Happy New Year!
The mood of the month of January 2020 is Invent. We often greet the new year with a list of resolutions, personal resolves to change traits or behavior with the goal of improving our lives in some way. The top resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier, save money, learn new skills, spend more time with family and friends to name a few… all things we think will lead to a better life. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think we can achieve all of our personal goals right away. It is promising to begin the new year with newfound energy after the few days most people have off to rest and reboot after the bustle of the holidays. While the winter is still cold, January is a time to think about re-invention. Invention means to ponder new ideas and dreams and to imagine how to realize them. Take time this month to think about what might bring you happiness and imagine what that looks like. Strive for small steps towards realizing your goals, one day at a time. Create your vision, be open to change, don’t be afraid to try things, and ask the universe and people around you for help. We depend on each other for our dreams to come true.
With reinvention on our minds after overindulging during the holiday season, begin the new year with a healthy fresh start. Cooking with fresh vegetables and legumes is a great way to begin. Try Martha Stewart’s Customizable Vegetable Soup. This recipe gives you the chance to invent your own soup utilizing your favorite ingredients while making something hearty, healthy, warm and substantial for the week. Kale is a healthy choice, containing fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamin K, among others. Try out the Bon Appetit’s Skillet Phyllo Pie with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/skillet-phyllo-pie-with-butternut-squash-kale-and-goat-cheesefor a beautiful dish that will sure to impress! And cauliflower is another winter vegetable staple naturally high in fiber, B-vitamins and many other important nutrients. Make Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower recipe for a delicious easy-to-make and healthy winter side.
Welcome in New Year’s Day on January 1st. Celebrate the legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday, January 20th. Now more than ever, we need to follow his lead into peaceful, nonviolent activism with gestures, small or large acts of kindness, help, and support of human rights. We all can impact the world in a positive way. And finally, celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 25th, the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar, initiating the Year of the Rat. We toast the new year celebrating all the worlds’ cultures with hope for peace in the new year ahead!
Happy New Year!
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