One way that I like to use positive reinforcement is through prizes that often communicate key lessons as well. This practice adds an extra layer to my presentations, allowing me to address a key subject from yet another angle...
July is a fantastic month for health and nutrition educators! Check out all the wonderful resources we've collected to help you celebrate Berry Month, Peach Month, Picnic Month, and more!
July is Picnic Month, which means it’s a great opportunity to teach your audience about food safety. Use these tips and facts at your next presentation, cooking demonstration, or client meeting...
Fresh fruit desserts can be fun if you let everyone make their own treats with seasonal produce and a variety of fun toppings.
A longtime reader asked if we had any handouts on healthy dairy choices, and I decided it was time to offer a more in-depth exploration of particular products and their impact on health. Here are the results...
When was the last time you did a cooking demonstration? My latest demonstration taught me a lot, and today I'd like to share what I've learned with you. I offer these tips to help you make your cooking demos easier, more exciting, and more engaging!
It’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a bright new strawberry dessert? Whipped cream, mango puree, and strawberries fresh from the market all come together to make this show-stopping dessert, which is topped with toasted almonds and freshly-chopped mint.
July is Berry, Blueberry, Peach, and Watermelon Month! It's also a great time to raise awareness about proper nutrition, healthy cooking, physical activity, and more! Check out all the resources that are now at your disposal!
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.
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!
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!
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.
New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences
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!
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.
Get a free handout while taking a closer look at the new Mediterranean Diet program...
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?
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?
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...
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...
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.
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...
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!
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...
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?"
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.
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...
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!
"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!
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...
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, spring greens, and pea shoots. A cup of these vegetables contains a scant 50 calories and anywhere from 4% to ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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....
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.
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 vegetables in a bowl; refrigerate and cover until ready to serve. It lasts up to 2-3 days without dressing. Give it a theme ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications
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 for lunch, parties, going out to eat, etc. Most parents are busy because they are parents! It is hard to ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications