Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Stay Hydrated - National Beverage Day and Drinking Water Week



Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Our body needs water to keep cool. Persons who are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Limit caffeinated beverages and do not drink alcoholic beverages. 

Staying hydrated is important, especially when the temperature rises or during increased physical activity. Try these easy ways to increase your fluid intake:

1. Carry a reusable water bottle. Keep it full.
2. Add flavor to your water, such as slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or strawberries. Herbal iced teas can be a great way to increase fluids.
3. Eat Fruit or Popsicle. You can get fluids from the foods you eat. Watermelon and cantaloupe have high water content. A 100% fruit juice pop provides fluids and is refreshing on a hot day.
4. Plan ahead. If you are going to be outside at a picnic or ball game, make sure to pack plenty of fluids




Resources.
1. Drinking Water Week, American Water Works Association
2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hydrate Right


May 6, International No Diet Day - A Celebration of Body Acceptance and Body Shape Diversity

International No Diet Day (INDD) is annually observed on May 6th. It is a celebration of body acceptance and body shape diversity. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of diets. A blue ribbon is used to symbolized INDD cause.


The INDD was created in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, a British woman who decided to fight the diet industry in order to raise awareness of the dangers of dieting, anorexia nervosa, and other eating disorders.

The Goals of the INDD:
1. Doubt the idea of one "right" body shape.
2. Raise awareness of weight discrimination, size bias, and fatphobia.
3. Declare a free day from diets and obsessions to body weight.
4. Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
5. Show how diets perpetuate violence against women.
6. Honor the Victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgeries.



Resources:
International No Diet Day. Wikipedia 



May 5, Cinco de Mayo and National Hoagie Day


Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture, heritage, and foods. On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Resolution to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and festivities.

Cinco de Mayo

Nacho in a Cup with Plantain Chips

Hoagie Meets Cinco de Mayo
There are different stories about how the hoagie was discovered, but most of them originate out of the Philadelphia area. The sandwich contains various meats, cheeses, and lettuce in between 2 slices of bread or a loaf cut in half.


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



Resources:
10 food swaps for a healthier Cinco de Mayo
What to Really Eat on Cinco de Mayo
7 Healthy (and Delicious) Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo






Tuesday, May 4, 2021

National Teacher Appreciation Day



Thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education. 

Teachers Make a Difference




May 4, National Orange Juice Day - Nutrition, Health, Recipes and History


The Benefits of Orange Juice

Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C. It helps maintain healthy teeth and gums; improves circulation; enhances iron absorption and helps resist infections. Orange juice contains Hesperidin, a bioflavonoid that may lower the risk of heart disease.

Bottled Sunshine...A Juicy Story (1968)

Part of the story of Florida citrus cultivation, processing and manufacturing. Produced by Hack Swain Productions; sponsored by Tropicana Products.

 

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Monday, May 3, 2021

May 3, National Specially-Abled Pets Day and Feeding Your Dog




National Specially-abled Pets Day celebrates these amazing and heroic animals, helps to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and find homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets.  Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws, or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it's as if they never had to readjust to life and we need to keep up with them!"


Celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption always and for people who would like to bring a new furry family member home, to consider a specially-abled pet.


Blind Golden Retriever gets Guide Dog




Feeding Your Dog

Good nutrition is always important for your dog, but it is especially so when she's recovering from an injury or illness. In fact, the balance of nutrients she needs may be different during the time she's recuperating-more protein to promote cell repair and fight infection, more fats and carbohydrates for the extra energy needed, and certain vitamins and minerals that promote healing. Check with your vet to see what you should be feeding the dog as she gets better and follow these tips to make eating easier for your ailing pet:

  • Feed her a little at a time and often, for example, divide the daily allowance of food into two to four small meals.
  • Warm the food to just below your dog's body temperature. Do not give her really hot food.
  • Leave the food down 10 or 15 minutes and then remove it (after she finishes eating, of course). Dogs are more likely to eat fresh food than a dish that's been sitting out for a while.
  • Some dogs like a little spice, like garlic powder. Ask your vet about what flavorings would be acceptable for your dog. 
  • Of course, your dog just may not feel like eating. If this is the case, you'll have to force-feed her. The easiest way to accomplish this is to liquefy the food by adding water and then feed it to her as a fluid (use the method described above). Again, give her several small meals (a few teaspoons of food every 2 to 3 hours) rather than one large one. If you give her too much, she may vomit it back up.
Resources
The Love of Specially-Abled Pets, Rub those Dogs

Sunday, May 2, 2021

World Tuna Day



Tuna is a saltwater fish that belongs to the mackerel family (Scombridae). Tuna is one of the only species of fish that can maintain a body temperature higher than that of the surrounding water.



Mercury Concerns
Questions & Answers from the FDA/EPA Advice on What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know about Eating Fish, FDA

Fish are a high-quality protein source, and lower mercury fish are a good choice for everyone. This advice is specifically for women who are pregnant, might become pregnant or are breastfeeding, and for young children, but everyone can follow this advice.

Albacore has more omega-3 fat per ounce but since it comes from a larger species of tuna, it also has more mercury. Chunk light, on the other hand, comes from a smaller species of fish and has less mercury and omega-3 fat.

The Food and Drug Administration and EPA recommend that women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing moms and young children eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) of lower-mercury fish and shellfish each week. Since albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than light tuna, when choosing your 2 fish, you can safely eat up to 6 ounces of albacore tuna each week (which is a healthy serving of tuna for one average meal).

Use the chart to help you choose which fish to eat each week. Eating a variety of fish is better for you and your child than eating the same type every time.



Canned Tuna
Tuna is one of the easiest protein sources to keep on stock for a quick meal.


Choosing the Right Can
Water and Oil-packed tuna can be used to create a healthy recipe. In the market, the most common water-packed varieties are albacore and chunk light. Albacore has a milder flavor, while chunk light tends to have a stronger flavor. Three ounces of tuna canned in water has the following nutrition information:


Recipe




Resources

1. Why do we have a World Tuna Day? National Geographic
2. 10 Healthy Canned-Tuna Recipes, #TobyAmidor, #RDN, #FoodNetwork 


Lemonade Day


National Lemonade Day is observed on the first Sunday in May.

Raspberries contain high levels of ellagic acid, a polyphenol and antioxidant being studied as a food in the fight against cancer. Raspberries are also rich in anthocyanins, a flavonoid compound that gives them their red color. Anthocyanins may help protect the circulatory, cardiovascular and neurological systems. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber; and are a low-glycemic index food.










Saturday, May 1, 2021

Herb Day

Herb Day

Instead of salt, use herbs, spices, lemon juice, and/or vinegar to enhance the taste of your food. The health benefits are life-long.



Enhance the Flavor of Foods with Herbs


Wikipedia has provided an extensive list of culinary herbs and spices. The list does not contain salt (which is a mineral) or plants used primarily as herbal teas or medicinal herbs. Explore the different flavors and cultures.

Tips for Selecting and Storing Herbs and Spices


Spice it Up with
Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD




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