Monday, January 16, 2006

Meals-to-go for Professionals Menu

Meals With A Message
Family Meal Planning
+Lesson plan

Meals-to-go for busy professionals menu

Turkey stuffed pita bread
Coconut crème cookie on peach half
Lemon Zest green tea

Tip: Make turkey favors/gift baskets by inserting toothpicks inside the large end of an apple. Tip with sugar-free gumdrops. Make turkey legs with 2 toothpicks inserted in sugar-free orange slices. You can quickly place these in small storage containers and give as food gift baskets to co-workers or fellow employees who are shut-ins with flu or other ailments. Remind them of the old adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Food for Thought:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of hands to rest means that poverty will break in upon you suddenly like a robber, and violently like a bandit.
Proverbs 24:32-34 LB

Eating Well for Wellness
Since you want to avoid sleeping on the job, busy professionals need adequate sleep and rest at night. A meal-to-go for a busy professional is the answer. Pack a meal-to-go lunch that contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is found in protein. (Although tryptophan supplements are available, natural foods are always better than pills.) Tryptophan relieves tension, increases sleep and rest and promotes relaxation. People who eat foods containing tryptophan for lunch are more productive because they are less stressed. They become less agitated when things do not go their way and they feel less tired. Foods high in tryptophan are chocolate, oats, bananas, dates, milk, cottage cheese, meat, fish turkey, chicken and peanuts. Studies have shown that tryptophan in foods will not cause you to nap all afternoon, however, when sleep time comes at the normal time, the person who has eaten foods with this nutrient will be more likely to get a good night’s sleep and will awaken ready to function normally the next day. With a meal-to-go lunch for the a busy professional, he/she will have more time to exercise during lunch hour or do Christian Bible study or take a nature walk to enjoy God’s creations.

Meals-to-go preparation
Lesson plan
This menu has very little cooking. Assemble the following ingredients: left over turkey or purchased, cooked turkey leg, apple, tomato, lettuce, salt, pepper, pickle relish or sweet pickles, Italian dressing and pita bread. Chop cooked turkey. Chop apple and dip in a fruit fresh mixture to prevent oxidation. Add pickle relish, chopped apple, chopped tomato and small pieces of lettuce to turkey. Toss with a small amount of Italian dressing. The turkey filling is ready to stuff inside a pita bread pocket. Pack the turkey filling in a storage container that keeps it chilled or store in a refrigerator until time to eat. Wrap the pita bread in a plastic wrap or bag to keep fresh. If a microwave is available, warm turkey-filled pita bread for 20-30 seconds or eat cold. For dessert eat a ready prepared coconut crème cookie with a peach half. If microwave is available, place the cookie inside the peach and warm for 20 seconds. Eat with a fork. Diabetics or those with obesity concerns should eat a sugar-free cookie with the peach half.

From the Nutritionist: People often ask: just why is it important to have good nutrition? Protein is one of the body’s main building blocks. It is found in the turkey of our menu. Protein is needed for rebuilding of cells and health maintenance. Protein is broken into other elements that the body needs to function properly. Tryptophan is needed for adequate rest. Vitamins and minerals supplement bodily functions. Vitamin C and A that are found in the peach, apples, tomatoes and lettuce of our menu help. Vitamin C helps prevent colds and diseases. The numerous vitamins and minerals aid the body in reproduction and elimination processes. Pita Bread provides carbohydrates that are needed for energy and strength. Meals should contain a nutritional and balanced diet, especially for people on the go.

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