Play Time, Not Screen Time

Stay active, even while indoors. Physical activity plays an important role in mediating mood, improving sleep, and reducing risk of chronic disease. With physical distancing guidelines still in place, it is important to continue providing kids with opportunities to release energy and build strong muscles and bones. Try a plank contest and see which family... Continue Reading →

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Find a Feeding Site

The idea of finding our family's next meal can be scary with the closure of schools and businesses. Luckily, there are several resources for free meals and food boxes provided in the community. Just make sure to call ahead to ask for their schedule. You can find a local feeding site for children ages 1-18... Continue Reading →

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Take Active Breaks

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day. If your family is primarily at home, set a timer for walking or movement breaks. At the beginning of the day, plan where you will walk or what exercise your will do each time the timer goes off. Even if you just... Continue Reading →

10 Tips for Getting the Best Flavor from Garlic

Garlic can either enhance or overwhelm a recipe.  Here are some tips to ensure you get the best qualities this little gem has to offer. When shopping, choose firm, whole heads of garlic with no mold nor sprouting.Store whole heads of garlic bulbs in a cool, dark place with good air circulation. Replace when it... Continue Reading →

Family Meal Planning

Play time, not screen time: Cut screen time to 2 hours or less a day. Are you new to meal planning? Start small. Which meal would be easiest to plan for in advance? Breakfast may be a busy time, or difficult to plan for if household members awake at different times. Dinner tends to be... Continue Reading →

Keep Food Safe!

By Siew Guan Lee – University of Idaho Extension According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that is unlikely to be transmitted through food. However, it is important to practice hand hygiene and follow safe food handling steps to keep you and your family safe. Foodborne... Continue Reading →

Cooking at Home – The Tricks You Have Been Waiting For

Whether you are new to cooking or have a lifetime of experience in the kitchen, there are always new tricks you can learn to take your cooking skills to the next level. Here are some of our favorite tricks: Toast nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews, before adding them to your favorite dishes. Save... Continue Reading →

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Quench your thirst with this refreshing Summer beverage. 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (chopped)2 tbsp Honey or sweetener of choice2 lemons (juiced)3.5 cups sparkling water Puree strawberries and honey in blender or food processor.Pour sparkling water into a pitcher, then stir in strawberry puree and lemon juice.Serve at room temperature or... Continue Reading →

Are You Staying Hydrated at Home?

 Many of our schedules and routines have been disrupted during this time, which can make it difficult to make sure we are getting enough water. Approximately 60 percent of our body consists of water, so it is essential to make our bodies function. Water is vital to the life of every cell in our body,... Continue Reading →

The Thrill of Knife Skills – An Edible Education at Home

“Wait, you’re trusting students with real, sharp knives?” That was one of the questions teachers heard most often at the Edible Schoolyard Project kitchen classroom in Berkley, CA. Since schools closed, their Edible Education for the Home Classroom is a huge hit, with lessons on topics such as “Growing Food From Your Food Scraps”, and... Continue Reading →

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