecake that your taste buds desire! Focus on a salad with all the fixins’, some tasty fresh fruit, and satisfying whole grains.

We’ve all heard it said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, or 7 days without fruits and vegetables makes one “weak.” There really is a lot of truth to these statements. Apples, carrots, and celery are loaded with nutrients and fiber. Combine these fruits and vegetables with a flavorful dip and you have an extremely healthy and nutritious snack.

Cut down on the sweets and highly saturated fats and carbohydrates in your diet and begin to think of healthier options to feed your hunger. Dippin’ Stix snacks are perfect for lunches, after school snacks, sporting activities, and even a midnight snack. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier and lose weight, Dippin’ Stix can help. Our single serving apples, carrots, and celery with yummy healthy dips are a convenient and easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Dippin’ Stix is sure to satisfy your cravings, help you meet your resolution goals, and get you headed in the right direction for a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to check out our blog and facebook page for exciting recipes and fun ways to enjoy your Dippin’ Stix. Make Dippin’ Stix part of your healthy New Year’s resolution. Eat healthy snacks as part of your New Year’s resolution with Dippin’ Stix. Remember – 7 days without fruits and vegetables really does make one “weak!”

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Healthy Snack Options from Dippin’ Stix Helps You Stick to Healthy Eating Goals During the Holidays

November 30th, 2015 · No Comments

The holidays are coming and, for many of us, that means time spent with family and lots of food. For this reason, holidays are a particularly difficult time of year to maintain healthy eating habits and a healthy weight. Snacking is a major factor in how your weight fluctuates. If you find that you need help finding a healthier snacking option, Dippin’ Stix is an alternative with fresh fruits and vegetables.

When the holidays roll around each year, we all find it particularly difficult to keep on track with healthy eating, exercise, and healthy snacks. Yummy foods, tasty treats, and larger-than-normal portions seem to be passed around the table constantly. Try a few simple steps to build better eating habits:

  • Try snacks like whole grain crackers before your big holiday feast.
  • Nibble on fruit and raw veggies and make an effort to eat this with your meal as well.
  • Before you have a second serving, try waiting 10-15 minutes. Your brain may signal that you truly are full and keep you from digging in a second time.
  • Eat sweets and candy in moderation and smaller portions.

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of healthy snack options for both young and old, whether you’re packing them in your kids’ lunches or taking them for yourself. Options such as carrots and dip, celery and peanut butter, and apples with yogurt, peanut butter, or caramel are all healthy, tasty choices. Dippin’ Stix products are a fresh snack solution for anyone, no matter the age.

So if you find yourself too tempted by the appetizer table and the trays of desserts this upcoming holiday season, consider stocking your refrigerator with Dippin’ Stix products for a healthy snack that will help keep your eating habits right on track. Happy holidays and a healthy New Year!

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RECIPE: Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

November 24th, 2015 · No Comments

With the holiday season upon us, you’re bound to be hosting or heading to a party soon! Why not whip up this super easy and amazing appetizer?

What you’ll need:
1 5-pack of Dippin’ Stix Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel
1 8oz. block of cream cheese
Toffee bits
Pretzels
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1. Place softened block of cream cheese on a serving platter. Drizzle the caramel from the 5 Dippin’ Stix trays over top. Sprinkle with toffee bits.
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2. Place apples and pretzels around the cream cheese for a simply sweet & satisfying treat!
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Save the Planet, One Dippin’ Stix at a Time

October 11th, 2015 · No Comments

How much do you recycle? Do you ever wish that you could recycle more to help the planet? Ever find yourself pulling items from the garbage to put in the recycle bin? Do you want a great opportunity to recycle even more? Dippin’ Stix uses packages that are 100 percent recyclable to help in the effort to save the planet!

November 13 is Recycling Day, a national initiative to make America beautiful. The current recycling rate across America is 34.5 percent and continues to increase every year. In an effort to make America beautiful, take some time to reduce your personal waste, recycle more, and encourage a family member or friend to do the same.

Along with designing packages that are 100 percent recyclable, Dippin’ Stix has worked diligently to achieve great advances in reducing our carbon footprint. For example, Dippin’ Stix has improved efficiencies and reduced operating days per week by designing a master production scheduling system to greatly cut utility consumption while yielding lower operating costs. Dippin’ Stix has also significantly reduced the amount of packaging materials, trimming waste by 30 percent and resulting in a 6 percent savings in transportation costs.

You may be thinking that one package isn’t going to help, but you can buy more Dippin’ Stix to recycle more! And, if just one or two additional friends or family members took the initiative to recycle more today, our national recycling rate would increase and help our country and nation be the best that it can be. Won’t you join in the initiative and save the planet one individual and one Dippin’ Stix at a time?

Pick up a package or two of Dippin’ Stix at your local market, share the delicious contents, and share in the program of recycling! This will help our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have a clean and beautiful environment in which to live. Recycle today, and save the planet one Dippin’ Stix at a time!

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Back-to-School Routine Made Easy with Dippin’ Stix Snacks

October 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Back to school means back to routine. A routine is probably a good thing after 3 months of kids sleeping in, continuous activities, and numerous fast food stops because you’re always on the go. Now that the kids are back in school, a healthy routine in meals and snacks is a must. Dippin’ Stix has the perfect healthy snacks for your kids’ lunches and after-school treats.

We all know that kids love sweet treats, but finding that balance between sweet and healthy is not always an easy task. Kids tend to all work the same—troll the pantry, comment that there isn’t a single thing in the house to eat, and grab a candy bar or can of soda to fill their hunger desires. However, there are many fun, quick, and healthy snacks available that take just a few minutes to prepare.

Try to soothe their after-school hunger with fresh and delicious apple snacks, celery sticks, or carrots with dips. From caramel to yogurt to ranch dips, there is surely something to please everyone’s palate. These snacks are sure to give them the boost they need to complete homework or get up the energy for their afternoon sporting event.

Surprise your kids with an unexpected twist for an afternoon snack. Now that you are back into the school routine with homework, getting up early, catching the bus, and staying awake during class, a Dippin’ Stix snack is the solution to the back-to-school routine and the question of what to serve to put their cravings to rest.

Dippin’ Stix products are award winning snacks that are perfect for lunches, travelling, sporting events, and even for a bedtime snack. They are appealing to both parents and kids with their tempting taste, convenience, and healthy twist. Whether it is peeled baby carrots, celery sticks with peanut butter or ranch dip, or apples with caramel, peanuts, or yogurt, it’s all about the back-to-school routine, and Dippin’ Stix will help you keep that routine intact—day after day!

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Caramel Mini-Apple Cheesecake Bites

September 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Looking for a mini dessert loaded with sweetness and flavor? Look no further than Cooking Classy’s for Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping. Try this recipe with 8 trays of Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples with Caramel.

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Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

Crust

10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)
2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Streusel
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling

2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped*
2 tsp lemon juice

Topping

Salted caramel sauce, homemade (recipe and tutorial here) or store bought

Directions

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among 18 paper lined muffin cups, adding a rounded tablespoon to each cup. Press into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the streusel:

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, quick oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add cold butter and using fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together it small crumbles and pieces of butter are no longer visible. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing apples and filling.
For the filling:
In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, cream together cream cheese with sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in sour cream and vanilla.

To assemble cheesecakes:

Divide cheesecake batter evenly among 18 muffin cups pouring filing over crust (I used a 1/4 cup and filled it about 3/4 full). Divide apples evenly over cheesecake layer, then finish by sprinkling a heaping tablespoon of the streusel over tops. Bake in preheated oven 23 – 25 minutes. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge and chill 3 hours. Serve with caramel sauce.

*This is about 3 small granny smith apples. I recommend chopping very small so they can cook all the way through, almost mincing them (even smaller than that pictured because mine weren’t quite tender all the way through).
Recipe Source: Inspired by Paula Deen’s Cheesecake Bars

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RECIPE: National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

There’s no better way to kick off Autumn than to begin with National Great American Pot Pie Day! Held every year on September 23, we’ve whipped up an easy and delicious recipe using Dippin’ Stix Celery Stix! Throw this in the crockpot and have something nice & warm for dinner tonight.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 trays Dippin’ Stix Celery Stix & Peanut Butter; celery stalks, diced
  • Two 10.5-ounce cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 16-oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 12-oz can Flaky Biscuits

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1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.

2. Top the chicken with the diced onions & celery.

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3. In a small bowl, combine the chicken soup, milk, garlic powder, thyme, salt & black pepper. Whisk until mixed well. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
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4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

5. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and add the frozen vegetables and parsley. Stir well. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.

6. Bake the biscuits according to package instructions.

7. To serve, fill a small bowl with about 1 cup of the chicken mixture and top with a freshly baked biscuit.
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Enjoy this recipe and the start to a new season!

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Back to School Doesn’t Mean Stressful Mornings – Dippin’ Stix Makes Back to School Lunches Easy

September 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Back to school equals stressful mornings. Really? Does it have to be that way? We all know that back to school can be stressful with the setting of alarm clocks, nervousness of a new bus schedule, finding the correct classroom, and thinking of something healthy to pack for our picky eater’s lunch. However, going back to school doesn’t need to be stressful if you follow a few simple steps to organize yourself, your children, and your home. Dippin’ Stix can help with the healthy lunch portion of your organizational tasks.

Your back to school mornings can be just as carefree as a summer morning if you follow these simple steps:

  • Do homework in the evenings, sign all parental forms, and pack backpacks.
  • Choose and set out clothes the night before. By doing this, if you or your child oversleep by a few minutes, finding clothes or making sure clothes are clean will not be an issue.
  • Have a set bedtime and be certain your child is getting enough rest to be attentive during the school day.
  • If your child is eating a cold lunch, prepare it the night before so you can simply grab it from the fridge and put it straight into the backpack.

Preparing lunches can often times be a real struggle. The monotonous chore of packing daily lunches and being certain the lunches are healthy really is a tough assignment. Dippin’ Stix can help with that. We all know that the obesity rate in the United States is at an all-time high. One of the biggest reasons for this increase is unhealthy foods such as those filled with saturated fats and carbohydrates. But when you include a Dippin’ Stix snack in your child’s lunchbox, you have the perfect solution to this problem.

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of healthy, flavorful snacks that are perfect for kids going back to school. Whether it is for lunches, sporting events, or even to get the proper serving of fruits and veggies throughout the day with meals, Dippin’ Stix will help you achieve those extra servings that are tasty, inexpensive, and healthy. Our snacks come in different varieties of apples, carrots, and celery with tasty dips such as ranch, caramel, yogurt, peanut butter, peanuts. Who can turn down a fun and healthy snack such as that? We also offer family and variety packs for your convenience and to fit your needs. Visit our website to learn more and to find a store near you so you can stock up for your kid’s lunches. Let Dippin’ Stix take the stress out of your back-to-school mornings.

 

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