NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY
National Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th falls in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Today’s celebration is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.
Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
As part of the main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Of course, each vegetable has its own nutritional content. Generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals, and carbohydrates. Interestingly, they also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. In addition, many vegetables also contain fiber, which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. In addition, the potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. However, this recommendation may vary depending on age and gender. For example, one serving of vegetables is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EatYourVegetablesDay
Make sure you consume your recommended daily allowance of vegetables. What creative ways can you incorporate more vegetables into your diet? We compiled a few suggestions:
- Add veggies to your breakfast. Whether mixing spinach into your eggs or swapping out that muffin for a smoothie, you can get at least one serving in the morning.
- Skip the candy bar when you’re craving a snack. Instead, have some carrots, kohlrabi, or other fresh veggies to munch on.
- Another great snack is veggie chips. They not only reduce calories and fats, but they taste great, too.
- Swap out the French fries for a side salad at lunch or supper. If you’re having a baked potato, choose a sweet potato instead.
NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. Are you looking for more servings of fruits and vegetable celebrations? We have more!
- Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month
- Caesar Salad Day
- National Picnic Month
- Watermelon Day
- National Produce Misting Day
- National Asparagus Month
GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY
On June 17th during Global Garbage Man Day, the world takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean.
We describe the experts who collect the garbage, recyclables, and castoffs from our homes and neighborhoods by several names. Whether they are sanitation specialists or waste management professionals, we appreciate their arrival on a regularly scheduled basis.
The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In fact, waste management provides a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Today’s observance also celebrates the great strides the industry and experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GarbageManDay
Thank your garbage men and women. Take part in your local recycling programs. Learn more about your community’s sanitation needs and find out how the system works. When you have unusually large amounts of garbage to be picked up, meet the workers at the curb and give them a hand loading the items. Use #GarbageManDay to share on social media.
GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY HISTORY
John D. Arwood founded National Garbage Man Day in 2011 to honor the men and women who work hard in the industry to keep communities safe and clean. Recognizing efforts around the world, the celebration became Global Garbage Man Day.
There are many more appreciation days on the calendar. Check these out:
NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY
For many years now, June 17th has the distinction of being National Stewart’s Root Beer Day. Celebrating this holiday each year is easy, just gather some friends and some of Stewart’s Root Beer and enjoy!
Originating in 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio, Stewart’s Fountain Classics were a brand of old-fashioned fountain sodas. They are a brand of premium soft drinks made in the United States. Founded by Frank Stewart, he set up his first drive-in root beer stand to supplement his income as a school teacher.
Commercial root beer production in the United States has been around since 1875. Producers traditionally use molasses and elements of sassafras as the main ingredients. Today, over 100 brands of root beer are produced with a range of flavors. Some add extra punches of vanilla while others lean on the caramel flavors. Some have a bitter bite while others are smooth from start to finish.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StewartsRootBeerDay
Pour yourself a frosty root beer. You can enjoy it as a float or on its own. Buy a drink for one of your favorite people, too. You can get gift cards to give to your sanitation workers for Global Garbage Man Day or another service worker. Another delicious way to celebrate the day is by making this Root Beer Cake. Root beer also adds flavor to savory dishes such as pulled pork, meatballs, and pork n’ beans.
What tasty ways do you use root beer in the kitchen? Let us know by using #StewartsRootBeerDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the source of this sassafrass based holiday. For more information on Stewart’s Root Beer, visit their history page.
NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY
On June 17th get whirled up in pastry dough, apples and spices by celebrating National Apple Strudel Day. In German, the word strudel means whirlpool or eddy. This tasty dessert is perfectly described by its German language as the sweet mixture of fruit, sugar, spices, and layers of thin dough that are rolled together and baked. The result is a bubbling, flaky treat.
As a breakfast item or dessert, apple strudel goes well with coffee and tea. Add it to a brunch or bake ahead for guests. Often served at bakeries and coffee shops, strudel can also be a savory dish.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AppleStrudelDay
Visit your favorite bakery for a slice of apple strudel. Pick up a whole strudel and share it with friends. You can also make your own with this apple strudel recipe. Be sure to give your bakery or your favorite baker a shout out, too. Other great ways to celebrate the day include:
- apple strudel with a dollop of whipped cream
- dust confectioner’s sugar over a fresh-baked apple strudel
- adding a scoop of ice cream to your apple strudel
- surprising a friend with apple strudel
Use #AppleStrudelDay on social media.
NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY HISTORY
National Day calendar is researching the origins of this pastry holiday.
NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY
National Cherry Tart Day is a tart dispute. While usually observed on June 17th, it is also suggested that June 18th and 21st are also the days for this unofficial food holiday. To be on the safe side, make three.
Now, if you are looking for a cherry pie, we’ve blown the top off that day. Or rather, it’s been left off entirely. A tart has a shallow crust, and the filling can be sweet or savory. On June 17th (18th or 21st), the choice is a sweet and lip-smacking cherry filling!
As with apples, eat the sweetest cherries fresh. Use those sour cherries and sweeten them up with some sugar to make a delicious, crowd-pleasing tart.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryTartDay
We have you covered if you are taking part in all three days. Check out these delicious recipes:
Use #NationalCherryTartDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of the sweet holiday. For the love of cherries, we have even more to celebrate:
On Deck for June 18, 2020
- National Go Fishing Day
- National Splurge Day
- National Career Nurse Assistants Day – First Day of National Nursing Assistants Week
- World Sustainable Gastronomy Day
- Autistic Pride Day
- International Panic Day
- International Sushi Day
- International Picnic Day
- World Tapas Day – Third Thursday in June
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour
5 cups sliced apples
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon flour
3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk and white, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar
In a medium bowl, mix apples, raisin, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.
Cream together flour and shortening. Mix in the milk and egg yolk. Divide dough in half and roll out the first layer to fit into the bottom of jelly roll pan.
Add filling evenly to the pan. Roll out the remaining dough and cover the filling.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.
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