Saturday, December 10, 2016

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.



  

Friday, December 9, 2016

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.

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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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 7, National Cotton Candy Day - The Secrets of Sugar

Cotton candy (also known as candy floss) is a form of spun sugar. A typical serving on a stick is approximately 1 ounce/30 grams. Cotton candy contains sugar and often food coloring. This type of food is known as a concentrated sweet or empty calories. One serving is equivalent to about 13 sugar cubes.



Nutrition Information

An educated consumer has the ability to make wise food choices.

The Secrets of Sugar - CBC News




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 6, National Gazpacho Day
Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Recipe: Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Serves 8

Ingredients 
2-1/2 cups peeled and diced (1/4 inch) hothouse cucumber 
2-1/2 cups diced red and green bell pepper 
2-1/2 cups diced ripe tomato 
1/2 cup diced red and white onion 
2 cups tomato juice, low sodium 
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar 
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
1 dash Tabasco sauce
Garnish
4 Tbsp Feta Cheese
1/2 cup Tabouli Salad

 
Directions 
1. Place all of the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the tomato juice, vinegar, oil, and Tabasco. Toss.
2. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely puree. 
3. Return puree mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours before serving.
4. Combine Feta cheese and Tabouli Salad.
5. Top Gazpacho with 1-1/2 Tablespoon of Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad



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Monday, December 5, 2016

International Volunteer Day
Volunteer to Fight Hunger



The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day (IVD) for Economic and Social Development on December 5th. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. 


This international observance day celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer-involving organizations to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Together with other organizations such as UN Volunteers, we are orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make.

Vision: A global movement of volunteers working for a just world.
Mission: Forum is a global network of organizations involved in international volunteering. Forum promotes the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices.

Charter
The Forum Charter outlines the principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering for development.  All members joining the network agree to, and sign, the Forum Charter. By so-doing, members affirm their commitment to a set of principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering cooperation

The Forum Charter recognizes that:

International volunteering is a uniquely innovative and effective avenue for the creation of constructive relationships between nations, communities, individuals and across cultures.
International volunteering, when based on respectful, open human to human relationships and mutual exchange (the sharing of oneself, reciprocal learning, and exchange of skills, ideas and the ability to be humble) can be a catalyst for practical achievement in tackling shared development challenges. Thus, contributing in practical ways to the creation of a fairer, more caring and socially just world.

The opportunity to engage in international volunteering and cooperative work is a privilege. The openness and hospitality of host communities should always be acknowledged and valued as it is a core foundation for such exchange to occur.

Volunteer to Fight Against Hunger



AARP and AARP Foundation: These organizations work with state and community partners and volunteers to help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commission research on the causes and consequences of senior hunger, and award grants to help develop or expand sustainable solutions for older-adult anti-hunger programs. Volunteer Opportunities: Community outreach, nutrition education, community events.

Feeding America serves 37 million people, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors, through local agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs. Feeding America food banks provide nutrition education programs. In addition, the organization’s network operates programs that promote self-sufficiency, educates the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Volunteer Opportunities: Food rescue, driving, loading, repacking, community outreach, food banks.

Meals On Wheels. Representing community-based senior nutrition programs across the country, the Meals On Wheels Association of America serves approximately 1 million meals a day to the nation’s seniors through two methods of food distribution: direct delivery to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities, and congregate meals served in group settings such as a community center or long-term care facility. Volunteer Opportunities: Meal preparation, packaging or delivery, clerical support, special events.

No Kid Hungry. Families at risk of hunger need access to food and the skills to make healthy meals with their resources, nutrition education is a key part of the No Kid Hungry campaign. Through its Cooking Matters program, nutrition educators and chefs equip low-income families with skills to stretch their food budgets, shop smarter, make healthier food choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Volunteer Opportunities: Community event planning, nutrition education, fundraising, advocacy.


UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Nutrition is a key component to its work, whether through an emergency feeding program during a disaster or famine or an established community clinic offering nutrition education and support to young mothers. UNICEF is the world’s largest supplier of ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children and helped increase the world’s supply of therapeutic food by more than 9,000 percent between 2008 and 2012. Volunteer Opportunities:
Fundraising, advocacy, education.


The World Food Programme serves the world’s least food secure in regions where hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Last year, the organization distributed 3.5 million metric tons of food to 97 million people in 80 countries. The World Food Programme works to prevent hunger through helping communities build assets, educate its people and develop stronger and more dynamic infrastructures - from establishing environmental sustainability and connecting farmers with markets to supporting breastfeeding initiatives and introducing school meal programs. The World Food Programme is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, advocacy, education

Resources.
2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volunteer Opportunities  




Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 4, National Cookie Day
Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips

The Holiday reminds me of the wonderful aroma of fresh baked cookies. As I got older, I would think more about the calories and fat.

Try some of these healthy homemade cookies from 
EatingWell, Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips. (You still need to watch how many cookies you eat.)


Resource.
EatingWell,Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips
My Favorites:
  Meringues at 8 Calories per cookie

  Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies at 54 Calories per cookie
  Chewy Chocolate Cookies at 68 Calories per cookie

For young and older - here is Cookie Monster, sharing how he feels about cookies. 

Sesame Street: 
Cookie Monster Sings C is for Cookie


Other Food Events this Week:
12/1 to 12/7. Cookie Cutter Week
12/1 to 12/8.  Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week




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