How to Cook for a Healthy 2019

The most popular New Year’s Resolutions are related to health – moving more, losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. Although many people know what eating smart means, actually cooking and eating healthy meals each day is not so easy. How do you cook MyPlate meals when you’re short on time and money? Start with the basics… Read more »

Festive Holiday Drinks

Holiday parties are a fun way to celebrate the season and spend time with family and friends. Many people have a special recipe they prepare for these events as part of their holiday traditions. Festive beverages make an appearance at many holiday parties, like eggnog, punch, or holiday cocktails. And as delicious as these can… Read more »

Move More Your Way

Everyone benefits from moving more. Physical activity is one of the most important and beneficial behaviors for your health across the lifespan. The newest version of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released recently. It has been updated with more details about the health benefits of physical activity and recommendations for each age group,… Read more »

Eat Smart When Eating Out

Cooking and eating family meals at home is the best way to eat smart. Home cooked meals are generally healthier and cheaper. But eating out is also a large part of our eating habits. About half of the average American’s food dollars are spent on food away from home. About ¼ of our calories come… Read more »

How to Use a Food Thermometer

Food thermometers are one of the most important tools for cooking food safely. Food thermometers are the only way to know if food is cooked to a hot enough temperature to kill bacteria that can make your family sick. Food thermometers can also help make sure you don’t overcook your meat, keeping it juicy and… Read more »

Moving More With Less Daylight

Are you still getting used to the time change? It’s nice to have the sun shining in the morning, but it’s rough to get home after dark each evening. If you’re used to taking a walk in the evenings as a way to be active, it just got harder to commit to maintaining that habit… Read more »

Mindful Eating for the Holidays

The holidays are a special time of year when we gather over delicious food with our family and friends. In many families, there are certain recipes that are only served for these special occasions. And much of the foods served tend to be more indulgent and higher in refined grains, salt, fat, and added sugar… Read more »

Scary Good Ways to Eat Smart

Eating smart gets harder as we transition to the holiday season. First candy for Halloween, then the extra portions of Thanksgiving meals, and a month of holiday parties and meals before going out with a bang on New Year’s Eve. We’ll talk more about strategies to eat smart and move more throughout the holiday season,… Read more »

Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies on a Budget

Fruits and veggies are full of important nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. That’s why MyPlate recommends making half your plate fruits and vegetables. Yet many Americans aren’t eating enough for good health. A common reason why is the cost of produce. Researchers decided to calculate how much it costs to meet MyPlate’s recommendations for… Read more »

Step It Up Walk-tober

Walking is one of the best ways to move more. You don’t need special equipment to walk, just a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ve been practicing walking since you were a toddler, although a few pointers on form can always help. You can walk almost anywhere (even indoors!), although parks, greenways, and sidewalks are more… Read more »