Dear parents, thanks for the food!!!
Ask any of my students and they’ll tell you I love food… Talking about it, cooking it, and of course eating it. So it is no surprise that I was very excited for this year’s Winter Bazaar so I could taste the most authentic international food around.. And if you ask any of my students, they’ll also tell you that we (Mr. Willett and myself) talk a lot in class about healthy eating.. So much, actually, that one of my students reminded me “Mr. Y… healthy eating!” when I was stuffing my face at the Winter Bazaar.
So, lets combine the two. Lets take a trip around the world and see some of the health-promoting ingredients we find in the great big cuisine present in the SIS community. (I wish I had space to talk about them all!)
First up: Indian food. Popular ingredients such as chick peas & chicken are great sources of protein. Also, curry & other sauces/spices offer not only great taste, but also a wealth of antioxidants! Also, did you know that turmeric spice helps promote brain health!
Next: the French food (or should I say dessert!) table. Although desserts and other sugary delights should be limited in your diet, they sure are tasty in small portions. Still, the muffin reminded me of the powers of chocolate—dark chocolate in particular. Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and eating it releases feel-good chemicals in the brain… no surprise, huh?!
Isreali food is going fast! If you came late, you may have missed it because it was flying off the table! I was there early, of course, so I got to enjoy a pita filled with hummus, tabouli & eggplant. Since hummus is made from ground chick peas, it is a great protein & fiber source (remember Indian food?!). Also, parsley (a main ingredient of tabouli) contains 3x as much Vitamin C as oranges, twice as much iron as spinach and also contains folic acid and vitamins K and A!
Ciao Bella! I could talk all day about Italian food, so I will limit it to possibly my favorite single Italian ingredient (and truly a prized piece of Italian culture –not just cuisine): Olive Oil!! Besides being so tasty, olive oil is full of antioxidants and GOOD fats! (yes, fat is good.. Well some of it is.. And in moderation). Olive oil is packed with mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats (the good guys) which help to improve cholesterol levels in the body. Any Italian will remind you: buy “extra virgin” which is the first pressing. It contains more of the good stuff, including Vitamin E and phenols.
Thai food is so tasty on account of the great variety of spices and peppers used. Dial up the heat and you’ll be promoting metabolism and did you know that adding spicy peppers to meals have been shown to decrease overall caloric intake?
Of course, aside from making your body healthy, mind sharp, and tummies full… food is a great expression of who we are! So how better to bond than to share a little of who we are and where we come from?! Eat up and feel good! I know I did
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