Eating in Plain Sight…

Sitting in a booth in a corner may be romantic but can also have a down side. ResearchersOct window dining at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab discovered that patrons who sat on high stools or seated themselves by a window tended to make healthier food choices. They also tended to skip dessert and alcohol compared  with those seated in a booth. More visibility to prying eyes and seated in an upright position seemed to make people more aware of what were better options on a menu.
(Source-Muscle and Performance Magazine)

Almond Crusted Baked Zucchini Crisps

Oct almond zucchini

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:                                                                                                                      1 large zucchini, sliced into rings
1 cup/ 4 oz./ 110gr. almond flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and place a rack in the middle.
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
-In a small bowl lightly beat the egg.
-In a separate bowl combine almond flour, salt, garlic powder, thyme and black pepper.
-Dip zucchini slices in the egg and let excess drip off                                                      -Drop in the almond flour in a mixing bowl to cover completely
-Place coated zucchini slices onto the lined baking sheet.
-Bake for 6 minutes per side (a total of 12 minutes).

Nutrition Facts:                                                                                                                One serving yields 112 calories, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs and 6 grams of protein.(Source-The Wheat-less Kitchen)

Why Teach Kids About Food?

“Pilot Light” is a Chicago based food education program centered around children. It conducted its sessions in some 1,500 schools and found that 95% of Oct. Teaching Kidsthe students enjoyed their learning sessions. Most of the students interviewed after the course said that.
1) They know how food choices can affect their future
2) It is important to know ingredients.
3) They enjoyed trying new foods
4) The importance of where the food originated from
5) That they are now able to make healthy choices
Efforts are now being made by “Chartwells K2”, the largest school food service company, to expand the program by launching a Mobile Teaching Kitchen which would include chefs, dietitians and demonstrations
(Source-Amazing Wellness Magazine)

Chicago builds a Smart Street…

Chicago has now built what is considered “the Greenest Street in America.It is a two mile Oct smart streetstretch In an industrial neighborhood of Pilsen. Bike paths and parking lanes are paved with smog eating concrete, sidewalks are made of recycled material and streetlights are wind and sun powered. “Bioswales” drains remove silt and pollution from runoff water with the aid of dense, drought tolerant foliage. This combination   of a vegetation and drainage system    diverts storm water from over-powering city drains. The road in turn uses 42% less   energy to operate.
(Source-National Geographic)

Ruby-Red Chocolate…

At present we have dark, milk and white (which is actually made from cocoa butter) chocolate. Now it seems there is a new flavor and color chocolate that is about to enter Oct. red chocolatethe market. A Switzerland based company is unveiling a “ruby chocolate” that is derived from the ruby bean native to Ecuador, Brazil and the Ivory coast. It is said to be a totally new experience with an emphasis on a berry-fruitiness taste. Its pink color has absolutely no red coloring or artificial berry flavoring involved in the process. The source of the new chocolate is said to come from a species that is genetically close to the cocoa plant that we are presently familiar with. It is scheduled to hit the market in about 18 months. Sorry to keep you chocolate lovers waiting.

Family History Matters…

Discussing health histories at a family gathering may be a great tool to giving you insight into improving your health. Being aware of certain illnesses or diseases that relatives haveOct family history suffered in the past can give a doctor the added advantage of a proper diagnosis if a problem arises. Take time to record data from several generations of relatives. There are digital tools available that can guide you through the process. The National Society of Genetic Counseling, The March of Dimes, and The Office of the Surgeon General all offer downloads by which you can organize and print out your family’s history. Knowing can lead to prevention by simply making lifestyle changes.
(Source- Consumer Reports on Health)