Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 7, Portion Control: National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 7 is designated as National Strawberry Sundae Day. Many people associate sundaes as a high calorie dessert, but with portion planning you can turn a sundae into a healthy snack or even a nourishing breakfast.


Strawberry Sundae with Granola
Ingredients.
1/4 cup Light Strawberry Ice Cream
1 Tablespoon Granola
1/4 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Strawberries

Nutrition Information.
 97 Calories; 2 g Protein; 18 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Dietary Fiber; 2 g Fat (g); 5 mg Cholesterol;  49 mg Vitamin C; 70 mcg Folate; 34 mg Sodium

Strawberry Sundae with Yogurt and Granola
Ingredients.
1/3 cup Light Frozen Strawberry Yogurt
2 Tablespoon Granola
1/4 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Strawberries
1.5 teaspoons Strawberry Preserves

Nutrition Information. 165 Calories; 3 g Protein; 34 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Dietary Fiber; 3 g Fat (g); 7 mg Cholesterol; 49 mg Vitamin C; 120 mcg Folate; 48 mg Sodium


Strawberry Sundae Cone




Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 5, National Graham Cracker Day

The graham cracker was invented in 1829 in New Jersey, by Sylvester Graham. The original graham cracker was made with graham flour, a combination of finely-ground unbleached-wheat flour with the wheat bran and germ coarsely-ground and added back in providing nutrition and flavor. Graham crackers started out as a bland food, unsweetened or mildly sweetened; today they are known as a sugar sweetened baked good, similar to the English term biscuit.

Graham crackers are a common American snack for young children and older adults; often accompanied with fruit juice or milk.



How to Make Graham Crackers

Resource
Graham cracker, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia











Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America
Healthy Red, White, and Blue Foods







Red, White, and Blue Food Choices

Red, White, and Blue on a Bun


Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients
1 Whole Wheat Hamburger Bun
1 Whole Wheat Hot Dog Bun
1 Strawberry
9 Raspberries
3 Blackberries
14 Blueberries
1 Tbsp Cream Cheese, reduced-fat



Red, White, and Blue Parfait

Ingredients
1/3 cup Blueberries
1/3 cup Fat free Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 cup Strawberries, sliced



Red, White, and Blue Sandwich on
 Sourdough Bread with Cream Cheese,
Yogurt-Covered Raisins, Blueberries,
Raspberries, and Strawberries

Ingredients
2 slices thin Sourdough Bread
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese, low fat
7 yogurt-covered Raisins
1/2 cup Blueberries
2 Strawberries
4 Raspberries


Directions
1. Spread cream cheese on half the bread.
2. Use the yogurt-covered raisins and blueberries as the stars on the flag.
3. Slice strawberries to form the stripes on the flag.
4. Garnish: Blueberries and Raspberries.













Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3, Eat Beans Day

The nutrition information provided below is based on 1/2 cup cooked beans, prepared from dry beans. No salt has been added, therefore sodium levels are insignificant. Beans contain no cholesterol and a small amount of fat. They are a great source of fiber, high in potassium and contain many of the B vitamins. Beans also provide between 7% to 18% of one's daily iron needs.

All About Beans

The US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is a private trade association comprised of leaders in the bean industry with the common goal of promoting the U.S. edible bean trade, both in the United States and abroad, and educating U.S. consumers about the benefits of beans. The USDBC gives a voice to the bean industry and provides information to consumers, health professionals, buyers, suppliers and the media about the good taste, nutritional value and versatility of beans.

The USDBC also is a resource for information on U.S. exporters, overseas importers, U.S. dry bean classes, trade policy issues and the role of U.S.-grown beans in international food-aid efforts. USDBC also publishes foreign language newsletters and other publications designed to help overseas importers, packagers and canners better understand and maintain contact with the U.S. dry bean exporting trade.

As part of USDBC’s mission, the organization collaborates with public health organizations, research centers, universities, and the entire supply chain, from seed suppliers to farmers, processors, wholesalers, distributors and transporters.

While the USDBC is privately funded, its representatives work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in overseas markets, and often co-sponsors activities with the U.S. Government. These activities include hosting trade missions from foreign countries to visit U.S. production and processing facilities, participating in trade shows worldwide, coordinating trade missions of U.S. exporters and growers to visit overseas markets and producing education

The USDBC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a marketing office in Pierre, South Dakota. In addition, USDBC representatives around the world facilitate activities and dialog between U.S. and overseas trade.


Benefits
Unlike meat-based proteins, beans are naturally low in fat and are a cholesterol-free source of protein. Research shows that a diet including beans may reduce your risk of heart disease.

A nutrient-rich food, beans contain protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals, such as folate, B-Vitamins, manganese, potassium and iron.

Folate, a vitamin very important for pregnant women and their unborn babies, is found in beans. During pregnancy, women need more folate. Expectant mothers who consume enough of the right nutrients can help reduce the risk of birth defects.

Beans are especially important for people with certain food allergies and intolerances. For example, some people can’t tolerate gluten, a natural protein present in wheat, barley and rye. Because beans don’t contain gluten, or major allergens found in various grains, substituting beans can help provide the fiber and other nutrients that people on restricted diets may be missing. Beans come in a variety of convenient forms (such as canned beans, bean flours and dehydrated beans) that can be used in place of allergenic and gluten-containing ingredients.

Bean Recipes
Black Bean Soup Garnished with
Green Onions

Black Bean Soup Garnished with Green Onions and
Reduced-fat Sour Cream Served in a Sourdough Roll






Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2, Made in America Day


In October, I was in the hospital. Three months later I received a care package from my Medicare provider. This is a wonderful service intended to provide nutrition to an individual who was just released from the hospital. (Though 3 months is a long time to wait.)

Jobs are scarce and the government is encouraging companies to open up businesses in America. Why are Medicare 
dollars being used to purchase foods from Thailand and the Philippines?

How many jobs would be created if 
government programs were required to purchase items “Made in America?”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Health, Nutrition, and Food Events

Current News, Resources and Events in Nutrition, Food, Health, Environment, Safety and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals. Wellness News is up-dated daily and includes weekly and daily events. To view the entire Newsletter online click here or subscribe to Wellness News by adding your email address to the link on the left.


July Featured Causes and Events


An Independence Day Tribute

July Health, Nutrition, and Food Events






National Baked Bean Month
National Blueberry Month


National Culinary Arts Month


National Grilling Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
     National Pickle Month
National Picnic Month


National Watermelon Month

Smart Irrigation Month
Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Family Reunion Month
National Make a Difference to Children Month
National Recreation and Parks Month
Sandwich Generation Month

































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