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World Salt Awareness Week

 

This week is “World Salt Awareness Week”


 
World Salt Awareness Week“World Salt Awareness Week” is held from Monday March 11th to Sunday 17th March. This year’s theme is Less Salt Please, showing how you can reduce the salt in your diet without compromising taste and flavour. For more information visit World Action on Salt website.

When it comes to awareness about salt (sodium) consumption, most of us know that consuming too much salt can hurt our health. “Too much sodium raises blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” says CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden

But for many people, the awareness stops there; they don’t realize where most of the salt they take in is coming from. Is it the salt shaker on the table or by the stove? Is it the salt that naturally occurs in foods? These are indeed the source of some of the salt Americans consume, but the greatest amount—about 65 percent–comes from packaged foods and restaurant items.

According to the CDC, 10 types of foods are responsible for more than 40 percent of people’s sodium intake: luncheon meats such as deli ham or turkey; pizza; poultry; soups; cheeseburgers and other sandwiches; pasta dishes; meat dishes such as meat loaf; and snack foods such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn; and breads and rolls, which in themselves are not too high in sodium until you consider the amount that we typically eat of these products.[1]

You can lower your sodium intake by eating fresh, unprocessed foods, and reading product labels to select those lower in sodium. Talk to your healthcare provider about your sodium consumption. To learn more, visit cdc.gov/salt [2]
 
 
 
 
 
Source:

[1] March 11- 17 is World Salt Awareness Week 2013 rosecrest.org Copyright © IlluminAge AgeWise, 2013
[2] Salt Awareness Week 2013 heinzsight.com.au
 
 
 

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February 7 – National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

 

It’s National Fettuccine Alfredo Day!


 
fettuccine-alfredoFettuccine Alfredo is a delicious pasta dish made with fettuccine (a flat ribbon-cut noodle) tossed with butter, cream, and melted Parmesan cheese.

Italian restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio created Fettuccine Alfredo in 1914 to help his wife regain her appetite after the birth of their first son, and it worked! Soon after he began serving it at his restaurant in Rome. Today, it’s one of the most popular pasta dishes in America, and the invention of the dish is commemorated on February 7 with National Fettuccine Alfredo Day.

Fettuccine Alfredo supposedly became popular in the United States when Hollywood stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks dined at Di Lelio’s restaurant while on their honeymoon. They spread the word when they returned to America.

Fettuccine Alfredo is popular with adults, as well as kids.
 

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October 25 – World Pasta Day

 

Today is World Pasta Day!


 
A day dedicated to highlighting the nutritional and culinary advantages of pasta. This special day began in Rome in 1995 and is recognized around the world.

I LOVE pasta and don’t need a special day for it. I eat it at least 6 times a month, most of us don’t need a special day we just slurp it up, yummy.

Pasta is popular worldwide for Italian dishes, not to mention VERY economical when you’re on a tight budget. I’ve used it for various dishes I’ve made like cold pasta salads, various hot pasta meals, Halloween pasta dinners, you get the picture.

Just had to add one more recipe. I used to eat this a lot for breakfast, I know it says dinner but ya know, when we had leftover angel hair pasta. It’s very inexpensive to make, especially if you can get the ingredients on sale. If I made it now I would have to manipulate it to bring the sodium content down under 300. I’d probably delete the milk and used water or soy milk.

There are so many wonderful and healthy dishes you can make with pasta. It’s only left up to your imagination. So make a BIG bowl to share with someone and cozy up on the couch and watch a movie. 🙂

If you’d like post your favorite pasta dish with a recipe in the comments section.
 
 
 
 

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National Potato Month – Recipe #3 – Shepherds Pie

 
 

Recipe #3 – Shepherds Pie

 
 

Please enjoy the 3rd recipe of the month for “National Potato Month”: Shepherds Pie

I hope you discover tasty potato recipes and learn all the ways to cook potatoes for any meal. Potatoes are both nutritious and inexpensive. They are so versatile you could fix them in a new and different way every day of the year. Enjoy what I think are some pretty tasty recipes.
 
 
 
 
 

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National Breakfast Month – Recipe #8 – Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

 
 

Recipe #8 – Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

 
 

Please enjoy the 8th recipe of the month for “National Breakfast Month”: Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

Breakfast is the most important meal—giving us a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. Nevertheless many of us skip breakfast when we’re in a hurry—or worse, we turn to calorie- and carbohydrate-laden foods that even the most active person would have trouble burning. Give your body the energy it needs by trying this delicious breakfast recipe!
 
 
 

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National Potato Month – Recipe #1 & #2 – Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

 
 

Recipe #1 & #2 – Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

 
 

Please enjoy the first recipe of the month for “National Potato Month”: Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

I hope you discover tasty potato recipes and learn all the ways to cook potatoes for any meal. Potatoes are both nutritious and inexpensive. They are so versatile you could fix them in a new and different way every day of the year. Enjoy what I think are some pretty tasty recipes.
 
 
 
 
 

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National Breakfast Month – Recipe #1 – Breakfast Pies

 
 

Recipe #1 – Breakfast Pies

 
 

 
Please enjoy the first recipe of the month for “National Breakfast Month”: Breakfast Pies

Thought I’d start out with an easy one. I make these all the time. These can be made ahead of time and frozen if need be, just put in the refrigerator the night before you use them, then microwave and you’re all set with a to-go breakfast.

So convenient when you’re in a hurry or for a quick snack.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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August 24 – National Peach Pie Day

 

Today is National Peach Pie Day!

August is also National Peach Month and today id National Peach Pie Day, two holidays in August, so I thought I’d share a few of details surrounding the fourth popular fruit in the U.S.

Deep-Dish Peach Pie Photo property of myrecipes.com

  • The peach, Prunus persica, is a deciduous tree, native to China, where it was first cultivated.
  • China is the largest peach producer in the world, accounting for 50 percent of world production.
  • Ranking fifth, China is not the world’s largest exporter of peaches.
  • California produces more than 50% of the peaches in the United States (and grows 175 different varieties).
  • So many peaches are grown in Georgia that it became known as the Peach State.
  • Peaches are considered the “Queen” of the fruits and are second only to apples in popularity.

 
 
High quality peaches are firm and free from defects such as bruising and insect or disease damage. The best ripe peaches have a deep yellow or creamy white color. Green color indicates immaturity. Peaches harvested when too green may shrivel or fail to develop a desirable flavor upon ripening. The red blush makes the fruit attractive but may not be helpful in determining fruit maturity.
Peaches that cannot be consumed or processed immediately should be stored in an area with temperatures of 32 degrees F and high-humidity (a home refrigerator may work well). It is best to use or process the fruit as quickly as possible since it is highly perishable under high temperatures and not well suited to prolonged cold storage (no more than 14 days).
Fresh peaches provide a respectable amount of the antioxidant vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber.

As a side note:

  • Nectarines can be used in the same way as peaches, and may be considered as substitutes for peaches. The only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. Nectarines tend to be smaller and more aromatic than peaches and have more red color on the fruit surface. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches.

Peach Pie Recipe:
Homemade peach pie is a summertime favorite. This is the perfect Peach Pie Recipe for any summer picnic, BBQ or party.

Since today is also National Waffle Day how about a nice Caramel Peach Sauce to spoon over your homemade waffles, I grabbed this from Miss Martha herself.

This unit is the best thing to bake in. Your home doesn’t get hot, it uses less energy then your oven, it’s fast and it has a great money back guarantee if your not satisfied.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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August 19 – National Potato Day

 

Today is National Potato Day

Potatoes have been a popular part of diets around the world for centuries. They are an inexpensive and versatile veggie.

Did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year?
They are used to make a variety of different potato dishes. Potato salad and a baked potato are at the top of the list. My favorite is a good bowl of hot potato soup, but only if the weather is cold.

Potatoes are not only tasty—they’re good for you! Potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron.

Today, enjoy potatoes prepared your favorite way to celebrate National Potato Day!
 
 
 
 

 
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July 29 – National Lasagna Day

 

It’s National Lasagna Day!

 

 

Italian food is one of my favorite foods.

 

There is something to be said for “delicious layers of pasta smothered in a zesty sauce, packed with a few of your favorite ingredients and topped with melted, ooey gooey cheese”. [1]

 

While the origins of this holiday are unknown, National Lasagna Day is an annual food holiday celebrated each year on July 29.

 

Lasagna is made with long wide flat pasta noodles layered with a variety of fillings and cheeses and with a zesty tomato sauce.

 

National Lasagna Day is an annual food holiday that celebrates lasagna of all varieties.

 

Meat-Lovers

Veggie style

Plain cheese

 

Check your local restaurants for deals on Italian dishes.

 
 
 
 
Source: National Lasagna Day 2012 (www.examiner.com)

 

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