Fall Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc. What fall foods are… Read more »

 

Why Take the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge?

Food insecurity is a growing concern in the United States. One in seven Americans have struggled to put food on the table at some point during the year (ERS, 2013). Food assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), help by providing funds to purchase food. However, as the… Read more »

 

Food Safety 101

It’s been a while since we’ve talked food safety here. It may not be glamorous but it’s important for keeping our families healthy and avoiding preventable illnesses. Food poisoning is no fun for anyone. In school, the more I learned about food borne illnesses, my “germaphobe” tendencies kicked in, and the more freaked out I… Read more »

 

How to Make Snack Time Healthy?

Today’s post was written by Theresa Gilson, DTR, Dietetic Intern. Snack time can be challenging. Sometimes it is easier to grab that bag of potato chips than to search for a healthy alternative. What type of snacks does your family like to eat? How many snacks do you or your kids eat each day? What… Read more »

 

Facts & Benefits of Reading a Nutrition Label

Today’s post was written by Theresa Gilson, DTR, Dietetic Intern. Why do people read nutrition labels? What are the main things you look for when reading a nutrition label? When grocery shopping, it’s difficult to keep in mind all the items you need to focus on when reading a food label. Use the sample Nutrition Facts… Read more »

 

National Farmers Market Week 2014

For last year’s National Farmers Market Week, we talked about why and how you should shop for fresh, local food at your neighborhood market. This year, I want to give a little bit of an update on how much the use of SNAP at farmers markets have grown and how FNP has expanded their work… Read more »

 

Summer Produce Recipe Round-up

Do I sound like a broken record yet? Seasonal produce saves money, tastes better and is more nutritious. Buy it at the Farmers Market or harvest from your garden. Summer is the best time for buying, cooking, and eating fresh fruits and veggies, as it’s the height of the growing season. What is your favorite summer… Read more »

 

Smart Snacks for Your Busy Life

How many of you do a pretty good job of eating smart at your main meals, but find things start to fall apart when hunger hits mid-afternoon or after dinner? Snacks can be a great way to up your nutrition and fill in the gaps from your main meals. However, the snack foods we reach… Read more »

 

The Wonders of Dairy: Essential Nutrition in Many Forms

Milk is the most versatile food we eat. Dairy, which can come from several different animals, takes many different shapes, flavors, and textures, all while being an important source of essential nutrients. Quick, think about the foods you have in your house right now. How many different forms of dairy are there? I’m willing to… Read more »

 

Make the Switch to Whole Grains

While many of us may not have grown up eating whole grains, it’s time we start!       Whole grains are called whole because they contain all three parts of the grain as it’s found on the plant- the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Refined grains have the bran and germ removed during processing,… Read more »