March is National Nutrition Month®, a time to focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s them is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The idea is to decide on your own version of healthy eating, taking into account your lifestyle, what you like to eat, and the cultural and ethnic traditions that you grew up with. As we’ve done every year since Go Folic! started, we staffed a table. In addition to distributing free vitamins, we gave out recipe brochures that included Latin American, African American, and Chinese dishes. We also gave out samples of a dish we call Easy Couscous, a fiber and folate-rich dish that you can make in less than 10 minutes!Easy Couscous was the brainstorm of caterer Claudine Dagit, owner of Stilleto and Spice, who has helped us develop dishes and cater special events, like the San Francisco Black Infant Health Project’s Nutrition and Health Fair a couple of years ago.
To Make Easy Couscous
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/4 cup of Water
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup of couscous (sort of like rice, but made from wheat – the whole wheat version is even tastier than regular)
- 1/2 can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans, they are high in folate)
- 1 jar of sundried tomatoes in olive oil, chopped
- A container of crumbled feta cheese
How you make it:
STEP 1: Boil 1 1/4 cups of water with 1 tbs of olive oil
STEP 2: Add 1 cup of couscous to water, stir and cover. Let the couscous sit for 5 minutes
STEP 3: Chop 1/2 jar of sundried tomatoes & add to couscous
STEP 4: Add 1/2 can of garbanzo beans
STEP 5: Mix well and enjoy!
Coming Next Week!
It was fun visiting different booths. Many of them were run by peer educators and leaders, like the at left. This one was put together by the San Francisco Unified School District’s Nutritional Outreach Workers.In addition to snacks, they had a jeopardy-style game to test your nutrition IQ. We video-taped the program director, Adrienne Wilson, about what she thought about “Going Folic,” a tape that we’ll post next week.