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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Edible Art: Olympic Colors


The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. This was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, adopted in June 1914 and debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

The Olympic Charter states the Olympic symbol represents the union of the five regions of the world and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.


Olympic Colors made from fresh foods.


Olympic Cups and Skewers

Cup
: Layer raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, yellow squash, and blueberries in a dessert cup.

Skewer
: Use a wooden skewer. Add the following fruits and/or  vegetables: zucchini or kiwi; yellow squash or grapefruit; blueberries; raspberries; and black berries.

Serve skewer in Olympic cups.

Nutrition Information.

41 Calories
1 g Protein
10 g Carbohydrates
3 g Dietary Fiber
0 g Fat
0 g Saturated Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
36 mg Vitamin C
1 mg Sodium 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26, Food and Wellness Events

National Chili Dog Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day





22nd Anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act 
Signing Ceremony - July 26, 1990




Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, Food Events. National French Fries Day and
Cow Appreciation Day


Nutrition Information obtained from the following resources.

Baked French Fries
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients
3 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch strips
cooking spray
1 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F° (200° degrees C). Use a non-stick baking sheet or spray lightly with cooking spray.
Arrange potato strips in a single layer on the baking sheet, skin sides down. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Nutritional Information per serving.
Serving Size 3.8 ounces (106.6 g) 
99 Calories 
3 g Protein 
23 g Carbohydrates 
2 g Dietary Fiber 
0 g Fat 
0 mg Cholesterol 
11 mg Vitamin C 
30 mcg Folate 
30 mg Magnesium 
75 mg Phosphorus 
570 mg Potassium 
11 mg Sodium



July 13, Cow Appreciation Day
Origin. For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation. In celebration of July 13, Cow Appreciation Day (an unofficial yet nationally recognized holiday), Chick-fil-A will award a FREE Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes to one of their 1,600+ restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

Other Option for Cow Appreciation Day. Try a vegetarian meal today.




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, National Blueberry Muffin Day
The Food Label Detective:
Otis Spunkmeyer Wild Blueberry Muffin

Can You Eat Just Half a Muffin?


*FDA 21 CFR 101.9 Nutrition labeling of food. (http://bit.ly/nVsDlD). FDA regulation allows manufacturers to round number of servings to the nearest 0.5 serving, as long as they use the term “about”. Serving size is based on RACC = Reference Amount Customarily Consumed per Eating Occasion.


Most people assume one muffin is one serving.
As packaged foods get larger, so does the number of servings.
Read the label - Don't overeat.

The label can be misleading, but it is within the FDA Guidelines.* 

One Serving Size: 1/2 Muffin (57g/2 oz)
200 calories per Servings

Package Size: Net Wt. 12 oz (340g)
6 Servings per Container
One Muffin = 2 Servings (400 Calories per muffin)





Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teddy Bear Picnic Day
Even Teddy Bears Practice Food Safety

Before you begin setting out your picnic feast, make sure hands and surfaces are clean. 

Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be stored at 40°F or 
below to prevent bacterial growth. Meat, poultry, and seafood should be packed while still frozen so that they stay colder longer.

Pack beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another. This will prevent the perishable 
foods from being exposed to warm outdoor temperatures. 

Limit the number of times the cooler 
is opened so as to keep the contents cold longer.

Be sure to keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped. This keeps their juices from 
contaminating prepared and cooked foods or foods that will be eaten raw, such as fruits and vegetables. 

Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water before packing them in 
the cooler.  

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