February 2009

February 1, 2009 in 2009 by Webmaster

February: In this Issue

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days; so each month she will share a few ideas that she thinks are interesting.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

Pure and Simple News

Research summaries and what it could mean to us.

Making it Happen

Hints and recipes for applying nutrition to everyday life.

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

There are a number of special dates during February that help warm hearts and the nippy frozen air of February. Among them are:

  1. National Laugh-Friendly Month
  2. National Mend A Broken Heart Month
  3. International Friendship Week: 17-23
  4. Random Acts of Kindness Week: 11-17
  5. National Heart Health Month
  6. Bake for Family Fun Month
  7. National Pancake Week, February 22 – 28

The first five holidays belong in the month of Valentines, love, friendship, and kindness, although it is fun to make every month a time to be considerate and loving. It’s interesting how it can touch the heart of a friend or loved-one when we share one small thoughtful act. It’s also nice to be the recipient from time to time of a Random Act of Kindness.

“Loving” Red Ideas

So you want something red for your Valentine or maybe you love the idea of heart health for your love(s) so you want them to enjoy healthy delicious strawberries. One easy way to enjoy the flavor and color of strawberries is to make Strawberry Syrup.
Strawberry Syrup

Blend defrosted frozen strawberries or washed de-capped strawberries. A quick whirl in the blender, sweetened to taste with sugar or Dr. Grandma’s Sweetener and you’re ready to pour over hotcakes.

Strawberry Pancakes

Make Dr. Grandma’s Pancakes as directed on package and fold in ¾ cup sliced strawberries. Fry in skillet as usual. Top with yogurt.

Strawberry Hearts Garnish

Save a couple of center cuts of strawberry slices. They are heart-shaped and are a perfect healthy red garnish to put on top of the yogurt.

Bake for Family Fun Month

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake is an easy way to help younger family members, or those with basic baking skills have a great success with baking without making it too difficult. See the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Muffins on our website. Dr. Grandma’s Muffins Your Way™ product is certainly an easy, healthy way to surprise 6 to 36 friends (depending on whether you make large, regular or mini muffins) with one batch of muffin mix.

National Heart Health Month

What’s better than Dr. Grandma’s products for Heart Health? See Pure and Simple News section below.

National Pancake Week, February 22 – 28

Pancake Week has to be Grandma’s favorite way to tie together the February holidays, Yummy, Healthy Foods and Nutrition. Making heart-shaped pancakes is another easy way to show love or make it a fun time with the family or friends.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

In honor of National Pancake Week, Grandma shares a special recipe. This recipe is as fancy as you will find in an exclusive breakfast club; your friends and family will think that you spent hours making a special breakfast just for them. It is, however, a quick and easy recipe to prepare. It’s perfect for those who are watching their weight or have diabetes. Their taste buds will be tickled and their tummies full, while making their hearts happy with no added sugar and 100% organic whole hard red spring wheat. The taste of cinnamon, bananas, and pecans will awaken you, your family or guests to a wonderful day.

Banana Pecan Special Day Pancakes

1 packet of Dr. Grandma’s Pancake & Waffle Mix
½ cup mashed ripe banana
½ teaspoon banana flavoring
1 egg
1½ cups water
2 Tablespoons oil or one oil packet included in Dr. Grandma’s Pancake Package
½ to ¾ cups broken pecans (optional)
Yogurt, whipped cream or syrup

Mix mashed banana, flavoring, egg, water and oil. Add to pancake mix. Pour batter into hot skillet and sprinkle with pecan pieces. Turn when pancake has bubbles on surface. Serve with whipped cream, or yogurt topped with additional nuts if desired. This recipe can be made without the pecans or with walnuts instead of pecans. Some enjoy it topped with real maple syrup.

Pure and Simple News

Research summaries and what it could mean to us.

Quercetin in the News

Quercetin (KWAIR-sit-in), a flavonol in the news. Some are pronouncing it the latest ‘super nutrient.’ It has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to protect the cells and to beef up the cell organelles that generate energy. Quercetin is one in a family of plant nutrients (phyonutrients); this tiny, but potent molecule, is involved with ‘putting out the flames’ (anti-inflammatory) and neutralizing free radicals, (antioxidant) which cause the initial damage in cells. Inflammation has been identified as one of the most potent contributors to the initial damage causing heart disease; diabetes; prostatitis; allergies; cataracts; respiratory diseases; depression; colon, skin, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. In addition, early research is showing that it looks likely that Quercetin may have a substantial role in increasing the number of mitochondria (the powerhouse of cells) – which contributes to an increase in sustained energy boost.

Quercetin is currently one of the most studied flavonols; and many are pronouncing it the latest ‘super nutrient.’ While the research is exciting, one word of caution; don’t jump straight onto the supplement bandwagon. It seems that Americans so often go straight to the supplement aisle, when this kind of good news is discovered. It is important to recognize that there are hundreds of phyonutrients found naturally in food. And while quercetin is one of the most active that the researchers have discovered so far, they really don’t know if the action is this one all by itself, or in conjunction with one or more of the others. My instinct is that, it is the latter.

Food tastes good and is less expensive than supplements. Eat the foods that provide the nutrients – that way you’re getting much more than one antioxidant or anti-inflammatory, without the potential side effects of taking a supplement. Often those who want to sell supplements, jump straight from the fact that an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in flavonols, and the decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other conditions, to a recommendation of taking supplements, instead of consuming more fruits and vegetables.

Some studies have shown that there is a lower death rate from heart disease, inhibition in the formation of blood clots, reduced blood pressure and lower risk of stroke in people with high intakes of dietary quercetin. In addition, a Finnish study of more than 10,000 men and women found a lower risk of type 2 diabetes was associated with higher dietary intake of quercitin. The key here is ‘dietary quercetin’ – not supplements.

Quercetin is found naturally in many vegetables and fruits including: tomatoes, berries, onions, garlic, peppers, apples, seeds, leafy green vegetables, hot peppers, parsley, broccoli, grapes, teas and red wines – all common foods.

Good Health Can Be Yummy – Dr. Grandma suggests to find delicious ways to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.

Want to read more ? Here are a couple of places to look:
Texas A&M. “Inflammation In Colon May Get Doused Before Fueling Cancer Development.” ScienceDaily 10 February 2009. 12 February 2009 .

Nutrition Action Health letter; Center for Science in the Public Interest, December 2008, Vol. 35, No. 10. Pgs. 9-10.

Making it Happen

Hints and recipes for applying nutrition to everyday life.

This month our Pure and Simple News focused on Quercetin (see above); and our special focus is on National Pancake Week. Combining the two we offer you a special recipe for Oatmeal Apple Pancakes. One key here is not to peel the apple, (or in other recipes, for example, the zucchini). Quercetin and other compounds are there to protect the plant against pests and UV sunrays. The compounds are located where the plant needs them the most.

These can be everyday pancakes, but they’re not ordinary pancakes! Oatmeal Apple Pancakes are sweet, and chewy and full of flavor; both adults and kids will love this morning treat.

Oatmeal Apple Pancakes

1 packet of Dr. Grandma’s Pancake & Waffle Mix
1/3 cup oatmeal
½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
¾ cup grated (not peeled) zingy apples (like Gala, Granny Smith, Cameo, Fuji)
1 egg
1 ½ cups water
2 Tablespoons oil or one oil packet included in Dr. Grandma’s Pancake Package
Chopped nuts (optional)
Yogurt, whipped cream, or syrup

Mix grated apple, egg, water and oil. Add to pancake mix, optional cinnamon and oatmeal. Pour batter into hot skillet. Turn when pancake has bubbles on surface. Serve with whipped cream, or yogurt topped with chopped nuts if desired. Some enjoy it topped with real maple syrup.