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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 »

How to Pack your Lunch

Packing lunch is so much fun. To start packing your lunch, you’ll need to pick out a lunchbox so you can easily take your food with you. Maybe you like superheroes, unicorns, or a certain TV show. There’s a lunchbox for everyone out there! A bag that you can use again works as a lunchbox,… 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.

MyPlate Inspired Dishes from Northern Mexico

Do you want to bring more spice and flavor to your home-cooked meals? The traditional Mexican diet is rich in spices, peppers, beans, corn, rice, and tortillas that you can use to help spice up your everyday cooking. These foods are the staples of popular dishes like fajitas, tacos, carne asada, and tamales. Typical family… Read more »

Quick and Healthy Indian Themed Dinners

Welcome to Northern India, where cooking is an important family affair and meals are full of flavor. Big Indian families lead to many helpful hands in the kitchen and traditional recipes might take all day to prepare. Hinduism is the largest religion in India, which is why there are many vegetarian dishes. A typical Northern… Read more »

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!

All About Eggs

Plant-based proteins are one of the most affordable options for people on a budget, but eggs come in a close second. One egg costs about $0.17 compared to an equivalent serving of beans (¼ cup), which costs about $0.06 for dried beans or $0.08 for canned beans. Not only are eggs affordable, they’re one of… Read more »