Archives for May 2015

Getting Ready for National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

Delicious Smoothie Recipes To Try!

As May comes to an end, it is time to start looking forward to all that June has to offer. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, which is the perfect time to start adding more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet to help you feel your best. Keep these delicious smoothie recipes in mind to easily increase your fruit and veggie intake each day.

Banana Ginger Smoothie

  • 1 sliced banana
  • ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth

Tropical Papaya Perfection

  • 1 papaya cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fat free plain yogurt
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • Blend all ingredients together until frosty and smooth

Berry Vanilla Sensation

  • ½ cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • ¾ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately

Collard Greens Smoothie with Mango and Lime

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups frozen mango
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped collard greens
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • Mix together in a blender, adding more water if needed

Spinach Smoothie with Avocado and Apple

  • 1 ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until your desired consistency is reached

Spinach, Grape, and Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Blend together until smooth

All of us at Alliance Group in Fairport, New York would like to encourage you to try out these delicious recipes this month!

Boating Essentials For Your Next Boat Trip

SailingWhat to Bring on Your Boat

There is no better way to take advantage of the warm spring and summer temperatures than heading out on the water for a day of boating. While getting ready for a full day of boating can seem tireless, the payoff is worth it. Before you back down the launch ramp, make sure to gather these boating essentials.

  • Registration – just like your car, you need to carry a valid boat registration with you at all times while you are out on the water.
  • Life jackets – you are required to have as many life jackets on board as people. Before you launch your boat, make sure that you have a life jacket that will properly fit everyone.
  • Waterproof camera – you are sure to see many beautiful sights while on the water that you may want to capture, as well as documenting fun family activities. Bringing a waterproof camera can help to make sure that you are able to document these moments without worrying about your camera breaking.
  • Cooler – stock your cooler with plenty of water and snacks to keep you hydrated and satisfied while on the water. If you are planning on catching fish, make sure to bring a designated cooler to keep the fish in.
  • Marine radio – while out on the water, you may not be able to get cell phone reception. If you get stuck or break down, a marine radio can be all that you have to call for help.
  • Fire extinguisher – you are required to keep a fire extinguisher on your boat at all times. Make sure that everyone on board knows how to properly use it.
  • Sunscreen – with the bright spring and summer sun, it is easy to get sunburnt while on the water all day. Sunscreen will protect you from a dangerous and painful sunburn.

It is also important to look over your boat insurance policy to make sure that you have the right amount of protection. Contact Alliance Group in Fairport, New York for all of your boat insurance coverage needs.

What Do Food Dates Really Mean?

Regiments with productsFood Packaging Dates

Chances are, each time you take something out of your pantry or refrigerator, you check the date on the packaging. If the date on the packaging has past, you may do like most Americans and toss the item into the trash. Almost 50 percent of food that is bought in the United States ends up in the trash, mostly due to a misunderstanding of the date that is printed on the packaging.

According to the director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Emily Broad Leib, 90 percent of Americans admit that they have thrown out food due to the date that was printed on it because they thought that meant it was unsafe to eat. While this is wasteful and unfortunate, it is very common, mostly because people do not fully understand what the date really means.

Food packaging is typically printed with one of seven numbers, which includes:

  • Just a date, with no other information
  • Sell by
  • For best taste, use by
  • Best by
  • Enjoy by
  • Use by
  • Display until

Most people think that no matter what the prefix is to the date, if the date has passed, it means it is time to toss it out. In reality, food date labels do not have a lot to do with the actual safety of a food. They do, however, have a large effect on the sale of the food. Many grocery stores will throw out $2,000 worth of completely safe food each day because of the dates that are printed on the packaging.

Knowing what each date actually means can help you decide when it is really time to throw out your food. “Best by” and “use by” dates are printed by the manufacture as a way to show when the product will reach the peak of freshness. This does not mean that the food is bad after this point. “Sell by” is printed by the manufacturer for use by the seller to make sure the proper turn over time of the products.

Contact Alliance Group in Fairport, New York for all of your insurance coverage needs and to ensure that you are protected in case of accidentally ingesting spoiled food.

Common Restaurant Hazards to Avoid

Woman standing in front of coffee shopRestaurant Safety 101

Owning a restaurant comes with its own set of risks that other businesses do not have to deal with. Just one accident can be enough to completely shut down your restaurant if you are not careful. Consider these common hazards that you should protect your business from to ensure that you can safely open your doors every day.

  • Cooking fires – when baking and cooking at high temperatures throughout the day, mixed with flammable ingredients, such as cooking oil, it is not uncommon for a fire to start in the kitchen. Regularly inspect your sprinkler system, hood suppression, and fire extinguishers to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Slips and falls – you have to maintain a standard of reasonable care in your restaurant by law. Keeping your property reasonably safe can help to protect both employees and customers from any slips and falls that may occur.
  • Food poisoning – working with food means that there is a chance that someone will get food poisoning while eating at your restaurant. Ensure that all of your employees are able to recognize proper food storage and serving methods, as well as how to know when food has spoiled to help avoid food poisoning.
  • Cyber threats – since you deal with personal information with credit cards and debit cards, your business runs the risk of being hacked. Keep a secure document management program in place to help reduce the chance of personal employee or client information gets compromised.
  • Liquor liability – when you serve someone alcohol, you can be held responsible for any harm that they cause after leaving your restaurant. A liquor liability policy will help to keep your establishment financially secure after any alcohol related incidents.

For all of your restaurant insurance coverage needs, contact the insurance professionals at Alliance Group in Fairport, New York.