My blog is all about a healthy lifestyle, but I thought I would reflect on a special holiday coming up that means a lot to me.
That holiday is Juneteenth. It is a holiday I've been celebrating for only the last ten years of my life. It wasn't something I experienced from traditional learning taught in my basic education through schooling.
Because of my deep awakening of my history through books and literature, I researched on my own, it is up there with every other important holiday that I celebrate.
Juneteenth (celebrated yearly on June 19th) is referred to as "Freedom Day" or Emancipation Day.
If you want a deeper understanding of what Juneteenth is, you can watch this quick video here:
"What is Juneteenth"
Juneteenth colors are red, white and blue like our traditional American Flag, however most dishes with hues of red are served more readily because of the blood that was shed through slavery.
Speaking of red foods for this celebration you often will see red velvet cake, hibiscus tea (you can try my delicious non-alcoholic sangria that uses hibiscus, here.) and other simple dishes such as red beans and rice.
If Juneteenth is a holiday that you are not aware of or just now seeing the real importance of it, I encourage you to attend an event virtually or in person. Personally, I'm looking forward to going to many as my schedule permits.
Eat Good, Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator