National Food Days, Weeks & Months
Contributors: Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Gage County; Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County; and Lisa Franzen Castle, MS, RD, PhD, Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
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National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- Walking Day (April 1, 2015) *
- Easter (April 5) *
- Fresh Tomato Day (April 6)
- Empanada Day (April 8)
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12)
- Day of the Mushroom (April 16)
- Garlic Day (April 19)
- Earth Day (April 22)
- Picnic Day (April 23)
- Zucchini Bread Day (April 25)
- Prime Rib Day (April 27)
- Raisin Day (April 30)
National Food Weeks
- Public Health Week (1st week in April)
- Garden Week (2nd week in April)
- Egg Salad Week (April 6 - 12, 2015 - the full week right after Easter Sunday) *
National Food Months
Physical inactivity increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Luckily, this is a modifiable risk factor and improving it is as easy as going for a walk most days of the week. One of the most effective forms of exercise to achieve heart health is walking. Walking does not require any special skills. It is safe, free, requires no equipment and costs nothing to get started.
Store them stem end up as the "shoulders" are the softest part and bruise most easily. Keep them out of direct sunlight. If you must store them a longer time, place them (after they've ripened fully) in the refrigerator.
An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry that is fried or baked and served in many Latin American countries. The filling can consist of a variety of meats, vegetables and even fruits.
They can be fun to make as a group activity at a party or with children. Here is a really easy recipe from PBS Kids that can be used in designing your own empanada recipe. Or, try making Baked Beef Empanadas from Eat Smart Move More North Carolina.
For more complicated recipes, make the filling the night before or earlier in the day so it is cold when you stuff the dough. Using a store-bought pie crust can save you time.
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One of the nutrients found in mushrooms that is receiving increased attention is vitamin D. The Mushroom Council gives more information about the vitamin D content of various mushrooms.
Try making zucchini bread with whole wheat pastry flour (a low gluten flour milled from a soft wheat). Whole wheat pastry flour adds the fiber of whole flour and produces a light, tender product. Whole wheat pastry flour, however, doesn't work well in yeast bread recipes because of its low gluten content.
The term "prime rib" typically refers to the cut of meat butchers call a standing rib roast. The origin of Prime Rib Day is unknown. Often served as part of a special occasion, it is an easy menu item to prepare.
Here are 2 examples of rib roast recipes from the NCBA
According to the Fresno Historical Society, the first Raisin Day was April 30, 1909. For a quick trip back in history, view vintage Raisin Day Postcards on flickr.com
Egg Salad Week is the week after Easter because so many people like to make egg salad with their hard-cooked eggs.
Following these links for directions on hard-cooking eggs and several egg salad recipes from the American Egg Board:
Eating a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of cancer. Check out the following resources:
Snack Ideas Using Celery:
More information and recipes for pecans at:
(Photo courtesy of National Pecan Shellers Association)
The picture to the right shows edamame. Edamme is the Japanese name for the young green pods of the soybean plant. They can be purchased fresh and frequently are available frozen all year in oriental food markets, health and natural food stores, and supermarkets. They are frequently served as a side dish or added to salads or soups. They must be cooked before eating.
If your body was like a computer, would it crash? View the SHORT video to the right for ways to "reboot!"
UNL Extension's Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months is a monthly, web-based food-themed calendar. It provides resources for selected national food-themed days, weeks, and months.
We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs, and articles.
~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT
► For more timely food tips and inspiration, visit my blog, Making HealthieRDecisions
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