Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 12, Gingerbread House Day
with a Healthier Look


Jake and I made this gingerbread house with peanut butter, raspberries, blueberries,
dried apricots and yogurt covered raisins. It's alright to snack on the decorations.

Jake and I also made a Hanukkah Gingerbread House.






The Gingerbread House is decorated with Fresh and Dried Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Peanut Butter and Low Fat Cottage Cheese. Peanut Butter will take the place of the icing traditionally used. The cottage cheese and cauliflower will be the snow and a wonderful dip when you are ready to serve.

Before you get started, remember to wash your hands. Also, we need to wash the fresh fruits and vegetables.
When making the gingerbread house, leave any perishable items in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them; that includes the cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Have fun and be creative.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11, UNICEF is Founded
Providing Children Worldwide with
Food, Clothing and Health Care


UNICEF  was created on December 11, 1946 by the United Nations to provide children with food, clothing and health care. UNICEF believes nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees.

History of UNICEF
Sir Roger Moore narrates a brief history of UNICEF, telling the story of a small UN agency founded to bring relief to the children in countries torn apart by WWII to the global force for health, education, and child protection it is today.

 


UNICEF Facts

Poverty contributes to malnutrition, which in turn is a contributing factor in over half of the under-five deaths in developing countries. Some 300 million children go to bed hungry every day. Of these only eight per cent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 per cent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency. (State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2005)

In all developing regions, children in rural areas and children from poor households are more likely to be underweight due to lack of nutrition. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)

884 million people lack access to improved drinking water sources, and 84 per cent of them live in rural areas. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)



In wake of the floods, malnutrition threatens
thousands of children in Pakistan


Shop the UNICEF store and help children in need.
Every UNICEF card and gift you buy supports the efforts
to save children’s lives around the world.

UNICEF: "Let's Heal the World"
Young people from different nationalities across the globe
are sending a message of peace and hope through music, 
as part of a UNICEF partnership with Limkokwing University 
of Creative Technology to help create a world fit for children. 


Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10, Human Rights Day
Providing Nourishment is a Human Right


Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

"Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world" -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.


Imagine - Human Rights

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. 


(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.



  

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December, Celebrate Root Vegetables: Carrots

Carrots
The carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties are available. It has a crisp texture when fresh. Carrots add sweetness and color to stews, soups, stir-fries, slaws, and cakes, plus an excellent source of Vitamin A and good source of fiber.



Nutritional Information

Carrots are known for their rich supply of the antioxidant, beta-carotene. Research has focused on the health benefits in the areas of vision, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.



Green Giant - Create your own veggie house http://bit.ly/2QpCrnz


Recipe: Carrot Ginger Bisque
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: about 1 cup

Ingredients
2 cup Vegetable Broth, low sodium
1.5 cup Carrots, diced
1/4 cup Cranberries, dried, sweetened
1 box (17.6 oz) Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque, Pacific Natural Foods
3/4 cup White Beans, unsalted, drained

Directions
Heat the vegetable broth. Add diced carrots and dried cranberries. Simmer until carrots and cranberries are tender. Using a strainer separate the carrots and cranberries from the broth. Reserve carrots and cranberries.

Combine the broth and "Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque". Heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Add the white beans and reserved carrots and cranberries. Mix and reheat to serving temperature.

Notes. I used a low sodium vegetable broth to lower the sodium content of the Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque. To increase the fiber content, I garnished the recipe with white beans, diced carrots, and dried cranberries.

Nutrition Information

Growing Carrots: Red, Yellow, Purple & Orange




Selection.
Carrots should be firm, smooth, crisp, fresh, deep in color, and free of cuts.

Storage.
Remove tops of carrots. Store in the refrigerator up to two weeks in a plastic bag.

Serving Ideas.
1. Add shredded raw carrots to salads.
2. Add carrots to soup or puree carrots to make a carrot soup.
3. Combine cooked carrots with dried fruit
4. Snack with a low-fat dip or plain.


Resources
1. Fruits & Veggies More Matters: Carrots
2. 
The World's Healthiest Foods: Carrots
3. WebMD: 
5 Healthy Facts About Carrots

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month
Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress and Depression


18 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:

1.       Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
2.       Set realistic goals for yourself.
3.       Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Pace yourself.
4.       Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks
     more manageable.
5.       Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
6.       Do not put all your energy into just one day. The holiday cheer can be spread from
     one holiday event to the next.
7.       Live and enjoy the present. Look to the future with optimism.
8.       Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the
    good old days of the past.
9.      If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
10.   Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going
   window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it's a
   snowflake or a raindrop.
11.   Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of
  depression.
12.   Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
13.   Spend time with supportive and caring people.
14.   Reach out and make new friends.
15.   Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
16.   Make time for yourself!
17.   Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
18.   Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.


Resource
1. Holiday Stress and Depression, WebMD   http://wb.md/2kw3Lh7

Gingerbread Decorating Day - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas

#GingerbreadDecoratingDay - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas  http://bit.ly/2B53Fr2




Gingerbread House Ingredients


Hanukkah Gingerbread House
How-To Guide to Hanukkah Gingerbread House http://bit.ly/2RKlII6

December 8, National Brownie Day
Comparing the Brands

The chocolate brownie is either fudge or cake like, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruits or other ingredients.
Comparing the Brands

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