School Lunches Work to Reduce the Salt, Sugar, Fat-Conditioning

Here is a new announcement about an important topic:  kids’ school lunch programs. See the article at Putting Real Food in School Lunches.

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There is still some industry-sponsored congressional meddling, but the plan is much improved from previous years.

It has been found that nearly 40 percent of the calories American children eat come from empty calories – cookies, sodas, pizza and the rest. This has resulted in paving the way for “picky eaters” with dull palates.

One of the big problems will be getting the kids to eat the healthier food unless it is reinforced on the home front. If children eat healthier at home then the changes in the school lunch program will go much smoother.

To healthy kids,

Lee Jackson
Child Nutrition Advocate

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Memorial Day Activities

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Amid family cook-outs, golf outings, and other activities, let us remember why we are celebrating this day – it is to remember and give honor to those courageous men and women who worked, and many died, to protect and preserve our freedom. They served and sacrificed in our Armed Forces to insure our country can be the freest in the world. They were willing to fight and die so that we could continue to live in this land of the free and the home of the brave.

Today we remember them. Perhaps, too, today we can fly our flag, visit a cemetary, and say a prayer for those who fought. In addition, as President Obama said, “we can honor veterans by sending a letter or care package to troops overseas, volunteering at health clinics or taking supplies to a homeless veterans center.” He said it could also mean something as simple as saying “thank you” to a veteran walking by on the street.

We can pledge to honor and talk about the heroic efforts of those who built this country we enjoy and cherish today. These are small efforts for what they did for us.

Let not their sacrifices go unnoticed.

Lee Jackson

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Inauguration Day Excitement

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This is a week to remember and to celebrate. I wish I were in Washington D.C. right now joining the thousands of people who are celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and joining in the festivities of Inauguration Day.

We Americans, and perhaps the whole world, have great expectations of our new President-elect Barack Obama. Our wishes and prayers go out to him to guide and direct his actions for the good of our country.

I can’t be at the Inauguration, but I will certainly want to watch as much as I can on TV. I will also want to prepare something special for this day. Cooking is what makes me happy. Therefore, I will make something chocolate.

Oozing Little Chocolate Cakes

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 teaspoons flour (note, this is teaspoons)

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line 8 cups of the larger-size muffin pan with larger size paper liners. (If the liners have aluminum foil, remove the foil). Spray liners with vegetable oil.

Melt butter and chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Take care that water does not splash out as it begins to heat. Stir the chips and butter until they melt and are nice and smooth. Set bowl aside to cool slightly.

Using an electric beater, beat eggs, sugar and salt in another medium bowl. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Slowly add this mixture and then the flour into melted chocolate. Stir until well combined.

Pour batter into the lined and sprayed muffin cups. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cakes are puffed but centers will not be completely set. Let set for about 5 minuts. Then carefully lift out and set on dessert plates.

Viola! You have a scrumptious looking dessert that tastes amazing.

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