healthy eating

All About Organic

When we talk about healthy eating, the term “organic” often comes up in conversation. There can be some confusion about what this term actually means and if there are ways to include organic foods in your meal plan without exhausting your food budget.

First of all, what is “organic”?

Make Every Day Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up this Saturday, April 22. You may be asking, what exactly does Earth Day have to do with food and nutrition? Well, it takes precious resources to produce food. Helping to reduce the amount of wasted food is one way we can all do our part to build a sustainable food system. Reducing food waste means less food would find its way into landfills, where it would have been contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are three things you can do to minimize food waste:

What does it mean to eat a balanced diet?

We’ve all heard that a balanced diet is key to a healthy eating pattern, but what does “balance” really mean? This month is National Nutrition Month, which is the perfect time to focus on adding more variety to your lifestyle. Following the MyPlate guidelines is a great place to start. MyPlate gives us an example of what a balanced meal might look like based on a 9 inch plate. Each food group provides different essential nutrients that perform different roles in the body.

Put Your Best Fork Forward!

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is an annual nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This month is the perfect time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing a healthier eating pattern that can last all year long.

This year’s theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward", which implies the importance of making small changes to reach your health and nutrition goals one bite at a time. Celebrate National Nutrition Month® with these key themes from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Produce in Winter

If you live in a cold weather region, chances are you have noticed something different lately at the grocery store.  Shelves are piled high with squashes and potatoes, summertime favorites like peaches and cherries are nowhere to be found and let's not even get started on the quality of the tomatoes.  In short, winter has arrived, and the selection of truly good produced has dropped.