Friday, November 30, 2018

December 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. To view the entire Newsletter online click here .

December Events


December Highlights



Coats and Toys for
Kids Month
(check local listings)




National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month 

Food Events




Exotic Fruit Month
 National Fruit Cake Month

Gingerbread House Day

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
National Write a Business Plan Month


A Happy & Healthy Holiday from
All of Us at Dietitians-Online and
Wellness News


Thank you for your support.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.
Sandra and Jake.

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December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day



Health Benefits
Apple is a fruit rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber. Quercetin is an antioxidant found in apples and may inhibit lung cancer. Pectin found in apples help treat diarrhea and constipation by adding bulk to the stool. Other benefits being studied include treatments for diabetes, heart disease, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood levels of LDL, reducing risks of Alzheimer’s, and decreasing bone fractures.

Apple seeds should never be eaten. They contain the poison cyanide.

Let’s not forget the peel. The apple peel contains ursolic acid, a chemical that may prevent muscle wasting.


There may be some truth to “An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away”.


Recipe

Baked Stuffed Apple


Yield 2 servings


Ingredients 
2 medium apples 
1/2 cup bran flakes 
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 Tbsp raisins 


1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Directions 
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Core and slightly hollow out the apples with a spoon, leaving the bottom of the apples intact to create a well for the filling. Place the apples in a pan.
3. In a bowl, combine the bran flakes, applesauce, raisins, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Fill and top each apple with the cereal mixture.
4. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the sides of the apples are soft and easily pierced with a knife



Nutrition Information



Apples - Health Benefits with Allison Parker, MS, RD



References and Resources
1. U.S. Apple Association
2. WebMD: Apple
3. U.S. Apple Association: Recipes






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contact:
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November 30, Joy of Cooking Anniversary

The Joy of Cooking is one of the United States' most-popular cookbook. It is a collection of over 4500 recipes, in addition, provides cooking and kitchen lessons and references.


In 1931, Irma S. Rombauer, a homemaker, recent widow and single mom privately published the “Joy of Cooking.” Since then the book has undergone numerous revisions and sold over 18 million copies. The Joy of Cooking is a stable in many homes and is commonly found in commercial kitchens. 


Joy of Cooking: Fun Facts


Changes in the Joy of Cooking
through the Years



Resources.

1. Learn more about the history of the American kitchen and cuisine through the Joy of Cooking
2. Wikipedia, The Joy of Cooking 









Thursday, November 29, 2018

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

The American Peanut Council proclaims peanut butter one of America’s favorite foods. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, niacin, and folate. It is enjoyed by many of all ages.


Below are a few ways to enjoy peanut butter - be creative and enjoy.





The National Peanut Board has a fun website filled with recipes, classroom activities and fun facts. Did you know...

*It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

*There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

*By law, any product labeled "peanut butter" in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.

*Peanut butter has been banned in some schools due to peanut butter allergies. Make sure to read the ingredient label.

A Journey through the Years
with Peanut Butter

Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 1957


1960's Skippy Peanut Butter



Kraft Peanut Butter, 1987




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

National French Toast Day



Recipes
12 French Toast Recipes, Cooking Light 


Nutritional Analysis Services
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For more information, visit Dietitians-Online Nutritional Analysis Services

contact:
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recipenews@gmail.com
954-796-7235

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday
Gifts that Make a Difference

There are gifts you can purchase to support causes; gifts to educate and foster awareness and gifts to show you care about a loved one's health. These gifts make a difference in a person's life. The gifts listed below is just samples of what is available. Please check the websites to view the entire catalogs.




Find a Charity You Can Trust
Charity Navigator
and more....

Gifts to Support a Cause






The Humane Society is the nation's largest animal protection organization. They work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.


Gifts to Educate and Foster Awareness
Books by Dietitians
 Dietitians-Online Books by RDNs 



National Nutrition Month®  at the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 Check out the National Nutrition Month® catalog for an exciting array of products featuring the Eat Right Campaign.
 Perfect for colleagues and clients alike!

Monday, November 26, 2018

November, Sweet Potato Awareness Month: Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cranberry-Walnut Relish


Recipe: Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cranberry-Walnut Relish,
 serves 2
1 medium Sweet Potato
1 tablespoons Brown Sugar 
2 teaspoons Unsalted Margarine or Butter, room temperature 
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
Dash Ground Nutmeg 
1/4 cup Cranberry-Walnut Relish
2, 1 oz slice Raisin Bread
2 teaspoon Honey


Preheat oven to 400° F. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a fork.   Place sweet potato on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for about 45 minutes or until soft. 

Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out potato and place in a small bowl. Leave the potato skin intact. Add unsalted butter or margarine and the spices to the sweet potato and mash. 


Divide the mashed sweet potato in two and add back to the potato skins. Place on baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes or until browned. 
Top each stuffed sweet potato half with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cranberry-walnut relish.


Nutrition Information
Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin A, high in vitamin C, good source of dietary fiber and potassium. They are naturally fat-free; saturated fat free; low sodium; and cholesterol free.






Food Art



Resources
2. EatingWell, Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes





Native American Heritage Month - Cranberries

When the European colonists arrived in North America, they discovered that Native American tribes enjoyed a tart, bright red berry growing wild in sandy bogs around New England. In fact, tribes across the continent's north harvested cranberries and ate them in combination with fats, meats, corn, and other berries, in addition to using them for medicine and dye. 

Cranberries are naturally fat and cholesterol-free. They provide vitamin C, fiber, and manganese.  Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, a type of antioxidant that may reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections.

Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is a traditional accompaniment to turkey at Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom, and at Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners in the United States and Canada.


Nutrition Information.



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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Special Edition
Safety, Healthy Choices, Vegetarian Ideas,
Singing Turkeys with a Message
and a Special Wish


Turkey Basics and Safety 
Learn the basics for storing, handling and preparing
 the holiday bird and prevent foodborne illness
.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can help answer
your questions about the safe storage, handling,
and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Healthy Eating Tips for Thanksgiving


Controlling Thanksgiving Portion Size


Plan Meals Using
Portion Control to Minimize Waste


Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Vegetarian Turkey

Protesting Turkeys
You Can't Gobble Me by the Turkey Singers.

A Thanksgiving Day Wish

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, 
but to live by them.” 
– John F. Kennedy


May your Thanksgiving be filled with special moments,
happy traditions, and the love of family and friends.

warm wishes, Sandra and Jake Frank


Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

National Stuffing Day - Triple-Herb Pumpernickel and Sourdough Stuffing and Food Safety




Fillers
Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many popular Anglo-American stuffings contain bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing.

Food Safety
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that cooking animals with a body cavity filled with stuffing can present potential food safety issues. These can occur because when the meat reaches a safe temperature, the stuffing inside can still harbor bacteria (and if the meat is cooked until the stuffing reaches a safe temperature, the meat may be overcooked). For turkeys, for instance, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing/dressing separately from the bird and not buying pre-stuffed birds. (Stuffing is never recommended for turkeys to be fried, grilled, microwaved, or smoked). The temperature of the turkey must reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F. Check the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

Resources
1. Triple-Herb Pumpernickel and Sourdough Stuffing, Cooking Light
2. 
StuffingFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
3. 
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes, Cooking Light

Ways to Use Less Stuff


The purpose of  "Use Less Stuff" is to raise awareness to the amount of garbage produced in American between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The estimated extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage.

Through education, and in collaboration with many individuals and organizations around the world, the aim of Just-Use-Less.com  is to share the message of common sense, timeless wisdom, and gratitude for what we have been given. Just Use Less.

Ways to Use Less Stuff
During the Holidays and Any Time
Plan meals using portion control to minimize waste.
Recommendations:
Food/DrinkPortion Per Person
Turkey 3 ounce, without bone
Stuffing 1/4 cup
Sweet Potato Casserole 1/3 - 1/2 cup
Green Beans 1/2 cup
Cranberry relish 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Pumpkin Pie 1/8 - 1/10 of a 9" pie
After a party, put leftovers in plastic containers or bags and send them home with guests, or donate to food banks.
Bring your own camera instead of using disposable cameras.
Cancel mail order catalogues you know longer use.
Bring your own shopping bags.
Consolidate your purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag at each store.
Plan your shopping in advance. Save money on fuel by making fewer trips to the stores. Avoid last minute shopping when you won’t have time to make careful gift choices.
Consider giving gift certificates or making a donation to a favorite charity in your friend/family's name.
Give homemade food or something you’ve made yourself from reused items.
Shop for gifts at antique stores, estate sales or flea markets, since one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
When buying electronics, remember to buy rechargeable batteries to go with them.
Send e-greetings to family, friends and business associates who are on-line. Did you know about 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold each year in the US?
Get a tree that can be planted or mulched afterward, or buy an artificial one.
Compost your food waste. Fruits and vegetables and their peels, pits and seeds are all perfect for composting, a great natural fertilizer.

Resources

Keep America Beautiful believes each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment. Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a huge impact on our world. Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach that unites citizens, businesses and government to find solutions advancing core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste, and beautifying communities.

November 25, National Parfait Day



Parfait is a French term used to describe a dessert prepared by freezing a dish which is usually an ice cream or a cream- based dessert. The French meaning of parfait is “perfect.” Parfaits are prepared with a variety of dessert ingredients, such as fruits, ice cream, yogurt, gelatin, and nuts. The combination of ingredients is large as your imagination and is not limited to desserts. Popular in America is a breakfast parfait of yogurt, fruit, and cereal.

The American version of the parfait is prepared in a parfait glass. The ingredients are placed in layers one after the other and chilled before serving. The number of layers will vary based on the recipe. The parfait is an attractive dish and one can create wonderful combinations.
 








Sample of Ingredients.

Recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Cranberry-Walnut Relish,
Vanilla Pudding Topped with Ginger Snap Crumbs
Great Recipe for Leftovers

Strawberry Parfait with Granola

Mango Parfait

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait


Red, White and Blue Parfait

Resource.
Taste Spotting, Parfaits


National Leftover Day
Do you have Thanksgiving leftovers?

Leftovers
Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. Keep your freezer at 0°F and the fridge below 40°F. Foods held at temperatures above 40 °F for more than 2 hours should not be consumed. Use an appliance thermometer to monitor temperatures.



Use the chart below as a guide.


To learn more about food safety, visit http://www.homefoodsafety.org/


For the Refrigerator Door


Food Safety Musical - Don't Be a Gambler



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