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 »


Eat More Seafood

As we discussed before, seafood is both delicious and nutritious. The Omega 3 fats that we all think of with seafood have some pretty amazing health benefits. Omega 3 fats help to prevent heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, we only consume about 60% of the recommended amount of seafood.   Here are… Read more »


Food Safety Meltdown: The Right Way to Thaw Frozen Food

Thawing food incorrectly is one common food safety mistake many people make. So if it’s dinnertime and tonight’s main ingredient is still frozen solid, what do you do? Run it under hot water? Stick it on the counter while you prep the other ingredients? Give up and call for delivery? Wrong, wrong and wrong. Because… Read more »


Thanksgiving Leftover Remix

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a great meal with family and the weather cleared up enough that we were able to take our traditional post-dinner walk. That walk is always refreshing in the crisp air and let me tell you, no one who goes for a walk ends up napping… Read more »