Lately I've been doing a lot of traveling, so I have much to fill you in on, but so little time. First, I would like to give a shout-out to the Food Day Campaign, part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a remarkable team and I am so proud of the hard work they are doing in preparation of this year's Food Day. The concept alone is absolutely brilliant and so necessary, and each of the team members have been so friendly and dedicated. I love it!
I am a Coordinator for the Wilmington, DE Food Day team and as you may have learned from past posts, also an International Ambassador for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Thus, as Jamie Oliver's Food Rev Team has partnered with Food Day I feel it especially necessary to update you about the important work the team is doing first! Then, I will let you in on a delicious and Nutrishus recipe I came up with a few weeks ago thanks to an inspirational package at Whole Foods. Intrigued? Keep reading first...!
So, FOOOOD DAY. First off, doesn't that just sound delicious? A day completely dedicated to food, and not just "food" but healthy, affordable, sustainable, fair, flavorful, food!!! To be official, "Food Day's goal is to educate and provide the U.S. with healthy, affordable, sustainable, and fair food." See?
This year Food Day will be taking place on October 24th and it's really important. Because people vote with their dollars, so buying the right kinds of foods is good for farmers, the environment, and your health! The event is all about staying away from processed foods and turning to whole foods that nourish and sustain. It's how we've been eating since the beginning of time, so it sorta just makes sense, right?!
This event is also so important because we are trying to get people to realize just how much we need a change. And here are the goals to show you why:
Here are the goals from their website:
- Promote safer, healthier diets: The foods we eat should promote, not undermine, our good health. Yet, every year we spend more than $150 billion on obesity-related health care costs, plus another $73 billion in reduced productivity.
- Support sustainable and organic farms: Currently, sustainable farms receive little to no federal support and often lack market access to keep them competitive. Meanwhile, the largest 10 percent of industrialized farms—which contribute to poor health and severe environmental degradation—receive 75 percent of all farm subsidies.
- Reduce hunger: Currently, around 50 million Americans are considered "food insecure", or near hunger, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) participation is at an all-time high. SNAP is vital to reducing hunger, but the program’s budget is under constant attack while federal measures to increase food access are minimal.
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals: Today, most farm animals are confined in “factory farms”—sometimes containing as many as 50,000-100,000 cattle, hens, or pigs. These practices result in needless animal abuse and illness, environmental degradation, and harm the people who live in and around those facilities.
- Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers: 20 million workers throughout the U.S. food system harvest, process, ship, sell, cook, and serve the food we eat every day. And yet, many farmworkers earn well below poverty levels while the tipped minimum wage for restaurant servers has remained at $2.13 per hour for the last 21 years.
Doesn't that all make you want to do something about it?!
You can help by showing your support. Tweet #FoodDay2014 and let your followers know how fed up you are and that we need a change!
Here's a startling infographic:
Eating sustainable food is better for everyone, and each time you buy a product, you are voting. So help reduce future health costs for yourself and your family, but choosing the right ones.
Need help with knowing what groceries to stock your fridge with? Here's a list I created a while back.
Wondering what other controversies are currently being conquered? Scroll through www.foodbabe.com
I will be better in the future about posting more and hosting events, but right now I am calling on you lovely followers to help me get the word out! Which is why the internet is wonderful. Who knows, I may be living in a lovely burough sometime soon and can start up some pretty cool events there :)
Food Day, learn it, live it, dig in. (that's not their motto, I just came up with it. but seriously, do it.)
Next, I'd like to turn your attention to this insanely delicious and easy Superfood Vitality Bowl, courtesy of yours truly, but made possible by the awesomely convenient Whole Foods down the road.
They have these little packs, for only 3 dollars, called Superfood Seven, or something, I tried looking it up again but can't find the name online. Anywho, here's what I created with it!
Just added some lovely snow pea shoots on top, blueberries, avocado, and balsamic vinegar with olive oil and raspberry wine vinegar.
You feel ALIVE after eating this, and that's the point! SO good for you. All organic so don't worry about those pesky pesticides.
Nutrishus Superfood Vitality Bowl
- 2 cups alfalfa sprouts
- 1/4 cup chickpeas
- 1/4 avocado, sliced
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- handful of lentils
- handful of azuki
- bunch of snow pea shoots
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- drizzle raspberry wine vinegar, balsalmic vinegar
- 2 tbs olive oil
- pinch sea salt and black pepper
Finally, all of you DE friends, if you are interested in hosting a Food Day event, please contact the Food Day team.
You can reach them here:
DE especially needs dedicated people to help out so it would be really wonderful of you!
Here's a REALLY cool link that allows you to plug in your zipcode and find the Food Day sponsored events nearest to you! They have all kinds of creative activities-- festivals, guest speakers, gardening parties, cooking classes, actually a foodie's DREAM.
Bon appetit... gotta run! Always running!
Food Day-- don't forget! :) Cook real :)
p.s. feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for info about Food Day or tweet @Nutrishus8 ... insta ... so you can follow my food journeys!