National Food Days, Weeks & Months
Contributors: Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Gage County; Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County; and Lisa Franzen Castle, MS, RD, PhD, Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Questions or comments? Email Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT
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National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- Super Bowl (February 2, 2014) *
- Homemade Soup Day (February 4)
- Oatmeal Monday (February 10, 2014, 2nd Monday) *
- Happy Valentine's Day! (February 14)
- Almond Day (February 16)
- Pistachio Day (February 26)
- Strawberry Day (February 27)
- Chili Day (February 27, 2014, 4th Thursday) *
National Food Weeks
National Food Months
- American Heart Month
- Bake for Family Fun Month
- Berry Fresh Month
- Canned Food Month
- Celebration of Chocolate Month
- Cherry Month
- Hot Breakfast Month
- Grapefruit Month
- Potato Lover's Month
- Snack Food Month
- Sweet Potato Month
Super Bowl Sunday is filled with food, festivities and fun — not to mention football. Serve your family foods that are tasty, filling, and nutritious. http://bit.ly/zGnx05
Looking for a Super Bowl dip that you can feel confident is healthy and delicious for your family? This whipped delight is a great replacement for high-fat dips. http://bit.ly/x6s3pG
Should a large pot of soup sit on the range until it cools, or should it be refrigerated hot? Check out the answer under the Common Questions from USDA.
10 Titillating Soup Ideas by Nancy Urbanic, Extension Associate
Wikipedia describes Oatmeal Monday as a "traditional holiday observed the ancient universities of Scotland on the second Monday of February."
The students' frugal diet consisted mainly of oatmeal made into porridge. Periodically, they were given a long weekend to replenish their oatmeal supplies. Eventually, this was just established as just this one official Oatmeal Monday.
Enjoy these oatmeal recipes on Oatmeal Monday and throughout the year!
Most of the fat in almonds and other nuts is heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Eaten in moderation, nuts can be an important part of a healthy diet. Almonds also are a source of Vitamin E.
Though nuts are higher in fat than some foods, most of the fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Eaten in moderation, nuts can be an important part of a healthy diet. More information and recipes for pistachios at:
(Photo courtesy of the Western Pistachio Association)
A half cup of strawberries has about 25 calories and adds important vitamin C, fiber, and potassium to our diet.
California produces the majority of the strawberries in the United States. For more information on selection, storing, and strawberry recipes:
The common denominator of various chili's is they are hot and spicy. Beans and tomatoes are frequently included. The beans choice may include pinto beans, kidney beans, great northern beans or navy beans.
Some chili recipes omit the beans while others omit adding meat. Meat choices may include such choices as beef, pork, turkey, venison or bison. From there, the list of ingredients may become very creative, including such foods as coffee, honey, dark chocolate, bananas and others.(Photo: Anne Davis at http://flic.kr/p/95tb8a
Creative Commons Attribution/Noncommercial license)
Try these pizza recipes:
Here are more cooking with kids resources:
Many berries can be eaten raw and range from 50 to 100 calories per serving when eaten raw. They are high in vitamin c, potassium, and fiber.
For tips on selecting, storing and preparing berries, visit fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org and type "berries" into the search feature in the upper right corner of the web page.
Research has shown canned foods can be as high in nutrients as and sometimes higher than fresh foods.
Are canned foods still safe after a year? Two years? Longer? USDA gives the answer under their Common Questions section.
Other canned food resources:
Enjoy Chocolate! The news keeps getting better about chocolate.
Learn more about Chocolate - A Functional Food?
Learn how to store and prepare cherries from fruits & veggies more matters.
Nebraska's Nutrition Education Program created a handout on canned cherries. This handout talks about nutrition information, storage, uses, and includes two recipes on the second page.
This campaign emphasizes the importance of starting each day by eating a healthy breakfast. While breakfast can be healthy without being hot, the colder days of February are a great time to enjoy a hot breakfast.
Breakfast literally means "break the fast" after not eating since the night before. People who eat breakfast usually perform better in school and on the job.
Grapefruit got its name because of the way it grows in clusters, like grapes, on trees. Eating grapefruit is a tangy, flavorful way to add vitamin C to our diets. Most of our grapefruit comes from Florida.
Potatoes are fat free, sodium free, high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber and high in potassium. One medium potato (5.3 ounces) has 100 calories.
Enjoy these quick and easy recipes made with potatoes:
More recipes and potato information from the United States Potato Board.
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy these simple, healthy snacks from our Youth / 4-H section
Sweet potatoes are fat free, sodium free, high in vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber and potassium. A medium, 5" long, 2" diameter sweet potato only has about 130 calories. Check these links for more ideas for cooking with sweet potatoes.
Selected recipes / information sheets on sweet potatoes from food.unl.edu
More recipes and information sources:(Photo courtesy of Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission)
UNL Extension's Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months is a monthly, web-based food-themed calendar. It provides resources for selected national food-themed days, weeks, and months.
We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs, and articles.
~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT
► For more timely food tips and inspiration, visit my blog, Making HealthieRDecisions
UNL Food Features
(Updated March 3, 2014)
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- Cook It Quick Blog
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- Food Fun for Young Kids (Pinterest)
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