By Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN Leafy greens, lean meat, fresh fruit… it’s all part of a healthful diet. But even these nutritious foods can have a dirty little secret: harmful bacteria. As a partner of the Together Counts™ nationwide program for healthy, active living, we realize safe food handling practices are an important, but often overlooked, component of a healthy lifestyle. After all, food can’t be nutritious if it’s not
Be honest. How much food do you end up tossing out every week? If you’re anything like me, you find yourself throwing away produce you had every intention of eating (but has since turned into a terrifying science experiment in the back of the fridge) more often than you’d like. Turns out I’m not alone. In the U.S., 30-40% of the foods supply is wasted. This is equivalent to more
Every single day across America, firefighters gather around the kitchen table. Having just left their loved ones at home, they now sit down at this familiar piece of furniture with their second family. When I was introduced to the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and the Together Counts™ program, I didn’t immediately make the connection from their mission to our firehouse. Yes, we here at Fork and Hose Co. like to feature many
Every parent dreams of a dinner table painted with colors from each food group, warmed up and ready to serve to the family. Then you hear it, “Yuck, I don’t like that.” Not every child is as accepting of trying new foods as we’d like them to be, but with time and patience their taste interests can expand. Here are our top five tips for expanding your picky eater’s palette.
By Katie Johnson New research shows that the magic of cooking with kids extends beyond the kitchen to kids embracing healthy food choices and trying new dishes at the table. For families trying to promote appetites for healthy foods this is fantastic news. The study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals that involving children in cooking classes and/or food preparation activities
Have you ever tried to talk your young kids into eating something that’s good for them by telling them how “healthy” it is? If so, you may already know what researchers are discovering. This strategy may actually have the opposite effect you’re looking for. Instead of inspiring your pre-schooler to eat up all that nutritious food, telling them how healthy it is could lead to some pretty serious consequences, including: Tantrums
Spring, and all the anticipated foods it brings, is finally here. Are you as excited as we are to answer the call of those spring fruits and vegetables? This delicious seasonal produce has both tempting flavors and fabulous health benefits, and is sure to banish the long winter blues when it begins showing up at your local market: Peas – These sweet little morsels are a great option as a
March is an exciting time. It’s National Frozen Food Month, and you’ve got a touch of madness with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations right in the middle. For many of us, we’re even starting to see early hints of spring. There is no better way to combine these festivities than with a delicious, simply prepared, green meal for you and your family. My secret weapon to get my family through this
In my family, avocado is eaten with every meal! It contains heart healthy fats that can help reduce cholesterol and gives recipes a delicious creamy texture. One of my favorite recipes for the New Year is Chicken Avocado Lime Soup. I use low-sodium broth and don’t add heavy cream. Enjoy! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.
For the New Year, I’ve created a delicious version of this Latino classic with less calories. Since my family has a history of health-related diseases, including diabetes, this recipe swaps ingredients to help cut down on calories. As always, use what works best for you, and enjoy! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also