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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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January Food Calendar

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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

National Food Weeks

National Food Months



New Year's Day (January 1)

Happy New Year!Happy New Year! Many people make New Year's resolutions pertaining to their health such as losing weight or getting fit. Check out Wishing You a Healthy H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R to help you be healthier. Do a Don't Do List is a great resource to help you find more time in your day.

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Spaghetti Day (January 4)

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Bean Day (January 6)

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Apricot Day (January 9)
  • apricotPeople following a gluten-free diet can blissfully munch on our Gluten-Free Power Bars, made with apricots.
  • Find delicious and nutritious apricot recipes, scope out
  • Canned Apricots fact sheet created by Nebraska's Nutrition Education Program will tell you about the nutrition information, storage, and uses for canned apricots. It even includes a recipe for Yummy Apricot Crisp.

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Popcorn Day (January 19)

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Granola Bar Day (January 21)

granola bar
Here are some granola bar recipes from our Youth/4-H pages:

Check out Breakfast No-Bake Granola Bars by Oregon State University Extension Service.

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Peanut Butter Day (January 24)

peanut butter
Here are some tasty peanut butter recipes from our Youth / 4-H pages. Check this section for yummier, peanut ideas!

For more peanut butter pointers, visit the National Peanut Board and

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Blueberry Pancake Day (January 28)

blueberry pancake
Add blueberries to pancakes will help you and your family to eat more fruit. Check out how to select, store, and use blueberries from our Nutrition Education Program's website.

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.

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National Folic Acid Awareness Week (second week of January)

baby feetEating folic acid can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid every day. To learn more about this awareness week, check out National Council on Folic Acid's website.

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Pizza Week (second week of January)*

pizzaPizza can provide all the food groups ... and it tastes so good!

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.

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Healthy Weight Week (third week of January)*

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Birth Defects Prevention Month

babyTime 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.

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Egg Month

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Family Fit Lifestyle Month

family walkingFamily Fit Lifestyle Month is the best time to get the whole family to create healthy lifestyle habits. For this month, check out Walk Nebraska Newsletters to help you and your family be more fit. Learn more about physical activity from our Health & Fitness section or  Food, Nutrition and Health Videos section.

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Fiber Focus Month

fruits and vegetablesFiber has many health benefits, so focus on adding fiber to your diet during January. Make sure to follow these tips when adding more fiber to your diet:

  1. Start slowly by adding one fiber-rich food daily for one week, then increase to two until recommended levels are reached.
  2. Add high-fiber foods gradually, since too much fiber at once produces discomfort.
  3. Eat a variety of fiber-rich foods such as whole grain bread, oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables.

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Hot Tea Month

hot teaHot Tea Month was spearheaded by the Tea Association of the USA. Drinking may tea may offer some protection against such diseases as cancer and heart disease and help give your immune system a boost and protect against the flu.

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Oatmeal Month

blueberry oatmeal
Oatmeal Month occurs during January as more oatmeal is sold during January than any other month. It was originally established by Quaker's food service. TIP: Make your oatmeal with milk instead of water for added nutrition and a luscious creamy taste!

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Prune Breakfast Month

prunesDried plums or prunes are high in fiber and phytochemicals and aren't just for breakfast anymore. They're a great kitchen staple as they store well and may be eaten out of hand or used in recipes. (Refrigerate the package after opening.)

Photo: Sylvain Gamel at / Creative Commons license: Attribution, Noncommercial

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Slow-Cooking Month

slow cooker
Check out these slow cooker recipes:

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.

Photo: I Believe I Can Fry at / Creative Commons license: Attribution, Noncommercial

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Soup Month

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Wheat Bread Month

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January food calendar


Food Calendar

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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(Updated February 2, 2015)