All About Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great Better Pantry staple. It is low-cost, widely-available, and can be used in many different recipes. It’s a popular source of plant-based protein and heart-healthy fats. And it just tastes good!

How Sleep Impacts Health

This weekend, Daylight Savings Time ended and we all set our clocks back an hour. For most people, this usually means a magical extra hour of badly needed sleep (with the unfortunate tradeoff of the sun setting at 5 o’clock). Experts recommend most adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but many of us… Read more »

Indoor Cardio Exercise Ideas

Late fall is the time of year that everyone but the most dedicated exercisers head indoors because of cooler temperatures. But you don’t have to hibernate all winter just because it’s too cold to go for a walk or jog outside. Keep up your physical activity habits with these ideas for bringing your cardio workouts… Read more »

Shopping Smart on a Budget

Did you know that the average supermarket carries 39,500 different items? With so many options, how do you shop smart and make the best choices for your family? When you’re trying to eat smart on a budget, grocery shopping can be hard. But it is possible to save money and still eat well. It just… Read more »

How FNP Helps Feed VA

In honor of Feed VA Day of Action, we’re highlighting Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s educators who take action every day as they empower Virginians to make good food choices, work to eliminate food deserts and strive to end hunger in our state. Our Program Assistants, SNAP-Ed Agents and volunteers work with individuals and families by… Read more »

Fall Recipe Inspiration

  Pumpkin spice might be the official flavor of fall, but there are other seasonal foods that deserve a spot on your menu. Root veggies, winter squash, leafy greens, apples, pears, and more are in season in fall. As the nights cool off and the days get shorter, comfort food is back on the menu.… Read more »

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 »