3.14 reasons to celebrate National Pi Day (plus: scrumptious recipes!)
By Melissa Brodsky
Whether you’re a math geek, an Ang Lee fan or just a really big proponent of pastries (who isn’t?), March 14 is National Pi Day, when people around the world will celebrate Pi (π).
(That’s the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, in case you slept through high school math.)
Want to get in on the fun? Here are some ways to mark the day:
1. Learn all about Pi or review what you already know. We use the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, π, to represent Pi. It’s an irrational number that has been calculated to trillions of digits. Though the number continues indefinitely (3.14159265358979323846…), we often use 3.14 for Pi in math class. Here are some links you can click to learn more about this math concept:
2. Once you’ve gotten up to speed on Pi and its significance in math, it’s time to have a little fun! Here are some links to a few cool activities to try with your kids:
- Pi Day Party Links (for tons of links to Pi-related lessons and activities)
- Pi Day Activities from Exploratorium
- Pi Day Activities for Little Kids
- Pi Day Videos
3. And of course, no Pi Day feels complete without a tasty piece of pie! Try this tasty (and healthy!) recipe from Anthony Stewart, the executive chef from Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa:
- Half of large butternut squash (cut squash in half), seeds removed
- 2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (no additives)
- 3 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- ½ cup soymilk
- 3 tablespoons Splenda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups low-sodium, fat-free corn flakes (good brand choice is Grainfield’s)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place butternut squash half in a nonstick baking pan in oven, skin side up. Cook until fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
- Scoop out cooked “meat” with spoon, and place it and 1 cup of the canned pumpkin in a food processor. Puree.
- In a large bowl, combine the squash/pumpkin mixture, remaining pumpkin, egg whites, lime juice, cinnamon, cardamom, soymilk, Splenda, and vanilla.
- In food processor, grind corn flakes until they are the size of peppercorns.
- Lightly spray bottom of pie baking pan (8 inches in diameter) with Pam. To make crust, press corn flakes into bottom of pan.
- Fill pie pan with pumpkin mixture, and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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