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Be Your Best With B3
Jan 1 all-day
Be Your Best With B3
Eat 1 food that’s high in vitamin B3, such as whole grain bread, bran cereal, tuna, or chicken.

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How to do it

Have one food today that’s rich in vitamin B3. Go for bran cereal at breakfast, or have a tuna fish sandwich on some whole grain bread at lunch for a double B3 punch. Or bring on the B3 at dinner with whole grain rice or pasta, or a serving of chicken.

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Why it matters

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is believed to help boost HDL, the “good” cholesterol. HDL is important because it picks up the extra LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol in the blood and ferries it back to the liver for disposal. The higher your HDL, the less LDL you’ll have.

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More Information

What are good food sources of Vitamin B3




Bloody Mary Day
Jan 1 all-day
Bloody Mary Day

For all those who celebrated more than they should have, National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1.

It would seem the Bloody Mary is the product of several hard day’s nights, lackluster cocktails and seemingly tasteless liquor.

When the Russian Revolution pressed fleeing men into Paris and to Harry’s Bar at The Ritz Hotel, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot mixed up a cocktail that eventually made its way to post-prohibition America.

According to Food and Drink in American History: “Full Course” Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith, the Bloody Mary made its debut in Paris at The Ritz Hotel in 1921. Originally named the Bucket of Blood, it also went by the name Red Snapper. Petiot later left Paris and introduced the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne and salt cocktail to the New York King Cole Bar scene when prohibition ended.

Some attribute the name to notorious Queen Mary Tudor who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.

Today’s Bloody Mary’s include a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco and peppers

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Recipes To Try
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  • #NationalBloodyMaryDay
Hangover Day
Jan 1 all-day
Hangover Day

Hangover Day is observed annually on January 1st.

The day follows New Year’s Eve, a day that traditionally is spent celebrating to bring in the New Year.

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Hangover Cures

Our Hangover Cures

Symptoms of a Hangover
  • Feeling tired: Alcohol is a toxin. Our bodies are designed to metabolize toxins (alcohol) at a certain pace. When the pace of consumption exceeds the pace the liver can process it we become intoxicated and at a substantially higher risk for a hangover. As the liver breaks down alcohol, it produces the toxic chemical acetaldehyde. One of the substances the body produces to counter these toxins is glutathione. The body can only make so much at a time and can be quickly depleted during a night of drinking. Glutathione is a stimulant and when it’s depleted, we feel tired.
  • Upset stomach: Alcohol promotes secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Excessive amounts of hydrochloric acid can lead to a queasy stomach, diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Headache or muscle aches: Alcohol is a diuretic. Dehydration can lead to aches and pains as well as the upset stomach listed above.

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How to Prevent that Hangover
  • Eat – A fat and protein loaded meal before or during the first round of drinks will slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. No, the food doesn’t act a sponge, soaking up the alcohol, but it does slow down the digestive process. Fats and especially proteins, take longer to digest and the alcohol will be released more slowly into the bloodstream.
  • Drink water – Keep hydrated between beers or shots by drinking a glass of water in between. This will dilute the alcohol, give the liver time to keep up and replace the fluids lost.
  • Avoid diet cocktails – According to WebMD studies show cocktails mixed with fruits, fruit juices or other sugar-containing beverages lessen the intensity of a hangover.
  • Pace yourself – The saying, “Beer then liquor, never been sicker. Liquor then beer, have no fear” has more to do with the amount of alcohol consumed than the type. Beer tends to be consumed more quickly than hard liquor and as the night goes on, each successive drink tends to go down easier. Starting with liquor and then switching to beer half way through, one might drink more beer, but less total alcohol than if the process is reversed.
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  • #NationalHangOverDay
New Years Day
Jan 1 all-day
New Years Day

Probably one of the most recognised holidays around the world, New Year’s Day is observed January 1.

Celebrations will begin in the Pacific Ocean with Samoa celebrating the New Year before the rest of the world. The latest stroke of midnight will occur in the middle of the Pacific Ocean near Baker Island which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Traditions around the world:

  • Kiss at midnight the one person you hope to keep kissing the rest of the year.
  • Making noise, either in the form of fireworks, ringing bells, horns blasting or pistol shots are traditional around the world.
  • Toasts to the new year are made with spiced wine in Holland, wassail in England or champagne in the United States.
  • Resolutions are not a modern tradition. The Babylonians made commitments to return borrowed objects and to pay old debts.
HISTORY

The new year has been celebrated for millennia. The earliest record of new year’s celebrations occurred during Babylonian times and was celebrated on the first new moon after the vernal equinox. These festivities occurred in Martius (March), the first month in the early Roman calendar which only had ten months.

King Pompilius later added the months Januarius (named for Janus, the pagan god of gates, doors and beginnings) and Februarius bringing the calendar to 12 months. It was Julius Caesar who created the Julian calendar which most closely resembles the Gregorian calendar a majority of the world follows today.

Romans celebrated January 1 in honour of Janus, offering sacrifices, giving gifts and decorating with laurel branches. With his two faces, the god Janus was able to look toward the past and forward to the future. Celebrating the first day of the year in the appropriately named month of January, Romans made sacrifices to Janus, giving gifts and general revelry.

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  • #NewYear’sDay
Jan
2
Wed
Be ready for vitamin B1.
Jan 2 all-day
Be ready for vitamin B1.
Eat 1 food rich in vitamin B1, such as eggs, beans, lean meat, or oats.

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How to do it

Today, eat at least one food that’s high in vitamin B1. Breakfast is a great time for B1 – try scrambled eggs, fortified cereal, or oatmeal. A bean salad or veggie burger will add some vitamin B1 to your lunch. And at dinner, think about tuna or chicken with some brown rice on the side. For a snack, try a handful of nuts.

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Why it matters

Vitamin B1 is actually just one of eight B vitamins. B vitamins change carbohydrates from food into energy, help your nervous system work properly, and are necessary for good brain function. They also help keep your skin, liver, hair, and eyes healthy

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Try These Scrambled Egg Recipes

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More Information

What are good food sources of Vitamin B1




Cream Puff Day
Jan 2 all-day
Cream Puff Day

Dessert and pastry lovers alike get to celebrate this delicious French creation on January 2.

Originating in France, cream puffs are also known as profiterole and choux a la creme. Cream puffs are a French dessert pastry filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ice cream or custard. They may be served plain or are sometimes decorated with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce or dusted with icing (powdered) sugar.

To prepare cream puffs, a pastry chef pipes a choux paste through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls onto a pan, then baked to form hollow puffs. After cooling, the cream puffs are injected with a filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip or by slicing off the top, filling the puff and then reassembling.

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Recipes To Try

 

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  • #NationalCreamPuffDay
Jan
4
Fri
Spaghetti Day
Jan 4 all-day
Spaghetti Day

Spaghetti Day on January 4 recognises that long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin. Usually made from semolina flour, this pasta has been a worldwide favourite for ages and loved by millions.

There are a variety of different pasta dishes that are based on spaghetti from spaghetti ala Carbonara or garlic and oil to spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat sauce, bolognese, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce or other sauces. Spaghetti dishes are traditionally served topped with grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano.

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Recipes To Try
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  • #NationalSpaghettiDay
Jan
5
Sat
Whipped Cream Day
Jan 5 all-day
Whipped Cream Day

On January 5, add a little extra something special to desserts to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day.

Add whipped cream! Not only does it add creaminess and bit of pizzaz, it can be the difference between an everyday or a celebration day beverage or dessert.

Often sweetened and sometimes flavoured with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, orange and other flavours, whipped cream is also sometimes called Chantilly cream or creme Chantilly.

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Recipes To Try
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  • #WhippedCreamDay
Jan
6
Sun
Bean Day
Jan 6 all-day
Bean Day

Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognised on National Bean Day on January 6th.

This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes and colours. Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC.

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Recipes Using Beans
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  • #NationalBeanDay
Jan
9
Wed
Apricot Day
Jan 9 all-day
Apricot Day

Apricot lovers from all over observe Apricot Day every year on January 9th.

The apricot’s velvety flesh is similar to that of their relative the peach. The texture of the golden-orange fruit is more firm and the flavour more tart, though. This versatile fruit is enjoyed fresh, canned and dried.

Recipes To Try
Glossary
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