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 March Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator
National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- Peanut Butter Lover's Day (March 1) / Peanut Month
- Cereal Day (March 7)
- St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
- Ag Day (March 18, 2015) *
- World Water Day (March 22)
- American Diabetes Alert Day (March 24, 2015 4th Tuesday in March) *
- Pecan Day (March 25)
- Spinach Day (March 26)
National Food Weeks
- National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6, 2015, 1st full week in March)*
- Salt Awareness Week (March 16 - 22, 2015)*
- National Agriculture Week (March 22-28, 2015)*
National Food Months
- Colon Cancer Awareness Month
- Flour Month
- Frozen Food Month
- National Nutrition Month
- Noodle Month
- Sauce Month
For some unique recipes made with peanuts and peanut butter, check these Web sites:
National Ag Day was created to recognize and celebrate the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. It is coordinated by the Ag Council of America.
1 in 3 jobs in Nebraska are tied to agriculture or agribusiness. Cash receipts from farm marketings contributed over $24 billion to Nebraska's economy in 2012 and 6.2 percent of the U.S. total. Nebraska ranks #1 in the nation in red meat, Great Northern beans, and popcorn production. (More Nebraska ag facts, Feb. 2014...)
Download the FREE GrowIt app from the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is a lively free app that gives kids their first lessons in how agriculture produces the things they love to eat – and even their crayons.
NebGuides from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Control Diabetes for Life is an educational program that is offered by UNL Extension 1-3 times a year in various locations in Nebraska. Check out Control Diabetes for Life's website to watch archived sessions.
More information and recipes for pecans at:
(Photo courtesy of National Pecan Shellers Association)
Check our guidelines on storing flour:
SMOOTHIE RECIPE: Make the smoothie on the right by blending 1 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries, 3/4 cup 100% orange juice, and 1/2 cup fruit-flavored, low-fat yogurt (such as peach).
For more information and recipes for cooking with pasta, visit the National Pasta Association website.
(Photo courtesy of the National Pasta Association)
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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