March 23 - Food, Food, and More Food!

Posted on March 23, 2020

There seems to be a special day for almost every sort of food. But of course there are more foods than there are days of the year - so many days, we get to celebrate more than one Food Holiday!

Today is National Tamale Day (see link in "Also on this date" below), and it is also:

National Chia Day - Chia seeds are a "super food" that offer a bunch of nutrients with very few calories, so much so that the ancient Maya gave the seeds their name, "chia," which means "strength" in Mayan.

They provide antioxidants, fiber, protein, the right kind of fat, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. Plus, honestly, even more!

How do you eat chia seeds? They taste bland, so you can add them raw to foods - try sprinkling them on cereal, rice dishes, yogurt, vegetables, smoothies, or even baked goods! You can soak them in juice or use them to thicken sauces or to substitute for eggs. 

National Melba Toast Day - Melba toast are very thin slices of bread toasted until crisp. They are often served with soup or salad, or stuffed, like a sandwich; another way of eating Melba toast is to cover it with something yummy like melted cheese!

Melba toast is super tasty, but it's not quite the super food, nutrition-wise, as chia seeds!

National Chips and Dips Day - Now we've gone totally into junk food vibe!

"Chips and dips" encompasses so many different sorts of flavors. My favorite is probably a good green-onion / sour-cream dip scooped up on a traditional ruffled potato chip, but I love corn chips with mild tomato salsa, corn chips dipped into melted Cheddar cheese, and bagel chips with spinach / sour cream dip! Mmmmmm....


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