Tip of the Day
People all over the world will begin celebrating Kwanzaa today. The word Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest." The holiday, celebrated for seven days from December 26 through January 1, is generally commemorated by gatherings of family and friends who discuss and commit to seven guiding Kwanzaa principles, one for each day.
Kwanzaa celebrants usually hold a feast called Karamu on December 31 that can include fried okra, gumbo with rice, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, and sweet potato pie.
As with any special event or meal, think about the traditional favorites and how you can tweak them to make them healthier. For example, oven baking okra instead of deep frying is a much healthier option. And as always, enjoy yourself while keeping an eye on your portion sizes.
Visit www.KidsEatRight.org for a healthy and delicious Kwanzaa bread recipe.
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Reviewed September 2013