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February 02, 2013


February 2 - Groundhog Day: Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month by enjoying a delicious family breakfast while tuning in to watch Famous Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from the burrow. The event happens at daybreak, around 7:25 AM. Will there be another 6 weeks of winter?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Eating a hot breakfast on a cold winter's morning will warm up your kids and give them the energy they need to perform at their best.
February 3 - Super Bowl Sunday: It's game day and the kick-off of National Snack Month. Snacks provide the body a boost of energy between meals.  Avoid fatty, over-processed snacks with empty calories. Instead try wholesome, healthy snacks.  Eat a variety of snacks from all five of the food groups - fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.  Try Guacamole, Salsa, Vegetables & Dip, Trail Mix, or Fresh Fruit Kabobs at your Super Bowl Party! For more great snack ideas, read Snack Smart.
February 10-11- Chinese New Year:  Celebrate the Year of the Snake with a festive Chinese dinner. Spring Rolls, Dumplings, Lettuce Wraps, Cold Sesame Noodles, Long Life Noodles. Whole Fish or Whole Chicken dishes are all traditional New Year foods.  Food plays a significant role in the Chinese New Year celebration. Here are some Chinese Foods and their significance at New Year:
  • Whole chicken: Family togetherness
  • Noodles: Long life
  • Spring Rolls: Wealth (Their shape is similar to gold bars).
  • Lettuce: The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like "rising fortune"
  • Tangerines and oranges: The Cantonese words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth, respectively
  • Fish: The word for fish, "Yu," sounds like the words both for wish and abundance
  • Sweet, steamed cakes: Rich, sweet life, abundance in the coming year
February 14 - Valentine's Day: Valentine's Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with your loved ones. Spend family time making homemade valentines or find a moment to say "I love you". Give the hearts that are closest to you a special gift on Valentine's Day by treating your family to heart healthy foods. It's been proven that exercise and eating right are two steps that can reduce your risk of heart-related illness and disease.

National Children's Dental Health Month - Eating healthy foods and establishing daily dental health routines will protect your child from dental disease and provide them with a sparkling smile! Developing good habits at an early age helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
February's Freshest Picks at the Market will be Artichokes, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, and Spinach.  
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1 comment:

Maria Behar said...

Oh, this post has made me hungry!! Lol. I love all these food pictures, too! It's interesting that you have food suggestions for several February holidays. Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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