Food & Nutrition
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers explore how regular protein consumption can ward off disability in older adults.
Read what ARS Office of Communications writer Kathryn Markham has written about it.
Parent Tips - Healthy Snacks
At 100 calories or less, snacking is good when you feel hungry between meals. Choosing healthy snacks will help you and your family stay at a healthy weight.
Click the link below to check out what healthy snacks look like.
Pumpkin 5 Ways
Click the link below to dive a bit deeper into these five foods and learn how to incorporate pumpkin into them.
Ever wonder, if there is Good Nutrition what is it? Click below to read Healthline's take on what Good Nutrition is...
Power your pantry!
A properly stocked pantry is the key to preparing better-for-you meals at home. Having the right ingredients on hand lets you put together tasty meals in a hurry. Build your pantry over time by stocking a variety of the below items.
Balance of oils: canola and olive oil
Variety of vinegars, citrus juices and fresh citrus
Low-sodium stocks and broths
Herbs, spices and ethnic items
Herbs and spices add lots of flavor without adding fat. However, they should be used in moderation as they can be high in salt. Try a variety of the below items to add zest to your meals.
Assortment of whole grains
Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrients and fiber. Grains differ in their uses and flavors, so experiment to find the ones you and your family like best.
Thanks! to yumPOWER for these tips.
"I never follow recipes—I prefer to just cook with what I have."
Food Safety Emergency Response
Prevent foodborne illness during emergencies and disasters.
Check out these Resource Materials from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.
Pumpkin, chia seeds, cactus, and chocolate - Who knew?!!
Read the article by Krista Linares, MPH, RDN, from Healthline.
After reading yesterday's post we couldn't help but look at recipes for today's! Check out these nightshade fruit and vege recipes...
What are nightshade fruits and veggies?
Nightshade fruits and vegetables are a broad group of plants from the Solanaceae family. Nightshade plants contain poisonous alkaloids, one called solanine.
While ingesting nightshade plants can be fatal, fruits and vegetables in this same classification of plant — many of which you’ll find at your local grocery store — are actually safe to eat.
This is because the amount of this toxic compound is lowered to nontoxic levels once the fruits and vegetables ripen. Still, the leaves and berries of the deadly nightshade plant are toxic and shouldn’t be consumed.
Find out exactly which of the nightshades are the most nutritious.
- Brian Krans, Healthline
Avocados are in and easy to use in recipes. Check out these four dishes with several ingredients in common—avocados, chicken, and tortillas. They would make great dinners to spread out over the course of the week.
Click the link below for downloadable recipes and shopping lists
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
Break out your best loaf pan, because there’s no way you’ll be able to browse through pumpkin recipes and not immediately want to try one. We can’t choose a favorite pumpkin recipe — how can you choose between pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin soup, all perfect in their own way? But we can easily say pumpkin bread is a classic we never get tired of making. The great thing about it is that it’s easy to enjoy year-round; many of these recipes call for canned pumpkin, so there’s no need to wait until fall. Start with our recipe for The Best Pumpkin Bread. It's perfectly moist, easy to make and not too sweet.
You can toast it and slather with butter or cream cheese, or maybe even try a slice with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
- Meghan Hynes Cole, Food Network
The US Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center has designed a cheat sheet for cooking with spices. And, if you look at their information on a computer you can follow the links they provide to actual recipes to help you make the most of those often unused spices.
Some people will eat almost anything. But whether it’s pungent cheese, fried spiders or chicken liver, it can take a few tries to develop a taste for something. Fruits and vegetables are no different. Believe it or not, five servings is about equal to two-and-a-half cups. Less than you’d think, right?
Click the button below to check out some great tips for getting creative in the kitchen!
"Sugary drinks taste good and my kids love them."
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Plan, Purchase & Prepare
Know the three P's: Plan, Purchase and Prepare
Practice these P’s to make tasty, good-for-you meals that are pocketbook friendly.
Food & Nutrition
What we eat ultimately provides fuel for life. Here we strive to share information that you may find helpful or beneficial on your journey to living a more healthy life.