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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Click on a link to find TIPS, RECIPES, and RESOURCES related to that day, week or month. Or simply scroll down the page.
Questions about January's Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, Extension Educator
National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- News Year's Day (January 1)
- Spaghetti Day (January 4)
- Bean Day (January 6)
- Apricot Day (January 9)
- Popcorn Day (January 19)
- Granola Bar Day (January 21)
- Peanut Butter Day (January 24)
- Blueberry Pancake Day (January 28)
National Food Weeks
- National Folic Acid Awareness Week (second week of January)*
- Pizza Week (second week of January)*
- Healthy Weight Week (third week of January)*
National Food Months
- Birth Defects Prevention Month
- Egg Month
- Family Fit Lifestyle Month
- Fiber Focus Month
- Hot Tea Month
- Oatmeal Month
- Prune Breakfast Month
- Slow-Cooking Month
- Soup month
- Wheat Bread Month
Check out Breakfast No-Bake Granola Bars by Oregon State University Extension Service.
Blueberry Pancake Recipes:
TIP: Make your own blueberry pancakes by folding into the batter 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or pourable frozen blueberries per each cup of flour. For added fruit flavor, top with fruit sauce of berry jam instead of syrup and butter.
Learn how to make a healthier homemade pizza in this blog posting by Extension Educator, Kayla Colgrove.
Enjoy these pizza recipes from the Youth / 4-H section of our website.
Time to raise awareness of birth defects and promote healthy pregnancies through National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Learn more from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network's website.
To help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine, check out Healthy Mothers have Healthier Babies with Folic Acid created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are some more great resources found at March of Dimes.
Food safety is still important when using your slow cooker. Want to learn more about it? Look at Slow Cookers and Food Safety from the USDA.
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
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