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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for July 2014

 

In Season...
Apricots, Bananas, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapefruits, Grapes, Green Beans, Honeydew Melon, Kiwifruit, Lima Beans, Mushrooms, Nectarine, Peaches, Peas, Plums, Radishes, Raspberries, Strawberries, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watermelon

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MyPlate: What's the Right Amount of Calories for You?

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Easy Summer Dinner: Lamb Kabobs

Hey, remember when we did grilling 101 earlier this week? Let’s follow up with a simple and totally delicious dinner that your clients can make on a grill!

A Beginner’s Guide to Grilling

The temperatures are continuing to rise, and in all this heat, who wants to turn on the oven or stove? Help your clients beat the heat with this fun guide to grilling.

Why Try the Mediterranean Diet?

Get a free handout while taking a closer look at the new Mediterranean Diet program…

Fruit and Vegetable Challenge

As health educators, we spend a lot of time making nutrition lessons engaging for our clients. Well, now it’s our turn. Are you ready to take the challenge?

Refreshing Summer Treats

There’s more to summer refreshment than the siren song of the ice cream truck. Did you know that you can make inexpensive and totally delicious popsicles at home?

Popsicles: A Closer Look

Summer is a great time for popsicles — but are all popsicles created equal? Check out this comparison of popular popsicles’ calorie density, nutrient content, and added sugars…

MyPlate 4-Step Plan for Summer

Tomorrow marks the official start of summer! How will your clients stay healthy and have fun? For some practical advice, we turn to MyPlate. Here are 4 easy steps for making the summer active, healthful, and a total blast…

The Art of Portion Control

Good portion control doesn’t have to mean scarcity. This may not seem like an earth-shattering point, but so many people I talk to think of portion control as the best way to manage deprivation. That’s not it at all! You can control your portions and still feel full — and it’s easier than you think.

Skinny Skinny Whipped Cream

Did you know that you can make 2 cups of whipped cream that only contain 30 calories… total? It’s possible! Check out this post for all the details…

Freezer Magic: 8 Tips for Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Did you take advantage of a store special on produce? Or perhaps you harvested a lot of items from your garden? Or did you simply buy too much produce to use in a week?
Don’t worry, there’s good news about the bounty that is overflowing from your refrigerator and countertops, and the answer lies in your freezer. You can actually freeze a whole bunch of different fruits and vegetables to use later — we’ll show you how!

Vitamin D and You!

July is a great time to make sure that you are getting enough vitamin D while still keeping your skin cancer risk low. Not sure how to do that? Check out this excerpt from our amazing vitamin D education program…

Peach Berry Crush

This tasty, refreshing dessert is perfect for those hot summer nights. And it’s a great answer to the question, “What should I cook to celebrate berry month?”

5 Ways to Make Salad

We are starting to make and photograph all of our recipes – over 1000! First up – 25 salads in 2 days. What we discovered, is that there is more than one way to make a salad! Here are fun tips, photos and recipes so easy you don’t need a recipe. Vote on your favorite or give us a tip and win a prize.

Proclaim the Joys of Blueberry Month with Communicating Food for Health!

No single food can supply all the nutrients you need. For example, milk has calcium and vitamin B12 but it doesn’t have any vitamin C. Oranges contain vitamin C, but they’re B12 bereft! That’s why you need to eat a wide variety of foods. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the foods you eat are nutrient-dense. Some foods are more nutrient-dense than others, so choose wisely. In honor of Blueberry Month, we thought we’d feature these tasty, nutrient-rich berries…

Celebrate Your Inner Chef!

Have you met your inner chef? Are you ready to celebrate that chef? The first step towards celebrating your inner chef is identifying your cooking style. After all, when you know what makes you happy in the kitchen, cooking will become much more fun. So what are you waiting for? Take this quick quiz today!

Coconut, Saturated Fat, and Your Heart

“I’m sure everyone else is as confused as I am! I have been working with people with CVD for over 20 years, and I just can’t figure out why there are two such polar camps regarding saturated fats and heart disease.”
Get the answers in this great new post!

Grilled Veggies and Spring Farmers’ Markets

Spring and summer bring tons of fresh vegetables from gardens, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores. The latest farmers’ market bounty included ripe beefsteak tomatoes, baby turnip greens, baby carrots, baby bok choy, asparagus, and spinach. Here’s what we made with our delicious haul from the farmer’s market in Boulder, Colorado…

Grilled Chicken and Chard

Today we’re going to talk about delicious ways to balance your plate like MyPlate, especially when it comes to getting enough dark green vegetables. Dark green vegetables include tasty greens like collards, chard, spinach, mustard, kale, …

July is Baked Bean Month

July is Baked Bean Month! It’s not too late to celebrate — try our baked bean recipe tonight! Why dedicate a whole month to these legumes, especially in the produce-rich height of summer? Find out in today’s exploration of beans…

Summer Fruit Dessert Presentation Tips

Our last post introduced seven AMAZING fresh fruit desserts, and today we’d like to continue that discussion with a guide to presentation. After all, if the food doesn’t look delicious, it’s a lot harder to convince people to give it a try. Follow these presentation tips for desserts that will be sure to have your guests lining up for a taste.

Seven Remarkable Summer Fruit Desserts

Summer is here, which means that many kinds of produce are at the very peak of their season. So how can you best celebrate the joys of summer fruit? Check out these 7 remarkable and healthy fruit desserts. They’re cold, refreshing, and totally delicious.

Enjoy Summer Fruit!

Every season features its own special fruits and vegetables, but summer offers an exceptional range of choices. In this post, we explore the best ways to treat yourself to summer fruit.

Celebrate Berry Month!

Did you know that July is Berry Month? To celebrate, we’ve collected a few of our favorite berry recipes and paired them with fun facts. Check it out!

Use MyPlate for a Great Fourth of July

Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? The food, the fireworks, the fun with friends and family — all of these elements combine to make this holiday fun and memorable. However, in all the hullabaloo, it can be difficult to make healthful decisions. Luckily, MyPlate is full of great tips and tricks for having an exciting and healthful celebration.

Berry Good!

Who doesn’t love berries? These versatile fruits are a great snack, and they’re good for you too! In fact, new research has revealed that blueberries, cranberries, huckleberries, and related plants all contain a special cancer-fighting compound called resveratrol.

12 Salad Presentations

Salad is the biggest “food group” in our recipe categories – we have 100 salads in our new Celebrate Salad eCookbook. Here are 12 plated salad presentation ideas from a professional chef whose passion is to cook healthy and make a lot of salads.

Take Your Salad to Work

Did you know you can take a salad to work? We have one here that takes minutes to make and it is gorgeous. You will be the envy of your whole office and hopefully, since you will skip the commute and line at the lunch palace, you will have time to walk. Pictures, story, recipe here….

Shhhhhh – 5 people ate 16 cups of veggies with this meal – fajitas, pico de gallo, guac and more!

You see, I like to be clever when serving guests. There is no way I am going to abandon my healthy cooking strategies but there is also no way I want to take out the fantastic flavor and fun factor.

Make A Bowl

Make A Bowl

Here are ideas for your refrigerator to help make fruits and veggies more enticing! Make bowls of ready to eat fruits or veggies with a fun theme (keep them covered so they taste fresh):
• Salad bowl – Put together lettuce and …

Children, Activity, Diet

Here is part three of our series, “Children, Activity, and Diet.” We feel that most parents make misguided choices for kids’ meals. This opinion is based on several years of observations of what kids eat …

 
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