Getting an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables is already challenging enough, and in the winter, this task proves to be even more challenging. For adult males, the daily recommendation is 2 cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of vegetables per day, and for adult females, the daily recommendation is 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of vegetables per day.
Oats are one of the most popular whole grains in America with seventy-five percent of U.S. households having oatmeal in their cupboards. Many individuals think about oatmeal being served in the form of a hot cereal (porridge), but it’s also found in a variety of baked goods, breads, granola, and muesli (an uncooked cereal consisting of grains, nuts, and fresh or dried fruits).
Not everyone has a work schedule that resembles a traditional work day. In fact, 15 million Americans work outside the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or work swing shifts rotating between day, evening, or night shifts. With working such odd hours comes a difficult sleep schedule.
Life gets busy; it is a (non-scientific) fact. Somewhere in between getting kids to school, working, picking kids up from school, and driving kids to extra-curricular activities you have to figure out what to feed your family. After a long day, convenience is priority. Although eating out or grabbing some fast food may seem like the easiest option at night, preparing meals at home is a healthier and more affordable solution.
“Eat your fruits and veggies!” You have probably heard this saying since you were a little kid and perhaps you are now telling your kids to do the same. There is a reason we are encouraged to eat our greens from a young age; these colorful foods are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The USDA recommends adults consume two cups of fruits and three cups of vegetables per day.
Many families with young children are often faced with the challenge of needing to prepare quick, healthy, tasty meals on a pushed schedule. Add to the task that picky eating behavior is common for many children from the age of 2-5 years. They may eat only a certain type of food or refuse foods based on texture or color. Making time to include children in cooking activities can provide many benefits.
The Family Food Cent$ Newsletter is published by Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP).
It’s the new year, which means many of us are striving toward New Year’s resolutions. However, that often means seeking “the next best thing” which might be a new product or fad diet. Unfortunately, consumers are often willing to shell out money for the latest and greatest secret. These new fad diets and products are often impractical and in general, might not be very good for us.
Too often, individuals don’t take time to invest in the importance of good nutrition and exercise for their bodies. Many take their health for granted. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a realization or diagnosis of bad health or a health condition for the behavior changes to start.
Tis the season for delicious cooking and while the parties are almost over, we have some ideas to help ensure you are well-equipped to bring the cheer to your New Year’s Eve party. Whether you have a date for a big bash or will ring in New Year a little more low-key with family and friends, when you arrive with a delicious beef appetizer recipe in hand, you’ll be sure to put the “happy” in “Happy New Year!”