Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Fall is here and pumpkins are everywhere! Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect pumpkin: Pumpkin Varieties Different varieties are grown for different uses. The size of the pumpkin isn’t the only difference between a carving pumpkin and one that you use for making pies and other fall dishes. Carving pumpkins typically... Continue Reading →

July is National Berry Month

What better way to celebrate July than with berries! So many berries are in season this month making them more affordable and available.  Why should I eat more berries? Berries have a lot of vitamin C, folic acid, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. These nutrients help increase our immune function and are protective against cancer and... Continue Reading →

Healthy Barbecue Tips

A barbeque is a perfect way to relax and spend quality time with friends and family this summer. Here are some suggestions to help you plan a healthier get together: Meat lovers Try grilling lean cuts of meat and healthier proteins, such as skinless chicken, turkey breast and fish. Eating large amounts of fattier meats... Continue Reading →

May is National Asparagus Month

In honor of National Asparagus Month why not try some new asparagus recipes. In season asparagus is an affordable way to add nutrition to your meals. Asparagus Nutrition Facts Five spears of asparagus provides 400 milligrams of potassium, three grams of fiber, 60% of the daily recommendation of folate and is also an excellent source... Continue Reading →

March is National Nutrition Month®: Fuel for the Future

Each year during the month of March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month®. The focus for the month is always on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year's theme is Fuel for the Future which highlights that no matter your age or... Continue Reading →

Is Fresh Best?

  Fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious and nutritious! But especially during the winter, fresh fruit is not always in season and can be expensive. So what are the differences between fresh versus frozen or canned?    Frozen  Frozen fruits and vegetables are an excellent replacement for fresh. They are just as nutritious so long... Continue Reading →

November is National Cranberry Month

It is getting close to Thanksgiving and no Thanksgiving feast is complete without cranberry sauce. Cranberries are good for you and can be more than just cranberry sauce. Did you know: Cranberries are nutrient dense providing vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. One cup of raw cranberries have about 50 calories and are naturally fat free.... Continue Reading →

Cucumber Crazy

Cucumbers are in season from June until September, meaning there is just about a month left to get these nutrient packed veggies at a very affordable price and while they are plentiful from the garden, farmer’s market or grocery store! What are some of the health benefits of cucumbers? Cucumbers help keep us hydrated. Cucumbers... Continue Reading →

Grilled Peaches

This recipe is great for the summer because it is so easy and refreshing. Grilled Peaches This recipe is great for the summer because it is so easy and refreshing 4 whole peaches wash handswash and cut peaches in half and remove the pitspray cut side with nonstick cooking spray if desiredgrill for approximately 1-2... Continue Reading →

Fermenting Vegetables

Fermenting vegetables at home can reduce food waste, save money, and can promote a healthy gut. Sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi are a few fermented vegetables that provide a variety of health benefits. Why make fermented vegetables? Fermented vegetables can be healthy for your gut and improve your digestion.The fermentation process increases the vegetables’ naturally occurring... Continue Reading →

Popsicles: Healthy & Homemade

As the temperature rises this summer why not stay cool with a healthy and homemade popsicle? Traditionally popsicles aren’t known as the healthiest of snacks. Many frozen popsicles have large amounts of added sugar, and not a lot of vitamins and minerals. Some do add some vitamin C, but not much else. An easy way... Continue Reading →

June is National Dairy Month

It is recommended that we consume 3 servings of dairy like low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese each day. However, most Americans fall below that recommendation, getting only an average of 1.8 servings per day.      Why dairy? Dairy products provide calcium, potassium and vitamin D.Dairy foods have health benefits.  They have been shown to help... Continue Reading →

Watermelon – A Summer Treat

With the peak of summer coming many fruits are coming into season, including watermelon. Watermelon is available year-round, but during the summer months they are in season, so become more affordable. Watermelon is nutrient packed and fun to eat!  What are some of the health benefits of watermelon?  Watermelon helps with hydration. As the name... Continue Reading →

How to Add Dark Green Vegetables to Your Family Meals

Spring is a time for new beginnings and clearing out winter stillness with bitter, astringent foods like dark green leafy greens. Intentionally adding in more dark green vegetables to your family meals is a great way to embrace new spring beginnings and slowly incorporate healthy habits.  What are your family's favorite dark green vegetables? Some... Continue Reading →

Egg Tips

Eggs are packed full of essential nutrients. There are only 70 calories, 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, and antioxidants all combined into one egg! If you will be dyeing and hunting for Easter eggs this year, it’s important to follow some food safety rules to prevent illness. Keep fresh eggs refrigerated in the... Continue Reading →

Meal Planning Made Easy

Planning meals ahead can help you stick to healthy eating and save money. MAP OUT YOUR MEALS Outline meals for the week ahead. Sit down and think about the week ahead. Do you and your family have plans or special events? Think about what foods you have on hand and wouldn't have to buy. FIND... Continue Reading →

March is National Nutrition Month®

The National Nutrition Month® campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrated each year during the month of March. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, Celebrate a World of Flavors, showcases how flavors from different cultures around the... Continue Reading →

All About Citrus

Craving a bright, juicy, and nutritious food during these cold, dark winter days? Citrus fruits are at their peak ripeness and highest nutritional value during winter time. It would then make sense that citrus fruits provide health benefits that counteract many winter side effects, like dryness, low immunity, and depression. Health benefits of citrus fruits... Continue Reading →

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash A balanced meal for the whole family! Use MyPlate to identify the food groups. SpoonBaking sheetMixing bowlKnifecutting boardSpatulaSkillet 2 acorn squash1 lb ground turkey (or lean ground beef)1 onion (sliced)2 cloves garlic (minced)1 bunch kale (stems removed and ripped into bite size pieces)1 tbsp rosemary (fresh or dried)salt and pepper (to taste)... Continue Reading →

Healthy Holiday Food Tips

This time of year can be a challenge with so many treats and special foods readily available. By being more mindful, you can stay focused on health while still enjoying the season. Take advantage of these ideas for healthier versions of popular holiday foods: · Make mashed potatoes with skim milk and low-fat and low-sodium broth.... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels Try out this high fiber and protein, sweet whole grain dessert! Kids will have a fun time helping with this simple recipe. They can measure, mix, shape, and dip! Mixing bowlSpoonBaking sheetBlender or Food ProcessorMicrowave safe bowl 2/3 cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)6 tbsp oat flour24 twisted pretzels... Continue Reading →

Healthy Holiday Desserts

The holidays are a wonderful time to bring friends and family together. Making a fresh batch of holiday desserts is a perfect way to make connections and memories during the holiday season. Think of your favorite family dessert, then think about how it makes you feel. Warm, nostalgic, happy, connected? Does it ever feel too... Continue Reading →

A Healthier Halloween

Halloween can be a challenge for parents who try to feed their children healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. Below are some tips to help your family to have a healthier Halloween while still enjoying the holiday without overdoing it on the candy. Eat a healthy and hearty meal before heading out to trick-or-treat. A slow... Continue Reading →

An Apple a Day

Fall is in the air which means that apples are in season. We have all heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” An apple a day may not actually keep the doctor away, but apples do offer a number of health benefits. Apples are: Very inexpensive.Low in calories (about 80 calories per tennis ball... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Whole Grains in a Balanced Diet

Introducing whole grains into your diet is easy, beneficial, and nutritious. For maximum dietary health, whole grains should make up a substantial portion of a balanced diet, just as meats and vegetables should. Whole grains contain: High levels of fiberProteinsVitaminsMinerals All of which, make whole grains a nutrient-rich food. Some examples of whole grains include,... Continue Reading →

Choosing a Better Breakfast

Many people have heard the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Research has found this statement to be true because eating breakfast can help jump start our brains and metabolism. Our metabolism increases after we eat, so the sooner we eat in the morning, the sooner our body will start metabolizing... Continue Reading →

Back to School Lunches

August is Back to School Month which means it is time to make the decision if you want to pack your child’s lunch or feed them what the school provides. Each option has many considerations and health benefits. Packing a lunch provides an opportunity to be selective and creative with your child while packing a... Continue Reading →

How Much Water Do Kids Need?

Water affects all body functions. It helps keep body temperature constant, it carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and carries waste away. Water helps maintain blood volume and helps lubricate joints and body tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes, and nose. The amount of water that a child needs each day may seem... Continue Reading →

Forming Connections Through Food

July is the month of farmers markets, in which you can find fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets have many perks, in addition to stocking up on nutrient dense foods you can also form connections. Local artisans, farmers, community members provide a healthy experience for the whole family. It’s a chance to enjoy being in... Continue Reading →

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