May 2010

May 1, 2010 in 2010 by Joyce Bunderson

May: 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 from last months Foodland Chronicles on making food taste great and build healthy bodies.

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

May is filled with events to celebrate; those below are a few that touched my heart this year.

Memorial Day, Monday May 31st

It’s tempting to think of Memorial Day only as one of the big holidays – a three-day weekend. But my suggestion, including to myself, is to take a short break from gatherings and barbeques to think about those who sacrificed to get us to this present age. I enjoy studying history and every time I do, I have a feeling of gratitude for the sacrifices that were made in my behalf. I don’t know all those ancestors, who centuries ago, came across oceans in yucky boats, who endured seasickness without Dramamine and left so much behind. I do know that I have ancestors who risked their lives in the war for Independence, The Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Korean War, and their wives and families who did without them. Even though we have plenty of challenges in this day and age, I am grateful for what those people did to make my life freer and easier today.

Mother’s Day, May 9th

Moms (and don’t forget grandmas) need a little pampering for all they do, all year long. Look at Dr. Grandma’s blog on May 1st for a healthy and delicious recipe that kids, or kids and dads can make for mom or grandma. Be sure to have Muffins Your Way on hand.

Mother Goose Day, May 1st

Moms, dads or grandparents may want to do something fun for Mother Goose Day. Check out the website at Mother Goose Express. They have so many creative ideas. You may want to look at our ideas posted on April 21st Dr. Grandma’s Blog called Meeting Foodland Challenges for Young Families and combine the two for a great creative fun time.

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider and sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Would it be fun to show the kids how to make curds and whey (See instructions on the Mother Goose Express website under Miss Muffet. You could flavor the curds with strawberries and sweetener and spread on whole grain crackers or bread, maybe even cut the bread into shapes or just double triangle butterflies. You could buy regular cottage cheese and decorate a scoop with shredded carrots, raisins, blueberries, cherry, lettuce, celery, red pepper slices and so on. Make a Miss Muffet salad.

Creative Beginnings Month and Family Wellness Month

Think creatively! It really helps when it comes to moving away from fast food, processed food, and junk food. It’s not so easy, but when you put on your thinking caps and read the Dr. Grandma’s Blog, you can make some do-able steps that will really impact your health and well-being.

National Smile Month May 16 to June 16

Wow an entire month devoted to smiling. On May10th I’ll post a recipe devoted to making you smile. I hope it will last for at least a month. Maybe you can celebrate Creative Beginnings Month and Family Wellness Month (see above) and make everyone smile with you in your efforts. Best wishes!

National Older Americans Month

Eating wisely can make a real impact in the health of older Americans. When we’re young, we can often abuse ourselves and not really realize the results for years, but when we get a little older we can frequently notice health differences in a very short time – sometimes even within days!

Good Health Can Be Yummy

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

Did you miss any of these articles? These were some of the most popular blog posts and the most fun to write:

  • The Sunshine Vitamin Is Not Really a Vitamin (4/2/2010) – we want to be sure not to ignore our need for vitamin D.
  • Meeting Foodland Challenges for Young Families (4/21/2010) – ideas to help families with young children shift eating habits in a healthy direction, or establish the right habits early.
  • Full Food Cost Accounting: Part 2. Designing Foods for Craving (4/16/2010) – helps us understand craving for certain foods and its connection with health.
  • Should We Put the Brakes on Eating Cheese? (4/12/2010) – a healthy look at our craving for cheese.
  • Making Our Sweet-Seeking Taste Buds Happy posted (4/19/2010) – an article about sweetening without calories.

Some of the Recipes that we enjoyed most were:

  • Green Beans with Lemony Leeks (4/2/2010) – great spring vegetable dish.
  • Bok Choy and Swiss Chard Stir-Fry (4/5/2010) – a meatless meal.
  • Caribbean Black Beans and Pepper Stir Fry (4/13/2010) – a flavorful heart-healthy Mediterranean meal. Yum!
  • Exotic Papaya and Wheat Berries (4/16/2010) – if you’re looking for a delicious healthy side dish, try this orange, papaya and wheat berry dish.

Remember that Good health Ca Be Yummy!™

Sending my best to you and your family, until next month,