Aug. 29: More Herbs Less Salt Day, Michael Jackson's Birthday, Chop Suey Day, Royal George Sinks

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More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Raid your herb garden and pile on the aromatic and flavorful herbs, forgoing the salt. Make a tasty Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing or Herb-Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Herbs are "healthier, zestier and lustier," according to Thomas and Ruth Roy. Nutritionist Nathan Pritikin (Aug. 29, 1915 to Feb. 21, 1985) would have enjoyed this holiday, celebrated on his birth anniversary.

Pritikin followed a moderate exercise plan. He ate a diet low in unrefined carbohydrates and fat, which he attributed to reversing his own heart disease, according to Today in Science History. The Pritikin Eating Plan encourages a diet rich in grains, fruits and vegetables as well as herbs.

"Culinary herbs are rich sources of many beneficial phytonutrients, and are a good way to add flavor without extra calories, fats, or salt. Include at least 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herbs or 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs each day."

Michael Jackson Birth Anniversary

Maybe you remember rollerskating to his "Rock With You," or embracing the one glove fad. The boy who went from child star and member of the Jackson Five catapulted himself to the top of the music charts and the hearts of many when he went solo. Although his public life was colorful at best, from plastic surgery to his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, for many fans all that mattered was the music. Aug. 29, 1958 is the birth anniversary of the King of Pop.

Chop Suey Day

Bean sprouts, half an onion from yesterday, a handful of pea pods, noodles and any other leftover foods you have can be stir-fried together to make a tasty chop suey. Although some have romanticized the dish as being invented in San Francisco by a Chinese restaurant chef who had run out of food, the dish is a local Toisanese dish, according to Foodtimeline.

Royal George Sinks

When you think about a disaster at sea, the Titanic usually comes to mind first. Nearly 900 people drowned when the British Royal George sank (compared to 1,517 on the Titanic ) on Aug. 29, 1792. The battleship was docked at Spithead for repair. Somebody did a bad parking job because the port side was titled too close to the waterline. All it took was some wind to tilt the ship and the gunports filled with water. Within a few minutes, the ship was sunk.

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