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National Nutrition Month 2014

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The theme of National Nutrition Month this year is "Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right." Do you enjoy what you eat?! Do you choose what you LIKE to eat versus what you SHOULD eat?! What criteria do you use to choose your food?!! Is your nutrition information accurate or factual?!!

Try adding JOY back into your diet!!! Try adding color with fruits and vegetables, add variety with different cooking methods, add fresh herbs that you plant at your home, take pride in your food, and take time to enjoy food!!!

In honor of National Nutrition Month I tried a new food to week. I tried ROASTED AVOCADO!!! And was glad I did!!!!

ROASTED AVOCADO: 1-2 Large Avocados, sliced into Quarters Olive Oil Sea Salt Pepper Garlic Powder

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve on a salad, sandwich, in a taco, or make roasted guacamole!!! Be creative!!!

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I encourage you to seek the professional help and guidance from a dietitian if you feel you are overwhelmed or confused by the mixed messages in the media surrounding food. Get factual information and get guidance on how to improve your health!!! www.nutrifocusonline.com

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Putting Pumpkin Seeds on the Plate

The first step of cooking pumpkin seeds, is to rinse the seeds well under  running water in    order to lose the pumpkin flesh flavor. Once the seeds are clean, use a damp dish towel to blot the seeds dry.  After drying the seeds,  sprinkle them with the herbs of your choice and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  For even cooking while in the oven, it is best to turn the seeds every 10 minutes. Also feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or Italian herb mix for example.  If you prefer your seeds to have a salty flavor, consider boiling your seeds in salted water.

Pumpkin Seed Serving Tips

  • Add crunch to your vegetables by adding pumpkin seeds
  • Add flavor to your salad by sprinkling candied pumpkin seeds on top of your mixed green salad

Candied Pumpkin Seeds:  Recipe From www.tasteofhome.com

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread into a greased foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until seeds are well-glazed, stirring occasionally. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1 cup.

  • Whole Foods offered this great tip: Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
  • Make your morning oatmeal standout by adding canned pumpkin and chopped pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are also a great addition to your favorite cold cereal.
  • Add pumpkin seeds to your homemade granola.  Don’t have time to cook?! Pick up Back to Nature’s Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Granola at your local grocery store!
  • To give your burgers more texture, add ground pumpkin seeds
  • Add kick to your afternoon snack by packing Spicy Pumpkin Seeds in your lunch bag! (Following Recipe is from All Recipes)

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds -  Recipe From www.allrecipes.com

  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Stir together the pumpkin seeds and butter in a bowl. Add the salt, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce; stir. Spread the seeds in a single layer on the baking pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until crispy, about 45 minutes.

Wanting to know more? Check out this link which will provide  More Pumpkin Seed Information