Happy Food Day!!!
If you are wondering what Food Day is, here is a link.
With all my food background, love, and passion…I love Food Day!
Here are ways you can help (information from FoodDay.org):
- 1Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
- 2Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
- 3Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
- 4Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
- 5Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
- 6Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
Let’s celebrate with a homemade sweet treat, just in time for Halloween!
Instead of buying processed foods, especially candy during this time of year, make homemade treats. This is a gluten-free treat, but can easily be altered to make everyone happy!
It seems so easy for everyone to buy junk food, or fast food with our busy lives. So many kids will grow up eating only processed foods, with ingredients we can’t even pronounce.
Why do parents feel it is okay to put soda in a baby’s’ bottle? Or raise the child on McDonald’s or Burger King?
There are so many ways to prepare food in fast, easy, fun, healthy ways- OR better yet, prepare those fun, easy dishes with your child. This way your child is included in what goes into each dish.
I have had fantastic experiences where parents have made sure their child did not request unhealthy, processed foods.
My nutrition 101 teacher at the University of Arizona raised her children to love salad, and not care for desserts. Just by not including desserts in every meal, and instead sharing the beauties of different vegetables.
How about my dear friend who raised her child to love water, and hate soda. If he had a taste of the sugary drink he would make a horrible face, he hated it so much.
There is a way to raise our children to not recognize the “M” symbol for McDonald’s, or to not cry when walking past the candy isle. There are ways to keep our children healthy, and help them live a longer, healthy life.
With the amount of processed foods, fast foods, and extreme junk foods, children are being diagnosed with heart disease at such young ages. They are at a threat to have a heart attack when just in their 30 or 40′s.
It is time to fight back, and stop kids begging for junk food!
Here is a gluten free treat, that can be altered easily for everyone. This bar is so easy to prepare, it only took me 40 minutes to prepare, bake and have it ready to devour!
This year try a Chocolate Coconut Bar – (Recipe adapted from The Gluten Free Baking Book)
[Note - You can use all purpose flour, or whole wheat flour in this recipe.]
Base for bars
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp GF baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp of butter, melted
3/4 cup sweetened coconut
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 pan.
In small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, coconut, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt. Stir in butter. Press out evenly on greased pan, bake for 13-15 minutes.
In double boiler, or microwave, melt 1/2 cup chocolate.
For topping, in small bowl combine coconut, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and melted chocolate together. Spread mixture over cooled base for bar. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
This year I have decide to not buy any candy for Halloween, and will not give out candy at my door. Instead, I will share some fun sweet treats you can make in the comfort of your own home. AND all the homemade treats will have ingredients you and your kids are able to easily pronounce.
Nelly from Cooking With Books is celebrating Food Day too! She has a beautiful Apple Brandy Cake:-) She also shares some valuable information about buying local foods. Head on over and say hi!
How will you celebrate Food Day?
What is one junk food habit you have, and feel you should change?
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,