• Planning and Prep

    Cooking with Kids

    Bring kids into the kitchen to learn lifelong cooking and food safety skills. Start with these age-appropriate tasks and enjoy spending time together! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Build a Healthy Sandwich

    Sandwiches can be a quick, easy and economical option for lunch or dinner! Use these tips to keep them healthy, too. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    High Five Salad

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Do you love barbecues and picnics? This filling pasta salad is a perfect side dish to serve! Read More

  • Sports and Performance

    Fitness Flicks: Are Your Kids Hydrated?

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Kids are more likely than adults to become dehydrated! Use these tips to ensure kids are well-hydrated during and after physical activity. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Caribbean Quinoa Salad

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    The centerpiece of our recipe, Caribbean Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) Salad, is a whole grain native to South America. Although it's somewhat similar to other grains, it cooks faster and is higher in protein. It's also a good source of iron and magnesium. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Quick Smashed Oven Roasted Potatoes

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Potatoes are high in potassium, a mineral that helps normalize blood pressure. Among vegetables, potatoes are the most affordable, versatile source of potassium. They are also low in calories and naturally fat-free. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Spicy Chili Turkey Pitas

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Like a taco, but tucked in a pita! As a meal for four that costs $10 or less, Spicy Chili Turkey Pockets hit the mark for a quick and easy family supper or for a hearty lunch on the weekend. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pizza Hummus

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Most kids love pizza, so why not recreate the flavor in a healthy hummus! Serve this dip with whole-wheat crackers and fresh vegetables.

    Ingredients
    1 16-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    ¼ cup tomato paste
    ¼ cup water
    1 teaspoon dried oregano (or one tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped)
    1 teaspoon dried basil (or one tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
    1 clove of garlic, minced
    ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper

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  • Planning and Prep

    Blackberry Cheesecake Trifle Cups

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Want something sweet in a snap? All you need is a food processor to whip up this delicious yet healthy dessert!

    Ingredients
    Graham Cracker Crust
    9 whole graham cracker sheets (yields about 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs)
    ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
    1 tablespoon honey

    Blackberry Yogurt
    ¾ cup blackberries
    ¾ cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt
    ½ teaspoon lemon juice
    ½ teaspoon honey

    View the full recipe for Rainbow Cheesecake Trifle Cups.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Here's a cookie dough dip you can eat raw! Plus, it features a secret ingredient that's loaded with protein.

    Ingredients
    5 ounces silken tofu
    3 ounces light cream cheese
    2 tablespoons rolled oats
    2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    ¼ tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    ¼ cup chocolate chips

    View the full recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Alfredo Bagel Bites

    A surprise ingredient adds healthy nutrients to these cheesy bagel bites! Try them as an after-school snack, weekend lunch or light dinner.

    Ingredients

    6 100-percent whole-wheat mini-bagels
    3 cups (3 ounces) fresh cauliflower florets
    ¼ cup fat-free Greek yogurt
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1¾ cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, divided

    View the full recipe for Alfredo Bagel Bites.

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  • Planning and Prep

    No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Oat Bars

    After chilling in the refrigerator for about three hours, you have a sweet treat to serve as a tasty snack or healthy dessert!

    Ingredients

    2 cups rolled oats
    1½ cups rice cereal
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup peanut butter
    4 ounces chopped 60-percent cacao bittersweet chocolate, or ¾ cup chocolate chips
    ¼ cup coconut oil
    ¼ cup honey
    1 cup (about 5 ounces) dried cherries

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  • Nutrition

    Breakfast is Essential for Kids

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Studies show that kids who eat breakfast in the morning are more alert during the school day and perform better in the classroom. Breakfast is an important meal for your kids, so make sure they start the day off right! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Jicama Apple Slaw

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Take a fresh approach to slaw by adding crunchy jicama, sweet apple and tangy Greek yogurt! The dish is perfect for outdoor picnics or barbecues.

    Ingredients
    2 cups jicama, peeled and julienned
    1 medium Honeycrisp apple, grated
    ½ cup carrot, grated (about 1 small carrot)
    ⅛ cup green onion, finely sliced (green part only)
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    ½ cup Greek yogurt with honey*
    1 teaspoon ginger, grated
    ⅛ teaspoon salt

    View the full recipe for Jicama Apple Slaw.

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  • Exercise

    Nutrition for Active Kids

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Young athletes need different amounts of calories based on their age, body size and activity level. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Easy Migas

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Have you ever heard of the Tex-Mex dish "migas"? It's a quick and easy breakfast that takes simple scrambled eggs to the next level!

    Ingredients
    5 large eggs
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 green onions, sliced
    2 cups (about 3 ounces) coarsely broken no-salt-added tortilla chips
    ½ cup mild salsa
    ½ cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
    Garnish: 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and extra shredded cheese

    View the full recipe for Easy Migas.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Jicama Salad Recipe

    Angela Kirke, RD, CPT, LD

    Jicama is prized for its sweet taste and delicate crunch. Teamed up with the seasoning in this recipe, it makes an out-of-the ordinary salad. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    Cupcakes for breakfast? Yes, if they have zucchini! This breakfast treat will be sure to get the whole family up and energized to start their day. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Baked Oatmeal Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    This perfect make-ahead breakfast is great on its own or served like cereal. My favorite way to enjoy baked oatmeal is topped with a splash of cold milk, a sprinkle of brown sugar and fresh berries. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Topping Recipe

    Jessica Cox, RD

    Warm apples and a crispy topping make this a comforting fall dessert. Leave the skin on the apples for a dose of fiber, and serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or yogurt, if desired. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Gazpacho Recipe

    Golda Ewalt, MS, RD, LD

    Here is a northerner's version of gazpacho, a traditional Spanish soup served cold. It's a perfectly refreshing way to use fresh summer vegetables. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Cauliflower No-Crust Quiche Recipe

    Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD

    Quiche can be loaded with extra calories from eggs, milk and cheese, not to mention the crust. But this quiche does away with the crust while maintaining the flavor. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Blue Banana Smoothie Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Kids love smoothies! Jazz up this Blue Banana Smoothie with your favorite nutrition-enhancing "boosts." Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Your child may take a sandwich for lunch, but lunch meat can be loaded with sodium and nitrites — try this homemade grilled chicken salad instead. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Rhubarb Bread Pudding Recipe

    Donna Weihofen, MS, RD

    Enjoy spring rhubarb in a wide variety of baked items, such as this bread pudding recipe. Then, freeze as much leftover fresh rhubarb as you can to enjoy until next spring. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Go Bananas Parfait Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    With on-hand ingredients like vanilla yogurt, cold cereal, bananas and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, this parfait is very easy, healthy and great for breakfast or dessert. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Black Bean Soup with Miso and Ginger Recipe

    Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN

    This satisfying, comforting soup delivers a big umami punch, a dose of probiotics from miso and lots of good nutrition. Best served with good chewy bread for dipping. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Roasted Spring Asparagus Recipe

    Frances Largeman-Roth, RD

    Asparagus doesn't last long in the Mid-Atlantic region, only the months of May and June. Although you can grill, steam or broil asparagus, I especially love it roasted. This tasty and simple dish goes well with chicken, lamb or fish. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Rainbow Layered Salad Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    This salad has the colors of the rainbow and is made with handy ingredients including frozen corn. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Carrot Fries Recipe

    Marie Feldman, RD

    French fries? Forget them and try these for way more antioxidants and fewer calories! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pesto Chicken Salad Pitas Recipe

    Jessica Cox, RD

    This Mediterranean spin on chicken salad is bursting with fresh flavor thanks to the addition of pesto. Mix up an anything-but-boring lunch in no time! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Power-Up Pita Pizza Recipe

    Kristine Caiafa, RD

    Kids will love this mix of Mediterranean flavors such as hummus and pita, and the fun of pizza. And it will be ready in no time for an after-school snack, lunch or a light dinner. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chicken Pot Pie Bundles Recipes

    Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    Everyone will love this comfort food classic with a fun new twist! Delight your diners with creamy Chicken Pot Pie Bundles, perfect for a winter night. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Do your kids love tacos? Want them to eat more fish? Have a Mexican fiesta with these Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa and watch them ask for more, please! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Hanukkah Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe

    Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD

    Sweet potato latkes are a great twist on potato latkes. High in vitamin A, C and a great source of fiber, top sweet potato latkes with apple sauce for added sweetness. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Savory Potato Stew

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    A savory and delicious stew that takes minutes to make but tastes like it has been simmering for hours. Perfect to warm your belly on a cool night. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Shaped Tuna Cakes Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    Include more fish in your family's diet with this easy-to-make lunch. It's made with canned tuna and a variety of other refrigerator and pantry staples! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Vegetable and Stars Soup Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    Frozen vegetables and tiny pasta stars cooked in a flavorful tomato-based broth is inexpensive, delicious and healthier than canned soup. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Alfredo Bagel Bites Recipe

    Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN, CLT

    Alfredo sauce gets a makeover with cauliflower and Greek yogurt in this recipe that works as a snack or lunch. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Black Bean Sliders Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    These mini vegetarian black bean patties are perfect slipped into slider buns or on their own dipped in ketchup. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Grilled Fruit Kebabs Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    So much more than a fruit salad, these kebabs are made with layered fruit, grilled and sweetened with honey and cinnamon. This recipe is perfect for a picnic or potluck. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Caprese Salad on a Stick Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    A new spin on the classic Italian salad is fun for the whole family! Pair with your favorite grilled entrée and whole-grain side dish and you have a balanced meal. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    No-Shell Taco Salad Recipe

    Karman Meyer, RD

    A simple salad made of the best parts of a taco — lettuce, beans, tomato and avocado — without the shell. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    Baked nuggets with a satisfying crunch, this recipe is sure to be your child's favorite way to eat broccoli. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Smoky Lime Yogurt Dip Recipe

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    This simple savory dip goes well with your favorite veggies or serves as a topping for tacos or black beans and rice. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Easy Weeknight Stir-Fry Recipe

    Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

    Don't save this for Sunday! Stir-fried vegetables and chicken breast are tossed in a savory soy-ginger sauce and served over quinoa. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Apple Pie Fruit Leather Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    These flavorful strips taste just like apple pie. While the cook time is long, the prep is minimal. Make them over the weekend to enjoy in lunches throughout the week. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Oat-Banana Breakfast Cookies

    Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    What kid doesn't want cookies for breakfast? But these cookies combine high fiber and fruit to result in a great portable kick start for the day. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Lentil Tacos Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    A healthy, protein-filled meal enjoyed by adults and kids. Enjoy the lentil mixture anywhere you would taco meat, in burritos, taco shells, or on top of salad. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Roasted Squash Trio Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Squash is a fall favorite. Here is a new way to taste a trio of this season's star vegetable. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Tiger Fries Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Sliced red potatoes tossed with sweet potato strips yield a dish that's as pretty as it is great tasting. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Easy Migas Recipe

    Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    Start the day with a traditional Tex-Mex dish called migas. This version is quick and easy to make, even on busy mornings! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Jicama Apple Slaw Recipe

    Karman Meyer, RD

    Jicama is a white, fibrous root vegetable native to Mexico. When peeled and sliced, its subtly sweet flavor and refreshing crunchiness make it a perfect substitute for cabbage in coleslaw. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    High Five Salad

    Tessa Nguyen, RD, LDN

    Are you ready for a backyard barbeque? This recipe is a perfect, hearty side dish to serve! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pizza Hummus Recipe

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    Most kids love pizza, so why not bring the dish to the table in a new way? This recipe for Pizza Hummus can be used as a dip or spread! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Have It Your Way Chili Recipe

    Pamela Aughe, RD

    This have-it-your-way chili can be made vegetarian, with ground turkey or with ground beef. Enjoy the slightly sweet flavor added by the carrot. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Grilled Tuna with Warm Cherry Tomato Salsa Recipe

    Sanna Delmonico, MS, RD

    Fusing the freshness of Napa, the seafood of California and the Tuscan way of spicing food results in this easy tuna recipe. If you can't find fresh tuna, use any firm fish, such as halibut or salmon. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Juicy Mango Wigglers Recipe

    Janice Bissex, MS, RDN, Elizabeth Weiss, MS, RD

    These silly orange wigglers use just four basic ingredients, which makes them a treat for both you and your kids. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Irish Soda Muffins Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Raisins and whole wheat flour make these Irish Soda Muffins heartier, as well as higher in fiber and minerals. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Lemon Fresh Tabbouleh Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Tabbouleh is a classic Middle Eastern dish. This version, inspired by the Washington State's vast wheat fields, is considerably slimmed down from the traditional version. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Mike's Sicilian Cauliflower Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    Don't know how to cook cauliflower? Follow this easy, mouth-watering recipe and your family will reap the nutritional benefits of this super veggie. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Nutty Fruit Crumble Recipe

    Elizabeth Weiss, MS, RD, Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    Get ready for the 4th of July with this easy-to-make Nutty Fruit Crumble dessert. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets Recipe

    Patricia Thompson, MS, RD, Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

    Your kids (and the adults in yoru household) will love these gluten-free chicken nuggets! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Potato and Kale Soup Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    This hearty potato kale soup is perfect for a family dinner. A secret ingredient brings out its creaminess and texture. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Quick Injera Recipe

    Tambra Stevenson, MS

    Ethiopians use this soft, spongy flatbread instead of utensils to scoop up stew or vegetables. This recipe uses baking soda and club soda to produce the bubbly effect common in injera. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    This dip can be an appetizer or dessert — it tastes great with sliced apples, pears or salty whole grain pretzels. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Post-Season Pesto Pizza Recipe

    Elizabeth Weiss, MS, RD, Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    This pizza is bursting with flavor thanks to two ingredients: caramelized onions and basil pesto. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chili Popcorn Recipe

    Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD

    Try this healthy and delicious popcorn next time you have family movie night at home Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chickpea Salad Recipe

    Jodie Shield, Mary Mullen, MS, RD

    The salad is simple to make and versatile—eat it alone, in a wrap or pureed into a tasty chickpea spread! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chocolate Ladybugs Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    Add a dose of antioxidants and fun by making fresh strawberries into chocolate ladybugs. Semi-sweet dark chocolate chips are used to create the spots on the ladybugs that kids and parents go wild about! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Collard Chips Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    At 20 calories per serving, these collard chips provide the crunch kids love along with plenty of nutrition. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars Recipe

    Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    These Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars are a nutritious, kid-pleasing snack for after school or the lunch box. Thanks to the pumpkin, each serving has almost half a day's worth of immune-boosting vitamin A. As for the nuts, they add heart-healthy fat and protein to each delicious bite. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    Who doesn't love a great tasting carrot cake? This delicious carrot cake muffin is loaded with all-natural, nutritious ingredients. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Confetti Sloppy Joes Recipe

    Elizabeth Ebmeier, MS, RD

    You'd never know after eating this mouth-watering, kid-friendly sandwich that Sloppy Joes originated during financially tough war times in the 1940s as a way of stretching precious and expensive beef Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety in the Home After a Hurricane and Flooding

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    After a hurricane or flooding, people need to assess all food and food preparation areas and equipment to decide what to keep or throw away. Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety Tips for On-The-Go College Students

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Students usually are lucky if they can grab a quick meal between classes, and food safety may not always be on the radar. Luckily, preparing healthy meals on-the-go is easy with a few tips. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    10 Common Food Safety Mistakes

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Handling foods safely is much more than throwing away expired milk or washing your fruits and vegetables. While these actions are important, there are several more common food safety mistakes that can result in major consequences. Avoid these 10 common yet dangerous food safety mistakes. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Most Common Foodborne Pathogens

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    You hear about food poisoning outbreaks all the time, but what are the major culprits? Learn more about these pathogens and how to avoid them. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Keeping Breast Milk Safe

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Breast-feeding has big benefits for both mother and baby. It strengthens baby's immune system, encourages bonding, saves money and even helps mom shed pregnancy weight. Here's how to keep it as pure and safe as possible. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Flu vs. Food Poisoning

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Food poisoning causes an estimated 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sometimes, it's not always easy to tell the difference between food poisoning and influenza, especially since both show similar symptoms. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety When Traveling Internationally

    Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

    Food poisoning tends to be most severe in impoverished to low-income countries and is typically attributed to an undrinkable water supply, poor personal hygiene and subpar food productions and storage conditions. As such, when traveling internationally, it is important to understand the conditions in which the food is grown so you can help prevent getting sick. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety Facts and Figures

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Each year, roughly one out of six Americans gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Older Adults and Food Poisoning

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The number of seniors living in America is expected to reach 71.5 million by 2030, and a greater number of these older Americans will stay in their own homes. For older adults who continue to prepare a majority of their own meals and snacks, it is important they prepare foods safely and ask for assistance when needed. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    How to Safely Navigate the Farmers Market

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Shopping at the farmers market not only offers some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and other foods you can find, it also offers the opportunity to buy locally, support small farms and businesses in your area and connect with your community. As you explore farmers markets in your area, be mindful of food safety. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety - Start at the Store

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Protecting your family from food poisoning doesn't begin at home. It begins at the grocery store. It is important to carefully select, package and transport food from the grocery store to home to keep it safe. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Botulism - The Details

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Botulism is a rare, yet serious illness that can be caused by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is commonly found in soil and produces a toxin that affects the nervous system. It is rare but if contracted requires immediate medical attention. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Alerts!

    Check recall notices for instructions on what to do with the food. When a manufacturer recalls an item, they provide instructions on what to do, such as returning the food to where you bought it or how to dispose of properly. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    At a Greater Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    If you're at an increased risk or more vulnerable to food poisoning or if you're preparing food for those who are, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends the following tips to reduce the risk of food poisoning as you shop, cook and eat. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    After-School Food Safety

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    During the school year, many families face busy schedules packed with after-school activities. Don't let food poisoning throw a wrench into your packed itinerary, with just a few food safety tips, you can help keep your family healthy and active. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Protecting the Food Supply

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Enjoying food, especially with family and friends, is one of the joys of life. Food and water sustain us and nourish the body, allowing us to grow and be active and healthy. Access to a safe food and water supply is a priority. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Beat the Buffet Blues

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Buffet and potluck-style gatherings are a convenient alternative to the traditional sit-down dinner. Make sure guests leave without a case of the buffet blues, otherwise known as food poisoning. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    The Truth About Food Poisoning

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    While many people are aware of food safety issues, too many don't follow proper food safety practices. Learn why proper food safety behavior is important. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Safe Food Processing

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The United States' food supply is affordable, plentiful and one of the safest in the world – but it is not completely risk-free. From farm to fork, food safety is a top priority and many traditional food processing methods help minimize food safety risks, including canning, freezing, drying, irradiation and pasteurization. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Tips for College Students

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    As college students across the country get ready to head to school, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offer tips for surviving without mom around to prepare home-cooked meals. Start this year off right by practicing proper food safety habits when attempting to re-create mom's best recipe in the dorm or apartment. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    The Danger Zone

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    In order to substantially decrease your risk of food poisoning you must keep your foods at a safe temperature and out of the infamous danger zone. Now what exactly is this "danger zone?" Learn more. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Buying in Bulk

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Nearly three out of four Americans shop at one of the hundreds of warehouse club stores nationwide — and most of us could use some help when it comes to navigating the "do's and don'ts" of buying in bulk! Before you hit the club, stock up on these helpful home food safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Poisoning - The Basics

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or foodborne disease) is an illness caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Connection between Healthful Eating and Food Safety

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    There is no one-size-fits-all diet that defines healthful eating. It may involve meat or no meat. It may follow a traditional MyPlate guide or a Mediterranean-style approach. It may contain gluten or no gluten. No matter what the healthy plan entails, when advised by a registered dietitian nutritionist, it will be nutrient-rich while offering a variety of foods to promote good health and prevent disease. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    5 Tips for Dining Out Safely

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Dining out can be a fun change of pace, but a nice restaurant meal can be ruined by food poisoning. Restaurants in the United States must operate under strict public health regulations, but it is still important to be cautious when it comes to eating in a restaurant. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety Tips for Young Children

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Anyone can get food poisoning, but babies and toddlers are at especially high risk and once they become infected, young children can have a hard time getting well. The good news is that food poisoning can be avoided with a few simple steps. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Understanding Food Labels

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food packaging contains a wealth of information, from the Nutrition Facts Panel to the Ingredient List, and knowing what to look for is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Another valuable piece of information on your food packaging is whether or not the food is still safe to eat. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Safety for the Savvy Traveler

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Many Americans will travel by car or plane this year. No matter the mode of transportation, packing for a trip also means packing food from home for many travelers this season. Here's how to keep it safe. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    Food Poisoning: Who's At Risk?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    While food poisoning can affect anyone who eats foods contaminated by foodborne pathogens, certain populations are more vulnerable to food poisoning and can be at far greater risk of developing serious illness with long-term effects or even death if contracting food poisoning. Read More

  • Safety Tips

    5 Food Safety Tips for Food Trucks

    Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT

    Trendy food trucks are convenient and offer unique, gourmet meals. When ordering a crispy tofu taco, a Maine lobster roll or a barbecue pulled pork slider from a food truck, avoid getting a side order of E. Coli, Salmonella and a trip to the ER. Read More

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    How to Get the Most Flavor and Nutrients

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Did you know that how you store, prepare and cook foods can affect not only safety, but also flavor and nutrition? With just a few tips on food preparation and cooking techniques, you can maximize the nutrient quality and flavors of your favorite foods. Read More

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    The Dangers of Cutting Corners in the Kitchen

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    "Multitasking" is a term that may have started in the workplace, but it has made its way to the kitchen — where more and more Americans say their busy lives require them to juggle too many things at once while eating and preparing food. But when it comes to mealtime, multitasking shortcuts might lead to food poisoning. Read More

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    Diabetes and Food Poisoning

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food poisoning is a risk for everyone, but it can be especially serious for people with diabetes. One important way to manage your diabetes is by following proper food safety practices. Read More

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    Four Easy Steps

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans outline four basic food safety principles: CLEAN, SEPARATE, CHILL and COOK. These principles directly align with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' four simple tips to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Read More

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    Mealtime Multitasking

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Be the boss of your brown bag and make sure to store it in a refrigerator (set below 40°F) as soon as you get to work. Or, pack your lunch in an insulated lunch bag or cooler — and throw in a frozen ice pack to ensure the safety of perishable foods. Read More

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    Foodborne Risks for Moms-to-Be

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Handling food properly is essential to reducing the risk of food poisoning, especially during pregnancy. During pregnancy your immune system is weakened while your growing baby's immune system is undeveloped, making it much harder for both of you to fight off harmful pathogens. Read More

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    Avoid High-Risk Foods

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Everyone is at risk for food poisoning, but some are more vulnerable to the effects of food poisoning. That's why it's important to make wise food choices, and always safely handle food. Read More

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