Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard this message from moms since the beginning of time. And they’re right. People who eat breakfast were more likely to have higher levels of important nutrients in their overall diets, better focus and performance in schools and at work, and a healthier weight status. With all these benefits, why aren’t more people eating breakfast? Mainly a lack of time during busy mornings and for some people, not having much of an appetite in the morning. Both of these issues have solutions, so keep reading for quick, healthy breakfast ideas. Continue reading
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. With the summer growing season kicking into full swing, I can’t think of a better time to focus on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. If you’re like most Americans who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, this is your reminder to make half your plate fruits and vegetables this month. Continue reading
Last week, we recapped the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new edition is very similar to older versions. The most significant change is a new limit on added sugar to less than 10% of calories. We’ve encouraged people to cut back for years, but are happy to finally see an official recommendation. Although the Dietary Guidelines have been describing healthy eating patterns for Americans since the 1980s, we still are having a tough time meeting them. Continue reading
Every five years, the U.S. government updates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines represent the latest research on what a healthy diet should include to meet our nutritional needs. The recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines form the basis for MyPlate, the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC food packages, and other nutrition programs across the country. The newest edition of the Dietary Guidelines was released earlier this month. Much of their recommendations were similar to the previous version with a few key differences. Continue reading
January is National Soup Month, which fits nicely with this cold winter weather that is finally here. Nothing warms you up better on a cold evening than a steaming hot bowl of hearty soup or stew. Soup also offers an easy way to eat smart by following the MyPlate building blocks to create a healthy, balanced meal. Finally, soup can be an affordable meal that fills you up for less money and saves time in the kitchen.