Nutrition Month is March

Nutrition Month

Throughout the month of March we are celebrating Nutrition Month! Anne Arundel County Food Bank along with our community partners, will focus on several online events to help provide Anne Arundel County residents with nutrition education to prepare healthy meals on a budget.

Check out our educational events and also our cooking demonstrations:

Food Insecurity and Nutrition in Anne Arundel County

Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Dr. Pamela Brown of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, and Karrisa Kelly of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.

Ask a Pediatrician About Nutrition

Listen into “Ask a Pediatrician About Nutrition” question and answer session as we talk all things nutrition-related with families and answer your questions. Thank you to Annapolis Pediatrics‘ Gina Friel, DNP, CRNP-PC for answering questions in honor of #NutritionMonth.

Cooking Healthy Meals

We’ve given Executive Chef Bill Gideon at Live Casino & Hotel Maryland a challenge: Demonstrate how to make quick, affordable, delicious, and healthy meals. Check out three dishes he prepared: a mixed greens & spinach salad with tuna, tomatoes, kidney beans, cucumbers, and Italian vinaigrette; ground beef taco, lettuce wraps with black beans and salsa; and pan-seared pork loin with grilled peach relish, balsamic vinaigrette, and white rice.

How to Make Nutritious Bread

Thank you to Tom Giancola at Makeathe for his wonderful bread-making demo today AND for donating 60 loaves of bread! Additional thanks to our member agency, Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, for hosting us today (your volunteers are the best!).

Nutrition Kids

Our Nutrition Kids are helping us spread the word about healthy eating throughout the month of March. You can also hear some of our Nutrition Kids on WRNR, 103.1 on Thursdays, sponsored by Himmel’s Landscape & Garden Center in Pasadena.

Gabby

Shares why strawberries are nutritious.

Fun Fact

Strawberries, like most berries, are a low-glycemic fruit, making them a tasty option for people looking to control or reduce their glucose levels.

Our first Nutrition Kid is Gabby from the Annapolis Boys & Girls Club, and her favorite fruit is strawberries. Gabby tells us that strawberries are full of vitamins (one-cup portion of strawberries contains over 100% of the daily minimum target for immune-supporting vitamin C!), minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Her family loves to make strawberry muffins with her favorite fruit. Check out this healthy strawberry muffin recipe: https://www.yummytoddlerfood.com/strawberry-muffins/

Princess

Shares why grapes are nutritious.

Fun Fact

Grapes are also high in potassium which can help balance out blood pressure.

Our next Nutrition Kid is Princess, and her favorite fruit are grapes. Princess tells us that grapes are jam packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Her family loves to make fruit salad from her favorite fruit. Check out this healthy fruit salad recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/honey-lime-rainbow-fruit-salad/

Fun fact: Grapes are also high in potassium which can help balance out blood pressure. They also help benefit your health in many ways which includes helping your immune system (great source of vitamin C), improving bone health (vitamin K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium), and protecting against diabetes due to their low glycemic index (it won’t raise your blood sugar).

De'Aubrie

Shares why strawberries are nutritious.

Fun Fact

Strawberries, like most berries, are a low-glycemic fruit, making them a tasty option for people looking to control or reduce their glucose levels.

Our next Nutrition Kid is De’Aubrie from the Annapolis Boys & Girls Club, and her favorite fruit is strawberries. De’Aubrie tells us that strawberries are full of vitamins (one-cup portion of strawberries contains over 100% of the daily minimum target for immune-supporting vitamin C!), minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Her family loves to make strawberry shortcake with her favorite fruit. Check out this healthy take on a strawberry shortcake recipe: https://thrivinghomeblog.com/healthy-strawberry-shortcake/.

Fun fact: Strawberries, like most berries, are a low-glycemic fruit, making them a tasty option for people looking to control or reduce their glucose levels.

Alexandra

Shares why watermelon is nutritious.

Fun Fact

Watermelons are  full of vitamins and it help keep you hydrated.

Alexandra is a 3rd grader from Belle Grove Elementary, and her favorite fruit is watermelon. Alexandra created a beautiful and informational poster that describes why watermelon is nutritious including it’s full of vitamins and it helps keep you hydrated.

Her favorite recipe that her family makes out of watermelons is watermelon juice – check it out:
  • Watermelon Juice:
  • 8 pounds of seedless watermelon, rind removed and cubed
  • 1 cup cassava syrup or more to taste
  • ½ cup of fresh lime
  • 8 cups of water
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and use an immersion blender to blitz until smooth. Strain and serve over ice.

Samiya

Shares why broccoli is nutritious.

Fun Fact

Broccoli is a superfood!

Samiyah is a 4th grader from Belle Grove Elementary, and her favorite vegetable is broccoli. Samiyah created a beautiful and informational poster that describes why broccoli is so nutritious including it’s high in nutrients (fiber, vitamin C and K, iron, and potassium); it has more protein than most other vegetables; and raw broccoli contains almost 90% water. It’s a superfood!

Her family makes a caramelized broccoli recipe:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heads of broccoli (1 ½ pound total). Stems peeled and head halved lengthwise.
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • Pin of crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

Combine all the ingredients above in a saucepan. Cover and cook until broccoli heads are tender. Simple and delicious!

Yesica

Shares why strawberries are nutritious.

Fun Fact

Strawberries, like most berries, are a low-glycemic fruit, making them a tasty option for people looking to control or reduce their glucose levels.

Yesica is a 5th grader from Belle Grove Elementary School and her favorite fruit is strawberries. Yesica created a beautiful and informational poster that describes how strawberries are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which helps maintain a healthy gut. Antioxidants aid in the absorption of key nutrients in addition to protein and iron. Fiber plays a critical role in helping make digestion and regular.

Her family loves to make fruit cocktail with strawberries with this recipe:

  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • 6 grapes
  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup melon
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 6 cherries
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 evaporated milk
  • 1 condensed milk

Nutrition Month:
Food Drive Locations!

Our friends throughout Anne Arundel County are hosting food drives for us in honor of Nutrition Month. Please stop by one of these locations to help us collect food for families in need throughout our community!

ANNAPOLIS / ARNOLD

  • Bread and Butter Kitchen (Annapolis)
  • Annapolis Pediatrics (Annapolis)
  • Porsche Annapolis (Annapolis)
  • The Blue Rooster (Annapolis)
  • Arnold Farms (Arnold)

SOUTH COUNTY

  • The Golf Club at South River (Edgewater)
  • Annapolis Pediatrics (Edgewater)

ODENTON /CROFTON / MILLERSVILLE

  • Perry’s Restaurant (Odenton)
  • Annapolis Pediatrics (Crofton)
  • CallTrackingMetrics (Millersville)
  • Hellas Restaurant and Lounge (Millersville)

GLEN BURNIE / PASADENA /SEVERNA PARK

  • Himmel’s Landscape & Garden Center (Pasadena)
  • Annapolis Pediatrics (Severna Park)

Would you and your business like to join our efforts and host a food drive?

Please register here to get started today: www.aafoodbank.org/food-drive

If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring Nutrition Month in 2023, please contact Melanie at communications@aafoodbank.org.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Nutrition Month Sponsors