MARCH 2010

March Celebrations, National Nutrition Month, National Flour Month and St. Patrick’s Day.
Making nutrition a priority for a month or, a lifetime.
March is National Nutrition Month. This month is a great time to “Step Up to Nutrition and Health.” This months’ message reinforces the importance of combining good nutrition with exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Some nutritional concepts to help jump start the “new you:” 1. Make changes in your eating habits and physical activity that fits you and your lifestyle. Building a plan that works for you will help keep you on track for a lifetime. 2. Make your food choices count. Select a variety of foods from all food groups, providing your body with the nutrition it needs for optimal health. 3. To stay in your current weight remember this simple phrase; “Calories in must equal calories out.” Make balanced food (“in”) choices with physical activities (“out”) choices. This will help ensure a healthy weight is maintained. 4. Physical activity should be at least 30 minutes/ 3 days a week aerobic exercise. 5. A healthy diet along with daily physical activity will give you more energy and you’ll feel great for a lifetime!

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Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust, and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economics status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant. —March 8, 1968
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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and National Flour month.
Easy Irish Soda Bread
Ingredients 4 cups all purpose flour 4 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup margarine, soft 1 cup buttermilk 1 egg ¼ cup butter, melted ¼ cup buttermilk
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out into a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round ball and place on a prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with ¼ cup of buttermilk, brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife and cut “X” into the top of loaf. 3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with butter mixture while it bakes.

Fun Facts to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
The Story of St. Patrick
Born in Wales, Saint Patrick first encountered Ireland as a salve by Irish pirates at the age of 16. He tended sheep for 6 years on Slemish Mountain in the County Antrim before escaping back to England. In England, Patrick became a priest; he desired to return to Ireland so he could preach the faith throughout the island. Unfortunately, a different Patrick was chosen by the bishop to spread the word to Ireland. History however claims, the “chosen” Patrick never made it across the turbulent Irish Sea. Patrick finally got his wish. The bishop sent him to Ireland and his mission lasted for 30 years. Patrick retired to County Down, Ireland where, he died on March 17 in A.D. 461. That day has been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

The History of the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated publicly in Boston, 1737. The celebration was adopted in America after the great potato famine forced large numbers of Irish to the US. The Irish brought to the US their tradition of food and drink, celebrated as a religious feast that falls during lent. Fasting was set aside for one day to allow the nation to celebrate their culture and rich harvest.

Irish Food

Ireland today, unlike Irelands past has plenty to celebrate. From the east coast to the west coast, Ireland has it all—organic meats, seafood, rich dairy products, fruit orchards and an abundance of vegetables.

Irish Drink

The love of a good drink hasn’t faltered amongst the Irish. Farmers in the hills of Donegal distilled alcohol from potatoes. This drink was called poteen or poitin (pronounced “pot-cheen”). The name was derived from the “little pot” in which the drink was made. It was illegal because of its high alcohol content. Nowadays, locals enjoy drinking world-famous whiskey and stouts. The true Irish welcome all on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate in the Irish tradition and be “Irish for the day.” Proverb the Irish live by, “If you can’t go to heaven, may you at least die in Ireland.”

Focus: HOPE Recipes of the Month
Celebrating National Nutrition, National Flour Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

In Celebration of National Nutrition Month
Spinach Patties
Ingredients 1 can spinach (FH), drained ½ cup bread crumbs (FH) ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper ½ tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. basil 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. parsley 3 eggs ½ cup low-fat American cheese (FH), shredded 2 tbsp. olive oil Directions 1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for oil. 2. In a skillet, heat oil. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place in the oiled pan 3. Flatten with spatula fry on both sides until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Sweet Potato–Cranberry Bake
8 servings Ingredients 2 cans sweet potatoes (FH), drained and diced ½ can of pineapple (FH), drained and diced 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 1 large egg 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. salt Dash of pepper 1 (16-ounce) can whole cranberry sauce Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350° F 2. In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes and pineapple 3. Stir in butter or margarine, egg, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper. 4. Mix in ½ can of cranberry sauce spray a 1-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 5. Spoon sweet potato mixture into casserole dish and top with remaining cranberry sauce. Bake at 350°F, uncovered for 40 minutes.

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