Eat Right: Celebrate American Heart Month with Heart-Healthy Recipes

New JammiesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates February as American Heart Month. And all month long New Jammies has been focusing on a lifestyle committed to heart health.

One way the CDC suggests focusing on heart health is making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

The CDC encourages these simple changes to make a big difference. Try these ideas for getting started:
• Talk to your doctor about ways to control high blood pressure.
• Add physical activity to your daily routine.
• Quit smoking.
• Make heathy eating swaps, such as using fresh or dried herbs and spices instead of salt.
• Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets.

New Jammies is a big supporter of healthy eating practices for parents and their kids, and we love any recipe that makes family meal planning easier. These recipes from the CDC and the American Heart Association are heart-healthy and delicious. Give them a try this month and all year long!

Oatmeal WafflesOatmeal Pecan Waffles (or Pancakes)
Source: National Institutes of Health, “Deliciously Healthy Family Meals”
Serving Size: 3 small (2-inch) or 1 large (6-inch) waffle (depending on waffle iron size) or pancakes

Ingredients
For waffles
1 C whole-wheat flour
½ C quick-cooking oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
¼ C unsalted pecans, chopped
2 large eggs, separated (for pancakes, see note)
1½ C fat-free (skim) milk
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

For fruit topping
2 C fresh strawberries, rinsed, stems removed, and cut in half (or substitute frozen strawberries, thawed)
1 C fresh blackberries, rinsed (or substitute frozen blackberries, thawed)
1 C fresh blueberries, rinsed (or substitute frozen blueberries, thawed)
1 tsp powdered sugar

Directions
1. Preheat waffle iron.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, sugar, and pecans in a large bowl.
3. Combine egg yolks, milk, and vegetable oil in a separate bowl, and mix well.
4. Add liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir together. Do not overmix; mixture should be a bit lumpy.
5. Whip egg whites to medium peaks. Gently fold egg whites into batter (for pancakes, see note below).
6. Pour batter into preheated waffle iron, and cook until the waffle iron light signals it’s done or steam stops coming out of the iron. (A waffle is perfect when it is crisp and well-browned on the outside with a moist, light, airy and fluffy inside.) (Or make pancakes.)
7. Add fresh fruit and a light dusting of powdered sugar to each waffle, and serve.
Tip: For pancakes, do not separate eggs. Mix whole eggs with milk and oil, and eliminate steps 4 and 5.

Lettuce Wraps
Asian-Style Chicken Wraps
Source: National Institutes of Health, “Deliciously Healthy Dinners and Deliciously Healthy” Family Meals
Serving Size: 2 wraps, ¼ C sauce

Ingredients
For sauce
1 small Jalapeno chili pepper, rinsed and split lengthwise—remove seeds and white membrane, and mince (about 1 Tbsp); for less spice, use green bell pepper
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (about 2–3 cloves)
3 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
½ C water
½ Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp lime juice (or about 2 limes)

For chicken
1 Tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (about 2–3 cloves)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1 Tbsp lite soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil (optional)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

For wrap
1 (small) head red leaf lettuce, rinsed, dried, and separated into single leaves large enough to create wrap
8 fresh basil leaves, whole, rinsed and dried
2 cups bok choy or Asian cabbage, rinsed and shredded

Directions
1. To prepare the sauce, add all ingredients to a saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, and let sit in hot saucepan for 3–5 minutes. Chill in refrigerator for about 15 minutes or until cold.
2. Prepare the chicken by heating oil in a large wok or sauté pan. Add ginger and garlic, and stir fry briefly until cooked but not brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
3. Add chicken, and continue to stir fry for 5–8 minutes.
4. Add soy sauce, sesame oil (optional), and sesame seeds (optional), and return to a boil. Remove from the heat, and cover with lid to hold warm in hot sauté pan.
5. Assemble each wrap: Place one large red lettuce leaf on a plate, then add ½ cup chicken stir-fry, 1 basil leaf, and ¼ cup shredded cabbage and fold together. Serve two wraps with ¼ cup sauce.

Green Chile Stew

Green Chile Stew
Source: American Heart Association
Serving Size: 4

Ingredients
1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil
1 lb. beef sirloin, beef round or flank steak (whatever is on sale), cut into 1/2-inch cubes, all visible fat discarded
1 small onion (yellow or white), chopped
2 clove minced, fresh garlic OR
2 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
2 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped OR
14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added, chopped tomatoes
6 Hatch chilies, roasted, skinned OR
2-3 oz. no-salt-added, canned green chilies
1 jalapeño or Serrano pepper (skip this if you don’t like spicy food), chopped, (optional)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth

Directions
1. In a stew pot, heat oil over medium-high heat and add beef. Stir occasionally, until browned ? about 5 minutes.
2. Stir in onion and garlic, cooking 2-3 minutes until onions begin to be translucent.
3. Add flour, stirring until well mixed.
4. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Banana Split Yogurt ParfaitBanana Split Berry Yogurt Parfaits
Source: American Heart Association
Serving Size: 4

Ingredients
2 6 – oz. packaged, fat-free pineapple yogurt
1 cup sliced strawberries OR
1 cup mixed berries
1 large banana (about 1 cup sliced)
1/4 cup low-fat granola (4 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp. cocoa, unsweetened
1 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. hot water

Directions
1. To assemble parfaits, in small dish, layer about 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup sliced bananas and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granola.
2. In small cup, stir together cocoa, confectioners’ sugar and hot water until smooth. Drizzle 1 teaspoon over each parfait.

Tips
Instead of fresh berries you can substitute 1 cup frozen mixed berries, thawed.
Substitute any flavor of nonfat yogurt you enjoy.

Sleep Tight: Outfitting Baby for Long Winter’s Nights

New Jammies Sleep SacksIn 2012, Time Magazine ran a story about safe-sleeping sacks that were becoming popular in U.S. hospitals, inspired by the passing of Bill Schmid’s daughter, Haley, of SIDS. At the time, Schmid had developed a sleeveless zip-up sleep bag to replace blankets, and the popularity of this safe-sleeping option was gaining momentum. The article noted that his sleep sack invention had become so mainstream, the baby apparel was being sold everywhere from Target to Pottery Barn. And now, New Jammies.

New Jammies heard the call for safe-sleeping baby wear in its own collections. And answered. Last spring, we launched our popular sleeveless sleep sacks to keep babies safe and warm in the wintertime and cool in the warmer months.

The idea to offer sleep sacks came about as New Jammies owner and founder Nicole Ludlow, mother of a new baby herself, become interested in the safety of sleeveless zip-up bags for resting babies.

“I wanted to carry a collection of durable sleep sacks that encouraged my baby to sleep on his back until he could comfortably roll over from back or tummy,” she says. “And eliminate loose crib blankets for the prevention of SIDS.”

New Jammies Butterfly Magic Sleep SackLudlow designed a New Jammies sleep sack that’s offered in double-layered, 100% organic cotton to be warm, breathable and cozy. Sizes come in small (3-6 months, 10-18 pounds) and medium (6-18 months, 16-24 pounds).

“They fit perfectly over footie pajamas for cool evenings or can be paired with onesies for warmer nights,” she says.

According to Nancy Maruyama, RN, an infant’s sleep environment plays a large role in safe sleep. In her article titled, “Tips for Safe Sleeping: Newborns and Babies” on pregnancy.org, Maruyama says SIDS deaths are most likely to occur when babies are between the ages of 2 months and 4 months, and deaths tend to peak in winter months.

“It is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year old,” she reports.

Strategies featured in the article for lowering SIDS risk includes the notion that the only safe bedding for baby is no bedding.

“Layer clothing on baby for warmth instead of layering blankets,” says the article. “Baby’s face should never be covered and pillows should never be used. This can also cause suffocation.”

Also, stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads or other fluffy items should not be placed in baby’s sleeping areas.

“There have been numerous reports of suffocation from accidentally covering the baby’s mouth and nose with these items. The baby’s crib should contain nothing but the crib.”

Maruyama also suggests parents not dress baby too warmly at sleep time.

“Allowing babies to become too warmly dressed has been shown to be a risk factor for SIDS. Avoid extra clothing especially when the baby has a fever.”

For the best newborn sleep when putting infants to bed or down for a nap, experts on whattoexpect.com advise keeping babies’ rooms cool. They say being too warm or too cold can interrupt newborn sleep.

“Dress baby in a warm sleeper or sleep sack, but skip the blankets (loose bedding is also a risk factor for SIDS),” says the “How to Dress a Newborn” article. “In the winter, try to keep the room temperature between 68ºF and 72ºF. 68ºF is usually ideal, but all babies are different. If yours wakes during the night or after a nap, check his neck to make sure he’s not too sweaty. A little dampness goes with the baby territory, but pools of perspiration definitely do not.”

Many baby experts suggest a cotton onesie under well-fitting footie pajamas or long-sleeved sleep-and-play outfits as ideal winter sleep wear. Adding a sleeveless sleep sack ensures a safe-sleeping environment, and keep baby warm without blankets.
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Show Us the Love

February is American Heart Month, and New Jammies is celebrating heart health and wellness by asking kids and their parents to show their PJ love. Throughout the month, we’re accepting entries for the “Show New Jammies Your PJ Love” contest, open to New Jammies customers and their families who can show kids wearing their favorite New Jammies PJs for infants, toddlers and young children.

Photos can be submitted online by clicking here (or visit newjammies.com and click on “Photo Contest” at the bottom of the page). Deadline for entries is Feb. 29, 2016.

The winner receives 3 pair of PJs or footies of their choice (Value approximately $100.00).

– See more at: http://newjammies.com/blog/show-new-jammies-your-pj-love/