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shopping at farmers markets

Farmers Market Resources

National Farmers Market Week starts Sunday, August 6th. This week highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Last year, $20.2 million of SNAP funds were used at farmers markets in the United States, helping families buy fresh, healthy food and support their local farmers. Right here in Virginia, we have 250 markets, more than twice the number from just 10 years ago. Ninety-seven Virginia farmers markets accept SNAP, and many offer SNAP matching as well. The best way to celebrate is to visit your local market. To make it easier for first-time shoppers and busy families, here’s a collection of great resources for shopping at a farmers market on a budget. Continue reading

quick healthy breakfast ideas

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

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

super bowl football snacks

Healthy Game Day Recipes

Tailgating season is coming to an end, with just one big game left. This weekend is one of the most watched television events, as well as the second highest calorie food-related holidays of the year (just behind Thanksgiving). Between chips and dip, pizza, chicken wings, and soda, most of the usual party snacks make it tough to eat smart on game day. This year, make some strategic swaps and focus on homemade versions of traditional game day snacks to cut down on extra calories. Your football fans can still enjoy the party and make healthy choices! Continue reading

Healthy egg recipes

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 the most versatile foods to cook with. And despite shifting views over the past several decades, eggs are a good source of nutrition. So in honor of National Egg Month, let’s learn all about eggs! Continue reading