Skip to content
Print Friendly and PDF

Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for November 2021


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 Months

View All (16)

National Food Weeks




Election Day


National Sandwich Day


Men Make Dinner Day






Daylight Saving Time ends


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




Thanksgiving Day


Native American Heritage Day






Vinegar Day




Recipes for November


November 2020

There’s a lot of research to review this month, and our amazing team is on the case. Whether it’s new eating pattern guidance for young children, vitamin supplementation, building healthful meals or the connection between eating patterns and brain health, we’ve got you covered!

Teaching a Cooking Class: Tips and Tricks

I have been teaching a string of cooking classes recently, and boy have I ever learned a lot! Here are the tried-and-true secrets that take a presentation from good to great...

5 Fast and Easy Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Putting together an engaging and informative cooking demonstration is much harder than it looks. Don't worry, though, because our chefs and presenters have tons of wonderful cooking demonstrations under their belts. They've gotten all that work down to a science. In fact, Judy Doherty, PC II and founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc is going to share some of her top cooking demonstration guides here today -- everything from planning to execution.

The Best of Broccoli

Broccoli used to be a polarizing vegetable. You either loved it or loathed it. Fortunately, more people seem to be in the love broccoli camp, and what’s not to love? This green beauty from the cruciferous cabbage family is chock full of nutrients from beta-carotene to vitamin K. Research shows that compounds in broccoli are ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Great grapes!

Grapes are one of those fruits that most people only think of for snacking or serving as an appetizer with a plate of cheese and crackers. But these crisp, juicy jewels have so much more potential! Grapes are a source of pectin, a type of fiber that helps reduce cholesterol. In addition, dark red, purple ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Fall for fall fruit!

Besides the holiday season, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall fruit is arriving by the barrelful, and it’s time to enjoy the bounty. Apples and pears both boast fiber, flavor, and phytochemicals in addition to being delicious. A previous study also found that eating an apple or pear a day was associated ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications


There are several beautiful varieties of winter squash, but don’t let the name fool you. “Winter” squash is available year-round and is a seriously versatile vegetable. Squash provides a hefty dose of cancer-fighting beta-carotene as well as potassium, fiber and vitamin C. It’s also low in calories. A 1-cup serving of butternut squash has just ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

November 2019

The holidays are fast approaching — do you have what you need to help your audience navigate this time?

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?

This spud’s for you!

Don’t be a tater hater. There are a million reasons why potatoes can be part of a healthy diet. In addition to being a good source of potassium and vitamin C, potatoes also provide fiber to help curb your appetite. It’s fine to eat the skin as long as it’s cleaned thoroughly and not green. ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Cabbage- a very versatile veggie

Cabbage is one of the least expensive, most versatile vegetables around. With so many varieties to choose from, you’ll have multiple ways to enjoy this cancer-fighting hero. Since cabbage is often harvested in late summer/fall, it’s a great time of year to try a few new dishes. Here are 12 ways to love cabbage. Cabbage ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Violet and blue are healthy, too!

Have you ever been at a party or picnic and a guest looks at the blue corn chips and thinks they’ve been artificially dyed? It’s interesting how many people don’t realize there are multiple varieties of corn beyond yellow and white. What about cabbage and onions? Are they considered red or purple? In this last ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

9 great take away lessons from my CIA MPS program

This past week I was fortunate enough to begin my journey with a residency in Napa for the Culinary Institute of America's new MPS or Master of Professional Studies program. An MPS degree is a master's degree with the purpose of specific professional studies. I liken it to an MBA on a mission! I fell ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Go green, go!

Going green is not just good for the environment. Research tells us that eating more green fruits and vegetables is great for your health! From apples to zucchini, there are loads of nutritious green items to choose from. Lettuce start with breakfast! Breakfast is a perfectly sane time of day to include some green foods ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Hello yellow!

Yellow is the color of a bright sun and a beautiful daffodil. It’s been associated with happiness, freshness, creativity and optimism. If you ask most people to think of a yellow food, they’ll likely say bananas. And while bananas are lovely (despite what those internet pop ups say about not eating them), there’s lots of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Orange you glad?

Orange is the color of summer and fall. It symbolizes joy, sun and the tropics.  It’s hard not to feel positive when you’re enjoying the beautiful bounty of orange fruits and vegetables that are available each season! According to the “color wheel”, orange marries the energy of red, and happiness of yellow. This week’s series ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Seeing red

It’s been said that the color red represents fire, passion, desire and love. It’s also a color of courage, action and confidence. When most of us hear the phrase, “eat colorful fruits and vegetables”, red nearly always come to mind. Researchers find that the color red is stimulating, exciting and associated with increased activity. It’s ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

How to Make an Engaging Nutrition Poster

Let this poster inspire you to make your own educational displays. You can use the same basic principle to craft any fun, engaging nutrition poster you'd like. Simply find great photos or drawings of healthful foods (magazine ads are great for this) and form the foods into letters that spell out a key word for your nutrition presentation.

Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Activity Ideas

We've all heard about the importance of eating from the rainbow to get a variety of foods and nutrients. In fact, we've probably already taught this concept to our clients. But now it's time for a refresher -- a new way to make eating from the rainbow both fun and possible...

10 Free Nutrition Handouts

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

2019 Food and Nutrition Hot Topics and New Theme Finder

Here are the hottest food and nutrition education topics based on our professional writers' recommendations, customer requests, nutrition research, post analytics, customer requests, news, and best selling book lists. How-To Cooking Demos for Seasonal Items - this is always our most popular topic and the how-to section in Amazon Cookbooks reflects that people want science, ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Best Holiday Posts

2018 marks the 25th year that I have been in business developing culinary nutrition education materials for dietitians and other health professionals. Much has happened in the past quarter of a decade, including the coming and going of the "fat-free" food trend, Internet/social media, low-carb-high-protein diets, a gluten-free fad, the Pyramid to MyPlate shift, 5 ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Everything Spice

What is the "everything spice"? Well, it is a combination of spices from the "everything bagel", using poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and salt. Why would you want to use it? Because it has an intense flavor, some crunch, and not a lot of salt. It is a plant-based (seeds) seasoning that goes great ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Potato Loaf

In our social media "all about the potato" post, we described all of the nutrient advantages of potatoes. See it here. A tour through your grocery store will find piles of fresh potatoes, waiting to go into a comforting fall or holiday meal. So we set to work to make something creative, delicious, and easy. ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

November 2018

Happy November everyone!

Holiday Presentation Ideas

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

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!

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!

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.

Make a Healthful Holiday Plate!

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

Holiday Wellness Challenge

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

Holiday Challenge: Healthful Drinks

The holiday season is upon us -- do you have the tools you need to help your clients navigate its pitfalls?

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Healthful, Tasty Leftovers

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.

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!

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

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

Shopping Tips for the Holidays

Tis the season to be merry, but wary. Almost half of Americans will put on weight during the holiday season. Here are shopping and eating tips I share with supermarket tour attendees to help them enjoy the holidays and avoid unwanted pounds: • Add chopped apples, unpeeled orange segments and raisins to prepare a delicious ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Holiday Survival: 5 Tips Just for You

Set up your pantry to help meet your goals, not tempt you away from them!

Fruit Centerpiece

Are you looking for a beautiful table centerpiece that everyone can eat? Here is an idea for a beautiful winter fruit bowl for you: The idea is to use a variety of winter fruits that have a variety of shapes and colors. Rinse and dry the fruits and keep them refrigerated until ready to assemble ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Best of 2017

Here are the best news and update articles from 2017. You do have to be a member to read the 23 full stories that are linked below but we have a recap of each story which makes a great overview of the main research and updates for the year of 2017 for all readers. If you ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Thinking Red and Plant Based Appetizer Platter

This beautiful red appetizer plate was carefully planned so it would meet my criteria for fabulous flavor combinations, easy to make, fantastic presentation, and red color. What's in it? Good question! Here is the simple shopping list: cherry or grape tomatoes radishes seedless black grapes small bell peppers hummus daikon micro-greens Of course it helps ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Alternatives to Baking Cookies

Holiday baking is often a treasured tradition in most households. And of all of the holiday food festivities, baking is one of the highest impact with regards to calories. Many people make 3 or more kinds of cookies in large batches. A one-ounce cookie contains about the same amount of calories as an ounce of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Fresh VS Frozen Vegetables – What’s The Difference?

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, more is certainly better. With the latest nutrition research from the UK suggesting TEN (versus 5) servings of fruits and vegetables daily in reducing risk of early death and chronic illness, many people may be wondering how to work them all in.(1) Despite popular belief, frozen vegetables can ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

November 2017

Here is everything you need to help your clients have a fantastic and healthful November. Don't miss the amazing handouts, recipes, research reviews, and more!

Kitchen Hack: 18 Tips for Making Meal Planning and Shopping Easy

Planning ahead makes it mentally easier to prepare a meal without having to think of what to make. Trips to the grocery store are fewer, faster and easier. Here are 18 of our the best tips: #1- Plan meals around complex carbohydrates and plant based items such as pasta, rice, baked potatoes, legumes and whole ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Practice Competencies for Nutrition Practitioners to Maintain Credentials

Beginning June 1, 2016, for recertifying credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners completing the 2016-2021 recertification cycle, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) transitioned into an updated credentialing system based on practice competencies...

Boost the Appeal of Seasonal Fruit

I just did a fall photo shoot -- wanna see?

Jarrahdale Blue Pumpkin

While touring the beautiful California coast near Santa Cruz, I came upon a few pumpkin farms right on the ocean. I wanted to buy a pie pumpkin because they are more flavorful than the larger pumpkins used for decorations. They are also smaller and easier to handle. I was met with a few choices of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Kitchen Hack: Herbs and Spices

Do you just want to know an easier way to organize your spices? If so, you're in luck! I just came up with a great way to organize my spice cabinet and now I want to share it with you.

November 2016

Links to the November 2016 Issue: Is Sugar Now Public Enemy #1? – by James J. Kenney PhD, FACN Pasta Display and Activity Ideas – by Judy Doherty, PC II, AOS, BS Recipe: Fajita Burritos – by Judy Doherty, PC II, AOS, BS Recipe: Guacasalsa – by Judy Doherty, PC II, AOS, BS Handout: Healthy Skin: Part Two – by Lynn ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Fall Nutrition Handout

Fall is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate is there than with a fresh new handout?

MyPlate’s Advice

MyPlate is filled with great advice, and today I want to summarize some of the highlights!

Sneak Preview: Make Vegetables More Appealing!

Here's a special preview of Building a Plant-Based Eating Pattern: Vegetables, the first in a new series about creating an eating pattern that is rich in healthful plants...

Free Nutrition Education Poster!

We would love to give all of our charitable followers a free poster... so we're going to!

New Sugar Guidelines for Kids

A new statement from the American Heart Association advises all kids from age 2 to 18 to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day. Children under the age of 2 should consume no added sugars at all...

Make Healthful Choices Appealing

How a food looks aesthetically can seriously affect people's perception of it. In order to make healthy meals appetizing, it helps to make them actually look appealing too.

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!

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?

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...

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?

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.


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!

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.

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...

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: 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!

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

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 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 calories with ingredients they are probably already using. Best of all they are updated and now in color! These have ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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 but I promise I will make them again and come back and put one here. If you click on the ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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 a 10 inch deep dish pie pan. Place one pie crust on top of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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 ingredients and must prepare a world-class dinner under time constraints and watchful eyes. Last night was a similar adventure for ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications




Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.