I’ve always wondered if March is Nutrition month because EVERYONE needs great nutrition to power Spring Break! Fortunately it’s Flour and Noodle Month, and will power-you-up for the beach, mountains, a road trip or a great family project.
Just thinking …“too many carbs?” ‘Tis the month to get the facts. Grains are a balanced supply of BOTH protein and carbs!
To dig deeper, the research paper, Wheat, Gluten and Health: The Science Behind Gut Health and Food Intolerances offers great insights.
Before or while you hit the road or skies, take a virtual flour mill tour and get the facts for wheat flour, oats and corn nutrition. Check your geography and see if you’ll be near one of America’s grain mills. èVisit on-line ardentmills.com, farmerdirectfoods.com, graincraft.com,heckersceresota.com , hudsoncream.com, ndmill.com, panhandlemilling.com renwoodmills.com, www.stone-buhr.com sunflourflour.com You might “find-a-farmer” near where you are too using these sites.
For the road, Bake a Smart Snack or a DIY thin wheat cracker, TIP: Bagels and biscotti pack great for treks and trips!
Don’t let rain or snow spoil your break! Pack a mix or flour for DIY fresh tortillas or a flat bread for the grill or griddle —Making Flat Breads, using the Pita Bread recipe or pizza dough
Making your own Homemade Noodles is a great adventure many adults and kids have never had! Noodles may be whole grain (1/2 whole wheat or spelt flour, ½ enriched flour), and feel free to knead in a couple tablespoons frozen spinach or fresh chopped herbs.
For a perfect finish, wrap or top your tortilla, flat bread or noodles with sauteed vegetables!
Finally, all great Spring Breaks make time for a good food AND a good read! Join the whole country and Read Across America …all month!
Some picks for “foodies” young or old?
Everybody Makes Noodles, by Norah Dooley.
The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story, by Rudolfo Anaya
Tortillas: A Cultural History, by Paula E. Morton.
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