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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National Food Days
- Deviled Egg Day (November 2)
- Sandwich Day (November 3)
- Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day (November 9)
- Spicy Guacamole Day (November 14)
- World Diabetes Day (November 14)
- Clean out Your Refrigerator Day (November 15)
- Homemade Bread Day (November 17)
- Take a Hike Day (November 17)
- Eat a Cranberry Day (November 23)
- National Parfait Day (November 25)
- Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014 / 4th Thursday)*
- Throw Out Your Leftovers Day (November 29)
- Chocolates Day (November 29)
National Food Weeks
National Food Months
Follow these directions from the American Egg Board for making the perfect hard-cooked (hard-boiled) egg.
The bold flavors of chili powder, cumin and green chiles enhance this simple-to-make and good-for-you Mexican Skillet Rice.
(Image courtesy of USA Rice Federation)
Here's how to use a refrigerator and a freezer thermometer to keep your food at best quality.
See if you can answer the question correctly on this "Keep or Toss" Quiz.
Recipes to Help Clean Out Your Refrigerator:
It's a beautiful time of the year to get outdoors and experience the fall colors! Get ideas for making walking a part of your lifestyle on our Walk Nebraska page.
Find tips for getting active at all ages on our Physical Activity pages.
A staple on any Thanksgiving Holiday spread, cranberries have a taste all their own and are packed with nutrients that offer a variety of potential health benefits. Add dried cranberries to your favorite trail mix or add some color to a family favorite, apple crisp. Learn how to select, store, and use cranberries from the UNL Extension's Nutrition Education Program. Try this Chunky Cranberry Spread from UNL Extension.
It makes a great quick meal when all you feel like fixing is a bowl of cereal.
Check these useful resources:
Chocolates Day (November 29)
Check Healthy Bites Newsletter 2010 newsletter for information on for an article giving information on delaying and preventing diabetes. And ... check out our series of Control Diabetes for Life videos and handouts.
Source: American Diabetes Association
Find peanut butter recipes at:
Add sweet potatoes to your breakfast menu with this quick and delicious frittata and more recipes from the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.
Try this recipe, Orange & Sweet Potato Pork Chops, which is a great source of protein and vitamin A.
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
UNL Food Features
(Updated December 4, 2014)
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- Cook It QuickNewsletter
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- Food Fun for Younger Children
Healthy and Fun Holiday Treats
- Food Reflections Newsletter
Promoting Fruits and Vegetables
- Walk Nebraska Newsletter
December Issue: Walking - A Gift to Yourself