March is National Nutrition Month a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
This is the perfect time to share a recipe with you that has a healthy grain and other nutritional value. We served this recipe at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge last year. The Hope Lodge offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area. Patients live with other people going through similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important – getting well.
Last year we joined with Team WMMR (American Cancer Society Bike a Thon) to provide dinner for the patients. Everyone prepares a meal and brings it to serve the guests. After the meal is served, you have the opportunity to speak with everyone who attends. It is interesting to hear their stories about cancer and how much they appreciate the hospitals in Philadelphia for their treatment. One woman, who had just received a chemo treatment, Loved the quinoa salad. She was so excited to actually taste something after her therapy. I hope you enjoy it also.
Red Quinoa & Avocado Salad
1 box (7 oz) Red Quinoa, cooked per pkg directions, cooled
1 pkg (12 oz) Frozen Super-Sweet Corn, cooked per pkg directions, cooled
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 bunch green onions, trimmed, thinly sliced on bias (about 1 cup)
2 plum tomatoes, 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup Lemon Vinaigrette
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Add cooked quinoa, cooked corn, cilantro, green onions, and tomatoes to mixing bowl; stir to combine. Fold in avocado and dressing; season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled or at room temp.
This recipe comes from Wegmans
Quinoa is a complete protein and gluten free. It is an excellent source of magnesium and zinc, and a good source of iron and folate.
Avocados are actually a fruit and have unheralded health benefits. Avocados provide heart-healthy folate, vitamins E, C and B6, potassium and soluble fiber. Their fat is mostly monounsaturated — the kind that’s heart-healthy. And, avocados have phytonutrient benefits: cholesterol-lowering plant sterols — glutathione, which work as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection, and lutein promoting healthy vision.
Let me know if you like it.