Posts Tagged ‘Anthony LaMacchia’

Greek Power Pop

August 6th, 2015 (franklin)

Today’s post might be the simplest way to Greek out in a healthy and creative way.  Getting half the fat and 4 times the protein is not the easiest task, but this scrumptious little snack proves otherwise.  If you love the idea, but don’t enjoy walnuts or craisins, feel free to replace these ingredients with almonds or anything hanging around in the kitchen that would suit this snack well.  This snack can become something you never get bored of if you find ways to interchange the ingredients!

Ingredients:

8oz bar Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp chopped craisins

¾ cup chopped walnuts

lollipop sticks

Greek Popsicle Snack Ingredients

Greek Popsicle Snack Ingredients

Step 1:

Mix together the cream cheese, honey, and chopped craisins.  When these three ingredients have been mixed properly, roll them into balls.  (Step 1 is easiest completed if done with hands)

Combine ingredients and gently mix together.

Combine ingredients and gently mix together.

Step 2:

Chop walnuts (if not already chopped).  Take the cream cheese balls and roll them in the chopped walnuts.

Place Greek Power Pops in muffin pan

Place Greek Power Pops in muffin pan

Step 3:

Put the lollipop sticks into the cream cheese balls, refrigerate, and ENJOY!

Refrigerate and enjoy!

Refrigerate and enjoy!

About Anthony

My name is Anthony LaMacchia.  I am currently working for Franklin Foods as a marketing intern.  I will be entering my senior year this fall at Grinnell College where I am a history major and a member of the Men’s Basketball team.

As an athlete, it is very important to be in great physical condition.  One of the ways I keep myself in shape over the offseason is by eating healthy.  Whether I am in school or at home for the summer, this is not a task so easily completed, as it is difficult to find healthy foods that I also enjoy eating.  However, with the help of foods including Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, I am able to eat something that I thoroughly enjoy while taking in half the amount of fat and more protein.  I hope to share and blog about how I eat healthier and stay in shape by using Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese and yogurt in recipes and everyday snacks.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Franklin Foods Welcomes Interns to Arizona!

August 5th, 2015 (franklin)

Interns Jack from Florida and Anthony from Ohio have successfully completed visits to Franklin Foods in Arizona for a two-day “Farm to Table” immersion experience into the Arizona dairy industry. Many thanks to the teams at T & K Dairy in Stanfield, United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe, and Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande.

Team Franklin Foods with Jack Tusa at Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Team Franklin Foods with Jack Tusa at Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande, Arizona.

T & K Dairy in Stanfield Arizona.

T & K Dairy in Stanfield Arizona.

Rocco Cardinale and Anthony LaMacchia visiting the United Dairyman of Arizona facility in Tempe.

Rocco Cardinale and Anthony LaMacchia visiting the United Dairyman of Arizona facility in Tempe.

United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe.

United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe.

‘Tis the season of sun rays, pool play, and frozen snacks!

July 25th, 2015 (franklin)

‘Tis the season of sun rays, pool play, and frozen snacks in the heat of a midsummer day. Yes, popsicles and ice cream are in season and I assume everybody is just as excited as I am!

I have recently rejuvenated my love for popsicles and I’ve been eating them like I just graduated kindergarten.  While this is great news for my taste buds and inner-child… it’s not exactly the best for my health and eating habits.  Just like with every other tasty snack, there is usually a downside, but with the help of Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, we can eat our favorite snacks without that feeling of guilt.

Whether or not you share my love for frozen pops of deliciousness, the recipe I will be sharing today is a healthy and tasty alternative to the artificially flavored and sugar filled frozen pops of our childhoods.  I call them Raspberry Greeksicles!  And this is how you can replace all of that sugar and artificial flavoring Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese.  Yes, you could use other cream cheese brands, but with Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese you will be getting HALF the amount of fat and 4x the regular amount of protein!

This is what you will need:

  • 8oz Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese
  • ⅓ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • ⅓ cup of coconut, almond, or soy milk
  • ½ pint of fresh raspberries
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed meal (for topping)
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • about 8 dixie cups (for freezing) and 8 popsicle sticks
  • and a blender
Ingredients for Raspberry Greeksicles

Ingredients for Raspberry Greeksicles

Step 1 (topping):

Melt 1 Tbsp of butter for 15 seconds.  Then take the ⅓ cup of flaxseed and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and mix them together in the melted butter.  Simple as that, your topping is complete.

Topping

Step 2 (put in blender):

Put 8oz Greek Cream Cheese, ⅓ cup nonfat yogurt, ⅓ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ⅓ cup milk of choice, and ½ pint raspberries into a blender and blend until the mix is complete.

Step 3:

It is your choice as to where the topping will go.  It can either go on top of the popsicle (bottom of dixie cup before mix is poured) or the stick end of the popsicle (put on after the mix is poured).  Either way will work just fine, but if you want both sides covered just simply double your topping measurements to have twice the amount of topping.

Next, pour the blended mixture into the dixie cups and insert the popsicle sticks.  When each dixie cup is filled, put the cups in the freezer and wait 3-5 hours until the popsicles are properly frozen.  (When removed, the dixie cups will peel right off)

Step 4:

Enjoy the Raspberry Greeksicles!

Greeksicles

Greeksicles

About Anthony

My name is Anthony LaMacchia. I am currently working for Franklin Foods as a marketing intern. I will be entering my senior year this fall at Grinnell College where I am a history major and a member of the Men’s Basketball team.

As an athlete, it is very important to be in great physical condition. One of the ways I keep myself in shape over the offseason is by eating healthy. Whether I am in school or at home for the summer, this is not a task so easily completed, as it is difficult to find healthy foods that I also enjoy eating. However, with the help of foods including Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, I am able to eat something that I thoroughly enjoy while taking in half the amount of fat and more protein. I hope to share and blog about how I eat healthier and stay in shape by using Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese in recipes and everyday snacks.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.