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Eat Smart when Grilling Out

Some of the best parts of summer are time spent with friends and family outdoors. Plus, there’s usually food involved! From large family picnics to neighborhood BBQs or grilling out for dinner, most of us cook and eat meals outside during the summer season. But a lot of the common foods for these events tend to be higher in fat, sugar, and sodium and lacking in fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Here are my tips for eating smart when grilling out while still enjoying your picnic favorites. Continue reading

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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 of these foods can be used to create a Nigerian-inspired meal that fits MyPlate! Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Eat Smart, Mediterranean Style!

Feeling inspired to make your diet more Mediterranean? Many Israelis and people living in Mediterranean countries eat lots of whole grains, nuts, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Adding more of these foods to your diet is simple, affordable, and helps keep your heart healthy. Here you will find some easy tips for making common Israeli dishes that follow a Mediterranean style and won’t break your budget. Continue reading

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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 meals in Northern Mexico are influenced by the ranch culture of growing their own food or raising livestock, like beef cattle, chickens, and goats. Continue reading