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Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals

Family meals offer “teachable moments” to explore different foods. Family meals help parents teach children healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals
Beans!

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.

Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More!

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

Intellectual Wellness for Overscheduled Families (PDF)

Exercising the brain and challenging the mind are keys to achieving intellectual wellness. However, if you are not getting enough sleep or allowing yourself time to learn and express creatively, you are limiting your intellectual potential. Slow down and take time to create an environment that encourages creative expression. Follow these tips below to improve intellectual wellness in your life.

Lean Beef Now Serving: Lean Beef

Beef is a versatile menu item whether you’re cooking for one, two or a crowd. Beef provides protein, vitamins and minerals. Check out these tips for choosing and safely cooking beef, as well as several healthy recipes.

More Calcium-rich Foods

Children who eat with their families are more likely to meet their calcium needs and drink less soda pop. That’s good news because children are building strong bones and need calcium and other nutrients as the building blocks. These tips and recipes will help you find sources for calcium and ways to fit calcium into family meals.

More Fruits and Vegetables!

Great tips and recipes to help you fit more fruits and vegetables into family meals.

More Whole Grains

Children who eat more often with their families eat a healthier diet, including more grains, fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods. Check out these tips and recipes for fitting more healthy grains into your family meals.

Pizza, Soup, Granola and More

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Here are some creative ways to use them in your family meals.

Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More

Check out these tips and recipes for fitting nutritious split-peas into your family meals.

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