Vitamin A

  Vitamin A is a nutrient important for growth, immunity, and vision. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties, which can help protect our cells from damage and lower our risk of some cancers and heart disease. Since our bodies cannot make vitamin A, we need to get it from our food. Foods like carrots, cantaloupe, and … Read More


  Cherries are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin C and potassium. Antioxidants protect our cells from damage. Vitamin C boosts immunity while potassium maintains normal blood pressure. Cherries also may encourage more restful sleep. They contain melatonin, a hormone that helps balance our sleep-wake cycles. Storing and Choosing Cherries: The freshest cherries are darker … Read More


  Asparagus is an excellent source of Vitamin K and contains fiber and antioxidants. Vitamin K helps keep our bones strong. Fiber keeps us regular while antioxidants protect our cells from damage. Storing and Choosing Asparagus: Asparagus stalks should be plump and tips should be pointy. Asparagus spears should be firm and straight. Refrigerate asparagus … Read More

Physical Activity for Children

  Children need 60 minutes of physical activity every day! Being active helps children build strong muscles and bones, control weight, and even focus in school. Physical activity can be spread out throughout a child’s day in ways like: Biking or walking to school Playing active games like tag or hide and seek Joining sports … Read More

American Heart Month

  February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Being physically inactive and overweight can factor into the risk of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can increase the risk as well. Below are tips to care for your heart: Use small plates to control … Read More

Skillet Fried Rice

This recipe can be made with staple ingredients you often have on hand. Use any frozen vegetables you have available. Try adding any leftover meat you have as well. Makes 1 servings | Serving size: 1 recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup of brown rice 1 cup of vegetables. Choose 2–3 (onion, broccoli, peas, celery, carrots, peppers, … Read More

Staying Active in the Winter

  Staying active this winter is easy! You can go outside, or get active in your own home. Physical activity boosts immunity during flu season.  Weather permitting, go on a nature walk or jog. Layer as needed!  Household chores like sweeping and vacuuming is an activity in itself.  Walk up and down the stairs.  Raking … Read More

Squash-Apple Casserole

Both apples and winter squash make a perfect Fall side dish. You can use your favorite variety of apples (such as Granny Smith or Macintosh) and winter squash (butternut, acorn, or hubbard). Keeping the skin on the apples adds more fiber to the meal! Apples are good sources of fiber and provide our bodies with … Read More

Avocado Toast

Did you know… Avocados are well known for their bright green color and great taste, but do you know about all of their health benefits? Avocados are a great source of healthful fats, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Some of these include vitamins C, E, K, and B, as well as magnesium, folate, potassium…. and … Read More

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