I Resolve to Eat...
Why are New Year’s Resolutions impossible to keep? Because we make them too hard. Too boring. Well, no more! Here are 5 resolutions that you’ll want to keep:
- Find one or two healthier choices at your favorite fast food restaurant. You know you’re going to eat there – a lot. Get the single cheeseburger instead of the double. Substitute a salad for fries. Ok, maybe the small fries instead of the large fries! Try a grilled chicken sandwich or a bowl of soup.
- Try a new fruit. Ever tried a kiwi, starfruit, pomegranate, dragon fruit, kumquat, lychee, persimmon, or pomelo? If those sound too adventurous, try a new variety of apple, grape, or plum.
- Try Meatless Mondays. Or if going meatless one day a week sounds too hard, try it every other week. Think omelets, flatbread veggie pizza, rice and bean burritos…. Remember, meatless doesn’t need to mean eating a salad.
- Prepare a favorite vegetable in a new way, once a month. Instead of steaming asparagus, try marinating and grilling it. Add some steamed broccoli to your next box of macaroni and cheese. The goal here is to take a vegetable you (or your family) already likes, and find new ways to add it to your meals.
- Invite someone to dinner. Too often, our busy lives make us forget an important part of eating – opening our kitchens and hearts to others. Ask neighbors, a friend, or a co-worker to join you for a meal. Make it a potluck or even a carryout pizza. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the company!
There’s no joining fee at the YMCA now through January 31, a savings of $100.
Imagine walking on an indoor track or swimming even on the coldest day of winter. Take an early morning yoga class or go for a late night run on the treadmill. The YMCA even offers free childcare, WiFi, coffee, and many free exercise classes.
Ask yourself, “Y not?” and make 2013 your year to get active!
To learn more: http://www.ymcaswil.org/
Once again, the St. Clair County Health Policy Summit brought together local health and policy leaders to continue the discussion about how to best work together to improve the health of St. Clair County residents.
Collective Impact was this year’s theme. Keynote speaker Monte Roulier, co-founder and president of Community Initiatives, inspired the audience by sharing stories of communities working to improve the health of their residents. Breakout sessions focused on Complete Streets, school health and safety, and smoke-free multi-unit housing.
The 4th Annual Summit was held on November 29 at McKendree University. It was organized by members of the St. Clair County Health Care Commission, the Get Up & Go! Campaign, YMCA of Southwest Illinois and the Willard C. Scrivner, M.D. Public Health Foundation.
View the Belleville News Democrat article to learn more.
This colorful rice was one of the standout dishes at the Get Up & Go! holiday potluck.
2 cups of jasmine or basmati rice
3¾ cups warm water
¼ cup orange blossom water (find it in specialty stores or online)
¼ tsp saffron
1 Tbsp dried orange peel (or ¼ cup of fresh orange zest)
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup almond slivers
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup Craisins or dried sour cherries
1/3 cup pistachios
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- Cook all ingredients together in a rice cooker or in the oven, covered, at 400 degrees until all water is absorbed (about 20-30 minutes).
- Fluff with a fork before serving or, if the rice was cooked in the oven there should be a nice crust on the bottom… which can then be turned out onto a plate for serving.
From Beth Sheldon