Live Gourmet’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays

November 30, 2016 | post a comment

 

A brown paper gift wrapped in a shiny red bow for the holidaysIn a blink of an eye, it seems like the holiday season is upon us. There are gifts to be bought, cookies to be made, and cocktails parties to frequent. Wondering how you’re going to get through this jam-packed month in one piece? We’ve asked fitness and wellness specialist Charlene Rodriguez and nutritionist Barbara Ruhs MS, RDN to lend their expertise on how to maintain a balanced routine amidst the busy holiday season.

A helpful nutritional note from Barbara

In the bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to skip meals while running around with last-minute gift shopping, parties and juggling day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, skipping meals inevitably leads to over-eating. As a dietitian, I refer to this as the “starve-stuff” cycle. Avoid this pitfall of the holiday season by planning ahead with a few of these ideas:

Eat a breakfast with protein, carbs and some healthy fat, such as avocado toast topped with a scrambled egg. 

Plan and pack healthy snacks if you know that you may skip a meal. Pre-portion 2 TB of nuts and a piece of fruit. 

At lunch and dinner, use the “half of your plate” healthy rule, filling it with fruits and vegetables to maintain a nutritious balance. 

Blueberries, peaches and strawberries lay on a cutting boardMake sure to stock your fridge with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to stave off the flu and maintain a healthy immune system during the holidays. Leave fresh fruit on your countertop instead of decadent treats like cookies to serve as a visual cue to eat more!

You can find Barbara Ruhs on Twitter at @BarbRuhsRD, Facebook, Pinterest and on http://www.neighborhoodnutrition.com/

Fitness Tips from Charlene:

During the holidays your portions might be larger and higher in calories, leading you to feel sometimes lethargic. As challenging as it may be to motivate yourself to workout in the thick of festivities, exercise is key.

To maintain your healthy weight, I recommend 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, dancing, water aerobics or going for a leisure bike ride, three to four days per week. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, you should bump up the intensity, with jogging, hiking, spinning class or weight lifting, to 30 to 60 minutes four to five days a week.

Keep in mind: Taking 20 to 60 minutes out of your possibly 15-hour day to exercise is nothing!  Be mindful of your health; only you can take the best care of you.

For more exercise tips, check out this blog post from earlier this fall.

Last, but certainly not least, Charlene shares ways to de-stress through mindfulness meditation

Young woman meditating indoors

In addition to exercise and eating in a well-balanced way, taking time for yourself to breath and reflect during the holidays is equally as important. One way to do this is through mindfulness meditation.

Why practice mindfulness? It can help ease chronic pain, it elevates mood, helps with managing depression and anxiety, it improves sleep, to name a few.

To get started:

  • Choose a quiet place
  • Sit up or lie down, keeping back straight
  • Palms facing up, hands are open
  • Clear you mind from distractions, even if you have to start again several times
  • Focus on your breathing and your body relaxing with each breath (be mindful of your muscles relaxing but not to a state of slouching over)
  • For beginners, try meditating 1 to 10 minutes a day   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live Gourmet’s Favorite Salad Recipes with Unique Winter Fruits

November 16, 2016 | post a comment

 

untitled-design-30While shopping at your local grocery store or farmers market, you may come across colorful and oddly shaped fruits you’ve never tried or seen before. Not sure how to prepare them? Afraid they might taste bland? Fruits and Veggies More Matters provides great information on which produce is in season and gives helpful preparation tips. As we head into late fall and winter, take a walk on the culinary wild side by trying this season’s most unique fruits in your favorite salads.

 

Live Gourmet’s Favorite Salad Recipes with Unique Winter Fruits

  1. Whole Food’s Watercress Salad with Pears and Pomegranates – Celebrate #NationalPomegranateMonth with this delicious salad. Two superfoods, watercress and pomegranate, combine their vitamin rich powers to deliver a heavy dose of vitamin c.
  1. Kumquat, Mint and Butter Lettuce Salad with Jasmine Dressing – Resembling tiny little oranges, kumquats commingle with jasmine and fresh mint to create this Asian-inspired salad. Don’t forget to add our Living Butter Lettuce, which is full of vitamin D and A.
  1. Grown to Cook’s Winter greens and poached quince salad – Dazzle your dinner party guests with this red-hued salad featuring red wine poached quince — a cousin to the apple. Since the recipe calls for several types of greens, why not include our Live Gourmet Red Butter Lettuce and Living Watercress?
  1. Butter Lettuce, Persimmon, Feta and Hazelnut Salad – With a deep orange color resembling plump tomatoes, persimmons can have a delightful sweetness and honeyed flavor when eaten at their perfect ripeness. Our Living Butter Lettuce’s velvety texture complements its sweetness along with briny feta and crunchy hazelnuts. A Thanksgiving starter, perhaps?
  1. Blood Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad with Lemon Citronette – Toss your favorite Live Gourmet and Grower Pete’s products with one of the juiciest — and prettiest — fruits of December: blood oranges. The fruit’s red color is due to anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in berries and red potatoes.

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Live Gourmet Takes You on a Moroccan Culinary Journey with our Lamb Couscous Salad

November 3, 2016 | post a comment

 

Take your family on a culinary journey this week to Morocco. The North African country is home to a vibrant culture with influences from Spain to Senegal to Portugal and beyond. Filled with an abundance of delicate spices and aromas, Moroccan cuisine satisfies a variety of palates from savory to sweet. Luckily you won’t have to make the journey to Tangier or Marrakesh in search of authentic fare with our Lamb Couscous salad. 

In addition to broadening your family’s horizons, this dish features vitamin-rich Live Gourmet Living 3-in-1 Lettuce, Upland Cress and lamb — a healthy and lean alternative to red meat. According to the American Lamb Council, “A 3-ounce serving of lamb provides nearly five times the essential omega-3 fatty acids and alpha linoleic acid of a 3-ounce serving of beef.”

Lamb also contains an average of 40% of monounsaturated fat, which is the same kind of fat found in olive oil. “Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Oils rich in monounsaturated fats also contribute vitamin E to the diet, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of,” says the American Heart Association.

Serve the meal with a signature cup of Moroccan mint tea and close your eyes. You’ll swear that you’re right in the thick of a busy Moroccan Square taking in its sights and of course its bites.

Live Gourmet's Moroccan Lamb Couscous Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. Meatballs
  2. 1 pound ground lamb
  3. ¼ cup bread crumbs
  4. ¼ cup red onion, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  10. ½ teaspoon cumin
  11. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  12. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  14. Salad
  15. 1 head Live Gourmet 3 in 1 Lettuce, torn into pieces
  16. 1 cup Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress
  17. ¼ cup raisins
  18. ½ cup dried apricots, sliced
  19. 2 Persian or ½ English cucumber, cut into half moons
  20. 1 cup cooked couscous)
  21. Creamy Mint Dressing
  22. 1 ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  23. 2 clove garlic, minced
  24. 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  25. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  26. 1 teaspoons lime zest
  27. ¼ teaspoon salt
  28. Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400⁰ and line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. To make the meatballs, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Shape mixture into 1 ½-inch meatballs. Place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet and bake uncovered 18 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Drain on paper towels.
  3. While meatballs are baking, combine salad ingredients.
  4. To prepare dressing, combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.
  5. Top salad with meatballs and drizzle with dressing.
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Live Gourmet on Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

October 25, 2016 | post a comment

 

Finding yourself down to the wire in preparation of your family Halloween party? We’re here to help. In this blog post you’ll find everything you need for you and your family to have a spooktacular Halloween.

The holiday isn’t the same without original costumes, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Molly Sim’s “Grown in the Garden” DIY costumes are both unique and easy to put together. Dressing up as a delectable fruit or veggie may even encourage your kids to eat more fresh produce! For easy directions go to Sim’s website

Now that you have costumes out of the way, start planning your menu. Surprise your guests with our original Autumnal squash salad served in a pumpkin (recipe below) alongside skeleton crudité and pizza mummies

Don’t forget that a Halloween party isn’t the same without some “ghoul” ole’ fashioned fun. Frankenstein Bowling anyone? The game is a great way to reuse your empty can goods, and your kids can join in the fun of painting colorful Frankensteins on the cans. Go to Good Housekeeping for more Halloween game ideas

And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to eat, drink, and be SCARY!

 

Live Gourmet's Halloween Squash Salad Served in a Pumpkin Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. (You may not need the full amount of recommended ingredients depending on the size of the salad.)
  2. 1 medium tolarge pumpkin (for a party-size serving)
  3. Or X mini pumpkins (for individual servings)
  4. 1 (1.17 pound) package of boneless, skinless, chicken breast tenders
  5. 3/4 cup of Olive Oil (to cook chicken and squash)
  6. Salt and pepper
  7. ½ lemon
  8. 1 (3.5 oz.) package of dried cranberries
  9. 1 (3.5 oz.) package of candied walnuts or pecans
  10. 1 (4 oz.) log of goat cheese
  11. 2-3 packages of pre-cut butternut squash or 1 whole butternut squash
  12. 1-2 heads of Live Gourmet® Living Butter Lettuce, or Grower Pete’s Certified Organic Living Butter Lettuce
Dressing Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  2. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. ¾ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Carve the pumpkin as you would for a jack o'lantern. Carve out a lid wider than
  2. usual to create the serving bowl. Next, scrape out and remove stringy, pumpkin innards until the interior is completely smooth. (To save time, prepare pumpkin(s) up to 2 days ahead.)
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place butternut squash pieces on a cookie sheet (if cooking a full squash cut in half and place skin side down) drizzle with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  4. Let squash cool (for full squash, peel away outer skin and cut into 1” squares).
  5. While squash is cooking, place chicken tenders in a skillet over medium heat.
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken. Next, drizzle chicken with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is tender or no longer pink.
  7. In a small mixing bowl or carafe, stir all dressing ingredients together.
  8. Remove butter lettuce leaves from head. Wash thoroughly and pat dry with paper towel or a salad spinner.
  9. In a separate mixing bowl, mix gently torn lettuce leaves, chicken and squash in a
  10. bowl. Crumple goat cheese over lettuce; add nuts and cranberries and gently toss.
  11. Transfer salad to mini pumpkins or large serving pumpkin.
  12. Pour a light coating of dressing over pumpkin filled salad and serve.
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Up your Veggie Ante During Breast Cancer & Vegetarian Awareness Month

October 24, 2016 | post a comment

 

up-your-veggie-intakeWhen one thinks of October pastimes, picking bushels of apples, drinking piping hot cider and donning a spooky Halloween costume come to mind. But did you that this month is also dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and vegetarianism? The two issues may not seemingly go hand-in-hand, but a diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is certainly intrinsic to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables (fondly nicknamed as “crucifers”) like broccoli, cauliflower and our Living Watercress contain large amounts of the sulfur-containing chemical glucosinolate. This chemical is thought to inhibit breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer development. According to cancer.govglucosinolate compounds help protect cells from DNA damage, have antiviral and antibacterial effects, and they inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration.

Researchers have also begun to investigate whether vegetarians have a lower risk of developing cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. Findings to date are limited, but one study reports that “suboptimal dieting choices” may be linked to as many of 50% of breast cancer cases.

Endeavor to make more nutritious meals this month by preparing colorful vegetarian dishes. Taste and Savor’s Cauliflower Tabbouleh in Living Butter Lettuce Cups combines cauliflower and our Living Butter Lettuce to create a crisp meatless snack or lunch. Along with glucosinolate – rich cauliflower, our Living Butter Lettuce is also full of vitamins and has high doses of beta-carotene which is often linked to cancer prevention. If you’d like to pump up your veggie intake at breakfast, try Nourish With Whole Food’s acai bowl. The Live Gourmet enthusiast combines acai powder with a variety of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, including our very own Living Watercress.

You can still get in the fall spirit by eating healthy. Pick up your favorite apples from your local orchard and add them to Taste and Savor’s Romaine Wrap with Crunchy Apple Salad. Whether you’re an avid vegetarian or enthusiastic meat eater, including more fresh veggies and fruits in every meal will improve you and your family’s overall health. Take a cue from Live Gourmet by creatively serving a fall veggie dish in a carved out pumpkin or squash!

 

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National Seafood Month: Live Gourmet’s Caesar Baked White Fish

October 11, 2016 | post a comment

 

A School of fish swimming in the seaThough October is National Seafood Month, it’s important to not be hasty when choosing fish for your family. While demand for fresh seafood is up, our oceans are rapidly changing with more than a half a billion pounds of seafood being fished daily around the world according to Seafood Watch. Organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council share that it’s important to choose varieties that are caught or farmed in a sustainable way.

How do we know if a particular fish is sustainable?

One way is to look for blue MSC or Friend of the Sea labels which denote that the seafood has been responsibly caught by a certified sustainable fishery.

Certain fish are more sustainable in certain regions of the country than others due to shipping. Seafood Watch provides a helpful seafood guide for each state in the US. Download yours here.

When traveling or dining out at a seafood focused restaurant, reference Fish2Fork, which rates restaurants according to the impact their seafood has on the seas and marine life.

Adding sustainable seafood to your diet is a nutritious and delicious choice, especially when you combine them with fruits and vegetables. Try our Caesar Baked White Fish with our vitamin rich Living Butter Lettuce or Red Butter Lettuce for your next family dinner. 

Caesar Baked White Fish
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Caesar Dressing
  1. ¾ cup mayonnaise
  2. ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
  3. ¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 to 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. ½ teaspoon pepper
Fish
  1. 2 ½ to 3 pounds white fish filets (such as barramundi, cod, sable fish or tilapia), ¾ to 1 inch thick, cut into 6 portions
  2. 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  3. ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon Parmesan, grated or shredded
Garlic Toasts
  1. 1 loaf of crusty French or Sourdough baguette, cut into 1-inch slices
  2. ⅓ cup olive oil
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. Pinch of salt
Grilled Butter Lettuce
  1. 3 heads Live Gourmet Living Butter or Red Butter Lettuce, cut off root ball and cut in half vertically.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450⁰. Line a sheet pan with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. To make the Caesar dressing, combine mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper and whisk until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate half the sauce until ready to serve.
  3. Rinse the fish filets, pat dry, and place on the sheet pan. Combine breadcrumbs and parsley. Generously spread each filet with the remaining sauce and sprinkle the filets with breadcrumb mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake the fish for 10 to 12 minutes, until fish flakes and center is opaque. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest on the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a grill pan to medium-high. Combine olive oil, garlic, and salt and brush pan and both sides of bread with oil and grill, flipping once, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Brush cut side of lettuce with olive oil mixture and grill, cut side down, until charred in spots, about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. To serve, plate fish over part of lettuce, drizzle with remaining sauce, and top with garlic toasts.
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Keep Your Immune System Strong with Watercress Tea and Other Self Care Tips

October 4, 2016 | post a comment

 

Fall The crisp fall air often feels refreshing. Yet as temperatures dip and we find ourselves indoors more, influenza (AKA the flu) cases tend to increase during the month of October. Now in midst of school, activities and household responsibilities, it’s easy for families to begin to feel a bit run down. To help, we’re sharing a few self-care tips to keep your immune system strong.

Drink lots of fluids!

Most health experts, recommend the “8×8” rule, which is eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. However, your intake depends on a variety of factors, including physical activity, where you live and whether you’re pregnant. Staying hydrated doesn’t mean other fluids are out of the question. Fresh juices, infused waters and herbal teas are also healthy options and can contribute towards your daily intake.

We’re quite smitten with Alternative Daily’s watercress tea recipe. Not only will this tea keep you hydrated, it also will support a healthy immune system. For the complete recipe, go to Alternative Daily.

Get regular exercise!

As we reported in last week’s post, experts recommend three 25-minute sessions of high intensity exercise or five to six 30-minute sessions of moderate intensity exercise each week.  According to Harvard Health Publications, “Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.”

If you find yourself crunched for time, try these exercises suggested by personal trainer Garnet Henderson that can be done in your office, hotel room or even between appointments.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!

Diet plays a part in a healthy immune system. The USDA recommends filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables (or 5-9 servings per day). Fruits and vegetables full of Vitamins C, A and D are especially helpful when staving off a cold.

Did you know? Our Living Watercress and Upland Cress have as much vitamin C as an orange and romaine lettuce has more vitamin A than a carrot. One of our favorite cold-remedies is our very own hearty watercress vegetable soup. Try it today!

Don’t forget to breath!

Deep breathing helps in times of stress. In fact, if the body is faced with constant stress this can have a negative effect on your immune system according to Harvard Health Publications. We love Time’s 6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less.

And if that doesn’t do the trick, “Romaine Calm” as Call Me Artsy reminds us!

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Running into Fall: Eat Leafy Greens to Give Your Athletic Performance a Boost

September 29, 2016 | post a comment

 

A woman runs as the sun sets. Two images for leafy green salads accompany the runner photo.Marathon running may not be synonymous with fall pastimes like sipping pumpkin lattes or heading to the cider mill. Yet, thousands of diligent individuals are preparing for half and full marathons around the world this season. These athletes have to properly cross-train, fit in ample training time and stretch to successfully complete their goals. They also have to be mindful of what they eat. In fact, intense bouts of physical activity like marathon running deplete one’s antioxidant levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, plant-based foods, like our Living Upland Cress and Watercress, are the best sources of antioxidants.

 Why are these substances important?

“Powerful antioxidants found in dark leafy greens, including lettuce, can benefit athletes by reducing damage to cells during exercise and in recovery,” says Barbara Ruhs, Arizona-based Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert. “In addition, leafy greens are a source of hydration and a variety of vitamins (vitamin C), minerals (potassium, magnesium) and nutrients (fiber) that may enhance athletic performance.”

When our bodies undergo physical exertion, we produce free radicals, and there is evidence linking free radical production to the process of aging and DNA and cell damage. Ruhs mentions a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition that found that subjects who consumed watercress daily before working out, experienced less DNA damage than their non-consuming watercress counterparts.

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise regime.  The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week.  Our Live Gourmet Brand and Grower Pete’s Organic Brand of Living Greens are an excellent addition to a well-balanced diet for active individuals of all levels. Peruse our blog and Facebook page, for a variety of nutritional yet tasty recipes.

You can find Barbara Ruhs on Twitter at @BarbRuhsRD, Facebook, Pinterest and on http://www.neighborhoodnutrition.com/

 

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Live Gourmet’s Favorite Hearty Meals in Honor of National Grain Month

September 21, 2016 | post a comment

greens-meet-grainsWondering how to incorporate whole grains, like quinoa, millet and farro, in your daily diet? They’re actually quite versatile! To help you get started and since it’s National Grain Month, we’ve picked our favorite meals that combine healthy ancient grains with our favorite superfood watercress. Stop by your local supermarket to pick up our Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Living Watercress to get started.

A Few Facts and Resources

According to a Harvard.edu article, whole grains and fresh produce are some of the best sources of fiber. The essential carbohydrate regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels and helps us feel full longer. While distinguishing itself from other starches and sugars, fiber doesn’t negatively contribute to your caloric intake.

Leafy greens like watercress and upland cress also provide servings of fiber. Together with an organic grain, watercress can complete the ultimate hearty meal.

For a complete list of whole grains, click here.

Our Favorite Grain and Watercress Recipes 

1. By now, you’re familiar with the popular (especially on Instagram!) avocado toast. Want to shake the popular breakfast confection? Try it here with Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress and whole grain toast.  

2. Savory Oatmeal with our Living Upland Cress and root vegetables is a twist on breakfast for dinner. It’s even vegetarian! 

3. Bring Joy’s roasted sweet potato, quinoa, & watercress salad conjures feelings of fall.

4. Live Gourmet’s Cressto sauce with whole grain pasta will go over well with the entire family, including your little ones.

5. Love and Lemon’s Watercress Feta and Farro Salad balances brightness, crunch and chewiness all in one bowl.

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Food Safety Month: A Throwback Thursday Refresher

September 15, 2016 | post a comment

 

Did you know? Approximately 48 million people get sick annually from foodborne illnesses, according to the CDC. To start the school year off on the right foot and in light of Food Safety Month, we’d like to take the time to refresh our followers of important food safety tips.

Allegheny County Health Dept reminder to Wash Your HandsWash your hands frequently, especially before and after handling food, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, caring for a sick person, changing a diaper or handling an animal. For all you teachers and parents out there, the Allegheny County Health Department headed an effective Literary Classics Handwashing Awareness Campaign – a clever way to get your students’ attention! 

Cleanliness starts in the kitchen. Packing lunches before heading out the door can be difficult when time is of the essence. Though it’s tempting to save clean-up for later, it’s important to sanitize the kitchen immediately following use. Also, during preparation, follow the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s simple mantra: clean, separate, cook and chill.

The Fight Bac campaign's, as part of Food Safety Month, manta is chill, clean, separate and cook.Smart Packing. If you’re including any perishable food items such as deli meats, cheese, or yogurt in your child’s lunch, include at least one ice pack in an insulated bag. The FDA recommends that these types of foods should not be outside of the fridge more than 2 hours. If a meal should be served hot, prepare it in an insulated thermos (first, fill the container with hot water, let stand for a few minutes then empty and add the desired food).

We hope these quick Food Safety tips help as you and your family transition back into the school. Follow us @LiveGourmet for more food safety tips throughout the month on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  

 

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