Winter is defiantly here – the little bit of Indian Summer we had is well and truly over now.
However, how do you keep healthy during these cold darkening months?
Food plays a huge part of our lives – especially when in school. Teachers and students alike are in school usually from half eight in the morning until four or five in the evening depending on how long it takes to return home thus food is important!
Healthy Foods to eat during winter!
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when the rest of the produce section looks bleak. In fact, a frost can take away the bitterness of kale. These greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.
Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C—one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose.
There are many varieties of winter squash—including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash—and they are all excellent choices in the winter. One cup of cooked winter squash has few calories (around 80) but is high in both vitamin A (214 percent of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33 percent), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.
In honour of it being National Chocolate Day and realising that I have not made a Religious Education Resource Post recently – I am going to take the opportunity to do both!
Chocolat describes the story of a Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk who open a chocolate shop in a quiet traditional French Village. However, she opens the chocolate day on the first day of Lent – which causes a stir among the quiet French Village.
Not only has she caused a stir by opening a tempting chocolate shop during Lent – she goes against traditional norms by having an illegitimate child and being an atheist (please do bare in mind the cultural and time setting of this film if showing it in a classroom). Nevertheless, this does not deter her as she gradually begins to win over the townspeople with not only her chocolate but her personality.
This is a great film for teaching Religious Education – overcoming stereotypes. One of the biggest downfalls of Religious Education in an academic environment is there simply isn’t enough time to go through every single religion, cult, sect, belief, understanding, traditions etc. etc. thus we tend to generalise which in turn leads to stereotyping.
Also, another theme that comes through is the power of friendship. Throughout the film it’s highlighted how friendship can overcome differences.