It’s oatmeal cookie day – what a great opportunity to celebrate the healthful properties of oatmeal. And, its not just for breakfast anymore. Make steel cut oats with vegetable broth and add a bunch of sautéed vegetables and you have a delicious side dish for dinner. Steel cut oats with mashed bananas and raisins make drop sized cookies, and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, yum. Buy some rolled oats and make homemade granola. All sorts of fabulous choices. Your body will thank you.
If you could make a wish for the world today, what would it be? I think it would not be more time in the office or more hours in front of the computer. Is your wish for the world peace? Enough fresh water? Human rights? My friend Deana is working hard to make her world wish of ending human trafficking a reality. What is your wish for the world? What is a step you can take today to make it more of a reality?
To many people, the rebuilt Mostar bridge symbolizes the ability of different religions and cultures to peacefully coexist - not a bad world wish!
Blueberries are an awesome food to celebrate – full of antioxidants and healthful properties. Each summer we pick organic blueberries, the best part is the tasting, it’s like a taste of sunshine and summer all rolled up in one. Then, after we have eaten our fill, we freeze the blueberries. We put a single layer on a cookie sheet (without washing them) and then freeze them. Once frozen we transfer them to a container and then they are available all winter long for cereal, smoothies, and other fabulous treats. And yes, sometimes, even I indulge in a slice of blueberry pie!
Rather than thinking about little baby hot dogs wrapped in pastry, here’s something else to think about on pigs in a blanket day. Let’s think about Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web. When pigs were farm animals, sure they still ate slop, but they could spend their lives outdoors and were well taken care of, regardless of how those lives ended. Now pigs on hog farms are treated cruelly, the hog waste is contaminating our water supply, and the stress on the pigs, the genetically modified foods they are fed, and the horrible living conditions of their short, sad lives mean that their lives are miserable, the stress hormones shoot through their bodies, and then you consume that. I believe there is a better way.
I choose not to eat pork, but if you don't want to make that choices, please consider buying pork from "happy pigs" and avoiding highly processed pork products.
I wish it were "not jelly bean" day. Especially since today is Earth Day, I can't imagine how you can celebrate the Earth and Jelly Beans on the same day. I’m trying to think of things that I could recommend jelly beans for. You could use it to make lovely art work. You could use it to leave a trail when you are worried you might get lost, but that would not be kind to the Earth. I have no doubt that Harry Potter’s jelly beans at Hogwarts were healthy and not full of toxins, but in the muggle world, we need to be aware of what is in our candies.
Did you know that Jelly beans are often coated with shellac, a sticky substance derived from secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.
Isn’t that enough to make you stop eating them? If not, think about the potential toxins in the food dyes used to make jelly beans and their artificial flavorings. Think about the chemists in laboratories deliberately designing flavorings to leave you wanting more – that makes me mad!
Mary Swann Perry, I was excited to see that Women AdvaNCe published a piece on the dangers of food dye. It’s a relevant and important issue for women (and everyone).
So, on not Jelly Bean day, instead of eating all of the colors of the rainbow from a bag of artificial stuff, buy fresh fruits and vegetables in all of the colors of the rainbow and savor them! Then, you are also celebrating Earth Day and the abundance of beautiful foods that nature gives us!
It’s kindergarten day. One of the things I love about Facebook is the number of friends I can keep in touch with from Cedar Road Elementary School (and if you read my Blue Zones article, you know I walked there). Dori Spector, Holly Walter, who else was in Kindergarten class with me? It brings to mind that fabulous poem by Robert Fulgum. Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten.
I do well, I think at playing fair and not hitting others. I’m not always great about cleaning up after myself. I think the lesson I love best and may take as my new daily mantra is “be aware of wonder.” What is the wonder you are aware of today?
It’s great to have a day to celebrate garlic and its many healthful properties.
I bet you have never considered many of these uses for garlic. And, no, I don't know what you do about the lingering smell except hope for a very tolerant spouse and family or get everyone in your household to participate along with you! Best of all, you will keep the vampires away!
I can just see my friend Maureen crinkling her nose at the assault on her senses of all of these recommendations!
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Sometimes I worry that when I write things or talk to friends and loved ones about being healthier, all they hear is blah, blah, blah. But, then something totally awesome happens. I’ll be out with a friend and they will say “like you said in your newsletter” or “when I read this in your blog, I thought” or “I loved your recipe, I made it last night.” Recently, in the space of three days, I had three people not only ask my advice on a topic, but also say, you know, you should write a column with answers to the questions you are always asked. So, I will. Starting next month, I will publish a periodic “Ask Aunt Wendy (and Dr. Pepper)” column. If you want to be sure not to miss it, subscribe here! Even better, if you want me to research an eating and wellness related question for you, contact me about this new service!
It’s not just tax day, it’s bicycle day. What a great opportunity to seize the moment and go for a bike ride. Not ready for bike riding yet? Perhaps it’s time, as it is for us, to take the bike to shop and get it all tuned up. What can you do to your bicycle so that it will make you smile every time you see it? My friend Julie at Yellow Dog : Creative now has an awesome yellow bike. I know she’s going to love riding that around town!
Maybe you don’t have a bicycle or don’t enjoy riding one. What exercise can you do that will make you smile and energize you? Do it!!
Do you want to talk about how to have more energy to do the things you love, contact me and let's explore it.
Today is Pet day and, yup, Pepper has once again insisted on blogging.
Hi, It’s Pepper. Today is my day, so I think that means Wendy and Matt need to do everything I want. I deserve it because, frankly, I am fabulous, everyone thinks so, just ask around. Ok, sometimes I misbehave, but not very often. Today I want to tell you about my friend Harry. I have a friend Sadie, too, but we will talk about her another day.
Harry gets a little bit nervous and anxious sometimes. When we are just hanging out, I keep an eye out and let him know if any dangerous strangers are coming by. When they do, I go over and tell him and then I stand shoulder to shoulder with him (well really it’s my shoulder to his knees). And then we bark our heads off.
Here are some things about my friendship with Harry:
A little about me and why I am doing this.