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A Winning Game Plan for Fall Festivities

Fall is a season full of festivals and events—hayrides, apple orchard picking, foliage tours and football, to name a few.  The cooler weather also signals the return of comfort food, and having a game plan can help you navigate between indulgence and nutrition, whether planning for a tailgate party or enjoying a cozy evening at home with friends. Here are three game-winning strategies to help you tackle the challenges.

Perfect Pairings

Variety is the spice of life. And never is this more appropriate than when planning nutritious meals and snacks. Combining a variety of foods from the food groups in the MyPlate guide (1) can make it easier to get the daily amounts of nutrients you need for good health. Pairing ‘tried and true’ favorites with less frequently consumed foods can also make healthful eating delicious and fun.

“Back to Work” Snacking: The good, the bad and the delicious.

As the summer winds down, it’s time for kids to go back to school. For everyone else, it’s the ideal time to get back into a healthful work routine. That routine not only includes what you’re eating at mealtimes but also what you’re nibbling on at snack times.

Simple Summertime Meals

Whether it’s a pool party, barbeque or picnic, July is a month full of outdoor summer fun—and that means thinking “outside the kitchen” when planning summertime meals.

Clever Ways to Get Calcium Throughout the Day

There is a lot you can do to keep your bones strong as you age, including eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D, and regular exercise. Since May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, now is the time to give your nutritious eating efforts a kick start.

Spring Cleaning Your Plate

Spring is the time for renewal and rejuvenation— we refresh our homes and our wardrobes after a long, cold winter, but what about our diets?  Here’s how some of the same principles for spring cleaning your closets can work in the kitchen and help you get started on a path to cleaner eating. 

Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." According to registered dietitian nutritionist Sonja Connor, President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which sponsors the campaign, "This year's theme gives consumers an easy reminder that achieving optimal health is not about a specific food or time or year, but rather a life-long commitment that leaves plenty of time for the foods and activities we love."

Adding Nutrient-Richness into Meals

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will issue recommendations for new healthful eating guidelines later this year. One recommendation that is sure to stay the same is to choose an overall healthful diet by eating more foods rich in nutrients—such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood—and eating fewer foods low in nutrients and sources of “empty calories.”

Food and Culinary Trends to Watch in 2015

Every New Year brings predictions of food and culinary trends that will impact what we eat and how we shop in the coming year.  Here are five trends that can be experienced simply by enjoying the great taste of natural cheese.