1) Winter Wonders: Warm ice cream treats heat up chilly days. http://www.culinary.net/articlesfeatures/FeatureDetail.aspx?ID=1977
During the summer we all think of the deliciously creamy dessert we would absolutely love to devoured. When the days reach that whooping 95 degree mark and we feel like our skin is melting off and think of turning up the A.C. or sitting in front of our fan on full blast seriously contemplating throwing ice down our shirts for that brief sensation of coolness, one treat comes to mind. ICE CREAM!, The deliciously creamy desert. But does our want for ice cream hit a dead end once winter rolls around? No, in fact “..research shows that nearly as much ice cream is consumed in the winter as in summer”. (Karam, R.K). Our desire for ice cream doesn’t just stop but the way in which we serve it does. The marriage of hot and cold, as in a brownie sundae served over hot chocolate. There are a great variety of recipes that call for the mixture of hot and cold, so we never have to give up on our beloved ice cream.
2) Quaker Oats. Kids in the Kitchen: The Value of Cooking. http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipes/content/kids-in-the-kitchen/the-value-of-cooking.aspx
Kids in the kitchen, not such a great idea. Think about the mess. Well if that’s your first thought it’s time to start rethinking. Allowing your kids to be in the kitchen with you is a great learning experience for them. Being in the kitchen teaches kids the importance of working together and teaches them patience. It allows for something to bound over that is very important later in their teen hood. Being in the kitchen also reinforces what kids learn at school. Take Math for an example. You wont find a recipe where you don’t have to measure something. Maybe the recipe serves 4, but you only need a serving of 2, enter division or maybe you need a serving for 8, enter multiplication. Cooking advances the ability to read and can even broaden a child’s vocabulary. There are many values of having your kids in the kitchen with you.
3) Wright, B.W. (2013). How much protein do I need to eat in my diet and how much protein is too much? http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/how_much_protein_do_i_need_to_eat
Protein is a type of nutrient your body needs to keep itself going. Protein functions to repair cells, build muscle, make antibodies, helps to provide your body with energy for the day, and many other important functions. According to The Institute of Medicine, women need 46 grams of protein a day and men need 56 grams of protein a day. There may be no set maximum of protein that should be consumed daily, The Institute of Medicine suggest eating no more than 35 percent of your daily calories because there are consequence to too much protein. Too much protein increases the risk of osteoporosis. Try to stick with lean, low fat, and complete protein sources, like fish.
4) Bongiorno, P.B. (2011). Thanksgiving: Many Benefits & One Drwaback. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inner-source/201111/thanksgiving-many-benefits-one-drawback
We all know the benefits of Thanksgiving. Our gratitude increases our well being. Gratitude even helps lower our chances of psychological disorders. The physical interaction between people has shown a strong immune system. The happier you are the better your digestion, good food is better for your body. The classic saturated vs. unsaturated fats. There are many benefits of thanksgiving but are there any drawbacks? A study about the weights of students before and after Thanksgiving, performed by the University of Oklahoma, showed that an average 1 pound per person was gain and for those already overweight an average gain of 4 pounds. Those pounds gained during Thanksgiving were showed to be kept throughout the holiday season and into the new year. A lot of people tend to overeat during the holidays so moderation is key. As Bongiorno mentions a get way to get rid of those extra holiday calories is exercise, to kick up our metabolism.
5) Morefield, S.M. (2012). With grocery prices rising faster than restaurant prices, here’s how cooking at home is always a bargain. http://www.naturalnews.com/035402_grocery_prices_home_cooking_food.html
According to the NaturalNews, in today’s economy parents have to work full time jobs just to make ends meat. People spend approximately 4.5 percent of their income dining out. (The Fiscal Times). That 4.5 percent is on the way up because grocery prices are climbing the ladder. With a 6 percent a year rise in food prices, almost two n half times more expensive than restaurant prices, it’s no wonder more people are choosing to eat out. (Morefield 2012). This article provides advice on how to keep eating at home a better bargain then eating out. Buy in bulk, sure a bigger bag or box is more expensive in the moment but cheaper in the long run. There’s nothing wrong with left overs. A planned meal means you only have to make one trip to the store which cuts down costs by cutting out extra temptation. Cooking at home can always be cost effective.