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MARCH 28, 2018 | NATIONAL TRIGLYCERIDES DAY | NATIONAL WEED APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY | MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY | NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY

National Triglycerides Day - March 28
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NATIONAL TRIGLYCERIDES DAY

On March 28, National Triglycerides Day shines a spotlight on one of the key factors to a healthy lifestyle.

National Triglycerides Day is a reminder to patients and practitioners to know about the hidden risks of triglycerides. Learn your numbers and take steps to bring them to healthy levels.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Include a triglycerides check with your routine physical exam. Visit with your doctor to learn how triglycerides impact a healthy lifestyle. Use #TGDay2018 to share on social media.

HISTORY

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National Triglycerides Day was founded in 2018 to encourage awareness of healthy triglyceride levels and the role they play in a healthy lifestyle.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Triglyceride Day to be observed on March 28.

National Weed Appreciation Day - March 28
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NATIONAL WEED APPRECIATION DAY

Did you know that some weeds are beneficial to us and our ecosystem?  National Weed Appreciation Day is observed on March 28 of each year, and it is a good day to learn more about weeds and their benefits.
 
Humans have used weeds for food and as herbs for much of recorded history. Some are edible and nutritious while other weeds have medicinal value.
 
Do you remember as a small child the fun you had with dandelions? Well, these bright yellow flowers serve a purpose.  Dandelions are a food source for insects and some birds.  Humans eat young dandelion leaves and enjoy tea and wine made from the leaves and flower.  The Native Americans used dandelions to treat certain ailments.  Nutritionally, dandelions contain a source of vitamin A and C, calcium, iron and fiber.
 
There are also other edible and medicinal weeds, some of which include:
 
Yellow Dock/Burdock: The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring before flowers appear.  The flavor of the young stalk resembles that of an artichoke. It is a good source of dietary fiber and certain minerals, including calcium and potassium. It is also used as a medicinal herb.
 
Lamb’s Quarter: (also known as goosefoot) The leaves of lamb’s quarter are excellent added to lettuce salads or cooked and used as a replacement for spinach. Lamb’s quarter seeds are also edible. They are a good source of protein and vitamin A.
Amaranth: (also known as pigweed)  Amaranth species are cultivated and consumed as a leaf vegetable in many parts of the world.  The leaves can be cooked, and its seeds can be harvested and cooked the same as quinoa. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and usually cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline.  It is high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, B6, calcium and iron, and the seeds are a good source of protein.
 
Purslane:  It may be eaten as a leaf vegetable, but is considered a weed in the United States. It has a slightly sour and salty taste.  The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried or cooked as spinach is, and because of its sticky quality, it also is suitable for soups and stews.   It is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Purslane can be found growing in all 50 states.
 
Dollarweed: (also known as pennywort) is an aquatic plant that thrives in a wet, sandy habitat.  It is native to North America and parts of South America. It can also be found growing as introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed on other continents. It is an edible weed that can be used in salads or as a potherb.
 
Before using any weed as a food source, make sure it is correctly identified and that it is free of herbicides and pesticides.  Research the safe edible part of each weed and find useful cooking and preparation tips.
 
HOW TO OBSERVE
 
Use #WeedAppreciationDay to post on social media.
 
HISTORY
 
Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Weed Appreciation Day.

National Something on a Stick Day - March 28
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NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY

Observed each year on March 28, National Something on a Stick Day is a food holiday that lets you use your creative talents.  Once you get started, the possibilities are endless.  Foods that comes on a stick are fun and easy to eat.

There isn’t much that can’t be put on a stick when talking about food. Soup might be that one exception, though if it were flavorful frozen, we might make an exception.

From cool summer treats like the Popsicle to frozen food staples like the corn dog, food on a stick is one of the world’s great inventions. Fresh fruit kabobs and skewers of grilled veggies and meat are both summer favorites.

Street fairs and food trucks have created a variety of recipes made to go on a stick that takes us from breakfast to after party hunger with flavor combinations that sometimes make us wonder why we haven’t tried that before!  Whether it is fresh and healthy or breaded and deep fried, menu choices are broad and plentiful for National Something on a Stick Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get inventive and create your own combination.   How about grilled pear on a stick? Or perhaps meat and cheese squares or brownie and marshmallows bites? Have a creative breakfast, lunch or dinner and have fun with the day!! Use #SomethingOnAStickDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Something On A Stick Day.

Manatee Appreciation Day - Last Wednesday in March
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MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY

Having a lifespan of about 60 years, manatees are calm herbivores with no known natural enemies that spend most of their time eating, sleeping and traveling.  These spectacular mammals have their day of honor each year on the last Wednesday in March, as people across the country celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day.  

Manatees like slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries and coastal areas.  As a migratory species, they inhabit the Florida waters during the winter and move as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the summer months.

The most significant challenge manatees face today is the loss of habitat. Currently, there are approximately 3,200 manatees living in the United States.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ManateeApprecicationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of Manatee Appreciation Day.

National Black Forest Cake Day - March 28
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NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY  

March 28 recognizes a food holiday known as National Black Forest Cake Day. Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte.”

Most often, the Black Forest cake is made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings.  In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake.  In the United States, alcohol is usually not used. However, in Germany, the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient. Otherwise, the cake can not legally be sold under the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name.

The cake is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try one of the following  Black Forest Cake recipes:

Black Forest Cake I
Jenny’s Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake

Use #BlackForestCakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Black Forest Day.

National Little Red Wagon Day - Last Wednesday in March
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NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY

The last Wednesday in March is National Little Red Wagon Day. This is a day worthy of making memories and celebrating the power of imagination, as adults and children alike can enjoy time together with a little red wagon.

For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that not only celebrates kids’ imaginations but the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.

This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out infinite imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom.  The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.

HOW TO OBSERVE

As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use National Little Red Wagon Day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them.  Use #LittleRedWagonDay and tag @RadioFlyer to share on social media. 

HISTORY

National Little Red Wagon Day was founded by Radio Flyer in honor of their upcoming 100th anniversary. The Registrar of National Day Calendar declared National Little Red Wagon Day in 2016.

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