Keep the Fun in Summer Meals

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer events like barbeques, picnics, and camping.  The warmer weather and eating outdoors can bring food safety challenges.  Food left at room or warmer outside temperatures can increase the chance of bacterial growth in food that can cause food poisoning.  To keep the fun in your special events, follow... Continue Reading →

Grow Together

April is National Garden Month Planting a garden is a great way to spend time as a family. Spring is a perfect time to plan and plant your crops. Planning ahead will lead you to the most success in growing fruits and vegetables. Planting a garden will provide a fun outdoor activity loaded with lots... Continue Reading →

Eat the Rainbow

March is National Nutrition Month. Eating nutritious meals and snacks does not need to be boring! Adding color to your meals through fruits and vegetables, not only will make meals fun to eat, but also keep your kids healthy. Trying a variety of new fruits and vegetables is an enjoyable way to get in vitamins... Continue Reading →

Heart Healthy Snack Swaps

February is American Heart Month, which is a great reminder that every snack choice is an opportunity to take baby steps toward better heart health. Small and simple swaps add up and can make a big difference over time. Here are a few examples of small, realistic changes that help encourage better overall eating choices.... Continue Reading →


Follow the directions to choose ingredients from each block. Combine the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the soup reaches 165°F and the flavors combine. Note: For thinner soup, add a little water. For thicker "stew" add less broth or cook longer.

Mindful Holidays

The holiday season is full of treats and festivities that impact your families eating choices. Holidays are a perfect time to teach your kids mindful eating habits. When attending holiday gatherings remind your child that eating too many sweets could upset their belly. Discussing ways to savor foods will enhance your child’s satisfaction with their... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Leftover Tips

Thanksgiving weekend is hands down, all about the leftovers.  From Turkey Soup made with leftover turkey, to Senate Soup made with leftover ham, to a classic Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Sandwich, Thanksgiving leftover foods can be even more exciting than the Thanksgiving Day food itself. Following some simple guidelines for your leftovers will ensure safe... Continue Reading →

Turkey Talk

Let's get ready to roast a turkey. Use our handy chart to find the right times to thaw and roast. Then get some pointers to enjoy a safe and tasty Thanksgiving turkey dinner . NEVER DEFROST AT ROOM TEMPERATURE- Keep the turkey in its original wrapper. Place it on a tray or in a pan... Continue Reading →

Holiday Meal Planning

Everyone seems to have at least one holiday meal that will never be forgotten…for the wrong reason. The neck and giblet bag cooked in the bird, forgotten eggs in the pumpkin pies, or our furry four-legged family member being the first to sample the holiday feast. These are just a few of the mishaps that... Continue Reading →

Halloween Family Dinner

Halloween is a great opportunity to practice the habit of eating better and together for Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Whether you are going out trick-or-treating or staying indoors, the children are excited and there is bound to be candy involved. Whatever event you have going on, filling the kids up with a healthy, filling... 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 →

Fun in the Snow

During this cold season we are all ready to curl up with a blanket, and not step outside. But staying active, even in the cold, is important. And these cold months brings with it something for all of us to enjoy - snow. Playing in the snow as a family is a great bonding activity... Continue Reading →

Idaho Snow & Ice Sculptures

Idaho is known for great skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and other great winter activities. This includes trudging through the snow to create, or at least enjoy, magnificent snow and ice sculptures. Every year, towns put on Winter festivals that highlight outdoor art that can only be seen in the Winter. If you want to experience the... Continue Reading →

How to Become a Fall Fitness Fanatic The key to all Fall activities is layers! Worried about being too cold? Then put on jacket! Worried about being too hot once you get moving? Then wear a t-shirt underneath! Sometimes our biggest excuse for not going outside is the fact that we don’t know what to wear when being active. A simple... Continue Reading →

Kids Eat Right Month

August is Kids Eat Right Month and a great time for families to learn how to cook healthy together! A clever way to encourage children to try new foods is to get kids in the kitchen. This week, we're featuring recipes to help kids start young and learn simple cooking tasks before moving on to... Continue Reading →

Idaho Seasonal Produce

Idaho is known for its potatoes, but what about the other vegetables and fruits that grow in abundance? There are over 40 different types of vegetables and fruits grown in the summer months alone. Listed below are a few examples of the produce that are in season in August. Apples, Apricots, Beans, Beets, Berries (various),... Continue Reading →

It’s camping season !

Have you been camping yet this year? Did you know that camping not only gives you time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but also provides health benefits? Camping offers Fresh natural air, Bright natural sunlight, Exercise & Healthy eating, and Family bonding just to name a few. When camping... Continue Reading →

Get Ready to Grill- Safely

Don’t forget the MOST important BBQ tool - a FOOD THERMOMETER! Download a FREE "Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart" The Main 4 Practices for Food Safety: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, and CHILL Cantaloupe Gazpacho Try this COOL summer recipe with your Summer or Fall BBQ Blender 1 cantaloupe, medium (washed, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks)1... Continue Reading →

Get Out & Play #MoveInMay

Eat Smart Idaho is celebrating National Physical Fitness & Sports Month During May! #MoveInMay Tell us what YOU do for fitness. #MoveinMay Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet in Idaho, more than 24%... Continue Reading →

Sports Hydration

As the weather starts warming up we start getting outside more. Some of these outside activities includes sports for us and our children. This is a wonderful way to get our daily exercise. But, we often wonder, what should I or my kids be drinking to stay hydrated? The short answer is: your go to... Continue Reading →

An Egg-citing Week Ahead!

It’s Egg Week at Eat Smart Idaho! We're bringing you egg cooking, egg safety and egg-citing recipes.  5 Egg-spert Questions About Easter Eggs How can I safely color and decorate hard-cooked eggs? Wash your hands between all the steps of cooking, cooling, dyeing and decorating.Can I use anything to decorate the eggs, such as pens... Continue Reading →

Winter Fun

Instead of cursing the winter, find ways to enjoy it! Instead of talking about the things we CAN'T do, bundle up, get outside, and be active with these activities: SNOWBALL FIGHT: what better way to run around (and exercise) without even realizing that you are exercising? Put on your gloves, gather your kids, and start... Continue Reading →

Acts of Kindness

February 14th, a day filled with candy, flowers, hearts, gifts, and Valentine cards. These gifts are fun ways to remind your friends and family how much you love and care them. Valentine’s Day is filled with candy and more candy, but what if you are looking for non-candy related teats for Valentine’s Day? What if... Continue Reading →

Winter Workouts

We are right in the middle of the coldest part of winter. It is so easy during this time of year to curl up under a blanket and attempt to hibernate all winter. Unfortunately, our bodies are not made to hibernate, and even during the cold we need exercise. We are supposed to get 150... Continue Reading →

Winter is Citrus Season

When it is cold in Idaho, warmer parts of the country are picking ripe, fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and other sweet or tangy citrus fruits. This is the time of year when these fruits taste wonderful and prices are lower! So, when the weather gets chilly, break out the citrus recipes! Carrot, Jicama, and Orange... Continue Reading →

SMART Goal Setting

How is it already the second week of January?! Like many of us, the beginning of the new year also means a chance to start over. This means resolutions for the new year. But like many of us, we quickly fall back into our old habits. So how can this year be different? By setting... Continue Reading →

Healthier Holidays

Between Christmas and New Years we tend to go to so many parties, get so many sweets, and generally have many opportunities to not be healthy. So here are a few tips to help you stay healthier this week. Have healthy snacks: make sure you have some healthy foods on hand so you can snack... Continue Reading →

Holiday Treats

Eating healthy does not have to be boring! Try these fun, holiday treats that the whole family will love! They are simple, delicious, and healthy! Peanut butter is not only delicious, but it is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you full for hours. While peanut butter may be higher in calories,... Continue Reading →

Fall Fitness Close to Home

Fall activities are even more pleasant when it’s cooler outside and the scenery is changing. Grab a jacket, comfortable shoes, and try some of these activities: Take a walk through your neighborhood or local park to see the changing colors of FallGet the whole family involved - Turn leaf-raking and other Autumn yard work into fun... Continue Reading →

Autumn Activities

Fall is finally here and now that the weather is changing, you might be looking for some fun fall activities to do. Whether you’re the type that wants to visit a pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin, or maybe you want to adventure through a corn maze with a hot chocolate in hand,... Continue Reading →

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