January Food Themes
What’s in Season for January?
Check these favorites out as they are at their peak ripeness and may be found on sale at your local market, farm-stand, or grocer. Incorporate as many as you can in meals and snacks to boost immunity.
Childs, C. E., Calder, P. C., & Miles, E. A. (2019, August 16). Diet and Immune Function. Nutrients, 11(8), 1933.
Gabriel, M. (2021, November 18). 100 Fun food facts you won’t believe are true. The Fact Site. https://www.thefactsite.com/100-random-food-facts/
Institute of Child Nutrition, Child Nutrition Recipe Box. (2021). Spaghetti with meat sauce – USDA recipe for child care centers. https://theicn.org/cnrb/recipes-for-centers-main-dishes/spaghetti-and-meat-sauce-ground-beef-and-ground-pork-usda-recipe-for-cacfp/
Rebecchini, L. (2021, December). Music, mental health, and immunity. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666354621001770
Simpson, R. J., Campbell, J. P., Gleeson, M., Krüger, K., Nieman, D. C., Pyne, D. B., Turner, J. E., & Walsh, N. P. (2020). Can exercise affect immune function to increase susceptibility to infection?. Exercise immunology review, 26, 8–22. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32139352/
University of Nebraska—Lincoln. (2021). Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources UNL Food. https://food.unl.edu/
Willner, B. (2021). Food jokes for kids. Squiggley’s Jokes and Riddles. https://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/JokesAndRiddles/FoodJokes.php
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