As I begin to look forward to this school year and contemplate how to address Nutrition and Wellness for our students, I am please to announce that Graduate and Undergraduates in the field of Nutrition from various Colleges and Universities will be working hard to help bring information to our students and families through activities and workshops!
As a Nutrition Educator, I am please to host various group sessions in October to salute “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and will be doing workshops at your school. (Please check calendar for date and time). We salute all Survivors this month and always!
I will leave you with this thought. We are fortunate to live in the “Garden State” where seasonal growing has afforded us the opportunity to visit farms and Fall is certainly apple picking season!
So, does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
Well, according to Ayurveda medicine (Western medicine practiced in India), our favorite apple is a powerful antioxidant that serves up over 100 times the benefits of vitamin C! They also contain pectin, which is a great source of fiber.
Here is an awesome way to give your children an inexpensive, great morning start:
Take an apple and peel it. Cut it into quarters and place a clove in each quarter piece. Boil it for a few minutes until soft. This assists with digestion. Remove from heat and remove the cloves. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Not only does it help to lower cholesterol but also assists in stabilizing blood sugar. The mineral, Boron, in apples have been linked to bone health and osteoporosis prevention while the fiber helps us feel full through morning classes so we are not reaching for that candy bar!
So what about the clove? Well, the clove reigns from Indonesia. Although it carries a pungent smell and taste, it has been used as an antiseptic and not only kills bacteria and soothes toothaches but aids in circulation. One tiny clove provides the mineral, manganese, also an important mineral for bone health.
And how can I forget the delicious taste of cinnamon! The new rumor about cinnamon is that it helps in regulating blood sugar and its true! Here are some other truths: It helps with stiffness in muscles and joints and is a great digestive aid.
So not only will this breakfast treat serve you and your child a host of health benefits, it will fill you up and keep you energy charged to meet the stresses of the day!
Namaste! Denise Hajjar, M.S.