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WIC Inspired Recipes – Blackberry Banana Bread

Try out this unique take on a classic banana bread recipe using WIC approved products like bananas, eggs, and blackberries! This warm and comforting treat is perfect to serve Thanksgiving morning, or any time this winter.

BLACKBERRY BANANA BREAD

4 bananas

2 eggs

1 stick of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

big pinch of salt

1.5 cups of blackberries

4 oz of chocolate chips/chunks (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare all the ingredients. Prepare the pan by buttering it or using non-stick spray. Use either a 9×5-inch loaf pan or a 10 inch round cake pan.
In a small pot melt the butter, take it off the heat and let it cool. In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together. Set aside.
Add the eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl, whisk quickly for 5 minutes until the mixture is pale, light and foamy. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and melted butter, mix until just combined. Slowly add the flour mixture into the batter, stir in with a spatula, until partially combined. Add the chocolate pieces and about 1 cup of blackberries, fold in gently, taking care not to over mix. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan, and lay the remaining blackberries on the top. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. It may run longer or shorter in your oven and depending on what pan you are using. After about 45 minutes, check if the top is not browning too much, if it is – cover it loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
Enjoy!

 

 

Budget Bites To Help You Save Money

Cook Up Comforting Fall Recipes With WIC Foods

Making family meals is a never-ending task. To help inspire you and your family at mealtime, here are a few cozy recipe ideas – using WIC foods of course – we think you will enjoy as the fall and winter weather kicks in.

This time of year pumpkin is in everything from coffee to candles. This recipe from USDA’s MyPlate is full of fall flavors and is a great family meal, perfect for catching up and spending quality time with your family.

PUMPKIN CHILI

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 small yellow onion (chopped)

1 green bell pepper (cored, seeded and chopped )

2 jalapeño peppers (seeded and finely chopped, optional)

2 cloves garlic ( finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder )

1 pound ground turkey, optional

1 can diced tomatoes with juice

1 can pumpkin puree

1 cup water

1 teaspoon cumin, ground

salt and pepper (to taste, optional)

1 can kidney beans (Can choose other beans if desired.)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapenos (omit if serving to children) and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low then add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

Source: from USDA’s MyPlate, Bronson Wellness Center

 

It’s also the perfect time to fire-up the oven for tasty treats with healthy ingredients.

This recipe from the USDA’s MyPlate is a perfect twist on a classic cookie recipe. Your kids won’t even know healthy foods are packed into the ingredient list.

Carrots give this traditional oatmeal and raisin cookie a colorful and tasty twist.

CARROT COOKIES

1/2 cup margarine (soft)

1 1/4 cups sugar mixed with 1/4 cup water

1 cup carrot (grated)

2 egg whites (well beaten)

2 cups flour (all purpose)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups oatmeal, quick cooking (raw)

1 cup raisins

In a large bowl, cream together margarine and honey. Stir in carrots and egg whites. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, oatmeal and raisins. Gradually stir flour-oatmeal mixture into creamed mixture, just until all flour is mixed. Do not over mix. Drop a teaspoon on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Source: USDA’s MyPlate, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Healthy Futures

Budget Bites to Help You Save Money

4 Tips To Save $$$

Grocery prices keep going up, and we are all looking for ways to stretch our food budgets. Here are a few tips we can all use to curb the waste, and stretch our food dollars even further.

USE MORE, WASTE LESS

If you don’t think you will use them before they go bad, freeze fruits and vegetables. Put them in freezer-safe containers or bags and mark with a date. These frozen portions are great to add to soups or smoothies. 

Save veggie scraps like potato rinds, ends of onions and celery pieces,  to make veggie broth. These vegetables will make a perfect vegetable broth that is delicious in soups.  

Use leftovers creatively. You can turn almost any leftovers into a completely different meal. For example, did you make roasted veggies as a side dish this week? Use the leftovers in a delicious omelet. You cook once and have two delicious meals. Plus, you save time in the kitchen. 

MAXIMIZE WIC BENEFITS

One of the best ways to maximize your WIC benefits is to use your SNAP benefits first. Your SNAP benefits roll over, but your WIC benefits expire at the end of the month. USE WIC FIRST. 

Make fewer trips. If you are making a trip to the WIC clinic, redeem your WIC benefits during the same trip. Lone Star Family Market, which caters to WIC clients, are conveniently located near WIC clinics. Lone Star Family Market caters to WIC clients and helps them redeem their benefits in one easy, fast trip. 

PLAN AHEAD

By planning ahead you can save time and money. Plan your menu for the week. See what ingredients can be used to do double duty in your recipes. For example, are you making a homemade soup and stir-fry dish this week? Get an onion that can be used for both. What other ingredients can be used in both meals? Stretch your food dollars by using simple recipes with less ingredients.  Plus, it is a great way for your kids to help. Make a menu together on a chalkboard or a colorful paper that they can help create. 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

One of the best ways to save money cooking is to make simple, nutritious recipes that don’t have a ton of ingredients. Buy pantry staples like seasonings on sale or in bulk. Make your own salad dressing using olive oil and simple seasonings.

Get all your WIC foods in one easy stop conviently located next to WIC clinics. Visit any Lone Star Family Market in Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos today.

 

 

 

Fun Fall Events in November

Give thanks for your loved ones this November by spending some quality time together at these family friendly events.

< November 2022 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
  1Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
2Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
3Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
4 5Kid's Day at DreamlandKid's Day at DreamlandTime: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
November Kid's Day Saturday, Nov. 5th 10am - 1pm, Join Dreamland for fun activities like face painting, balloon artist, rock painting and NEW - a fun bouncy house! Tickets are $1 each and are available to purchase onsite at the Welcome Center or on the lawn (card only). Those with a birthday in the month of November can participate in these activities for free!
Dreamland Dripping Springs
2770 US-290, Dripping Springs, TX
Family Resource FestivalFamily Resource FestivalTime: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us for our 1st Annual Family Resource Festival on November 5th from 10am-1pm at the Center for Child Protection. Enjoy family friendly activities including pumpkin decorating, games, photo booths, face painting, a Games2U video game truck, PLUS free food, music, and giveaways! You also will have the opportunity to connect with various organizations that offer resources to our community. Resources will include rental & utilities assistance, counseling & education support, immigration assistance, and more.
The Center for Child Protection
8509 FM 969 #2, Austin, TX
Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
6Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
7Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
8Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
9Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
Yoga for Toddlers & their Grown UpsYoga for Toddlers & their Grown UpsTime: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Come stretch, breathe, move, dance, relax, create, and have FUN! These classes will include age-appropriate yoga and movement- including breathing, poses, games, stories, music, relaxation, meditation, and more. Your little yogi will get to practice fine and gross motor skills, social and group skills, and begin to learn mindfulness and breathing/calming tools. Free and open to the public! All ages are welcome but these classes are geared toward toddlers
Kingsbury Commons in Pease District Park
1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX
10Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
11 12Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
13Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
14Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
15Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
16Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
17Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
18 19Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
20Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
21Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
22Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
23Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
24Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
25 26Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
27Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
28Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
29Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
30Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739