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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for November 2015


In Season...
Apples, Bananas, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cranberries, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Pears, Pineapple, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Yams, Winter Squash

National Food Weeks


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

Daylight Saving Time ends




National Sandwich Day


Men Make Dinner Day








Cook Something Bold Day






Veterans Day






Pickle Day

World Diabetes Day


Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Health Insurance Open Enrollment






Great American Smoke Out






Pumpkin Pie Day




Eat a Cranberry Day


San Diego Craig




Thanksgiving Day






Vinegar Day




Butternut Squash Soup in the Pressure Cooker

Are you ready for a tasty and warming winter soup? This one comes together in just 30 minutes! It’s also loaded with healthful vegetables and tasty spices…

Butternut Squash 101

Learn the basics about butternut squash in today’s special veggie post! In this post, you’ll find a discussion of what butternut squash tastes like, what nutrients it contains, and how to cook with it. There’s also downloadable clipart and a free PDF handout…

November 2015

Here are brand-new handouts, recipes, research analyses, and activity ideas for November!

It’s Healthy Skin Month!

What you know about your skin? Get a closer look at the role of your skin and don’t miss the tips and tricks for keeping it healthy!

Feeding Vegetarians on Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are inundated with recipes for how to dress and season a turkey, the main dish and delicious centerpiece for our holiday tables. But what if you have a vegetarian coming to dinner?

November Poster Contest Winners

It’s December, which means that it’s time to reveal the winners of the November poster contest! Are you ready for this?

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Every family has traditional holiday foods that show up on the table year after year. Instead of using the holidays as an excuse for high-fat, high-calorie feasting, use these five easy tips to remake your holiday favorites with good health in mind.

Guide to Prediabetes

In honor of American Diabetes Month, we’re cracking the vault to offer you the latest resources for your clients. Today’s sneak preview is from Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, and it’s all about prediabetes…

Holidays and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Want to help your clients with diabetes manage the holidays in a stress-free way? Check out this guide!

Gain Control of Your Blood Sugar

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes. Whether you have diabetes already, just got a diagnosis of prediabetes, or have a history of diabetes in your family, then you should know that you can take steps to control your blood sugar.

Fed Up: A Review

Lynn Grieger just watched Fed Up, the new documentary about food and exercise. Is it worth your time?

Holiday Wellness Challenge

How will you help your clients keep their weight on track during the holidays?

Chop Test: An Easier Way to Cook Vegetables

Have you ever wondered if you’re cooking vegetables well? I’ve devised a simple approach that makes determining cooking time and methods a snap! Check out this post for the secret, and don’t miss the free infographic!

Celebrate Fall with MyPlate!

The first official day of fall is September 23rd, and we’re going to celebrate with MyPlate!

Take Control of Your Portions

Portion control is just plain hard, and restaurant servings do not help. Today, because I love you, I am offering a free handout full of great ways to reduce oversized portions and manage a healthful diet. Check it out!

Cooking Skill Workshops

What would you do if you could enlist the help of a professional chef who is also an expert in healthful cooking?

Well, today is your lucky day. You really can get the help of a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who has spent over 20 years developing amazing techniques and new innovative ideas to improve cooking skills and freshen up old ideas.


10 Free Nutrition Handouts

New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences

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…

Helpful Holiday Links

Looking for some last-minute holiday inspiration? Check out these helpful links!

Holiday Presentation Ideas

Why not give your next presentation a festive spin? Here are some great presentation ideas, just for you!

MyPlate 4-Step Plan for the Holidays

The holidays are here! With all of the bustle and activity that accompanies this season, there is a good chance that it will be harder to stick to regular meal and exercise patterns. The good news is that, if you can remember MyPlate’s most important messages, you will still be able to lower calories and eat healthier!

Holiday Survival Guide: Thanksgiving Leftover Edition

Skip the post-Thanksgiving blahs with some fantastic recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Food and Health Communications, Inc.

From Box to Masterpiece Stuffing

Stuffing can be tricky because the boxed mixes are high in sodium. And many traditional recipes are a lot of work and the end result is sometimes mushy. Plus we don’t believe in stuffing the bird because the outcome is a mess – the turkey is dry and the stuffing is often undercooked.

Ingredient Spotlight: Peppers

It’s Pepper Month and it’s not too late to celebrate! Learn more about the ever-versatile bell pepper in today’s post.

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Looking for a diabetic-friendly holiday dessert? Look no further — we’ve got you covered.

Cracking the Vault: Diet and Pancreatic Cancer

Since November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’re cracking the vault to give you content that is usually exclusive to our members. Read on for a closer look at diet and pancreatic cancer, from James J. Kenney, PhD, FACN…

Get Saucy!

Have you ever heard of the mother sauces? Today I’m going to walk you through the basics — just in time for your holiday party!

Diabetes Risk Quiz!

Last week, you read a lot about diabetes as part of American Diabetes Month. Today, you can test your knowledge of diabetes with this quick, fun quiz. What are you waiting for? Try it now!

3 Tips for Holiday Survival

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Americans gain an average of 0.4 to 1.8 pounds each year during the holidays. This weight isn’t likely to disperse with the holiday cheer. It tends to stick around. So, what are you to do? Try these tips to make a healthful lifestyle during the holidays not only possible, but downright easy!

What is Your Diabetes Risk?

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. Diabetes is a serious disease that can be dangerous to your health if not managed correctly. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, new cases of blindness, and non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among adults in the United States. So, how can you reduce your diabetes risk? Start by learning more about the disease…

Diabetes Month Resources

November is Diabetes Month and it’s time to stock up on all the resources you need. Here are some of my favorites…

Make a Healthful Holiday Plate!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes, all ready to build a balanced plate for Thanksgiving.

Free Handout for Diabetes Month!

November is Diabetes Month and we’re going to be celebrating all month long! We’ll kick off our party of information with a free handout, excerpted from the 12 Lessons of Diabetes Program. Are you ready?

Moderation and Cookies: Tips and Tricks for Healthful Eating

A whole batch of cookies offers way too many servings for the average household. At the same time, it can be more trouble than it’s worth to scale down a recipe and mix minute portions of each ingredient. So, how can you solve the problem of excess versus extra effort? The answer is surprisingly simple!

Cooking Home Run Meals at Home

I am so proud to introduce Home Run Cooking, the latest cookbook from Food and Health Communications. It was truly a labor of love, and I really think you’ll like what you see…

12 Lesson Ideas for Diabetes

You asked, we delivered! We are so excited to introduce our new book, the 12 Lessons of Diabetes. In this book, you’ll find everything you need to know about diabetes management and prevention, all in one handy place. The book is full of tips and tricks from researchers and dietitians, resources from the CDC, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, MyPlate, and much more! So what are you waiting for? Check it out!

Apple A Day Savings Add Up!

It’s not too late to celebrate Apple Month! We’ve all heard about the effects of an apple a day on the proximity of doctors, but did you ever stop to think about the actual ramifications of eating an apple a day? This single small decision, over the course of a year, can help you reduce calorie consumption, ward off excess weight, and reduce your health risks.

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Healthful, Tasty Leftovers

Photo Holiday Meal Holiday MyPlate

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’re having a wonderful, healthful, and stress-free holiday. And if the question of “what am I going to do with all of the leftovers from this meal?” is haunting you, then it’s time to relax. We’ve got you covered. After all, leftovers can be some of the best parts of a Thanksgiving celebration.

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Play with Cranberries

Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time of year many families eat fresh cranberries. The cranberry growers estimate that 20% of their crop is eaten at the Thanksgiving holiday. Cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and contain just 25 calories per 1/2 cup of fresh berries. They are also low in sodium and a source of vitamins A & B, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Packed full of antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries promote the prevention of urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers. With all this great nutrition, shouldn’t we stop relegating them to just November?

Eat Healthfully with Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month, which makes today an excellent time to learn more about living healthfully with diabetes. After all, meal planning can be tricky, and it’s key to have several nutritious snacks every day. So what exactly should go on your plate if you have diabetes? Why, that’s why we’re here — to help you make a healthful, balanced plate at every meal!

Vital Holiday Party Tips

Holiday party season is just around the corner. Celebrate in a healthful way with our vital holiday party tips. Your health and waistline will thank you!

Cuckoo for Coconuts?

This week, we’ll be reviewing a variety of the health claims about coconuts and coconut oil. Are they wonderfoods or saturated fat bombs? Do they promote good health or harm it? We’ll begin the discussion with an article by Dr. James J. Kenney, who debunks a few coconut health claims…

Basic Poultry Broth

Turkey stuffing with poultry broth

Did you know that the leftovers from a roast chicken or turkey can make a phenomenal broth that can last for months in the freezer? Check out our simple techniques for creating and preserving a delicious staple that should be in every chef’s repertoire.

Holiday Kitchen Equipment Gift Ideas

The holidays are here — are you ready for them? In this post, we review holiday survival strategies and introduce our new iPad app, Holiday Secrets. This app contains the most creative and healthful holiday recipes. It’s not just another chef’s favorite recipe book – it is meant to teach you how to make many holiday creations from appetizers to gravy to desserts, no matter your kitchen skill. We promise that you will have the most wonderful time making dishes that taste great, look good, and are healthful, every time.

Rich Gravy

Using a fat separator cup for gravy really makes a difference – we removed about a quarter of cup of fat per 2 cups of broth or about 56 grams! Watch our video from Holiday Secrets Book on how to make a delicious, rich gravy that is low in fat and high in flavor.

Holiday Secrets Holiday Recipe Cookbook

Holiday Secrets

Holiday Secrets contains the most creative, healthy holiday recipes. This is not just another chef’s favorite recipe book – it is meant to teach you how to make many holiday creations from appetizers to gravy to desserts no matter your kitchen skill. We promise you will have the most wonderful time making great dishes that taste great, look good and are healthy every time.

Baking and Cooking Fat Saver Guides

Our Cooking and Baking Fat and Calorie Saving guides are just what every busy consumer needs today. They provide a quick list so people can make simple substitutions every day to lower fat, sugar and …

Turkey Tenderloins – WINNER DINNER!

I found these in the Walmart Superstore and decided to give them a try for dinner – and what a winner!! They were eaten so fast I couldn’t get a picture of the finished meal …

Holiday De LIGHT – Deep Dish Cranberry Apple Pie

4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2-1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp apple pie spice
1 prepared pie crust
Stir all ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl and place in …

Thanksgiving Twist to This Meal

Every evening, we are all blessed, or sometimes cursed, with the task of “what’s for dinner?” The Master Chef program in the US even has the same challenge – chefs get a mystery basket of … |