Hello everyone, we invite you to our next delicious Pathfinder Produce Market, which is set for tomorrow afternoon at the Pathfinder Village Commons from 1 to 5 p.m. The “little market that could” will be celebrating its FIFTH ANNIVERSARY on Thursday, March 15, and we will feature fun and innovative ways to celebrate this important milestone … stay tuned!
On that day too, we’ll also be joining our global families and partners to kick-off the observance of World Down Syndrome Day – all of us at Pathfinder will be wearing our CRAZY SOCKS to celebrate the ways that Down syndrome adds beauty and reveals a deeper understanding of humanity in our lives. World Down Syndrome Day is a growing global event, held each year on March 21st – the 3-21 date is a numerical representation of three copies of the 21st chromosome, which is the genetic cause of 95% of instances of Down syndrome (Trisomy 21).
If you would like to join us by wearing your Crazy Socks, please feel free to take some pictures of your “neat feet” and share them to our Pathfinder Village Facebook page. The crazier the better! We’d love to see how flashy and special your socks can be, and you can include messages on how you embrace all the ways that our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome enrich our lives.
Below, my colleague Sally Trosset shares a favorite healthy smoothie recipe, which can help keep everyone at their best during these days of lingering colds, vastly changing temperatures, and way too hectic schedules. Enjoy!
As expected, the cold and flu season arrived on schedule this year and by all measures, it has been a bad one. Thankfully, it appears to have peaked and doctor’s visits appear to be on the decline. According to a recent New York Times article, experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are calling it one of the worst flu seasons in years.
If you’re like me, you want to fend off the flu and nasty winter colds for your family. At my house I get pretty militant about clean hands, clean sheets, sneezing/coughing into our elbows, and a can of Lysol in every room. Fluids, fluids, fluids (!!!) are very important, but also adding more immune-boosting recipes to our meal plan is critical. To help my family stay healthy this season, I’ve been pushing our summer favorite-- a wild blueberry smoothie – which is packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. A staple of our summer diets, we’ve pulled out the blender this winter to get our healthy smoothie fix. It has also curbed my girls’ hunger when they return home from basketball practice; usually they’re starving and dinner is not always quite ready.
This family favorite is made with one cup of wild blueberries (I use Wyman’s fresh frozen wild blueberries from the grocery store during this time of year), a splash of orange juice, one cup of spinach, one cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk, and 2-3 ice cubes (add more ice, almond milk or water for your desired thickness). It blends into a tasty treat with the perfect amount of natural sweetness.
According to a recent article in Readers Digest, wild blueberries have twice the antioxidant capacity of larger, cultivated blueberries. Research suggests that the secret is in the skin. That is where the highest concentration of the antioxidant anthocyanin is found. Pound for pound, wild blueberries have more skin than regular blueberries. Antioxidants are important not only to immune health, but also for boosting brain, heart and gut health, and may prevent diabetes and some forms of cancer. With their anti-inflammatory properties and disease-fighting compounds, antioxidants keep your body strong and can give you an edge when you need to fight off bacteria and viruses.
Wake each morning and enjoy this delicious smoothie or enjoy it at the end of the day to hold you over until dinner. The citrus flavor pairs nicely with the sweet wild blueberries, which have a more intense berry flavor. A crowd pleaser in our house, it’s refreshing, sweet and healthy too!
Sally (and Lori)