Wednesday, June 28, 2023

California Avocado Day - From Farm to Table

Avocados have a green-skinned, fleshy body that is egg-shaped or round. Commercial avocados ripen after harvesting. The fruit is rich and has a subtle flavor. The texture is smooth, almost creamy. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes. Avocados have a high-fat content, but this fat is healthy. It is good for your skin, digestion, heart, and joint health.




Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy).

Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer.




Avocados are low in sugar. And they contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. In one study, people who added a fresh avocado half to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours.

Fat and Calories

Avocados are high in fat. But it's monounsaturated fat, which is a "good" fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation. 

Avocados have a lot of calories. The recommended serving size is smaller than you’d expect: 1/5 of a medium avocado (or 1 ounce) is 50 calories.


Top Ways to Enjoy Avocados

1. Skip the Mayo! Mash 1/3 an avocado and spread it on your sandwich instead of mayonnaise. Rich in monounsaturated fat, avocados are a healthy substitute for mayonnaise, cream cheese, butter or sour cream.  
2. Avocado is a deliciously rich, healthy and filling addition to salads. Just dice and toss!

3. Add some avocado slices to your sandwiches! This tasty fruit add a delicious flavor but it also adds substance to an otherwise meager concoction. 

4. 
Enjoy avocado as part of a healthy stir-fry dish.

5. 
Grab a Spoon. Halve avocados, remove the pit and start spooning. Want a little kick? Add some low-sodium soy sauce in that little dip in the middle.

6. 
Avocados are perfect in fish and seafood sauces.

7. 
Halve avocados then use a small ice-cream scoop to fill the little dip in the middle with your favorite chicken, tuna, or ham salad recipe.

8. 
Mix together one mashed avocado, 1/2 cup of non-instant oatmeal, and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face, wait 15 minutes then rinse.

9. Prepare
 Guacamole 


Recipe: California Avocado Super Summer Wrap Recipe,
Fruits & Veggies— More Matters  



Kids Cook Monday




How to Prepare Avocados

Store avocados at room temperature, keeping in mind that they can take 4 to 5 days to ripen. To speed up the ripening process, put them in a paper bag along with an apple or banana. When the outside skins are black or dark purple and yield to gentle pressure, they’re ready to eat or refrigerate.

Wash them before cutting so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the pulp.

While guacamole is arguably the most popular way to eat avocado, you can also puree and toss with pasta, substitute for butter or oil in your favorite baked good recipes, or spread or slice onto sandwiches. Try adding avocado to salad, pizza, soup, salsa, eggs, and sandwiches.


Remember that not all avocado dishes are created equal when ordering at a restaurant. Some items -- like avocado fries and avocado egg rolls -- are coated in batter and fried, making them much higher in both calories and fat.

Allergic to Latex?
If you have a latex allergy, talk to your doctor before adding avocado to your diet. People with a serious allergy to latex may also experience symptoms after eating avocado.

Resources
1. WebMD, Everything You Need to Know About Avocados  
2. 
Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Avocados, Fruits, and Veggies More Matters
3. California Avocado https://www.californiaavocado.com/
4. Avocado, EatFresh.org 










Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a Variety of Fruit
Celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Month



Ingredients

1/2 cup (102 g) Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Variety of Fresh Fruits. 1 Tablespoon of each: Orange, Strawberries, Blueberries, Kiwi, Raspberries, & Mango





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Monday, June 26, 2023

National Onion Day - From the Farm to the Table


Onions are bulb-shaped vegetables growing underground. Also known as bulb onions or common onions, they are grown worldwide.


Onions are rich in plant compounds and antioxidants, especially quercetin and sulfur-containing compounds. Colorful varieties, such as yellow or red ones, have different antioxidants than white ones.

Nutrition Benefits
Fat-free; saturated fat-free; very low sodium; cholesterol free; good source of dietary fiber.


Selection
Choose onions that are firm and dry with bright, smooth outer skins.

Storage
*Store whole onions in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place; use within 4 weeks.
*Refrigerate cut onions in a tightly sealed container; use within 2-3 days.

How to Grow Onions from Seed





Culinary Uses

Onions
 are served cooked as a vegetable or part of a prepared savory dish and can also be eaten raw or used to make pickles or chutneys. For example, onions may also be used as a main ingredient in French onion soup, creamed onions, and onion chutney. They are versatile and can be baked, boiled, braised, grilled, fried, roasted, sautéed, or eaten raw in salads.

Recipe: RoastedOnions


Onions are pungent when chopped and contain certain chemical substances which irritate the eyes.

Onions are toxic to dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and many other animals.


Tips on how to add onions to your diet:

*Add sliced or diced white, yellow, green, or red onions to your favorite salad.
*Add caramelized onions to savory baked goods.
*Combine cooked onions with other vegetables for a healthy side dish.
*Add cooked onions to egg dishes, such as omelets, frittatas, or quiches.
*Top meat, chicken, or tofu with sautéed onions.
*Use onion and garlic as a base for stocks and soups.
*Make a homemade salsa with onions, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.
*All onions to soup, chili, or stir-fry
*Blend raw onions with fresh herbs, vinegar, and olive oil for a tasty homemade salad dressing.


Resources 
1. Onion, @Fruits_Veggies 
2. Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Onions, Old Farmer’s Almanac
3. Health Benefits of Onions, Healthline, by Jillian Kubala, MS, RDN



Pineapple Day - Celebrate Pineapples

Nutrition Profile

Pineapples contain the bromelain enzyme which can break down proteins so you can use them to tenderize meat.

Bromelain may help arthritis pain by easing inflammation. Pineapple also is a good source of vitamin C, which helps your immune system.



Pineapple Tidbits 
1. Hawaii produces about 1/3 of all pineapples in the world.
2. Pineapples are a cluster of hundreds of fruitlets.
3. Pineapples take about 18-20 months to become ready to harvest.
4. One pineapple plant can produce one pineapple at a time.
5. In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus found pineapples on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean.
6. Historically, Hawaii was the world's largest pineapple producer and source for U.S. pineapples. Today the largest producers include the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.

Pineapple Selection
Pass over sour-smelling or bruised pineapples. Fruit from Hawaii or Central America tends to be freshest.


Pineapple Care
To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before cutting.

How to Select
Choose pineapples with dark green leaves, heavy for size. Avoid soft or dark spots and dry-looking leaves.

How to Store

Eat as soon as possible.
Refrigerate cut pineapple for 2-3days.

Waffle with Peanut Butter, Pineapple, and Blueberries

Ingredients

1 Waffle

2 teaspoons Peanut Butter, reduced fat
1/4 cup Pineapple1/
3 cup Blueberries






Resources
1. Pineapple, Wikipedia  
2. 8 Fun Facts About Pineapple, #WebMD 
3. Pineapple: Nutrition. Selection. Storage @Fruits_Veggies 












Potty Training Awareness Month
Preventing Constipation


June is Potty Training Awareness Month. Constipation in children is a common problem when potty training. Constipation is often characterized by infrequent bowel movements or hard, dry stools.

Causes of Constipation in Children

Toilet Training and Withholding. Your child may ignore the urge to have a bowel movement because of fear of the toilet or they don’t want to take a play break. Some children withhold when they are away from home because they are embarrassed to use a public bathroom. Withholding bowel movements sometimes results in a large painful mass of stool in the rectum called fecal impaction. If it hurts to have a bowel movement, your child may try to avoid a repeat of the uncomfortable situation. If you begin toilet training too early, children may hold in their stools, which can quickly become an involuntary habit that's tough to break.

Dietary Changes. Lack of fruits and vegetables or fluid in your child's diet may cause constipation. For some children, too much milk and not enough water can lead to constipation.

Medication or Disease. Certain antacids, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and various other drugs can contribute to constipation. Changes in your child's appetite or diet due to illness may have the same effect.

Emotional Pressure to use the toilet or to give up diapers.

Symptoms of constipation in children
  • *Fewer bowel movements than usual.
  • *The child is fidgeting, clenching buttocks muscles, or other unusual dancelike behaviors.
  • *Experiencing Abdominal pain and cramping.
  • *Painful or difficult bowel movements.
  • *Hard, dry, or large stools.
  • *Feces in the child’s underwear.

Prevention of constipation in children
*Offer high-fiber foods. Include: Fruits and Vegetables; Beans and Lentils; Bran sprinkled on cereals or yogurt; Whole grain bread and cereal; Dried or soft fruit added to muffins or cereal; Fruit spread

If your child does not like vegetables, serve them hidden in casseroles, pasta, or puree in soups. Ask your child to help out when preparing meals. Children are more willing to eat their food if they play a role in making their own meals.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following amounts of fiber needed per age and gender. Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 6th ed. Elk Grove Village (IL): American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009

            Age/Gender            Fiber (grams)
            2 - 3 years                       19
            4 – 8 years                       25
            9 – 11 years (female)       26
            9 – 11 years (male)          31

  • *Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids. Water is the best choice.
  • *Establish regular meal and snack times
  • *Promote physical activity. Regular physical activity helps stimulate normal bowel function.
  • *Create a toilet schedule. Set aside time after meals for your child to use the toilet.
  • *Remind your child to use the bathroom.
  • *Ask your doctor if your child is taking any medication that may cause constipation.

Treatment of Constipation in Children
  • *Follow the prevention instructions.
  • *Consult with the pediatrician or family doctor before using over-the-counter suppositories or laxatives.
  • *Contact the doctor if four or five days have passed without a bowel movement, or if constipation is accompanied by abdominal pain, vomiting, or fever.
  • *Consult a dietitian who can help create an appropriate food plan high in fiber.

Resouces
Foods to Boost Your Child’s Fiber, Nourish Interactive (pdf)
American Academy of Pediatrics


This young child describes his
concerns about Potty Training
 

 Potty Training Tips from Parents TV - For Mom
 

Elmo and his Father show How
Potty Time Can Be Fun: Sesame Street
 
 


The information presented here does not constitute medical advice for any individual. Specific cases may vary. Dietitians-Online and Weighing-Success recommend readers consult a qualified health professional on an individual basis. All materials are provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.


Saturday, June 24, 2023

Strawberry Mango Parfait

Our mango harvest is complete and the fun part begins. Creating a wonderful diversity of recipes. Today's food celebration is a Strawberry Parfait. 


The combination of Strawberries and Mangoes
is a summer delight.


Add some low-fat vanilla yogurt and you have a 
Strawberry Mango Parfait.
A refreshing summer treat.



Ingredients per Serving.
1/3 cup Strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup Mango, fresh, diced
1/3 cup Low-fat Vanilla Yogurt

Layer the ingredients or combine and Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Analysis per Serving
Calories (kcal)           118
Protein (g)                   5
Carbohydrates (g)       23
Total Dietary Fiber (g)  2
Total Sugars (g)           21
Added Sugar (g)          6
Fat (g)                          1
Saturated Fat (g)         1
Cholesterol (mg)          4
Calcium (mg)              153
Sodium (mg)                55




Thursday, June 22, 2023

National Hydration Day - Hydrate Right



Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Heat-related illnesses may occur when the body’s temperature rises too quickly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration, excessive urination or sweating.

Heat-related illnesses can range from cramps to heat exhaustion to heatstroke. Heatstroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention.



At Risk

Factors or conditions making some individuals more susceptible to heat-related illnesses include older adults, young children, physically disabled, excessive body weight, fever, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, prescription medication, alcohol use, and sunburn.







Stay Hydrated

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 ice 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. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hydrate Right

The Power of Pink Foods

The Power of Pink


Health Benefits of Pink Foods








Pink Grapefruits contain lycopene. Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color. It is one of a number of pigments called carotenoids. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. Current research is exploring the role of lycopene in relationship to preventing heart disease and cancer of the prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon, uterine, and pancreas.




Pink Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, pink salmon is rich in calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium; and contains iron, niacin, selenium, and vitamins A, B-12, C and E. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.






Researchers believe the red pigment (called betacyanin) in beets may protect against the development of cancerous cells and might play a role in reducing the inflammation associated with heart disease.



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 is a low-glycemic index food.



Red Onions are a natural sources of quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is being studied for treating conditions of high cholesterol, heart disease, circulation problems, diabetes, cataracts, peptic ulcers, inflammation, asthma, gout, chronic fatigue syndrome, preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostate. Quercetin research is evaluating the effectiveness of increased endurance and improved athletic performance. Red onions also provide allicin, an organic sulfur compound responsible for the taste and smell of onions. Allicin may protect against inflammation, allergies, and bacteria; and may reduce the risk factors of certain types of cancers.




Guavas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. Guava contains about 4 times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps, protects cells from free radical damage. Currently, there is insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of guava in the treatment of colic, diarrhea, diabetes, cough, cataracts, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. More research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of guava for these conditions.





Yogurt, Raspberry, Low Fat or Fat-Free Yogurt has been associated with a wide range of health benefits, due to its bacterial cultures and the many nutrients it contains. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. Some research shows that yogurt with probiotic cultures may help improve the immune system; reduce yeast infections in women; help with digestion; and reduce colon and other cancer risks. Calcium has beneficial effects on bone mass and may help prevent osteoporosis. Many people who are lactose intolerant can enjoy yogurt. One serving of yogurt is one eight-ounce cup or serving.










References.
American Cancer Society (ACS) www.cancer.org
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists www.acog.org
American College of Radiology (ACR) www.acr.org
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) www.asco.org
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) www.amwa-doc.org
CancerCare www.cancercare.org
National Medical Association (NMA), www.nmanet.org
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) www.ons.org
Prevent Cancer Foundation www.preventcancer.org
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® www.komen.org
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) www.cms.gov
National Cancer Institute (NCI), www.cancer.gov

Monday, June 19, 2023

National Vanilla Milkshake Day - Vanilla Milkshake Makeover


   Vanilla Milkshake Makeover


Vanilla Milkshake, an all-time favorite does not have to be loaded with calories, fat, cholesterol, and sugar.

Today’s recipe makeover transforms Paula Deen’s Vanilla Milkshake into a healthier alternative.

Vanilla Milkshake (Original)

Recipe by Paula Deen
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 cups quality vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

Directions
Using a blender or milkshake machine, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in tall glasses with a straw.

Nutrition Information 
Calories (kcal) 718; Carbohydrates (g) 73; Total Sugars (g) 73; Fat (g) 40; Cholesterol (mg) 252; Sodium (mg) 193



Vanilla Milkshake (Makeover)
Serves 4, serving size 8 ounces

Ingredients
2 cups vanilla ice cream (light, used Edy's)
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups skim milk
Artificial sweetener to taste (optional)
Crushed Ice, as needed for a thicker shake

Directions
Using a blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in eight-ounce glasses with a straw.

Nutrition Information 
Calories (kcal) 148; Carbohydrates (g) 22; Total Sugars (g) 17; Fat (g) 3.5; Cholesterol (mg) 22; Sodium (mg) 110

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