Start the year eating meat, soup and tea

Even when trying to eat sensibly during November and December, “little bites” of those holiday special foods can amount to a little overdose of sweetness and the richness of those foods.

Most, but not all, of the foods designated to be “observed” during the month January give us a delicious and healthy dose of reality.

I never found out what authority really makes food/meal-of-the-month designations, and some make me wonder.

But here I’ve noted some of the January designations that I found in multiple lists.

Bread Machine Baking Month — I must admit, I gave ours away a long time ago.

National Candy Month — Really, right after Christmas? Who is the sadistic person responsible for this?

National Hot Tea Month — Perfect month for hot tea. I love vanilla chai tea bags, strong English breakfast tea with hot milk and green tea with stir fry dishes. Tea is the nutritional “in” drink.

National Soup Month — Ah, yes, warm, comforting and delicious, bring it on. Broth based or creamed with fat free evaporated milk, nonfat cream or low fat milk. Watch it Steve Beauregard, oh wise and insightful fellow Daily Sentinel columnist. I know just what you’re thinking.

(To enhance soup month I’m declaring January to be National Winter Vegetables Month to make those soups delicious and nutritious with onions, rutabagas, turnips, cabbage, carrots, celery, parsnips, potatoes and especially a combination of yams and Yukon Golds. Add lean meats because it’s…)

National Meat Month — The average person needs 6 ounces of good protein a day. Keep it lean, baked, grilled or broiled. Don’t forget to skim the fat.

National Oatmeal Month — We all perform better when we start the day with a healthy breakfast. I suggest steel cut, old fashioned or the thicker cut oats. Add low-fat milk and a little cinnamon. Throw in some chopped up prunes because it’s also ...

Prune Breakfast Month — What happened to the “dried plum” campaign? Dried plums/prunes are yummy stuffed with low-fat cream cheese and healthy walnuts. Mr. Beauregard, keep your comments to yourself.

National Egg Month — Soft-boiled for my husband, Fred. Two egg whites/one yolk omelet with lots of veggies for me.

National Wheat Bread Month — Might as well make that Whole Wheat Bread Month. Whole grains are a must for a healthy diet.

Since a good breakfast calls for some vitamin C, I proclaim:

National Citrus Month — I crave it. It’s in season. It’s refreshing and healthy for more than just breakfast.

Also of note:

The second week of January is National Pizza Week (hello, football fans).

The fourth week of January is National Meat Week. Within National Meat Month? Does that mean we double up on meat that week? Go figure!

Also figure how long it took me to link most of this together. I didn’t even get to January’s national food DAYS!


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