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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #58 -- 2007 Food Trend To Watch
December 30, 2006


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Kindy's Musings....

This is the last newsletter for 2006 -- thank you for being a faithful subscriber and look for a new format for 2007.

Each newsletter will feature top news stories and research as it relates to nutrition and wellness for your family allowing you to follow new studies and news on family nutrition.....

And....more kid-friendly recipes that families have created or have found to work well at their own family meals!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Try the easy recipe below:

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Super Soy & Phytochemical Shake

Serves: 3 1/2 cups

Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

6-8 baby carrots or one large carrot

¾ cup fresh or frozen unsweetened fruit

3 TBSP frozen juice concentrate (not diluted)

2-1/2 oz tofu (cut 1lb block of tofu into 6 pieces)

1 cup calcium fortified soy milk

1 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1 TBSP wheat germ

1 TBSP wheat bran

1 TBSP whole flax seeds or ground flax seed meal

Source: Diana Dyer, MS,RD www.dianadyermsrd.com



Eat Local Among Food Trends for the New Year

Projected food trends for 2007 include an increased consumer demand for locally produced foods. Consumers cite many factors including freshness, taste, nutrition and environmental concerns when discussing their buy local preference.

“The evidence is clear,” states Alison Harmon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition at Montana State University. “If we look at the growing number of farmers’ markets, food cooperatives and community supported agriculture programs, it becomes very apparent that the interest and demand for local sourcing of food is on the rise.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there was an 80% increase in the number of farmers’ markets nationwide between 1994 and 2002. What is driving this eat local trend? “There are several factors that are key drivers of this movement toward local food consumption,” continues Harmon. “Certainly, freshness and taste is one of the most often cited reasons. Think about eating a tomato right off of the vine compared to one that was picked green, crated up weeks ago and shipped thousands of miles. There is a big difference.”

“However, issues such as wanting to know how your food is produced and how it was handled are also very important to people – especially in light of recent food safety scares associated with big food production facilities.”

‘Food Miles’ is a recently coined term that turns up whenever the topic turns to local food. Basically, ‘food miles’ is the distance food travels from production to consumption. People looking to buy locally want a low ‘food miles’ number attached to their food. “The fewer your food miles, the more regionally or locally you are sourcing your food. People are becoming more aware of and sensitive to energy use. With increased fuel prices, conservation of energy is on the minds of many people and where and how we buy our food impacts this,” explains Harmon.

When asked if there is anything else at the core of the movement toward local food consumption, Harmon doesn’t hesitate. “I think buying locally is an attempt to reconnect with a lost sense of community for many people. With technology, long commutes and just the hectic pace of living in many places, people are longing for a sense of community. Buying locally grown food helps to fill this void – it provides a connection to the food producers, the land and to others, in the community, who have similar values. Local food feels more like home.”

Source: Montana EatRight




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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian


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