Happy National Canned Food Month!

Not only is February American Heart Month, it’s also National Canned Food Month! Today, we’ll be focusing on the benefits of eating canned foods. Canned foods are relatively cheap and can be easier on your wallet than buying fresh. Nutrition-wise, canned foods are actually very similar to fresh or frozen foods. Just be sure to… Read more »

 

How to Cut Down on Added Sugars at Home

Lately we’ve talking a lot about added sugars and heart health. Here are some simple swaps to help you cut down on added sugars at home: Eat Smart Choose low-calorie, sugar-free drinks like water, calorie-free drink mixes, or diet drinks. If you like fizz, try adding slices of your favorite fruit or a splash of… Read more »

 

Cut Down on Added Sugar to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

Last week, we mentioned that eating too much sugar increases your risk for heart disease. Today, let’s talk about how to cut down on sugar intake and reduce your risk! Some sugars, such as sugar found in fruit and milk, are naturally occurring and found in foods that are good for us. We’re going to… Read more »

 

Eat Smart, Move More, Slim Down to Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that Americans eat an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day? This is about 3 times the recommended maximum amount! A new research study found that eating too much sugar raises your risk of heart disease. The study found that Americans who ate a lot of… Read more »

 

Build a Better Pantry Part 3 – Freezer Foods

Now that we’ve posted about foods to stock in your pantry and refrigerator, it’s time to “chill” and talk about foods to keep in your freezer. Here are some reasons why your freezer can be your best friend: It’s a wonderful time-saving device when you don’t have time to cook from scratch Once defrosted, frozen… Read more »

 

Kids Who Eat Smart and Move More Are Better Students

Our lifestyle choices affect how our bodies work. If we eat smart and move more, our bodies work better. This is especially true for children, who are growing and developing using the building blocks of nutrients found in the foods they eat. In fact, studies have found that children who eat a healthy diet, especially… Read more »

 

Water is Better. Why Drinking Your Calories is Not Eating Smart.

A few months ago, I shared this picture from MyPlate on our Facebook page. It really surprised me because 400 calories is how much most people need for an entire meal. Much of those calories are coming from added sugar in soda or fruit-flavored drinks (not 100% juice). Why does it matter? We are getting… Read more »

 

Eat Smart, Move More, Slim Down

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight this year? If you’re like the average American, about half of you readers want to lose weight in 2014. Well, I have great news for you. The Family Nutrition Program has a newly redesigned program to help you meet your weight loss goals… Read more »

 

Small Steps to Success for a Healthy New Year

It’s that time of year again. No, not when cold weather keeps us cooped up indoors, making it a challenge to be active or when everywhere we look there are tempting holiday treats full of calories, sugar and fat. Well, it is that time of year too, but I’m talking about New Year’s Resolution season.… Read more »