Category Archives: FNP Holiday Tips

peanut butter sandwich, milk, apple slices, and carrot sticks packed lunch

Safe Packed Lunches

Brushing up on food safety is important as kids go back to school. If you pack lunch for your kids, or if you pack your own lunch, you need to take steps to keep germs out. Without proper food safety, you can get very sick. And no one wants to start the school year with a foodborne illness. With just a few precautions, you can keep packed lunches safe and healthy. Continue reading

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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 add in some healthy practices to your school year routine. Here are a few ideas for helping your family eat smart and move more this school year. Be sure to check out today’s Facebook Live for more details and ideas. Continue reading

grilling vegetables

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

gift giving

Holiday Gift Ideas to Eat Smart and Move More

‘Tis the season of gift-giving. Exchanging presents with family and friends helps us create stronger bonds, as we get an emotional boost from giving (and receiving) gifts. Sometimes it’s easy to pick the perfect present, but other times you’re left with the stress of not knowing what to give. Because we here at the Family Nutrition Program live and breath healthy lifestyles, our holiday gift guide is all about eating smart, moving more, and feeling better! Continue reading

Thanksgiving meal

Safely Cooking for Large Groups

Many holiday celebrations are centered around sharing food with family and friends. Because you only want to share love, not germs, food safety needs to be a part of the holiday meal planning process. Cooking for large groups presents a different set of food safety concerns than everyday cooking. In addition to the usual food safety 101, handwashing, safe thawing techniques and minimum internal temperature, here are some additional food safety steps to follow during holiday get-togethers. Continue reading