January Food Calendar

January Food Calendar

January food snowflake wordleClick on a Quick Link to find TIPS, RECIPES, and RESOURCES related to the day, week or month. Or simply scroll down the page.

Questions about January Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator (kayla.colgrovefoo@unl.edu)

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.

We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs, and articles.

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~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT (kayla.colgrovefoo@unl.edu)

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New Year's Day (January 1)

Happy New Year!Happy New Year! Many people make New Year's resolutions pertaining to their health such as losing weight or getting fit. Check out Wishing You a Healthy H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R to help you be healthier. Do a Don't Do List is a great resource to help you find more time in your day.

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Spaghetti Day (January 4)

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Bean Day (January 6)

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Apricot Day (January 9)

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Popcorn Day (January 19)

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Granola Bar Day (January 21)

granola bar
Is your family always on-the-go? Are you looking for healthy food choices for your children? Learn more about protein bars for your kids.

Here are some granola bar recipes from our website:

Or try these quick granola bars (New) from Cook It Quick's Blog.

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Peanut Butter Day (January 24)

peanut butter
Here are some tasty peanut butter recipes from our website. Check this section for yummier, peanut ideas!

For more peanut butter pointers, visit the National Peanut Board and PeanutButterLovers.com.

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Blueberry Pancake Day (January 28)

blueberry pancake
Add blueberries to pancakes will help you and your family to eat more fruit. Check out how to select, store, and use blueberries from our Nutrition Education Program's website.

Blueberry Pancake Recipes:

TIP: Make your own blueberry pancakes by folding into the batter 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or pourable frozen blueberries per each cup of flour. For added fruit flavor, top with fruit sauce of berry jam instead of syrup and butter.

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National Folic Acid Awareness Week (second week of January)*

baby feetEating folic acid can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid every day. To learn more about this awareness week, check out National Birth Defects Prevention Network's website.

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Pizza Week (second week of January)*

pizzaPizza can provide all the food groups ... and it tastes so good!

Learn how to make a healthier homemade pizza in this blog posting by Extension Educator, Kayla Colgrove or try a suprisingly good cauliflower pizza crust (New) by Extension Educator, Carrie Schneider-Miller.

Who says pizza is just for dinner? Check out "Cold Pizza for Breakfast" and learn all the important do's and don'ts for tweens and teens food safety! Download the FREE PowerPoint and/or view the online slide show.

Enjoy these pizza recipes from the our website.

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Healthy Weight Week (third week of January)*

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Birth Defects Prevention Month

babyTime to raise awareness of birth defects and promote healthy pregnancies through National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Learn more from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network's website.

To help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine, check out Birth Defects and Folic Acid by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are some more great resources found at March of Dimes.

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Family Fit Lifestyle Month

family walkingFamily Fit Lifestyle Month is the best time for the whole family to create healthy lifestyle habits. For this month, check out Family Fun on the Run Newsletters to help you and your family be more fit. Learn more about physical activity from our Fitness section .

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Fiber Focus Month

fruits and vegetablesFiber has many health benefits, so focus on adding fiber to your diet during January. Make sure to follow these tips when adding more fiber to your diet:

  1. Start slowly by adding one fiber-rich food daily for one week, then increase by one serving until recommended levels are reached.
  2. Add high-fiber foods gradually, since too much fiber at once produces discomfort.
  3. Eat a variety of fiber-rich foods such as whole grain bread, oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables.

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Hot Tea Month

hot teaHot Tea Month was spearheaded by the Tea Association of the USA. Drinking may tea may offer some protection against such diseases as cancer and heart disease and help give your immune system a boost and protect against the flu.

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Oatmeal Month

blueberry oatmeal
Oatmeal Month occurs during January as more oatmeal is sold during January than any other month. It was originally established by Quaker's food service. TIP: Make your oatmeal with milk instead of water for added nutrition and a luscious creamy taste!

Oatmeal Muffin Recipes:

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Prune Breakfast Month

prunesDried plums or prunes are high in fiber and phytochemicals and aren't just for breakfast anymore. They're a great kitchen staple as they store well and may be eaten out of hand or used in recipes. (Refrigerate the package after opening.)

Photo: Sylvain Gamel / Creative Commons license: Attribution, Noncommercial

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Slow-Cooking Month

slow cooker
Check out the benefits and food safety tips (New) or these slow cooker recipes:

Food safety is still important when using your slow cooker. Want to learn more about it? Look at Slow Cookers and Food Safety from the USDA.

Photo: I Believe I Can Fry at http://flic.kr/p/9sQ4mu / Creative Commons license: Attribution, Noncommercial

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Soup Month

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Wheat Bread Month

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