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July is National Blueberry Month, and what's not to love about these little sweet berries? They can be used in a wide variety of foods, from ice cream to pancakes to salads, and they always add a gorgeous color to a dish. What's more, they're full of nutrients that contribute to healthy senior living. According to Reader's Digest, blueberries are a good source of antioxidants and may help prevent urinary tract infections or upset stomachs.
Chocolate chip cookies are an American classic, and today is the perfect day to celebrate them. May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, so let's take a look at the history of this confection as well as an alternative recipe for health-conscious seniors.
Any experienced baker knows that when bananas turn brown, you don't throw them away - you make banana bread! Sweet and satisfying, this breakfast (or snack or dessert) food is one of the most beloved recipes in many families. Baking a loaf of banana bread is the perfect way to stave off chilly days and enjoy a special breakfast treat all week long.
As if you needed an excuse to indulge in oatmeal cookies, April 30 is recognized as National Oatmeal Cookie Day, giving you plenty of reason to bake a batch of these American favorites. As tasty as oatmeal cookies are, they are also one of the healthier desserts you can choose thanks to oatmeal's high fiber content. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, one cup of cooked oats contains about 15 percent of your daily value of fiber, as well as 68 percent of the manganese you need. Oats are also a great source of selenium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Arbor Day is held on the last Friday of every April to encourage people of all ages to plant trees and protect the environment. There are plenty of ways seniors and their loved ones can get involved in the celebration, and an easy and delicious way to commemorate the event is to create cookies in the shape of trees.
Few vegetables make a foray into sweet desserts as easily as rhubarb. This spring and summertime favorite cooks down delightfully into jams, sauces and dessert fillings, perhaps most memorably in strawberry rhubarb pie. According to Self magazine, this piece of produce is a great source of fiber and vitamins C and K, as well as calcium, potassium and manganese. It has a short season, though, so stock up while you can and freeze some for the rest of the year!
Purim is a festive holiday for people of all ages, a time to dress up in costumes, read the Scroll of Esther and celebrate the salvation of the physical existence of Jewish people. It's also a time to enjoy a large, rich feast (Seudat Purim) and food baskets (Schlach Manos). Among the most famous treats in these baskets are Hamantashen - cookies with a hidden filling.
There is no better time than January to enjoy a piping hot bowl of porridge, but if you're sick of oatmeal, there are other ways to celebrate National Oatmeal Month with this hearty grain.