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April Food Calendar

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Questions about April Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator (

National Food Days

National Food Weeks

National Food Months

* Day(s) changes yearly


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.

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~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT (

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Fresh Tomato Day (April 6)

Did you know the best place to store tomatoes is at room temperature (above 55 F) until they've fully ripened. A ripe tomato is red or reddish orange, depending on variety and yields to slight pressure.

Store them stem end up as the "shoulders" are the softest part and bruise most easily. Keep them out of direct sunlight. If you must store them a longer time, place them (after they've ripened fully) in the refrigerator.

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Empanada Day (April 8)

empanadaAn empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry that is fried or baked and served in many Latin American countries. The filling can consist of a variety of meats, vegetables and even fruits.

They can be fun to make as a group activity at a party or with children. Here is a really easy recipe from PBS Kids that can be used in designing your own empanada recipe. Or, try making Baked Beef Empanadas from Eat Smart Move More North Carolina.

For more complicated recipes, make the filling the night before or earlier in the day so it is cold when you stuff the dough. Using a store-bought pie crust can save you time.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12)

Photo: Maggie Hoffman at Creative Commons license: Attribution

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Easter (April 12, 2020)plate of Easter eggs*

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Day of the Mushroom (April 16)

mushroomMushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One of the nutrients found in mushrooms that is receiving increased attention is vitamin D. The Mushroom Council gives more information about the vitamin D content of various mushrooms.

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Garlic Day (April 19)


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Earth Day (April 22)
Earth Day image

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Picnic Day (April 23)family enjoying a picnic

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Zucchini Bread Day (April 25)

zucchini bread

Try making zucchini bread with whole wheat pastry flour (a low gluten flour milled from a soft wheat). Whole wheat pastry flour adds the fiber of whole flour and produces a light, tender product. Whole wheat pastry flour, however, doesn't work well in yeast bread recipes because of its low gluten content.

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Prime Rib Day (April 27)

The term "prime rib" typically refers to the cut of meat butchers call a standing rib roast. The origin of Prime Rib Day is unknown. Often served as part of a special occasion, it is an easy menu item to prepare.

Here are 2 examples of rib roast recipes from the NCBA

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Raisin Day (April 30)

raisin image courtesy of California Raisin Marketing BoardAccording to the Fresno Historical Society, the first Raisin Day was April 30, 1909.  For a quick trip back in history, view vintage Raisin Day Postcards on


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Public Health Week (1st week in April)

apple with tape measureThe 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help you enjoy and promote eating healthy and participating in physical activity during Public Health Week and throughout the year:

To learn more about National Public Health Week, check out for more resources.

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Garden Week/Garden Month

person holding a plant for garden

  • Nebraska Master Gardener Program - provides volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with the citizens of the State. Check out their resources section.
  • Urban agriculture -- getting started gardening, preparing and preserving food -- when you live in the city.

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Egg Salad Week (April 13-19, 2020 - the full week right after Easter Sunday) *

egg salad sandwich

Egg Salad Week is the week after Easter because so many people like to make egg salad with their hard-cooked eggs.

Following these links for directions on hard-cooking eggs and several egg salad recipes from the American Egg Board:

 (Photo: ohdearbarb at / Creative Commons license specifications for use)

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Cancer Control Month


Eating a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of cancer. Check out the following resources:

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Celery Month


Snack Ideas Using Celery:

Photo: Public Domain Photos at Creative Commons license: Attribution

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Move More Month

walkingAmerican Heart Association's Move More Month, formally known as National Walking Day, celebrates celebrate physical activity and encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. Your company, school, or community can help take the first step in becoming more active by participating.

Physical inactivity increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Luckily, this is a modifiable risk factor and improving it is as easy as going for a walk most days of the week. One of the most effective forms of exercise to achieve heart health is walking. Walking does not require any special skills. It is safe, free, requires no equipment and costs nothing to get started.

The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). 30 minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember, however you will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 -15 minutes per day of the week.


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Pecan Month

pecansPecans are a source of protein, potassium, zinc, vitamin E, magnesium, carbohydrates, and folic acid. They contain mainly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat -- the type considered "heart healthy." A handful of nuts a day, such as pecans, can help you stay on a diet by contributing to satiety. This means they will help you feel full longer.

More information and recipes for pecans at:

(Photo courtesy of National Pecan Shellers Association)

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Soyfoods Month

edamameThe Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of health claims about the role of soy protein in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) for foods containing soy protein. This is based on FDA's conclusion that when soy protein is included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, it may reduce the risk of CHD by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Follow these links to tips and recipes to help you ENJOY SOY!

The picture to the right shows edamame. Edamame is the Japanese name for the young green pods of the soybean plant. They can be purchased fresh and frequently are available frozen all year in oriental food markets, health and natural food stores, and supermarkets. They are frequently served as a side dish or added to salads or soups. They must be cooked before eating.

(Photo: yamada3 at / Creative Commons license specifications for use)

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Stress Awareness Month

Use these resources from UNL Extension to help you lower stress levels through healthy eating and physical activity:

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