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June 2011 Newsletter
Issue No. 3
In This Issue
MyPlate: The New Nutrition Guide for Americans
Activity of the Month: Stand up Paddleboarding
Events of the Month
App of the Month: Chemical Cuisine
Recipe of the Month: Grilled Sockeye Salmon


MyPlate: The New Nutrition Guide for Americans


Goodbye MyPyramid ---America has a new healthy eating icon. MyPlate. The new nutrition guide for Americans was unveiled by first lady Michelle Obama along with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin at a June 2nd news conference.


The MyPlate graphic includes a colorful place setting divided into the Five Food Groups, four on the plate and one on the adjacent cup. Not only are all Five Food Groups represented but so are the portions of the plate that each food group should fill for optimal health. While the content of the food groups has not changed from the MyPyramid, two groups were renamed in the move to MyPlate: the Meat & Beans Group is now the Protein Group and the Milk Group is now the Dairy Group.


The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) in consultation with Mrs. Obama's antiobesity team and federal health officials created this place setting icon to clearly and concisely convey the tenets of a healthy diet. Coming just four months after the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the MyPlate graphic is also part of a new educational campaign to highlight each of the dietary guidelines. Encouraging consumers to fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables is the first guideline to be featured in the campaign.   


 To learn more abut MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, check out the USDA's new website by clicking on the MyPlate icon. 



Activity of the Month: 


Stand up Paddleboarding

Looking for a creative way to enjoy the Northwest beauty while obtaining an excellent core workout? If so, Stand Up Paddleboarding may be the perfect sport for you. This water sport requires only a stand up paddleboard and paddle  (rentals are available at area beach and kayak shops), a life jacket, and sun protection. For 1st timers, plan to go when water is calm and watercraft activity is minimal.  Posture is important. Keep your back straight, knees slightly bent, and toes pointed forward. This summer give stand up paddleboarding a try.

Events of the Month:


June 21: Summer Solstice


Head outdoors on the 21st and enjoy the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. Fly a kite, go for a hike, golf, picnic with friends or just grab a book and head to the nearest park to enjoy all the sunlight. (I do hope it will be sunny).



June 25 & 26: Strawberry Festival

at Crossroads Park in Bellevue


Celebrate the region's' agricultural and cultural heritage while enjoying strawberry shortcake and foods from around the world. This two day festival sponsored by the Eastside Heritage Center also includes a variety of family activities and crafts as well as a classic car show. 


App of the Month: Chemical Cuisine


Ever wonder what some of the ingredients on a food label are?  Now  thanks to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)'s Chemical Cuisine app,  you can find uses and safety rankings for many common food additives. The additive database is frequently updated with the latest research findings.


Cost: $0.99

Runs on iPhone & iPad systems


Recipe of the Month: 


Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Fresh Herbs & Zest

1 1/2 lb salmon fillet with skin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs
(may include thyme, lemon thyme or oregano)
1/2  teasppon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Juice from 1 lemon
Preheat the grill. Rub oil on fillet and skin. Sprinkle  with herbs, zest, salt, and pepper.
Place salmon fillet, skin side down, on the grill. Heat for 7-8 minutes over medium-high heat or until thermometer inserted into center reaches 140 F.  Sprinkle lemon juice onto fillet and serve.
Serves  4
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Amy Reuter MS, RD

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