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National Food Days, Weeks & Months

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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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Quick Links to Days, Weeks, and Months in Calendar

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 May Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator

National Food Days

* Day changes yearly

National Food Weeks

National Food Months

DAY

Egg Day (June 3)

eggs for June Food Theme Month Calendar for National Egg Day

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend individuals consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day and state:

Independent of other dietary factors, evidence suggests that one egg (i.e., egg yolk) per day does not result in increased blood cholesterol levels, nor does it increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in healthy people. Consuming less than 300 mg per day of cholesterol can help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. Consuming less than 200 mg per day can further help individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Cheese Day (June 4)

cheese for June Food Theme Month calendar for Cheese Day

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Chocolate Ice Cream Day (June 7)

Celebrate today with a scoop of chocolate ice cream.chocolate ice cream

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Herbs & Spices Day (June 10)

herbs and spices for June Food Theme Month Calendar for National Herbs and Spices DayHerbs and spices add flavor to foods without adding calories, fat, or salt. Enjoy these resources and add a little spice (& herbs!) to your day!

Fresh herbs are especially tasty this time of year. Here's how to use them:

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Kitchen Klutzes of America Day (June 13)

a spilled glass of milk to represent Kitchen Klutzes of America Day for June Food Theme Month CalendarAre you the person who slips on spilled milk? Are you the person who spilled the milk? Do dishes fall out of your hands? Do you identify with Carol Siskind when she says, "I can't cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer."

  • Make your cooking life simpler and less disaster prone by following the tips in our Cook It Quick section.

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Eat All Your Vegetables Day (June 17)

vegetablesFor lots of healthy vegetable recipes, visit these sites:

Test Your Vegetable IQ:

Click here for how to download a FREE PowerPoint of the PowerPoint used in the above presentation.

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Picnic Day - International (June 18)

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First Day of Summer (June 21, 2014)*

Test Your Summer Food Safety

 
Check here for info on how to download a FREE copy of the PowerPoint used to make the above quiz.


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WEEK

Men's Health Week (June 9-15, 2014)*

man making salad as part of June Food Theme Month Calendar, National Men's Health WeekThe purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

  • Check out this Healthy Bites newsletter on Men's Health Month -- Men's Health Week is celebrated in the week leading up to and including Father's Day.
     
  • Cheating Calories (Nutrition Know How Blog)

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MONTH

Beef Steak Month

steaksEnjoy the ZIP of beef (zinc, iron and protein). Check these websites for beef recipes and preparation suggestions.

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Dairy Monthdairy foods in June Food Theme Month Calendar, National Dairy Month section

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Ice Tea Monthglass of ice tea as part of June Food Theme Month calendar for Ice Tea Month

  • Brewing Iced Tea with Fresh Mint
     
  • Tip: If you have too many lemons and don't want them to go bad, slice them into quarters and freeze in an airtight bag or container. A frozen lemon wedge is also wonderful in a cold glass of tea! For more kitchen tips like this for other foods, see Kitchen Short Cuts.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Monthassortment of fruits and vegetables for National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month as a part of June Food Theme Month Calendar

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Men's Health Month

man jogging for June Food Theme Month Calendar for Men's Health MonthThe purpose of Men's Health Month is to increase awareness of preventable health problems among men and boys and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.

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Papaya Month

papaya for June Food Theme Month Calendar for National Papaya Month

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Turkey Lovers Month

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy turkey all year around with these tips and recipes:turkey salad in June Food Theme Month Calendar, entry for National Turkey Lovers Mont

Photo courtesy of Matt DeTurck, cc license

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June 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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