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Healthier Food for our Troops

 

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Michelle Obama visited Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas last week, where she met with a top military health official.  They announced that there would be positive nutritional changes to the menus at all the military bases across the USA to try to counteract growing obesity in the military.

These changes will mean more choices of more fresh fruits and vegetables, more lean meats and whole grains for the soldiers and their families. These changes extend also to vending machines , snack bars and restaurants on posts throughout the nation. Additionally, this program aims to teach the military children about eating healthy and keeping fit – a continuation of Mrs Obama’s campaign to counter child obesity and educate children about healthy choices.


 

Slow Food

 

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What is slow food? It’s the healthy and ecologically friendly alternative to fast food. Slow food is food grown locally, it’s organic, and nutritionally sound.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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This week was a busy one – we watched the Superbowl and celebrated Tu B’Shvat and brought you a lot of new recipes and content. Here are our favorite JoK posts from this week, and our top picks from around the web!


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a fondue pot, indoor grill and slow cooker.

 


 

Mindful Eating

 

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When my mom joined Weight Watchers, I remember her flaunting the “new rule” she learned: to put your fork down between every bite. This way, you take more time between bites and will perhaps get fuller faster. Of course, I pounced on this nugget of wisdom. However, it didn’t even take two full meals before I began to neglect my new diet mantra.

Jeff Gordinier addresses this concept of stopping between bites in his article “Mindful Eating as Food for Thought,” in the New York Times this week. As its name implies, stopping between mouthfuls of food is more than just a diet trick, as my mother had taught me to believe; it is a form of meditation. The act of putting down your utensils to focus on the taste, texture, temperature (wow that’s a lot of t’s), and consistency of a food, and truly relishing each bite, will make you appreciate what you have on your plate so much more.


 

Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including cookware, a frying basket and a grill pan.


 

Walmart To Tag Foods As “Great for You”...

 

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Walmart is planning to tag its own house brand with an extra symbol – it will be green and white and read “Great for You”. This symbol will depict a person with outstretched arms. The wording echoes Walmart’s own house brand called “Great Value”.

With this latest step Wal-mart continues its campaign started in January 2011 to help promote healthier eating and fight childhood obesity. However this icon will impart no extra nutritional information – it is just there to help the consumer make informed choices. Walmart says this seal will be affixed only to products low in fat (less than 35% of the total calories), sugar (no more than 25% of total calories) and artificial additives. Only 20-25% of Walmart’s products will carry the symbol.


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a multi-cooker, flatware and a turkey roasting pan.


 

Unhealthy Snack Options At School

 

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A survey, part of a report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, says that 50 percent of our school children have access to unhealthy snacks at school, via vending machines or snack bars.  This study began in 2006 – two years after the Child Nutrition and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Reauthorization Act went into effect. Part of this Act mandates that each school with a lunch program must promote healthy eating and physical exercise.

Interestingly, the study showed that there was higher access to salty and sweet snacks in southern regions that in the Midwest and western US. But these students also had access to healthy foods too – salads, vegetables and fruits.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a coffee maker, ceramic knives and a Ninja Blender.

 


 

Eating Healthy in the White House

 

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When Michelle Obama decided to plant a garden on the South Lawn of the White House it was part of her campaign of getting children to eat healthier. Mrs. Obama is trying to get children to eat healthier and she is certainly showing the way by planting a huge vegetable garden in the White House. She’s called this campaign “Let’s Move”. This campaign pushes for healthier school lunches, easier access to healthy foods, and aims to get children more involved in physical activity.

Presidential Chef Cristeta Comerford uses the produce from the White House garden in her cooking, and gears her menus towards seasonal foods. The garden isn’t just a small little vegetable patch. There are several “hoop houses” – similar to greenhouses – that allow many vegetables to be grown year round, making use of the sun’s rays even in the deepest of winter.


 

Super Bowl Sunday: How a Foodie Keeps Score

 

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I’m not a football fan, my favorite sport is eating.  When I found out that the Super Bowl is the 2nd biggest eating day after Thanksgiving, I realized I’m not the only one.  Besides the commercials, I show up for the Super Bowl for the food.  That is why I shared some great tips for a healthier party and tips for a great game from tailgater extraordinaire Elliot Chrem. Last year, our friend Ari Yokult shared his favorite game day recipes.

Did you know that there is a 25% increase in carrot eating on Super Bowl Sunday as compared to other Sundays?  The Wall Street Journal shared this statistic as well as the idea that healthy food makers “vie for a spot on game day”.  Yogurt makers want you to use their products in dips and what’s a party without guacamole?


 

Best Of The Web This Week

 

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This has been a busy week – our new Joy of Kosher Magazine Purim Edition hit the news stands, Punxatawny Phil promised us six more weeks of winter, and we’re all preparing for the Superbowl. Here are some of our favorite features articles and some fun pieces we have seen around the web. Enjoy!


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a sandwich grill, a warming tray and a fabulous cooking demonstration with Levana!


 

Romney Says No To Kosher

 

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This past Tuesday, January 31, Newt Gingrich’s campaign released a Robocall in Florida in an attempt to smear Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The focus of the attack: a restriction on food. The New York Post reported last Friday about an old bill from 2003 that Romney had vetoed while he was serving as governor of Massachusetts. The bill was proposed at a time when the recession was hitting hardest and nursing homes were contemplating closing down their kosher kitchens to save money. The bill was not actually to eliminate the option of kosher food for the observant Jews in nursing homes; rather to bus in kosher food from an outside location, and save the cost of running a separate kosher kitchen. The vetoed bill did not force Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food for the first times in their lives, as Gingrich claimed. The facilities actually kept their kosher kitchens, and no one lost their food options. Gingrich publicized this while campaigning in Florida in an attempt to gain the vote of the elderly Jewish community.

What amazed me the most about this news report was how many different sources published articles about it—The Huffington Post, the New York Post, www.downloadpolitics.com, and Fox News, for a small sampling. Was it the fact that one candidate was trying to hurt another’s campaign, and this is exciting gossip to cling to? Did this veto go against something Romney had previously said to the public? Or was the fact that he was potentially restricting Jews from eating the only food they can eat according to their religious convictions so appalling to the masses that it received this strong of a backlash? In my opinion, the answer is the latter. Food is so central in people’s lives that the notion of restricting one’s access to food could seem criminal, and to an opponent like Gingrich, is the perfect target point for an attack. This just goes to show the force that food holds over our lives.