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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

National Food Weeks

National Food Months

DAY

Eat Beans Day (July 3)

dry beans representing national eat beans dayIt's time to sing the praises of dry beans, and NOT that song about, "Beans, beans, the musical fruit!  

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4th of July (July 4)

berry and yogurt for 4th of JulyAvoid 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 Day (July 7)

macaroni

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.

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Ice Cream Day (July 20, 2014 - third Sunday of the month)*

ice cream served with lots of fruitDo a flip flop for the traditional dish of ice cream. Instead of topping ice cream with a couple of spoons of fruit, serve up a generous dish of fruit topped by ice cream.

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Hamburger Day (July 28)

Image courtesy of Cattlemen's Beef Board & National Cattlemen's Beef Association

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WEEK

Salad Week (4th week)

salad

Fill up, not out, on fruits and veggies in a lightly dressed salad! Check your Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown produce.

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MONTH

Berry Month

berries representing national blueberry month

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Blueberry Month

Here's a quick and easy blueberry recipe for you: blueberries
Blueberry-Pineapple Parfaits
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 container (8 ounces) fat-free lemon-flavored yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries, thawed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup granola
In a small bowl, combine the pineapple with half of the yogurt. In small wineglasses or juice glasses, alternately layer the pineapple-yogurt mixture, blueberries, and granola. Repeat the layering twice. Top each parfait with a dollop of yogurt.


Makes 4 servings; Per serving: 233 calories; 4 g protein; 49 g carbohydrate; 3 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3.2 g dietary fiber; 43 mg sodium

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

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Culinary Arts Month

chef representing Culinary Arts Month

Thinking about a career in the culinary arts?

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Grilling Month

grill

Read these before you fire up the grill!

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Ice Cream Month

ice cream maker 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:

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Picnic Month

Suimage of a picnic representing national picnic monthmmer is a time for picnics - follow these tips to keep picnic food safe:

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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 October 30, 2014)

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