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Healthy Breakfast Recipes for a Healthy 2019

As we think about fitness this week with our Fit Social Giveaway on Facebook, let’s focus on food – breakfast foods to be exact. What we put in our bodies is a big part of staying healthy and reaching those 2019 resolutions, along with staying active. While breakfast is very important to get your metabolism working and start your day off on a healthy foot, not everybody is too excited about jumping in the kitchen in the a.m., especially with the busy schedules of life. So Great Plains Communications wants to help! We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network, for some of our favorite healthy, but still flavorful, breakfast recipes.

4 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes

Taking part in Whole30 or just want to see what the recipes are like? Unlike other diets or meal plans, these four recipes will have you feeling not only full but satisfied. They are packed full of protein and comforting flavors such as apple, sweet potato, and yes, BACON (sugar free)! All of these recipes can also be made ahead and placed in the freezer to reheat as needed.

Bobby’s Blueberry-Pomegranate Power Bowl

Breakfast bowls and “power bowls” have been a fad for a couple years now, but it is because they are delicious! This recipe gets thickness from blended oats, sweetness from the fruit and crunch from the protein packed crumble.

Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

Like Bobby Flay’s power bowl, these oats need to be made ahead of time so that the oats can soak up all the flavor from carrots, sugar and vanilla extract. The next morning, all you have to do is grab your jar and toppings and head to work. You will find yourself with a sweet, yet wholesome breakfast right at your desk.

How to Eat Salad for Breakfast

If you lean more toward the savory side of breakfast foods, this recipe could be for you. The vinaigrette is tart and sweet from the fresh orange, which goes well with the peppery bite of the arugula. Place it all on the crowd pleasing avocado toast and you have a breakfast that will have your taste buds dancing.

Find more recipes like these on the Food Network channel! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1484.

2019 Fit Social Giveaway

According to statista.com, The Statistics Portal, the top two resolutions for 2019 are to, “Diet or eat healthier” and “Exercise more.” It can be hard to know where to start and what steps to take to reach your goals. Great Plains Communications wants to help get someone off on the right foot with our Fitbit Charge 3™ social giveaway! The advanced fitness tracker helps monitor steps, calories, 24/7 heart rate, sleep tracking and much more.

To enter the giveaway, go to our Facebook page and find the post including the picture above. Then follow these instructions:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Like the post
  3. Tag a workout buddy in the comments

The giveaway will run until January 21, 2019 and the winner will be announced here on our blog on January 22. So, get after those goals and up your speed in 2019!

If you are looking to up your speed in more ways than one, check out what Internet speeds we offer in your area and let our reliable network keep all your family’s devices connected!

2019 Financial Goals and SmartHub

Have you set a goal to become more financially responsible in 2019? Great Plains Communications has just the features to make sure you stick to your resolution and succeed.

As a Great Plains Communications’ customer, you have access to SmartHub, an account management system that was introduced in 2018. It is a smart, fast and convenient system that allows you to view and pay your bill, receive notifications, report service issues and contact us about services and promotions.

To access SmartHub, you can either log-on to https://gpcom.smarthub.coop or download the free app from the iOS or Android app store. This allows you to manage your account at home and on the go!

Once you are signed in to SmartHub, you can also sign up for Auto-Pay and do away with worrying about late or missed payments. To show our appreciation, we enter all customers participating in the Auto-Pay program into a monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! If you have any questions on signing up for SmartHub or the Auto-Pay program, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Don’t Miss Out on These Scholarship Opportunities!

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Great Plains Communications Scholarship and Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship. No matter if it is a big university or a two-year program at a tech school, college is expensive. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring costs. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

With the deadline of February 1 less than a month away, we encourage you to download the Great Plains Communications Scholarship on our website and send the completed application packet to the following address:

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

The FRS is an affiliate of the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA), an organization of independent telephone companies across the United States. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors with a C grade point average or above and have an interest in returning to a rural community after graduation. The FRS Scholarship application requires a signature of sponsorship from Great Plains Communications. To apply, see your school’s guidance counselor or log onto the FRS website at www.frs.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the following address by February 23.

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
ATTN: SCHOLARSHIP
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact 402-456-9511 or scholarshipsgrants@gpcom.com.

Last Chance to SAVE with Our Holiday Promotion!

You don’t have much time left! The holidays might be over, but there is still time to take advantage of our great holiday promotion. Discover the magic of savings with Great Plains Communications and our new Value Bundle. Connect all your devices with reliable high-speed Internet and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

 

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are already a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. This promotion ends tomorrow, so call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to sign up for this great deal while it is still available!

New Year’s Eve Tips and Recipes

Are boxes still stacked around the house and trash bags full of wrapping paper? The last thing you want to do is stress about planning what to make for New Year’s Eve.  Great Plains Communications wants to help you out! We have looked to a couple of our cable channels, HGTV and the Cooking Channel for some of our favorite recipes and helpful tips when keeping foods at the right temperatures all night.

How to Make an Epic Meat and Cheese Spread

Let’s start with a classic – a meat and cheese board. While they are a crowd pleaser, they can be intimidating to make. In this video, HGTV breaks it down into almost a formula that is sure to result in a beautiful and delicious spread.

Coconut Shrimp Skewers

These skewers are quick to make and definitely not lacking in flavor. Plus, by adding the avocado dip to small glasses, it becomes portable for a more social setting. Make it even easier on yourself and buy some disposable cups, so your guests can toss them when they are finished. Less dishes = less stress!

How to Keep Party Food at the Right Temperature

It can be tough to keep certain foods cold or hot throughout the night. These tips from HGTV will include things like a heated brick and ice packs, things you probably already have around the house – simple yet effective.

3 Ways to Make Ornament Cocktails

Keep the holiday theme rolling with these festive drinks. Make them ahead of time and you get decorations and drinks all-in-one!

 

Great Plains Communications hopes everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!

Christmas Recipes 2018

Don’t worry if you haven’t planned your Christmas menu yet, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite holiday dishes that are sure to shine on your Christmas table.

Christmas Tree Antipasto Salad

Who doesn’t love a good antipasto salad? Make this adorable Christmas tree simply by rearranging the crowd-pleasing toppings. It will be a show-stopping first course that will get everyone in a festive mood.

Holiday Roast Prime Rib

A prime rib roast is not a cheap cut of meat, so it can be scary cooking it for the first time. This recipe is simple as it lets the flavor of the beef shine with a little bite from the horseradish plus the steps are super easy to follow.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Looking for a fun activity for the kids this season? Instead of decorating cookies, let them decorate their own Christmas tree brownies!

Ina’s Fruitcake Cookies

If you have always been afraid of the fruitcake on the holiday table, you will think again with these cookies! Dried apricots and cherries mix with the classic chopped nuts and blend with a classic short bread cookie to jazz up the old tired recipe you always avoided.

Congratulations to our Social Media Giveaway Winner – Debra Wegner!

Help us in congratulating our Make it Snow Social Media Giveaway winner, Debra Wegner of Scribner, Nebraska! By liking our Facebook page, the giveaway post and commenting with her favorite snow gif, (emojis were also accepted) she has won an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet!

The giveaway is part of our holiday promotion, which is still going on and that means there are still ways to win this season!

Discover the magic of savings with our new Value Bundle and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded Equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are currently a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to better fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. Call to find out what speeds are available in your area and sign up for this great deal – 1-855-853-1483!

Parental Controls and Christmas Vacation

Christmas vacation is just around the corner. This means sledding, snow ball fights and a lot more free-time for the kids. While many holiday movies will be watched, Great Plains Communications understands that some programming may not be suitable for younger members of the household. Keep your family protected with parental controls. We realize that no system can completely take the place of monitoring what media your kids consume, however parental controls can make it a lot easier. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but in a secure way.

These controls are set up right through your remote and are very easy to configure. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. The control is in your hands.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

Press the Menu key on your remote

Select the Home Icon

Select Setup

Then select Locks Setup

Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin.

Once your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:

TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.

Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax, and HBO.

Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.

Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock, or change your pin.

Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

Just a few steps ensure your family’s safe viewing habits. We do want to point out that your pin is exclusive to you and we do not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. We suggest keeping your number in a safe spot so that you don’t forget it.

If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2018 Holiday Social Giveaway

Discover the magic this holiday season with Great Plains Communications. By entering our social media giveaway, you could win an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet.

How to Enter:

We want to make it snow on our Facebook page.

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Like the post titled “SOCIAL GIVEAWAY”
  3. Comment on the post with your favorite snow emoji or gif

 

The giving doesn’t stop there! Discover the magic of savings with our new Value Bundle and our holiday promotion. Connect all your devices with reliable high-speed Internet this season and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded Equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are currently a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. Call to find out what speeds are available in your area and sign up for this great deal – 1-855-853-1483.

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