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Heating Solid Food Safely

Safe Food for Babies and Children: Heating Solid Food Safely - FN715

Whether warming bottles or solid foods, it is ALWAYS important to use safe heating practices to keep your baby happy and healthy. Although you may be an expert at feeding your little one, remember that babysitters and family members may not know how to heat bottles and food correctly. Leaving complete instructions in a handy location, such as on the refrigerator door, may help you and the caregiver feel comfortable and relaxed come feeding time.

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Nourish Your Skin

Nourish Your Skin - FN1572

A Healthy Skin Diet is Like the Heart-healthy Diet.

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Size Up te Supplement

Size up the Supplement - FN1491

Supplements have different serving sizes and intake recommendations. To determine how many milligrams (mg) of a nutrient are in each capsule, divide the milligrams of that nutrient by the number of capsules in each serving size. Remember, you probably are getting some vitamins and minerals from your diet. Be sure to include both supplements and dietary intake when considering if you are getti ng the right amount of a nutrient.

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Sports Drinks: R They Needed?

Sports Drinks: R They Needed? - FN1400

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and All Sport, contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium and chloride. They are made for physical activity, to help rehydrate and to keep energy levels high. Are sports drinks really necessary? Not always. You can get these same benefits from other sources. A sports drink is not better for you unless you are active for 60 to 90 minutes or are exercising in very hot conditions. Anything less, and water should be the drink of choice.

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Steps to Reducing Trans Fat and Saturated Fat in Recipes

Steps to Reducing Trans Fat and Saturated Fat in Recipes - FN1687

Let’s practice our heart-healthy fat knowledge by modifying a brownie recipe.

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Choose Healthful Snacks!

Eat Smart. Choose Healthy Snacks - FN1439

Think of snacks as minimeals that help provide nutrients and energy you need to grow, play and learn. Most kids do best when they eat four to six smaller meals a day.

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Bone Up on Calcium

Eat Smart: Bone Up on Calcium - FN1434

Children ages 9 to 13 need 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day to keep their bones and teeth strong. Children ages 4 to 8 need 800 milligrams of calcium per day. They also need vitamin D, which helps the body use the calcium. Milk is fortifi ed with vitamin D. Many foods contain calcium. The best sources are milk, yogurt and cheese. Fish, soy products and nuts also are good sources of calcium. Some fruit juices, cereals, breads, snacks and other foods have added calcium.

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Now Serving: Beans!

Now Serving Beans! - FN1485

If you’re looking for a way to stretch your budget and improve your family’s nutrition, look no further. Consider adding more beans to your menu. They’re convenient, versatile and lend themselves to many tasty dishes. Beans are a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Replace some of the fat in baked goods such as brownies with mashed black beans. Beans can be added to casseroles or soups to add flavor, texture and more nutrients.

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Serve More Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: Serve More Vegetables - FN1455

Most adults and children need 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, but the amount varies depending on age, gender and amount of physical activity.

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Add Vegetables to Your Diet

Vary Your Veggies: Add Some Vegetables to your Diet - FN1454

Keep washed, ready-to-eat vegetables on hand and easy to find. How many times does someone in your family open the refrigerator door to see what there is to eat and take one of the first foods he or she sees? So let the cleaned vegetables be seen first. Also, set them out when meals and snacks are eaten. On the run? Cut up some veggies and put them in zip-top bags. Stop in the produce department to see if some vegetables are cut up and ready to eat for a snack. If you do not have a cooler or refrigerator nearby, remember to eat cut-up produce within two hours for safety.

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Choking Dangers

Safe Food For Babies and Children: Choking Dangers - FN664

Every child is at risk of choking: Older infants and children less than 5 years old easily can choke on food, toys and household objects. A single choking incident may result in death, permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen and other complications associated with airway blockage. This publication provides tips on choking prevention.

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Guide for Babysitters - Parent Edition

Safe Food for Babies and Children: A Guide for Babysitters- Parents Edition - FN663

As a parent, you most likely will need a babysitter to look after your children at some time. Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to foodborne illness, and even a small error in food preparation can cause severe illness. Making sure your babysitter is prepared to provide care safely will assure a positive experience for both you and your sitter.

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Handling Breast MIlk, Formula and Baby Food

Safe Food for Babies: Handling Breast Milk, Formula and Baby Food - FN656

Infants and young children are most at risk for foodborne illness because their immune systems are not fully developed. Follow the tips in this publication to keep breast milk, formula and baby food safe for babies.

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Wash Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands! - FN1444

No matter the language, hand washing is an important step in the fight against germs. Follow these guidelines for proper hand-washing practices.

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Healthful Snacking for Sports Fans

Quick Facts: Your Game Plan: Healthful Snacking for Sports Fans - FN1406

Your favorite team is winning and you just watched the best half-time show you have ever seen. You reach into the bowl of crunch snacks and discover it's empty. How did that happen? Included in this publication are tips to manage snacking, ideas on how to make snacks healthier, along with recipes to enjoy.

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Steps to Reducing Sodium in Recipes

Steps to Reducing Sodium in Recipes - FN1688

Let’s practice our food sodium knowledge by modifying a chili recipe.

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Using Dry Beans

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Using Dry Beans - FN1701

Cooked beans are a nutritional bargain. Follow these easy steps to prepare dry edible beans on your menus.

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Explore the World of Snacks!

Cooking 101 Week 8 Explore the World of Snacks! - FN1699

Healthful snacks can fill nutrition gaps. Try these snack ideas from around the world.

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Accurate Health Information

Nourish Your Mind and Body With Accurate Health Information: How to Sort Fact From Fiction - FN1697

We’re all bombarded with information about nutrition and/or health in magazines and newspapers, and on TV and online through social media, blogs and YouTube videos. Also, family and friends might share information with us. With all this information, how do we separate fact from fiction? What are the clues to reliable health information in today’s fast-paced world? This publication will help you sort through the vast amount of nutrition and health-related information that is available.

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All About Beans

All About Beans - FN1643

Beans are among the most versatile and commonly eaten foods throughout the world, and many varieties are grown in the U.S. Because of their nutritional composition, these economical foods have the potential to improve the diet quality and long-term health of those who consume beans regularly. The purpose of this publication is to provide evidence-based nutrition and health information about beans, preparation tips, sample recipes and references for further study.

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