Feed Your Kids a Rainbow

Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day. A variety of fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals important for growth, development, and a healthy immune system. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lower rates of diseases like high blood pressure, stroke heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Fruits and vegetables may... 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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Eat Smart Idaho’s Response to COVID-19

In following the precautions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Eat Smart Idaho is practicing social distancing to help protect our community and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will suspend face-to-face sessions until April 20th or until further notice as we continue to monitor the situation. Although we are temporarily suspending... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Cooking at Home – Knife Skills

Learning how to use a knife can decrease the time you spend preparing meals and can save you money by chopping your own ingredients instead of buying costly, pre-chopped ingredients. However, working with sharp tools can be a little intimidating. With knife skills, a little practice goes a long way. To start, choosing the right... Continue Reading →

Easy Slow Cooker Beans

Raise your hand if you have ever burned a batch of beans… or just dinner. *Raises hand slowly* You leave a pot on the stove, get distracted, and suddenly dinner is a bit more charred than you would like. You might ask yourself, “What can I do?” An easy solution is to pull out that... Continue Reading →

Go for Beans, Peas and Lentils for Healthy Protein Alternatives

By Siew Guan Lee – University of Idaho Extension As the meat supply in the nation is possibly disrupted due to COVID-19, you might find some stores that have placed limits on purchase amounts and have smaller selections of meat. With meat prices expected to rise, this could be a good time to consider expanding... Continue Reading →

Dried Fruit

Feed Your Kids a Rainbow Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Did you know that ½ cup of dried fruit counts as one serving? This is because the loss of water during the drying process concentrates the calories and nutrients. Check the nutrition facts label for added sugar when buying dried fruit, as it... Continue Reading →

What’s in Season for May?

By Siew Guan Lee, MS, RD – University of Idaho Extension Fruits and vegetables taste better and cost less when they are in season. As you enjoy fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness, you also save money because in-season produce are typically on sale at the store. Before heading to the store or... Continue Reading →

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health issues do not all fit in one box. They come in different forms and shapes, but no matter which form someone is experiencing, it can be a struggle to function on a normal, day to day basis. Here are some tips to help yourself, a family... Continue Reading →

Stretch Your Veggies and Fruits

We open the fridge to find our spinach has wilted to a slimy mess and the zucchini we had planned to eat before the stay-at-home had been placed is shriveled to almost nothing. We know it is important to eat vegetables and fruits, but how do we purchase enough to get us through until our... Continue Reading →

Stocking up Your Pantry

By Siew Guan Lee, MS, RD – University of Idaho Extension As many of us continue to stay home, you may wonder how to maintain healthy eating habits. The good news is that it’s still possible to consume a balanced, healthy diet during this restrictive time. Having a variety of healthful foods on hand and... Continue Reading →

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