Fruit is fantastic! Most fruits are naturally low in calories, fat and sodium. Fruits are good sources of many essential nutrients including dietary fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and folate (folic acid). Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
The Family Food Cent$ Newsletter is published by Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP).
The “Farmers Grow MyPlate” lesson series is a resource designed for rural school children to educate them about the Choose MyPlate guidance as well as how that food is grown in our Midwest states.
The SDSU Extension Power Chef lesson series is an educational program designed to teach basic food preparation skills and showcase important information about school food programs.
Am I getting older or is the supermarket playing great music? I wonder about things like this as I cruise the aisles of my local grocery store. Grocery stores have thousands of products, with most food items grouped together to make your grocery store experience easier. Healthy food choices are important for good health and well-being. Consider building a healthy diet with smart shopping.
Quick, effortless, and convenient are a few ways meal replacements have been described. Meal replacements have been utilized since 1994 and have become a popular choice for weight loss strategies. They are portion-controlled, vitamin and mineral fortified, and prepackaged, usually in the form of a bar or shake. The convenience meal replacements offer is appealing, but do they work for long-term weight management?
Eating three square meals a day is a thing of the past for many Americans and snacking has gone mainstream. In fact, 94 percent of Americans snack at least once per day, with half snacking multiple times. Additionally, for the average person, approximately 25 percent of total calories come from snacks.
Every March draws special recognition to the importance of healthy eating. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme encourages everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and reminds everyone that each bite counts. The emphasis is aimed at making small shifts in our food choices as they can add up over time. So let’s make those choices positive. The overall goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, develop sound physical activity habits, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.
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).
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.