This month Massachusetts SNAP-Ed is joining in on the celebration of National Nutrition Month. We will be having a series of blogs on a variety of topics including Eating a Variety of Nutritious Foods, Healthy Physical Activity Goals, Planning Your Meals and Snacks, and Tasty Food at Home. The kick-off week focuses on eating foods from each of the food groups, using the nutrition facts label, and making cultural meals while celebrating traditions. Some recent blogs touched upon these topics already, so this week we will chat about involving children in cultural meals and traditions. Foo
If you have questions about what it means to live a healthy life, this is where you will find the answers. The Healthy You blog is here to give you great advice you can use in your daily life.
How are you doing? Welcome to February! While it may be the shortest month it’s an important one. February is all about #OurHearts and how to take care of it. Read on!
What is a Heart Healthy Child?
A heart-healthy child is one that eats foods low in fat, enjoys well-balanced meals, is physically active for 60 minutes each day, and grows up making the healthy choice, the easy choice. Parents that role model healthy eating, offer well-balanced snacks and meals and have fun moving together, children will develop strong bodies and long life of healthy habits.
When the Dietary Guidelines were updated in 2020 www.MyPlate.gov was given a reboot. There are many new tools that make eating healthier easy, simple, and fun! Let’s go explore.
What a year! We have chatted about fruits and vegetables, home gardens, farmers’ markets, holiday leftovers, and making your own food-related presents. I have given you directions, book resources, dancing videos, and hopefully a smile to share with your family and friends.
Did you know that many people in Japan begin their day with soup? Or that, in Greece, they make a delicious a ‘melomarkarona’ which is a honey-soaked cookie made with ground walnuts. While those are just a couple examples of different ways and things that people eat; there are so many. We love to learn about what and how people eat especially at this time of year. Whether it’s Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Winter Solstice, there are traditional and delicious meals being made around the globe. Let’s go on a trip and learn more!
First Stop, China:
Homemade gifts are personal, thoughtful, and can be inexpensive. You will save money and time by giving a homemade gift. Gift Jars allow you to make multiple presents at one time for anyone on your list. Include your children in the activity makes holiday memories that can last a lifetime. This activity will give everyone a break from the TV or phone screens. Turn on some holiday music, take some deep breaths, and dive into this artistic adventure!
“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” Calvin Trillin, author and writer for The New Yorker
Over the next eight weeks many households will focus on family, friends, and traditions. This month though, the turkey is the centerpiece. Most of us have our own unique ways to cook the bird and adorn it with a variety of delicious side dishes. Let us help you turn those leftovers into their own masterpieces!
Nutritional Value of Turkey
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