NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY
July 21st dedicates a giant menu of items to National Junk Food Day. Each year, the day permits us to chow down on the foods we usually don’t include in our daily diet. Junk foods, by definition, typically contain high fats, sugars, salt, and calories and very little nutritional value.
With the advent of packaged foods during the late 1800s, junk food made its way into American life. Still, home-cooked meals remained the standard for several more decades. Eventually, after World War II, the artery-clogging industry took off. Since the population ate out more, traveled more, the industry was primed to produce products at an increased rate.
From the frozen food aisle to fast food chains, a myriad of choices for consumers flooded the market. Potato chips, baked goods and so much more filled supermarket shelves, prepackaged and ready to go.
By the 1970s, junk foods earned a name and a bad one, too. Michael Jacobson, a microbiologist, is credited with coining the phrase. He also set out to curb our appetite for the high sugar, high salt, high preservative foods Americans consumed at an alarming rate.
While deep-fried, fat-laced foods increase our waistlines, cholesterol, and blood sugar numbers, an occasional indulgence shouldn’t impact a healthy, diverse diet and lifestyle. Also, producers make healthy versions of our favorite junk foods to entice us to enjoy a little.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJunkFoodDay
Snack a little. Chow down on your favorite chip, dip or treat. In fact, treat the family or workplace to a beverage or take out. If you’re looking for some international snacking flair, check out 24 Snacks from around the World. Post on social media using #NationalJunkFoodDay. You can also celebrate by taking a walk or doing some yard work to burn off those extra calories.
NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the origin of National Junk Food Day.
NATIONAL BE SOMEONE DAY
On July 21st, National Be Someone Day challenges each of us to take ten seconds to make a difference in a child’s life.
What can you do in ten seconds? We can shift gears or water a plant. We can hear or tell a bad joke. In ten seconds, we can change our minds, and after doing so, say a prayer of thanks. When we walk into a room, in that time, we can register the pain in someone’s eyes and begin to provide comfort. We can praise and honor someone who deserves it.
We can also commit to reporting child abuse. On July 21st, take the pledge to be the person to make a difference in a child’s life. Most importantly, be someone prepared to report when a child trusts you enough and tells you they are experiencing abuse. Ten seconds can change a child’s life.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BeSomeoneDay
- Learn the facts
- Minimize opportunity
- Talk about it
- Know the signs
- React responsibly
Join the conversation using #BeSomeoneDay and share it on social media.
NATIONAL BE SOMEONE DAY HISTORY
Project Harmony founded #Be Someone Day to help end child abuse and bring communities together through education and awareness.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on July 21st.
Recipe of the Day
Beans ‘n Franks
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total Prep: 2 hours, 15 minutes
1 teaspoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 slices bacon
1 16 ounce can pork and beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
1 16 ounce package frankfurters
Cut bacon into squares and fry in a large skillet.
Add onion and saute’ until translucent.
Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.
Mix beans, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce in a 2-quart casserole dish.
Add bacon and onion and mix well.
Slice frankfurters and stir into beans.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
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