Food & Nutrition
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Why Eat Healthier
Eating healthier is important for several reasons.
Kids and Snacks
Kids like snacks and you can get them to love healthy snacks!
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
Visit AND’s website for more information, including this year's theme, 50 Ideas to Get Involved and campaign resources available in multiple languages.
Join us in congratulating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on their 50th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month®!
Arlene Semeco, MS, RD, seems to think so. Click the button below to see why she believes ginseng has benefits for your health. She lists SEVEN reasons...
Sucrose, glucose, and fructose are three common types of sugar that are absorbed differently and have slightly different effects on the body. Whether they occur naturally in foods or are added to them also makes a big difference in how they affect your health.
Nutrition on a Budget
Save money when food shopping! View the U.S. Department of Agriculture's resources and tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Why Are Fried Foods Bad For You?
Here's an article we had a hard time opening. But we did. And because we all want to be healthy, we know you will want to open and read it too.
This article explains why commercially fried foods are bad for you and provides some healthier alternatives to consider (thankfully).
Check out Kaitlyn Berkheiser's article on the health benefits of vitamin B12, based on science. She starts by writing that Vitamin B12 plays a key role in many aspects of health and may support bone health, red blood cell formation, energy levels, and mood.
Then read Melissa Grove's article on Vitamin B12 dosage.
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.
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.
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
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."
Some thoughts to consider:
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.
Eating healthy when money is tight can be challenging, especially if you are living with a costly condition like diabetes. These tips can help.
A diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins is important for good health, especially if you have diabetes. Healthy eating is key to maintaining blood sugar levels in your target range. But the cost of nutritious foods can quickly add up.
Eating on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. With a little know-how and planning, you can enjoy nutritious foods without breaking the bank. And if you need help, a diabetes care and education specialist can work with you to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle, beliefs, and culture.
It appears that, YES - in some cases, food can help with pain. James Roland writes that there are five surprising natural pain relievers. Although not all are food, James' article helps open our eyes to more that what gets pushed in commercials during prime-time.
Is Soy Healthy?
Alexandra, from FIVESEC HEALTH, tackles the subject of the forbidden fruit's (or, maybe it is a weed, grain, or cruciferous?) health benefits and how to purchase. Take a leap and click SOY below to dive into something out-of-the-ordinary...
Brown Rice - 5 Ways
Looking for ways to incorporate more Brown Rice in your diet but getting tired of the standard milk-cinnamon-sugar routine? USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has shared new ways to use ingredients with the MyPlate 5 Ways Series. Today we point you to Brown Rice! Click ENJOY below.
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.