Safe Temperatures for Food

Just like us, bacteria need food and water to grow and multiply. They also need a comfortable living environment, not too cold and not too hot. Bacteria that cause food borne illnesses are commonly found in foods we eat. So how do we keep this food safe to eat? By making it hard for bacteria… Read more »

Stretching and Flexibility Training for Fitness

There are four types of physical activities that we should perform for overall fitness – aerobic (cardio) exercise, strength (resistance) training, balance exercises, and flexibility training. Cardio and strength training are emphasized a lot, but balance and flexibility are just as important. Flexibility exercises maintain or improve the range of motion in our joints, allowing… Read more »

Packed lunches for busy families

Summer is coming to an end and students are heading back to school. Despite the improvements in the quality of school meals in recent years, some families prefer to pack their own lunches. Unfortunately, many packed lunches don’t match up to the nutrition standards of school lunches. Many common packed lunches provide too much sodium,… Read more »

Price of Food at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets offer a wide variety of fresh, local fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods and more. The quality of produce is generally unbeatable, as most fruits and veggies are picked at the peak of ripeness just days or even hours before you buy them. And many farmers selling at the market follow organic practices.… Read more »

Farmers Market Resources

National Farmers Market Week starts Sunday, August 6th. This week highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Last year, $20.2 million of SNAP funds were used at farmers markets in the United States, helping families buy fresh, healthy food and support their local farmers. Right here in Virginia, we have… Read more »

Meal Prep Shortcuts for Busy Families

Have you been seeing #MealPrep photos on social media recently? The pictures of perfectly portioned lunches for the week are inspiring, but might be a little intimidating. What busy mom has time or energy to arrange each ingredient just so for Instagram-worthy meals for an entire week? But you can take these meal prep strategies… Read more »

Build Your Own Salad

Are you tired of trying to make sure your family eats enough veggies? Salads can be a fun, tasty, and budget-friendly way to add more vegetables into your family’s meals. The great part about salads is that you can choose your family’s favorite foods. This may include leftovers from last night’s dinner, or items you… Read more »

Personalized Wraps Using Your Better Pantry

In today’s busy world, it can be hard to make quick, low-cost meals. When you use foods you already have in your pantry that save time and money. Wraps are a great meal to eat at home or on the go. Mix and match your ingredients and follow these steps to create tasty, budget-friendly meals… Read more »

Build Your Own Pasta Dish

Recipes can be hard to follow and take a lot of time. Recipes leave you with ingredients that are hard to use again, too. Keep staple ingredients on hand and build a #BetterPantry that will save you time and money. Remembering just a few simple tips will help you make quick and tasty meals. For… Read more »

Egg-cellent Omelets

Omelets are a tasty, budget-friendly, and easy meal your entire family will enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Use ingredients you have on hand from your fridge and pantry to make a meal that matches your family’s taste preferences. Simply pair with fresh fruit, and you have a balanced breakfast, lunch, or dinner to serve… Read more »