Learn about super foods, cooking ideas in library program

“Superfoods is not a made-up term, but superfoods are foods that can give you the maximum nutrition for the calories,” said Matthew Joplin, one of the co-founders of Food for Thought.

A super summer of superhero activities at the library means it’s time for the staff at Food for Thought Learning Institute to bring out a program on superfoods and their benefits, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the Shawnee Public Library. The program will be limited to the first 40 participants, so there are enough supplies available and so everyone can get a good look at what’s happening. Registration is required and can be completed using the online form.

As in their visits the past two summers to Hometown libraries, the Food for Thought crew will demonstrate easy recipes for using items that many people might already have around their house, as a way to be cost-effective and practice good nutrition.

“It’s summer, so you can always eat barbeque and things like that, but you also want to incorporate some other things in that meal,” Joplin said. “You could look at things like tabouli, or soybean salad, so you can have some healthier options to go along with those other things we all love.”

Food for Thought is entering its fourth year in existence, with the nonprofit organization working with people of all ages on making good and cost-effective choices with their meals.

Sponsors of this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesKirkpatrick Family FundOklahoma Arts CouncilOklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System FoundationSonicThe Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.