Healthy Bites Newsletter

By Lisa Franzen-Castle
Extension Nutrition Specialist, PhD, RD
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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April: Spring Celebrations and Food Safety

SpringIt's spring - the season to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate special occasions, like Easter, Passover, and graduation!  As celebrations and events approach, take a fresh look at food safety habits. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline gets extra busy this time of year with food safety questions. The hotline has lots of advices to keep celebrations safe from foodborne hazards. Check out these spring food safety tips.

March: Nutrition Month

Family nutritionSocial, emotional and health factors play a role in the foods we choose to eat. But the foods we enjoy are the ones we eat most. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month 2014®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. This year's theme focuses on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


February: National Canned Food Month

Canned foods are convenient, portable, quick, and have a long shelf life. They also help provide needed nutrients to meet USDA Dietary Guidelines. During February, National Canned Food Month, experiment with different recipes and meal ideas using canned foods. There are several varieties of canned foods on grocery store shelves, offering an array of nutritious options. Check out the following tips on storing and using canned foods.

January: Soup Month

What's better on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of soup? Soup can be nutritious, easy to prepare, and inexpensive. It can be great hot or cold, prepared with minimal clean-up, only needs one pot, and the combination of ingredients is unlimited. Soup is a great dish for a variety of palettes and can be tailored to be spicy, savory or sweet. January is National Soup Month, a good time to think about how soup can fit into a healthy eating plan. Follow these helpful tips for making soup delicious and nutritious.

December: Healthy holiday party tips

As the holidays approach, keeping a commitment to healthful eating can be challenging. Research shows that the average American gains about one pound during the winter holiday season. According to a National Institutes of Health report, most people don't lose that extra pound of weight, so it accumulates over time. Follow these helpful tips for eating sensibly at holiday parties without increasing your waistline or sacrificing taste.

November: Healthier Holiday Eating

October: National Apple Month

September: Food Safety

August: Sandwiches are quick, easy, nutritious

July: Enjoy a Salad!

June: National Dairy Month

May: Beef Month

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