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Realistic Resolutions to Eat Smart

Create new healthy eating habits that will carry you through to the next decade. Eating smart provides all the basic nutrients you need for good health, helps prevent chronic diseases, and can set your children up for a lifetime of good eating habits. To help you achieve your resolutions for eating smart, check out our… Read more »

Nutrition Basics of Carbohydrates

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient carbohydrates. Today, we’ll go into more detail about carbs, their functions in the body, sources of carbohydrates, and some information about different diets that focus on carb intake. 

New School Year, New Healthy Routines

August is here and it’s back to school season. Making changes to your lifestyle requires changing up your current routine with new healthy habits. What better time to make some healthy changes than when you’re already establishing a new routine? This school year, commit to eating smarter and moving more as a family.

Summer Food Ideas

What we choose to eat is influenced by many factors, such as taste preferences, culture, season, and weather. Summer makes me think of barbecues, picnics, eating from the garden, and cold treats to cool off. Eat smart this summer with these ideas for warm weather recipes.

Realistic Weight Management Strategies

Often our efforts to eat smart and move more are in pursuit of other goals, especially weight loss. In fact, the CDC found that half of all Americans, especially women, report attempting to lose weight in the past year. This makes sense considering that our nation’s weight has gone steadily up over the last several… Read more »

Healthy Lifestyles in Bloom

Yesterday was the first official day of spring and we’re beginning to see signs of warmer weather on the way. The grass is greening up, trees are beginning to bud and bloom, and birds are returning from their winter migrations. And as the natural world begins to wake back up, it’s the perfect time for… Read more »

Eat Smart When Eating Out

Cooking and eating family meals at home is the best way to eat smart. Home cooked meals are generally healthier and cheaper. But eating out is also a large part of our eating habits. About half of the average American’s food dollars are spent on food away from home. About ¼ of our calories come… Read more »

Back to School Tips to Eat Smart and Move More

Summer feels like it’s only just begun, but the beginning of August brings the Back to School season. Families are shopping for school supplies and trying to soak up the last bit of outdoor fun before the school bell rings. Since your family’s schedule is getting ready to change, now is a great time to… Read more »

Take a Taste of Nigerian-Inspired Meals

Feeling uninspired when trying to cook healthy meals? Nigerian meals offer new flavors for more exciting family meals. You can fix your favorite dishes using Nigerian staples while eating smart. Traditional Nigerian foods include maiz, yams, cassava, and plantains. Typical Nigerian meals are tomato stew, porridge, soups such as egusi soup, and jollof rice. All… Read more »

MyPlate Inspired Dishes From the Central Southern Region of China

Are you trying to cook more at home, but finding that you miss some of your takeout favorites like Chinese? There are many ways to create these flavors at home while following the MyPlate guidelines and keeping it budget friendly. Traditional Chinese cooking looks a lot different from Chinese takeout.