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Planned-over Food Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 4: Planned-over Food tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1386

Planning menus, shopping for foods and using your leftovers wisely can pay off in many ways. Your family can enjoy healthy meals with lots of variety, and you can stretch your budget. This is the fourth in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes sample menus and recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes. It also includes creative ways to make use of your leftovers, which become "planned-overs".

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Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight

Family Meal Times Issue 10: Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight - FN1535

Try something new this week. Start by planning five to seven meals that your family enjoys.

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Brown Baggin' It

Brown Baggin' It; A Guide to Lunches on the Go - FN1416

Follow the tips here to pack a safe and nutritious lunch.

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Lean Pork!

Now Serving Lean Pork - FN1475

Pork can serve as the basis of a wide variety of tasty meals for you and your family. Today’s pork is very lean and healthful to eat. Pork provides a host of vitamins and minerals. Today’s pork has 16 percent less fat and 27 percent less saturated fat compared with pork in 1991. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has analyzed pork for trans-fatty acids (bad fats), and the results confirm that pork contains no artery-clogging trans fat.

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Eat Better - Eat Together

Family Meals Times Eat Better - Eat Together Issue 3 - FN1528

Research has shown that when children eat with families, their overall nutrition and diets improve.

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Meals with Help from Teens!

Now Serving: Meals with Help from Teens - FN706

More children and teenagers are eating meals and snacks away from their home and family. Encouraging teens to help prepare food and clean up can help busy families manage their time. Teens learn important cooking skills and have fun, too. Cooking promotes creativity and helps teens form good eating behaviors that will last a lifetime.

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Now More Grains!

Now Serving: More Whole Grains - FN695

Children who eat more often with their families eat a healthier diet, including more grains, fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods. Grain foods, such as pasta, bread and rice, provide energy, vitamins and minerals. USDA’s MyPlate recommends that we make at least half our grains whole. The recommendations for grain foods are in “ounce equivalents.” Enjoy 3 or more ounce equivalents of whole-grain foods every day.

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Invite Kids Into the Kitchen

Family Meal Times Invite Kids Into the Kitchen Issue 9 - FN1534

Cooking can be a recipe for building relationships and learning important life skills.

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Make Family Meals a Tradition

Family Meals Times Make Family Meals a Tradition Issue 2 - FN1527

A family tradition has been defined as an activity that is significant and meaningful for family members and is coordinated and repeated through time. Building family traditions that last and have personal meaning for family members helps build strong family relations.

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Meals with Help from Kids!

Now Serving: Meals with Help from Kids - FN705

An increasing number of children and teenagers are eating more meals and snacks away from their home and family. They may be choosing unhealthy ready-to-eat food options rather than spending time preparing a healthy snack or meal – and eating with their families. Encouraging children and teenagers to cook can build healthy lifestyle skills, creativity and healthy food choices. You also are helping them form good eating behaviors that will last a lifetime.

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Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table

Family Meal Times Issue 7:Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table - FN1532

Research shows that families with cooking skills are more likely to make healthier food choices.

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Feeding a Family on Budget

Family Meal Times: Feeding a Family on a Thrifty Budget Issue 8 - FN1533

You can provide your family with nutritious, tasty and simple meals, even when times are tough. The tips here may help you stretch your budget.

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Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 2: Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1384

Menu planning can help you serve your family healthier meals and it can help you save money at the grocery store. After Planning your menus, the next step is developing a grocery list so you have all the necessary foods for each meal. This is the second in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes grocery shopping tips, sample menus and recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 1: Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1383

Planning menus, buying food and fixing meals your family likes can be challenging tasks. Staying within your food budget can add to the challenge. This is the first in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes sample menus that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Well-measured Recipes!

Now Serving: Well-Measured Recipes - FN707

Family meals promote family togetherness. Family meals provide a time to share what is going on in each other’s lives and enjoy a nutritious meal. Families who eat together are more likely to have more balanced meals. Preparing the meal is an important part of mealtime. Have children help in every aspect of the preparation, from choosing the menu to setting the table to making the meal. Including children in the preparation can lead to lifelong knowledge and memories.

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Shopping for Family Meals

Now Serving: Shopping for Family Meals - FN693

Enjoying more family meals takes a little planning, but it’s worth the effort. Children who eat with their families do better in school, are less likely to take part in risky behavior (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) and are less likely to have symptoms of depression. Children who eat more family meals have an overall healthier diet, compared with children who eat fewer family meals. They eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and calcium-rich foods, and they drink fewer soft drinks. Enjoy more family meals by taking some time to plan your menus and your shopping trips. Involve your family in menu planning, shopping, preparation and cleanup. Children can learn valuable life skills, such as cooking and communication skills, when helping in the kitchen. They learn to appreciate a variety of foods as they help plan and shop for meals.

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Family Meals Matter

Family Meals Times Family Meals Matter Issue 1 - FN1526

Making regular family meals a priority is important. Not every meal has to be a sit-down dinner extravaganza. This publication gives you ideas on how you can take back your time.

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Enjoy Healthier Snacks at Work

Eat Smart: Enjoy Healthier Snacks at Work - FN1398

Are you tempted by bowls of candy and trays of cookies at work? Say no to secondhand sweets, and think twice about the food you offer at meetings and around the office. Are you eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains? Eating small, frequent, healthy meals or snacks will keep your energy up and make you less likely to overeat at your next meal.

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What Color Is Your Food?

What Color is Your Food? - FN595

People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical actiivity. Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health.

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After-School Snacks!

Now Serving Nutritious After School Snacks - FN1379

Providing nutritious snacks doesn’t have to be expensive but you may need to do some planning to make them readily available for your child. Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can be difficult. Make snack time fun. For example, provide a variety of cut-up fruits and vegetables and let your kids create their own kabobs. You also may want to try serving vegetables with low-fat dip to make them more appealing.

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