Resetting Your Resolutions

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Don’t want to talk about it, huh? While it’s great that so many people are excited about making healthy changes at the same time, resolution enthusiasm fades quickly. Old habits creep back in and most people give up on resolutions within a few weeks. But if you’re still… Read more »

Separate Germs from Your Food

Germs are tiny and easy to spread. Germs are found everywhere, including in our food. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs are the main sources of germs that cause foodborne illnesses, but fruits and veggies can also carry germs. The four basic steps of food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – help to reduce… Read more »

How to Budget for Feeding Your Family

Budgeting for meals is an extremely important part of managing a household. But how do you know what a good amount is for your family? There are a few shortcuts to help you set a food budget that meets the MyPlate recommendations, evaluate the cost of recipes, and save money at the grocery store.

Workouts for Beginners

Many people set goals to increase their physical activity in the new year. With so few Americans meeting the recommended amount of physical activity, this is a great lifestyle change to make. And it’s never too late to get more active to feel better, have more energy, and live healthier. However, you don’t want to… Read more »

Make a Plan to Change

Just because you’ve set resolutions for the new year doesn’t mean that you’ll magically accomplish them. Yes, framing your resolutions as SMART goals will help, but then what? Your habits are fairly set at this point and we’re creatures of habits and routines. You need a plan to change from what you’re currently doing to… Read more »

New Year, New Healthy Habits

Whether you want to set a typical New Year’s Resolution, or just continue to improve your eating and activity habits, January is a good time to make a change. There’s lots of energy and social support for developing healthy habits. And most people are feeling ready to eat smarter and move more after the holiday… Read more »

Holiday Gift Ideas to Eat Smart and Move More

‘Tis the season of gift-giving. Exchanging presents with family and friends helps us create stronger bonds, as we get an emotional boost from giving (and receiving) gifts. Sometimes it’s easy to pick the perfect present, but other times you’re left with the stress of not knowing what to give. Because we here at the Family… Read more »

Hand Washing Keeps Your Family Healthy

Hand washing is the first step of good food safety and personal hygiene. Because we interact with the world using our hands, they pick up a lot of germs along the way. You can spread these germs to other surfaces (like a door handle or your phone) and to other people (shaking hands, picking up… Read more »

Build Your Own Broth

Broth or stock is a great Better Pantry ingredient to keep on hand. It adds extra flavor to rice or quinoa that water can’t match. It’s the liquid for most soups and stews. You can even simmer meat or veggies in broth instead of cooking fat to save calories without losing taste. But the best… Read more »

Safely Cooking for Large Groups

Many holiday celebrations are centered around sharing food with family and friends. Because you only want to share love, not germs, food safety needs to be a part of the holiday meal planning process. Cooking for large groups presents a different set of food safety concerns than everyday cooking. In addition to the usual food… Read more »