Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Honor Veterans Meal

For the honor of Veterans
Grilled Steaks
Baked Beans
Cherry tomatoes, fresh onion and radish Salad
Whole Wheat Roll
Fruit Topped Flag Cake
Sunshine tea

Tip: Decorate with veteran’s memorabilia. Use American flag decorations. Make an oblong shaped cake. Cover a blue star field with blueberry filling and dots or stars of whipped cream topping. Make red and white strips of cherry and apple fillings. Coat edges with whipped cream topping. Keep chilled until served. May place a small flag cake in a food gift basket decorated with flags and take to a veteran. Talk about his memories.

Food for Thought:
You are to tell them that these stones are reminders of this amazing miracle…tell them that the Lord God…did this so that all the nations of the earth will realize that Jehovah is the mighty God, and so that all of you will worship Him forever. Joshua 4: 21-24 LB

Family Meal Planning

Eating Well for Wellness

It has been said, “People are what they eat.” In reality, people may be what they think about food. For example, people may think and even feel hungry when they actually have a desire for certain foods. Most people never think about eating well for either wellness or health. When people over-indulge in food or drink, are they thinking about their health? If a person consistently chooses fried foods, is he or she focusing on health related issues? Often we never think about the relationship of health to foods until someone has a medical problem. Then it becomes the family meal planner’s challenge to help the family member readjust to healthier choices. When God made us, He made people with individual physics and physical limitations. Even if there are bodily restrictions, we are still challenged to keep our body working as well as we possibly can. Since health is vital to life, a family meal planner’s focus should be on foods that keep the bodies of the family members in maximum healthy condition. A daily combination of meats, vegetables, fruits and breads in nutritious menus, not only encourage family members to try different tastes, but keep them alert to maintaining a wholesome lifestyle. Family members may wish to take on the Christian monk’s, St. Frances of Assisi, attitude to change what can be changed and accept what cannot. All family members should blend nutritious food choices with plenty of exercise, deep breathing and adequate sleep. Take time to commune with the Creator and reflect upon a Bible verse like “ becoming all that God has in mind for us.” Romans 5:2 LB. Adopt the motto to eat well for wellness.

Niacin in foods

Have you ever considered that dementia may be related to the amount of niacin that people are getting from foods? The lack of the vitamin B complex called niacin causes pellagra. Pellagra is commonly called the “three Ds disease” because of dermatitis, diarrhea and dementia in some people. Pellagra is fatal if left untreated. However, niacin is found in one of America’s favorite foods, peanut butter. It is also found in fortified breads and cereals. Chicken, beef liver, halibut and legumes are sources that are often found in American diets. In our menu the steak, beans, whole-grain wheat roll and a slice of cake supply 1/3 of the recommended day’s requirement of niacin.

From the Nutritionist: Steak and beans supply protein to the meal. Serve the fresh garden salad on a bed of lettuce leaves with favorite dressing. If fresh fruits are used for the topping of cake, more nutrients are provided. The vegetables and fruits provide Vitamins A and C and minerals. If whipped cream topping is served with the cake, calcium is supplied. The rolls, beans and cake are three bread exchanges. Family meal planners can serve this menu to diabetics or special-need dieters by converting the dishes to diabetic recipes or special diet recipes. Diabetics may wish to use fresh fruits and omit the cake. Make sunshine tea by placing tea bag and water in the sun for several hours. Serve with ice and garnish with lemon slices, if desired. Store any leftover foods in airtight storage containers and refrigerate within an hour after the meal.

Recipes are available upon request.
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