Thursday, September 16, 2021

National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day and Raisin Bread French Toast


Raisin Bread French Toast with Banana 
Topped with Crushed Gingersnap Cookie 





Recipe Resources
CDKitchen, Inc.
Allrecipes.com


National Papaya Month

The papaya is also known as papaw or pawpaw.  The papaya is a melon-like fruit with yellow-orange flesh. The skin varies in color from green to orange. Papayas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.


The ripe fruit of the papaya is usually eaten raw, with or without skin or seeds. The unripe green papaya can be eaten cooked.  




Recipe
Papaya Salad with Tomatoes, Onions,
Peppers, Brown Rice, Black Beans







In the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967), 
Baloo sings the song "The Bare Necessities."
Can you locate the Pawpaw in the song?





Resources
Fruits and Veggies, More Matters. Papaya
Wikipedia, Carica papaya



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September 15, National Linguine Day - Nutrition and Recipes

Linguine is a form of pasta – like fettuccine and trenette, but elliptical in section rather than flat. It is wider than spaghetti, about 4 mm, but not as wide as fettuccine. Linguine is also called trenette or bavette.

Linguine originated in Genoa and the Liguria region of Italy. Linguine are often served with seafood or pesto. Linguine is typically available in both white flour and whole-wheat versions.








by Carolyn Malcoun, EatingWell


Resources
EatingWell, Healthy Linguine Recipes
Wikipedia, Linguine


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

September 14, Eat a Hoagie Day

A hoagie is also known as a submarine sandwich, sub, hero, or one of many regional names. The sandwich consists of a long roll of Italian or French bread, split width wise either into two pieces or opened in a "V" on one side, and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. 


Ingredients
1.5 oz Whole Wheat Roll
20 g (3/4 oz) Salami
1/2 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 oz Turkey Bread
Salsa
Jalapeno
Red Peppers
Tomato Slice
Shredded Lettuce



Resource






Monday, September 13, 2021

September 13, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day




Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. The disease affects about one in 100 people in Europe and North America.

The Awareness Campaign provides current, comprehensive, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy.


The key to understanding the Gluten-Free diet is to become a good ingredient label reader. The following ingredients should not be consumed. They come from prohibited grains: barley, rye, triticale, wheat (durum, graham, kamut, semolina, spelt), malt, malt flavoring, malt vinegar (generally made from barley—verify the source).

Celiac Disease Foundation 
Public Service Announcement




Riceworks Sponsors Interview With 
Celiac Disease Expert Shelley Case




Resources


1. Celiac Disease Foundation
2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Celiac Disease

3. Rachel Begun, RD, @RachelBegunRD
4. Shelley Case, RD






Saturday, September 11, 2021

Farmer Consumer Awareness Day

Welcome to Farmer Consumer Awareness Days!  Quincy's Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day (FCAD) started in 1981 when Dennis Higashiyama was listening to the radio. He heard a story on the Paul Harvey show that illustrated how farmers and consumers had drifted apart - leaving many people with little or no understanding about how food actually arrives on their grocery store shelves.



Farmer Consumer Awareness Day is an opportunity for farmers to show off the fruits of their labor and demonstrate the tools and techniques they use in their work. For the consumer, it's a great way to learn about where your groceries come from and to talk to the people who grow them for a living. 


Resources
Best Local Farm Tour in Every State @tasteofhome



 







Friday, September 10, 2021

September 10, TV Dinner Day
Tracing the Roots of Modern Day Obesity


Invention and view of the original TV dinner

Health Issues
TV dinners have been associated with high amounts of salt and fat, which are linked to risk factors of heart disease and obesity. Today, a number of manufacturers and retailers are making meals that are lower in salt, fat, and artificial additives.

Read the label, be an educated consumer.

Resource

Monday, September 6, 2021

National Acorn Squash Day - Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C, vitamin B, magnesium, and manganese.


Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash with 
Brown Rice, Quinoa, Raisins,
Garbanzo Beans, and Apples 

Ingredients per one serving
1/2 Acorn Squash, seeded
1/3c Brown Rice and Quinoa, cooked
2 tsp Raisins
1 Tbsp Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup diced Apples

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cut the squash in half and place cut side down in an aluminum foil-lined pan. Add two cups water. Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until tender. 

Combine cooked brown rice, quinoa, raisins, garbanzo beans, and apples. Place half cup in acorn squash.



Nutrition Information








Symbolic Foods of Rosh Hashanah













National Coffee Ice Cream Day - Nutrition Profile and Coffee Ice Cream Soda



Coffee Ice Cream Soda




National Read a Book Day for the Young Foodie


  National Read a Book Day for the Young Foodie 

A day to inspire children to pick up a book and get reading. 






Healthy Foods around the World
by Beth Bence Reinke, RDN  




by Anjali Shah  






Sunday, September 5, 2021

International Day of Charity and Hunger Action Month

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 42 million people may face hunger in the U.S. - including more than 13 million children. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own.

The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. This day was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace." It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.

The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic, and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level.



A charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection.

The following is a summary of the information found on the Feeding America Website. 





September is Hunger Action Month™, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provide food and services to people each year. Together, we are the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Our network serves virtually every community in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks, in turn, distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors, and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role in ending hunger.
 


Hunger can affect anyone. Feeding America has identified groups at risk, including young children, hunger in the suburbs, rural hunger, senior hunger, and the working poor.



Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?


Special on Childhood Hunger
Kate is a fictional character who represents the very situation in which many children find themselves when their parents lose their jobs. Find out how you can help this Hunger Action Month http://hungeractionmonth.org/



Childhood hunger hinders a young person's ability to learn. They are more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. Scientific evidence suggests that hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and weakens their immune system. The immature immune systems of young children, ages 0 – 5, make them especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation and as a result, the ability to learn, grow, and fight infections are adversely affected.


Please find out how you can help during
 Hunger Action Month 
http://hungeractionmonth.org/




Labor Day Picnic Ideas - Food Safety

USDA Joins Grill Sergeants For Safe BBQ Advice




History of Labor Day


Resource
1. 
Eating Outdoors, Handling #FoodSafely  #FDA  http://bit.ly/2PlRids

September 5, National Cheese Pizza Day
Garden Pizza with Mozzarella, Asparagus,
Peppers, Tomatoes, Mixed Greens



Yields: 2 Servings
Serving Size: 1/2 pizza


Ingredients
1 Pizza Crust, 7-inch
8 Asparagus
2 Tbsp Red Onions
6 Grape Tomatoes
1 sl Squash
1/3 Red Pepper
1/4 cup Mixed Greens
1/3 cup Part-Skim Mozzarella, shredded



Nutrition Information

Friday, September 3, 2021

International Bacon Day - Food Safety and Nutrition

International Bacon Day is an unofficial holiday observed since 2009 on the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States. Bacon day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon, including bacon-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and drinks.

It's the "B" in a BLT sandwich, the star of breakfast buffets, the garnish on a spinach salad, and the "pork" in pork-and-beans. Bacon imparts a smoky flavor to many dishes. This ancient, cured meat now appears in such modern forms as shelf-stable or refrigerated fully cooked strips, bacon made from turkey and/or beef, and meats certified as organic.

The term "bacon" is used to describe the cured belly of a swine (hog) carcass. If meat from other portions of the carcass is used, the product name must identify the portions where the bacon comes from, e.g., "Pork Shoulder Bacon." Bacon is generally produced from young animals (6 to 7 months old) that weigh between 175 to 240 pounds.



Bacon and Food Safety
Bacon is made with salt as a curing agent, and nitrite (but not nitrate) is the other most frequently used additive. Bacon may also contain other additives such as sugars, maple sugar, wood smoke, flavorings, and spices.

Under certain conditions not yet fully understood, the products from the natural breakdown of proteins known as "amines" can combine with nitrites to form compounds known as "nitrosamines." There are many different types of nitrosamines, most of which are known carcinogens in test animals.

Not all cured meat products contain nitrosamines; however, when present, they usually are in very minute amounts. Many variables influence nitrosamine levels: amount of nitrite added during processing, concentrations of amines in meat, type and amounts of other ingredients used in processing, actual processing conditions, length of storage, storage temperatures, method of cooking, and degree of doneness.

Researchers at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that the addition of vitamin C (ascorbate) and vitamin E (tocopherol) reduced the levels of nitrosamines in fried bacon and in nitrite-cured products. The findings led to changes in Federal regulations and industry processing to minimize consumer exposure to nitrosamines. USDA now requires adding 550 ppm (parts per million) of either sodium ascorbate or sodium erythorbate to pumped bacon. This addition greatly reduces the amount of free nitrite and, thus, minimizes the formation of nitrosamines. This regulation is found in 9 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 424.22 (b)(1).



Nutrition Information


BLT Sandwich


References
1. Wikipedia, List of bacon dishes
2. WebMD, 
Can Bacon Be Part of a Healthy Diet? Elaine Magee, MPH, RDN
3. Eat Right Chicago, Is Everything Really ‘Better with Bacon?’
4. USDA, Bacon and Food Safety
An educated consumer has the knowledge to make healthy choices - Choose Moderation




National Tailgating Day - Food Safety Advice from the USDA

Tailgate Parties Food Safety Advice From USDA




A tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating, which originated in the United States, often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. Tailgate parties occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. People attending such a party are said to be 'tailgating'. Many people participate even if their vehicles do not have tailgates. Tailgate parties also involve people bringing their own alcoholic beverages, barbecues, food etc. which is sampled and shared among fans attending the tailgate. Tailgates are intended to be non-commercial events, so selling items to the fans is frowned upon.


Tailgate parties have spread to the pre-game festivities at sporting events besides football, such as basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball, and also occur at non-sporting events such as weddings, barbecues, and concerts

Thursday, September 2, 2021

National Food Bank Day - How we can make a difference?



In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

It’s time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America. 




Feeding America network of 200 food banks across the country are first-class organizations in the fight against hunger. They are more than just distribution centers, they are core to providing hope to the communities they serve.

The following is a summary of the information found on the Feeding America Website. 

Nearly 49 million people in America face hunger. That is 1 in 6 of the U.S. population – including more than 1 in 5 children. Don’t let their struggles go unheard. Join the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks and Speak Out Against Hunger. 

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million since Hunger in America 2010.

Among members of Feeding America, 74 percent of pantries, 65 percent of kitchens, and 54 percent of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.

Hunger can affect anyone. Feeding America has identified groups at risk, including young children, hunger in the suburbs, rural hunger, senior hunger, and the working poor.


Special on Childhood Hunger
Kate is a fictional character who represents the very situation in which many children find themselves when their parents lose their jobs. Find out how you can help.  http://www.feedingamerica.org/ways-to-give/



Childhood hunger hinders a young person's ability to learn. They are more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. Scientific evidence suggests that hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and weakens their immune system. The immature immune systems of young children, ages 0 – 5, make them especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation and as a result, the ability to learn, grow, and fight infections is adversely affected.


Please find out how you can help during National Food Bank Day

National Macadamia Nut Day - Nutrition, Recipes, and Resources

Macadamia nut is the seed of the macadamia tree. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and also known as the Australian Nut. They are commercially grown in Hawaii and, to a much smaller degree, in California and Florida. Roasted macadamia nuts are a popular snack. 


Health Benefits and Nutrition


Macadamia nuts are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), such as oleic acid and palmitoleic acids. Studies suggest eating macadamia nuts as part of a healthy meal plan seems to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Compared to other common edible seeds such as almonds and cashews, macadamias are high in fat and low in protein. Macadamia nuts have sweet taste. One ounce of nuts provide about 200 calories/1 ounce.

They contain numerous nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.

One ounce (28.3 g) of macadamia provides 2 g or 8% of daily-recommended levels of dietary fiber. Additionally, they are a very good source of phytosterols such as β-sitosterol. Macadamia nuts contain no cholesterol.

Macadamia nuts are free from gluten, it is a popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten-free foods. This provides a healthy alternative in people with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease.



Macadamia Nut Side Effects & Safety
Macadamia nuts are safe as food. They can cause an allergic reaction, but this is unusual.

Special Precautions & Warnings
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.




Recipes



Cooking Healthy Across America by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Culinary Professionals

1. Food Network, Macadamia Nut Recipes
2. Eating Well, Tropical Popcorn Balls with Macadamia Nuts


Resources
1. Wikipedia, Macadamia Nuts
2. 
Nutrition and You, Macadamia Nuts

3. Livestrong, Are Macadamia Nuts Healthy?
4. WebMD, Macadamia Nuts






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