Author Archives: Austin Brooks

leftovers in microwave

Go Further with Food Safety

Preventing food waste and saving money on groceries is one of the ways you can go further with food during National Nutrition Month. Food safety is an important part of keeping your food and leftovers safe and germ-free. As you work to reduce food waste in your kitchen, remember these tips to go further with food safety. Continue reading

prepping a salad

Cooking from Your Better Pantry

Go further with food by cooking more at home and finding ways to prep meals and snacks ahead of time. This will make it easier to eat smart and reduce food waste. Our Better Pantry series showed you healthy and low-cost ingredients to keep on hand. Today, we’re sharing strategies for cooking quick meals with those Better Pantry ingredients and time-saving approaches to meal prepping. Continue reading

grocery bag full of healthy fresh food

Go Further With Food

March is National Nutrition Month, a yearly focus on eating smart promoted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the professional association of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This year’s theme is Go Further with Food, emphasizing the way food fuels our lives, as well as relating to stretching food budgets and preventing food waste. This theme meshes well with the Family Nutrition Program’s mission to help our participants eat smart on a budget. Meal planning, my favorite topic, is key for going further with food. The Academy listed key messages to focus on this month and I’ve added some additional details (with links to previous posts!) on how you can go further with food this month and all year long. Continue reading

American flag with Olympic medal

Move Like an Olympian

For the past two weeks, people across the globe have tuned in to watch athletes at the top of their game compete. For these athletes, the Olympics are the reward for a lifetime of dedication, training, and determination. While most of us will never reach the same level of skill and athleticism, we can all try to move like an Olympian for better health and fitness. Continue reading

colorful arrangement of fruits and veggies in shape of a rainbow

Eat a Rainbow!

Fruits and vegetables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors. Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables provide important nutrients for health and maintenance of your body. Different types of fruits and vegetables provide different nutrients, so it’s important to get a good variety. An easy way to make sure you’re getting all the different nutrients is to choose a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to fill half your plate. Continue reading