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.
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.
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...
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."
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
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."
Some thoughts to consider:
Know the three P's: Plan, Purchase and Prepare
Practice these P’s to make tasty, good-for-you meals that are pocketbook friendly.
EatFresh.org's mini nutrition education online course teaches you how to (1) Eat for Health, (2) Save Money on Groceries, and (3) Cook Easy, Tasty Meals. What have you got to lose?
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.
If you enjoy breakfast, try to start your day with a nutritious meal.
While breakfast options abound, the best choices are high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Many nutritious, healthy foods and drinks are also easy to prepare in the morning. These include fruit, whole grain toast, eggs, green tea, coffee, and protein shakes.
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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.
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...
Diane Samson of Tech Times writes that doctors might soon begin giving out a prescription for fruits and vegetables to lower a patient's risk of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Right? Like, what did humans do before pharmaceuticals? Click the button below to read Diane's article.
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.