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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Questions about May Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator
National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- Eat Beans Day (July 3)
- 4th of July (July 4)
- Macaroni Day (July 7)
- Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month)*
- Hamburger Day (July 28)
National Food Weeks
- Salad Week (4th week)
National Food Months
It's time to sing the praises of dry beans, and NOT that song about, "Beans, beans, the musical fruit!
Avoid getting bugged by a foodborne illness at your fourth of July celebrations. View our self-paced slide show and learn how. Add pizzazz to 4th of July meals with a fruit dish made with frozen flavored yogurt.
Macaroni has such a versatile shape that it works equally well in salads, soups, and even topped by your favorite pasta sauce. Why not experiment on Macaroni Day by using fiber-rich whole grain pasta or part whole grain pasta in your favorite pasta dish.
Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month)*
Image courtesy of Cattlemen's Beef Board & National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Fill up, not out, on fruits and veggies in a lightly dressed salad! Check your Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown produce.
Here's a quick and easy blueberry recipe for you:
Source: Reproduced with permission from Pivonka, E. and Berry, B., 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook (copyright, Rodale, 2002). This recipe was provided by the North American Blueberry Council. For more blueberry information and recipes, check www.blueberry.org
Thinking about a career in the culinary arts?
Read these before you fire up the grill!
When making homemade ice cream, protect yourself from the danger of possible Salmonella infection by using a homemade ice cream recipe made with a cooked egg base:
Summer is a time for picnics - follow these tips to keep picnic food safe:
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)
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