Floyd County Nutrition Coalition
“5 A Day” Campaign
The Nutrition Coalition has developed the “5 A Day” campaign as a tool to encourage people to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. To that end, we created a monthly “5 A Day Fun Fact.” This fun fact will highlight a fruit or vegetable every month, and will be distributed county-wide in multiple settings. We encourage everyone to sample the monthly fruit or vegetable and to promote it in any way possible.
December Fun Fact
November Fun Fact
October Fun Fact
Here are recipes using cranberries: Cranberry Recipes
September Fun Fact
Apples – Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Maybe. One medium apple contains about 80 calories and is a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. They contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Be sure to eat the skin, as it contains more nutrients than the flesh.
There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world. Apples ripen faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated. They can be eaten raw or used to make salads, desserts, breads, muffins, stuffing, juice, apple sauce, apple butter or dehydrated apple products.
For a recipe using apples, click here: Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal or try this apple craft with your kids:
August Fun Fact
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are a fruit – not a vegetable – because they have seeds and grow from a flowering plant. There are over 7,500 varieties of tomatoes grown around the world. 93% of American gardeners grow tomatoes in their gardens.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and lycopene, an antioxidant that is good for the heart and protects against cancer. Cooked tomatoes provide more lycopene than raw ones. The tomato can be eaten raw or as an ingredient in many dishes and sauces. they can be processed into ketchup or tomato juice.
July Fun Fact
Blueberries – Blueberries were valued by Native Americans who believed the “Great Spirit” created the berries to feed their hungry children during famine. Blueberry juice was used by them as medicine to treat illnesses and in making dye for textiles and baskets.
With only 80 calories per cup, blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants that may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Check out an entire website devoted to blueberries! http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/. The website discusses how to pick blueberries, how to store them, how to serve them, and much, much more!
Executive Chef Debbie Richter, from Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, has provided a delicious recipe for Blueberry Chutney.
New Albany Farmer’s Market
The local Farmer’s Markets are in full swing! Check out the locations, hours, and details here.
June Fun Fact
Peaches – “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach as a gift to a friend. They are sometimes referred to as “stone” fruit because of the pit. They symbolize longevity and good luck. Nectarines are peaches without the fuzz.
A large peach has less than 70 calories, contains 3 grams of fiber and is a good source of vitamins A and C. Peaches can be used as a snack or in a variety of desserts, jams, jellies, sauces, salades, smoothies, and beverages.
Check out this great summer recipe for Chilled Ginger Peach Soup Recipe Cards by Executive Chef, Debbie Richter
1000 Tomato Plant Giveaway
The Floyd County Nutrition Coalition is sponsoring its 2nd Annual 1000 Tomato Plant Giveaway. This purpose of this effort is to increase awareness, education, and consumption of fruits and vegetables by introducing the community to simple gardening and harvesting. Tomato plant recipients will be given educational handouts with tips on how to care for the plant (prepared by a local master gardener) along with two easy, budget-friendly tomato recipes. The plants were purchased through a partnership with Prosser Horticulture Center in New Albany, Indiana.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Facebook page, created specifically for this initiative. www.facebook.com/groups/1000TomatoPlantProject2014. Participants can post photos of their plants, recipes, and progress.
Organizations that are participating in this giveaway include: Floyd County Head Start, Floyd County YMCA, HOPE Southern Indiana, Floyd County Health Department, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, Foundation for Sustainable Futures, Floyd County Purdue Extension Office, New Directions After School Program, and Open Door Youth Services.
May Fun Fact
Avocados – The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin. It is a fruit, not a vegetable. Avocados are heart healthy with two grams of fiber and only five grams of fat per serving, most of which is the monounsaturated kind. They are sodium and cholesterol-free.
Avocados are ripe when they feel heavy for their size, yield to light pressure and are dark in color. They can be used in dips, salsas, spreads, and on salads or sandwiches.
For a recipe for Quick & Easy Guacamole, click here: Quick and Easy Guacamole
For a creative way to use avocados, check out this recipe: Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Here’s another creative way to incorporate avocado into your diet: Avocado Smoothie
New Albany Mayor Gahan’s Proclamation for Nutrition Awareness Day 2014
March 21, 2014 was National Nutrition Awareness Day. Mayor Jeff Gahan gave a proclamation at Mark Elrod Towers, while LifeSpan Resources sponsored a healthy lunch for the residents. The proclamation can be viewed through this link.
Mayor Gahan Nutrition Awareness Proclamation 2014
April Fun Fact
Leafy Greens – Dark colored leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens are packed with more good nutrition and fewer calories than any other type of vegetables. They contain vitamins A and C, as well as, phytonutrients that help prevent chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Leafy greens can be used in a variety of dishes like smoothies, quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches, casseroles, dips and as a topping on pizza.
Chef Debbie’s Kale Salad & Dressing Recipe.
March Fun Fact
Artichoke – Did you know artichokes are the unopened flower bud of a thistle plant? California produces 100% of the artichokes used in the U.S.
They have many nutrients, are virtually fat-free and low in sodium, weighin in at only 25 calories. This unique vegetable can be added to a variety of recipes such as dips, salsa, soups, salads, pasta dishes, and pizza.
Chef Debbie’s recipe for Artichoke Salsa
We all have a goal we want to reach, why not make that goal to consume 5 servings of vegetables/fruits each day? 5 A Day may seem like a challenge, but with the quick tips below and endless possibilities with the variety of products, it is a goal worth reaching. If eating could help you live a healthier life wouldn’t you want to take a stab at it? Get started today and reach your personal 5 A Day!
How can I reach my personal 5 A Day?
- Add a serving of fruit or vegetables with breakfast each morning: banana in your cereal, fruit smoothie, veggie omelet
- Have at least one serving of vegetables with lunch and dinner: add a side salad with lots of veggies to your meal with low calorie dressing, incorporate the veggie/fruit of the month into your meal ex: side of steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, sweet potato
- Use fruits and vegetables as a snack. Pair an apple with string cheese or peanut butter, celery and carrot sticks with hummus or low cal dip or try orange slices and low fat yogurt.
- Swap your high calorie/high fat dessert for a fruity sweet treat. Try strawberries topped with a dollop of low fat whipped topping or sliced fresh mango with low fat vanilla yogurt.
Why should I try to reach the goal of 5 servings of fruits/vegetables daily?
- Vegetables and fruits are low in calories and fat and can help maintain or reach a healthy body weight
- Adding vegetables and fruits to your meals adds a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to our diet that help keep our bodies healthy
- Research shows that diets higher in vegetables and fruits can help prevent many types of cancers, heart disease, strokes, and many other chronic diseases.
- Vegetables and fruits are a quick, portable, and convenient snack
- Vegetables and fruit are plentiful and come in a variety of tastes and textures to create a new twist to your standby meals
- You will feel great about what you are putting into your body!